The 2021 POD Network Conference features 4 Plenary Sessions, sessions, Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions, Affinity Caucus Sessions, and POD sponsored professional development sessions.

Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions

Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions are informal conversations designed to foster relationships between experienced educational developers and colleagues new to the field, and are intended to promote more meaningful interaction and deeper relationships than can sometimes occur during regular conference sessions. Each BoF session is facilitated by a team of experienced educational developers with expertise in a particular topic. The topics—not exhaustive of the expertise represented at the conference—are intended to be timely and have broad appeal across the full range of participants. 

BoF sessions are scheduled for Monday, November 8, 2021 (see schedule).

Affinity Group Meetings

The POD Network is pleased to invite your participation in Affinity Groups during the conference. These groups are designed to build connections among members with shared identities and will provide space where colleagues can meet, discuss shared needs/interests, identify leadership, and plan ongoing events with institutional support. 

The set of affinity groups available during the 2021 conference include:

  • Black/African/African American/Afro Caribbean
  • Asian/Pacific Islander/Asian American/South Asian
  • Latinx/Latine/Hispanic/Latin American
  • First Nations/Native Nations/American Indian/Indigenous
  • Middle Eastern/North African/Arab
  • Two or more races
  • 2SLGBTQ+

All Affinity Group Meetings will be held virtually on Wednesday, November 17, times to be determined based on interest and availability of group members (12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm or 4pm Eastern). 

To indicate your interest and availability in participating in one or more of the affinity groups, please fill out this form as soon as possible.

Please only register for groups that reflect your own, lived experience.


Tuesday Plenary: Welcome and Presidential Address

Welcome from the Conference Team – Tuesday, November 9, 11:30 am–11:45 am ET, Zoom

Presidential Address – Tuesday, November 9, 11:45 am–12:45 pm ET, Zoom

  • Francine Glazer, POD President

Wednesday Plenary: Design Justice and Equity in College Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, November 10, 12:45 pm–2 pm ET, Zoom

  • Pauline Carpenter, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus
  • David Goldman, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus, and 
  • Eliza Blau, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus

The pandemic has both illuminated inequities in higher education and expanded teaching efficacy beyond familiar tools and modalities. Many are asking how we can build from this and move forward with informed intent to create equitable learning environments and experiences. Design Justice, an equity-based framework, can guide us to center those traditionally marginalized in higher education as we design courses, learning experiences, and faculty development programming. This workshop will review the Design Justice framework and its guiding principles and provide a space for participants to explore the potential of applying it to their practice in instructional design and faculty development. (see session page)

Thursday Plenary: Educational Developers as Change Agents for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Thursday, November 11, 12:45 pm–2 pm ET, Zoom

  • Mathew L. Ouellett, Cornell University, and
  • Christine A. Stanley, Texas A&M University

Navigating change and planning for the future as educational developers is complicated given the current realities facing colleges and universities. For example, changing demographics, twin pandemics (health and racial), a divided political landscape, social and cultural health disparities, inequities in access to social resources, challenges to racial reckoning and theoretical frameworks, and resistance to change and resurgence in white supremacist attitudes and behaviors. As educational developers, many of us have encountered these issues (and more) at the individual and institutional levels. This virtual session offers an opportunity to interact with two POD past presidents as we explore personal and professional perspectives, concrete strategies, and applicable frameworks as we work to become better agents of change for diversity, equity, and inclusion. (see session page)

Friday Plenary: Assessment as Educational Development: Using Evidence Across Traditional Silos to Improve Student Learning

Friday, November 12, 12:45 pm–2 pm ET, Zoom

  • Michael Reder, Connecticut College
  • Teresa Focarile, Boise State University
  • Shari Elertson, Boise State University, and
  • John Nugent, Connecticut College

Educational developers (EDs) have been expanding their reach and using their skills and knowledge to inform and advance larger, institutional efforts (Beach et al; Schroeder.). This session, run by both EDs and IR directors, will provide two brief case studies of their collaborative work helping faculty and programs improve learning and curricula by engaging them with assessment evidence.  We will introduce possible models for this work in different contexts (a small, liberal arts college and a larger, R2 public university), share principles, strategies, & resources for engaging, and help participants apply what they have learned to their own contexts. (see session page)

POD-Sponsored Professional Development Sessions 

These sessions are sponsored and submitted by members of various POD Network committees, then reviewed and vetted by POD Network’s Core Committee. Professional Development Sessions (PDS) are dedicated to furthering the professional development of POD members. PDS seek to address a persistent professional development need focusing on educational development practice and are geared toward a broad range of the membership.

#POD21 Professional Development Sessions Include:

Interactive Live Sessions

Pre-conference Sessions