2021 Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium

April 29, 2021
By Courtney Perales

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the educational landscape shifted to increasingly virtual platforms and educators began to reimagine their teaching practices in ways that would continue to engage students from a distance. Pedagogy has since been reimagined in the face of a global pandemic. Leading thinkers in teaching and learning will explore the resulting best practices and strategies for virtual learning during the 2021 Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium. The focus is on how to make these innovations and use them to improve teaching post-pandemic so that we can return to campus stronger. 

The Symposium has interactive presentations and panel discussions that will be discussing these best practices and emerging research on teaching and learning during the pandemic. The discussions will focus on applied scholarship that advances the art and science of teaching and feature a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research.  

The symposium has three presentations tracks: (1) the research track, which includes presentations with a strong research focus that use data and analysis to inform practice; (2) the pedagogy track which includes presentations exploring new pedagogies and practices that emerged during the pandemic; and (3) the spark track which includes short presentations that are intended to spark new directions for teaching and new collaborations around educational scholarship. 

Symposium tracks

These different tracks showcase the leading universities in the nation that have been involved in online education and take a deep dive into how the pandemic has altered teaching and learning forever. What strategies and pedagogies worked during the pandemic? What technologies and pedagogies do we want to keep even once we are back on campus and in face-to-face teaching? 

The Symposium Plenary Panel will feature higher education leaders who have been at the forefront of research and innovation in how universities teach and how students learn. These leaders include Dr. Rebecca Stein from Penn’s Online Learning Initiative, Dr. Katherine Stanton from Princeton’s McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Caitlin Hayward from the Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan, Dr. Kim Manturuk from Duke’s Learning Innovation, and Dr. John Mitchell from Stanford University. This panel will focus on the important role that research and data play in how we think about both the potential and the promise of education as a transformative experience. 

Register for the 2021 Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium to learn more from these dynamic leaders in online learning.