Join us virtually on Tuesday, May 4, & Wednesday, May 5, 2021

2021 Conference for Advancing Evidence-Based Learning

Fostering Equity and Inclusion Across Learning Environments


The Conference for Advancing Evidence-Based Learning brings together educators from across Northeastern’s global network to showcase and inspire research and evidence-based practice in teaching and learning. This year’s virtual conference focuses on fostering equity and inclusion across Northeastern’s rich constellation of learning opportunities.

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. We welcome contributions across the spectrum of evidence-informed approaches to enhance teaching and learning at Northeastern.

The conference features a blend of research presentations, interactive workshops, and World Cafe sessions, all focused on the exchange of ideas. In addition to these synchronous sessions, we will feature virtual posters and other asynchronous ways to engage with each other during the conference and beyond.

Northeastern’s holistic, lifelong approach to learning recognizes that everyone involved in a learner’s educational experience is an educator. We invite faculty, staff/co-curricular educators, administrators, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students from all Northeastern campuses to submit a proposal to share their work.


Fostering Equity and Inclusion Across Learning Environments

This year’s virtual conference focuses on fostering equity and inclusion across Northeastern’s rich constellation of learning opportunities. Respecting, validating, and welcoming all learners’ experiences is the foundation for creating inclusive, equitable learning environments. We strive to support all learners in developing the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive, now and in the future.

The ways in which we engage in fostering equity and inclusion can take many forms. Possible aspects of teaching and learning that conference presenters might address include, but are not limited to:

  • Exploring the role of social identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, disability status) and the impact of educator and learner positionality in teaching and learning
  • Designing flexible learning environments to address the needs of all learners
  • Creating and fostering community in hybrid and virtual environments
  • Integrating trauma-informed pedagogy and practices
  • Using curriculum- and program-level frameworks for equity and inclusion
  • Engaging in pedagogical partnership in curricular and co-curricular contexts
  • Advancing from critical inquiry and reflection to action



Attendee Registration Opens: Late March/EARLY APRIL 2021


Important Dates

Please note these important dates and deadlines:

  • Call for Proposals Announced: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
  • Conference Proposal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Notifications of Proposal Decisions: Friday, March 12, 2021 
  • Attendee Registration Opens: Late March/Early April 2021
  • Conference Dates: Tuesday, May 4, and Wednesday, May 5, 2021


Preview the Proposal Submission Form

Click here to preview the Proposal Submission Form.

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 the conference by Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 5:00 pm (EST).

All of this year’s conference sessions will be held virtually. We are seeking proposals for the following session formats:

  • Research Presentation (synchronous) – In this 20-minute virtual session, the facilitator gives a 15-minute presentation of their evidence-based inquiry or research question and findings, with five minutes for participants to engage and ask questions.
  • Interactive Workshop (synchronous) – In this 75-minute virtual, interactive session, the facilitator presents theory-to-practice models of specific teaching strategies and educational approaches and engages participants in application-oriented activities.
  • World Cafe (synchronous) – This 75-minute virtual session is an interactive, informal way to engage with colleagues around driving questions and challenges in teaching and learning. The session facilitator hosts three 15-minute rounds of small-group conversations, with each round focused on a different aspect of the session’s driving question or challenge. After three rounds, the session facilitator shares main takeaways and leads a full-group discussion with all participants. 
  • Virtual Poster Tour (asynchronous) This virtual version of a poster session features an online collection of posters for participants to explore. Topics may range from research projects to evidence-based teaching strategies and innovative educational models. Posters may be accompanied by audio, video, or other files to deepen participants’ understanding and share teaching artifacts for others to use.

Please use your Northeastern credentials to access the online proposal form. All proposals must be submitted through the online form below:


Decisions regarding proposals will be made by the conference committee by Friday, March 12, 2021.

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

2019 Conference Attendee


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