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Conference for Advancing Evidence-Based Learning

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


The Conference for Advancing Evidence-Based Learning showcases Northeastern faculty, staff/co-curricular educators, administrators, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students who engage in research and collaborate on evidence-based practice in teaching and learning.

In educational contexts, the term “evidence-based” means both designing educational experiences based on findings from research on learning, student development, and other related fields and carrying out structured inquiries that collect and analyze evidence to further understand learning.

Northeastern’s holistic, lifelong approach to learning recognizes that everyone involved in a student’s educational experience is an educator. In addition to inviting faculty presenters, we invite all staff/co-curricular educators, administrators, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students to submit a proposal to present their work through the lens of the theoretical frameworks that inform it. We welcome contributions across the spectrum of evidence-informed approaches to enhance teaching and learning at Northeastern.

Educational Transparency

This year’s conference theme is Educational Transparency, which describes the many ways we can help more of our learners get to the heart of what we want them to learn faster and more powerfully. Transparency involves being explicit about what we want people to learn, why that’s important, what success looks like, and what capacities they will develop along the way. Research shows that this kind of clarity helps everyone but is most beneficial for traditionally marginalized learner populations. Like learning itself, educational transparency can take a nearly infinite number of forms, and this year’s conference will showcase and investigate the creativity of Northeastern educators in their pursuit of its benefits.

CONFERENCE PROPOSALS DUE: Monday, February 10, 2020

Attendee Registration Opens: Late March 2020



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Please note ALL proposals must be submitted via the online form below.

Call for Proposals Now Open

All Northeastern faculty, staff/co-curricular educators, administrators, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students are invited to submit a proposal for a presentation by Monday, February 10, 2020. We are seeking proposals for 30-minute Presentations (20-minute presentation, 10-minute Q&A), 75-minute Interactive Workshops, and Roundtable Discussions (~15-minutes of a 60-minute session) that respond to the following descriptions:

Research on Teaching & Learning/Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

  • Presentations will systematically investigate teaching and learning.
  • Evidence should include ties to literature on learning and analysis of data collected (e.g., student work, interviews, assessment results).
    • Example: Based on literature on active learning, a faculty member flips their course and compares the student learning in the flipped semester to prior semesters.
Evidence-Based Learning 

  • This category invites all educators to present their work through the lens of the theoretical frameworks that inform their approach.
  • Evidence should include ties to literature on student development, student engagement, or other frameworks relevant to teaching and learning.
    • Examples: Application of student development theory in residence life planning; Consideration of stereotype threat in supporting students of underrepresented populations.
New Designs for Learning

  • This category provides a forum for educators to disseminate forward-thinking teaching methods being used across the campus, including those that embody the Northeastern 2025 vision. This can include: cross-role/interdisciplinary collaborations to enhance holistic learning outcomes, lifelong learning, professional development, etc.
  • Evidence should include theoretical frameworks that inform the approach and potential evidence that might assess the effectiveness of the approach and/or collaboration.
    • Example:  An academic faculty member and co-op faculty member team up to apply experiential learning theory to better connect students’ co-op experiences to the course learning experience.
    • Additional examples may include: Pop-up courses, modularization, interdisciplinary teaching, micro-credentialing, challenge-based learning, and cross-institutional learning experiences.

The available formats for conference sessions include:

  • 30-minute Presentation (20-minute presentation, 10-minute Q&A): Speakers present their teaching and learning research or evidence-based inquiry in a traditional “talk” or “lecture” format and respond to questions.
  • 75-minute Interactive Workshop: Facilitators lead interactive sessions that include hands-on activities in addition to presentation and discussion.
  • Roundtable Discussion (~15-minutes of a 60-minute session): Roundtable discussions offer an opportunity to discuss both completed work and ideas or projects in development. Presenters are seated with other presenters at tables, and each has 15 minutes to informally discuss their topic with participants.  

All proposals must be submitted through the proposal site below:


Decisions regarding proposals will be made by the conference committee by Friday, March 6, 2020.


View photos from our 2019 Conference for Advancing Evidence-Based Learning by clicking on the images below.

I truly enjoyed the interesting presenters and encouraging, intellectual exchange around evidence-based learning!

2019 Conference Attendee


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