Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference 

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Friday, December 3, 2021
8:45 am - 4:15 pm
ARC Ballroom

Join us for The 6th Annual UC Davis Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference, hosted by the Center for Educational Effectiveness. This conference is dedicated to celebrating and sharing the work of UC Davis’ growing community of scholarly educators. Together we will share research, ideas, practices and resources for evidence-supported teaching innovation at our university. We look forward to seeing you there and plan to offer an exciting opportunity to tour the Teaching and Learning Complex!*

This year's conference themes include:

  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Adventures in Assessment
  • Technology and Online Learning
  • Impact of Remote Instruction

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*Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, and related university guidelines, we will be closely monitoring the viability of hosting our event in-person. Should the event change to a remote offering, we will notify all presenters and attendees as soon as possible and communicate any changes.



2021 Keynote: 

Image: Sarah Brownell

The opportunities and challenges of active learning for student anxiety, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities
Sara Brownell, Professor, Arizona State University

Increasingly, college classrooms are transitioning from lecture to active learning.  While active learning has been shown to benefit students on average, less is known about how aspects of this learning environment may affect students with marginalized identities.  In this talk, I will present some unintended consequences of active learning for student anxiety, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities and how instructors can structure their active learning classrooms to be more inclusive.  


Sara Brownell is a Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.  As a discipline-based education researcher, she explores how to make undergraduate science learning environments more inclusive.  Her research spans active learning courses, online courses, and undergraduate research experiences, with a specific focus on the experiences of marginalized students with potentially concealable identities such as religious students, community college transfer students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ students.  She is a proud recipient of the 2020 LGBTQ+ Educator of the Year award and her work has been featured in numerous news outlets including Scientific American and the New York Times.


This conference is for you:

  • If you use a research mindset to assess and inform your teaching practices.
  • If you’ve collected data to help you learn about our students and better support their success.
  • If you innovate in the classroom and use evidence to understand the outcome.
  • If you’d like to discuss scholarly teaching ideas with other interested educators.
  • If you’d like to learn more about teaching research at UC Davis.


2021 SoTL Conference Committee:

FACULTY Korana Burke, Mathematics | Victoria Cross, Psychology | Marc Facciotti, Biomedical Engineering Heather Jane Hether, Communication | Michele Igo, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics | Joel Ledford, Plant Sciences | Steven Luck, Psychology | Cara Sandholt, School of Nursing | Janine Wilson (Co-Chair), Economics

CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS Marco Molinaro | Kem Saichaie | Meryl Motika | Kim Heintz | Amanda Meyer

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