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26th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference (2021)

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The 26th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

Each year, the conference brings together roughly 300 faculty, staff, and other members of the DePaul community to share knowledge, promote effective teaching practices, and improve student learning experiences across the University. The 26th Annual Teaching and Learning Convention​ spanned two days. Each day began with a keynote address, followed by faculty-led concurrent sessions. ​

Sessions focused on helping attendees better understand the potential impact of the pandemic on the way they view others and build social connections, the way they view themselves and their roles as educators, and the future of higher education at large.

The conference was sponsored by DePaul’s Center for Teaching and Learning with financial assistance from the Quality of Instruction Council (QIC). Key contributors to the planning of the conference included: Student Affairs, the University-Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL), and Faculty Council's Committee on Learning and Teaching (COLT). 

Keynote | Friday, May 7th | 10:00am - 11:00am 

Teaching Distracted Minds: Old Challenges, New Contexts facilitated by James M. Lang   

Concurrent Offerings | Friday, May 7th | 11:15am - 12:00pm 

Distractions Be Gone facilitated by Britney Macdonald 

RISE: Four Strategies to Rise for Racial Equity in Teaching, Learning, and Life facilitated by Donna Kiel & Tina Curry 
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Using Universal Design for Learning to Promote Equity in Professional Writing for Business Online facilitated by Kristina Wilson 

Building community through conflict: Preparing educators to facilitate difficult conversations in the classroom facilitated by Amanda Gaddam
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The Adversity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Benefits of Trauma Informed Care in the Classroom facilitated by Kavita Khara 

Keynote | Friday, May 14th | 10:00am - 11:00am 

Pedagogies of Care: Promoting equity, wellness, and Integrity in the college classroom facilitated by Tazin Daniels  

Concurrent Offerings | Friday, May 14th | 11:15am - 12:00pm 

Microlearning: An Engaging Teaching Approach in the Era of Pandemic Disruption facilitated by Mary Jo Dolasinski & Joel Reynolds 

Fostering Effective Student Experiences with Remote Collaborative Learning facilitated by  Craig Miller

Teaching During a Pandemic: Planning Deadlines with Empathy facilitated by Katharine Romero Jimenez

A Faculty Learning Community on Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Foundational STEM courses: What We’ve Learned facilitated by Kyle Grice & Margaret Bell
Materials Coming Soon | Recording Coming Soon

Anti-Racist Teaching Practices from the Student Perspective facilitated by The CTL Student Advisory Board

About the Keynote Speakers

James M. Lang, Keynote Speaker

Dr. James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption University in Worcester, MA.  He is the author of six books, the most recent of which are Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It (Basic Books, 2020), Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016) and Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008).

Jim writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999.  His book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Time.  He edits a series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for West Virginia University Press.


Tazin Daniels
Dr. Tazin Daniels is an educational developer, consultant, and coach with over 15 years of experience in higher education and over a decade of experience preparing instructors to teach online. Her background in Medical Anthropology gives her a unique perspective on how to create equitable and engaging online spaces in the midst of a global pandemic. Dr. Daniels has published on several topics including inclusive teaching and online teaching in Teaching Anthropology, New Directions in Teaching and Learning, and To Improve the Academy. Currently, she is an Assistant Director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan, and runs ThePedagologist.com, a platform to connect with educators and educational developers committed to improving online education everywhere.