Portraits of Anna Flaming, Katherine Beydler, and Sara Nasrollahian
Anna Flaming, Katherine Beydler, and Sara Nasrollahian

The Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology (OTLT) is delighted to announce that three OTLT Center for Teaching staff members will present at an upcoming national conference, sponsored by the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education.

The POD Network is North America's largest educational development community dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning. Represented in every U.S. state and more than 30 countries, POD has almost 1,700 members across 1,300 centers for teaching and learning.

OTLT Center for Teaching staff members proposed five sessions, and after a competitive peer review process, all five proposals were accepted.

"I'm proud that our national organization is recognizing that Iowa's Center for Teaching staff members have important expertise in the practice and theory of educational development," says Anna Flaming, director of the OTLT Center for Teaching. 

Katherine Beydler, assistant director of the OTLT Center for Teaching, will present:

  • New Beginnings: Identifying Core Goals for Future TA Orientations. This session, co-presented with colleagues, explores how teaching centers continue to change their approach to pedagogical support for graduate student instructors in the wake of the pandemic's disruption.
  • Creating Tailored Graduate Student Learning Communities Through Cross-Campus Collaboration. This session discusses how critical partnership with experts across campus is for the creation of meaningful, tailored teaching support. This work was supported in part by a competitive national DEI grant funded by the POD Network.

"I'm most looking forward to networking with other teaching centers and learning how they are approaching these important issues," says Beydler.

Sara Nasrollahian, assistant director of the OTLT Center for Teaching and affiliate faculty in the UI Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, will present:

  • Co-Constructing Meaning with Assessment in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC). This session will be co-presented with Kari Weaver, the director of the Jane B. Nord Center for Teaching and Learning at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and previously interim assistant director of the OTLT Center for Teaching. They'll share a process for developing and conducting a program assessment plan to recalibrate the OTLT Center for Teaching's faculty learning communities' effectiveness to support members' teaching practices and to nurture teaching and learning excellence in their pedagogical areas.
  • Data-Informed Messages: Guiding Student Engagement and Metacognition in Large Enrollment Courses. This poster session will be co-presented with Adam Brummett, lecturer in the UI Department of Chemistry. They'll explain how they reimagined providing individualized feedback in a large lecture classroom through a collaborative teaching initiative.

"I am excited for the opportunity to learn about other centers’ roles in facilitating FLC teaching conversations," says Nasrollahian. "I am also delighted to share our success with reflective teaching practices and learn about other institutions' experiences connecting with students in large lecture classrooms."

Anna Flaming, director of the OTLT Center for Teaching and affiliate faculty in the UI Department of Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies, will present:

  • Collaboration in the Field of Scholarship of Educational Development (SoED). Drawing on a forthcoming article and including several experts, this session will explore the practice and impact of collaborative work in SoED.

Scholarship in the field of educational development is highly collaborative, and these presentations include scholars from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cornell University, Penn State University, Springfield College, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, Warren Wilson College, and Washington University in St. Louis.