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26th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference (2021)

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The 26th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

DePaul faculty and staff are encouraged to attend 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.​​​​​​

This year’s event will span two days. Each day will start with a keynote address and be followed by faculty-led concurrent sessions. 

Sessions will focus 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.

Concurrent sessions might address the following questions:​
  • How have historically significant moments of change impacted the role of education in society and what can we learn from them? 
  • What are the innovative strategies and/or technologies that you used during the pandemic that you will keep using when life goes back to “normal”? 
  • What should our top priorities be for professional growth in teaching and learning next academic year?
  • How do we define and build community in our courses when the systems for doing so keep changing? 
  • How can we adapt our teaching practices to account for current events and global challenges?   
  • How might frameworks such as trauma-informed teaching and anti-racist pedagogy help us address challenges our​ students are facing? 

The conference is 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 include: Student Affairs, the University-Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL), and Faculty Council's Committee on Learning and Teaching (COLT).

Teaching Di​​stracted Minds: Old Challenges, New Contexts 

Facilitated by Dr. James M. Lang

Friday, May 7​th | 10am-11am​​​​​

​(Re-)Building Bridges: Promoting Equity, Wellness, and Integrity in the College Classroom 

Facilitated by Dr. Tazin Daniels

Friday, May 14th | 10am-11am​​​​

About the Keynote Speakers​

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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.