Join Us for the 2022 Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium

Updated January 14 to reflect the new proposal due date, which has been extended to February 16, 2022.

The 2022 Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium

Learning Innovation is pleased to share that the Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium is returning in 2022 with an updated theme: “From Innovation to Transformation.” Registration is open and proposals are currently being accepted. The Symposium will be held online on May 11, 2022 and is free to attend.

About The 2022 Theme

When many colleges and universities returned to in-person teaching in the fall of 2021, instructors often brought with them the innovative and creative teaching practices that they had developed during the prior year. Early data and research suggest that these pandemic-born pedagogies and practices are resulting in positive outcomes such as more inclusive and equitable learning experiences, better student-centered course design, and more robust assessment practices.

As we look toward the next academic year, we are confronted with the challenge of how to scale the best new pedagogies and technologies and make them a part of the university experience for more students. How do we move from innovation to real transformation? We are currently accepting original submissions that address this critical question through empirical research and translational analyses.


Proposals should be in the form of an abstract (no more than 500 words) and are due by February 16, 2022.

Submissions may represent completed research projects or works in progress with preliminary findings, and may use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method research using any analytic methods. Selected presenters will receive a small honorarium for participating in the Symposium.

If you are interested in presenting at the 2022 Symposium but have questions, please join one of the following information sessions, which will be held over Zoom (registration is required to receive the link):

You may also email your questions to

What to Expect

The 2021 Symposium attracted presenters and attendees from a variety of countries, schools, instructional roles and disciplines. Below is a selection of presentations from the 2021 Symposium; click on the image of the topic you are interested in for a summary and link to the video of the presentation.

Plenary Panel: The Potential and Promise of Education as a Transformative Experience
Going Gradeless: A Pandemic-Influenced, Perpetual Practice
Why Students Do Not Turn on Their Video Cameras During Online Classes and an Equitable and Inclusive Plan to Encourage Them to Do So
How Teaching and Learning Programs Shifted Focus During the Pandemic

Previous attendees shared the following feedback:

“I loved that attendees spanned from different levels and institution sizes. I also so much appreciated that the conference was free and online.”

“I always love hearing about research that is new or not even published in the area where research and the practice of teaching in real situations are strongly linked.”

“In addition to picking up on new insights, I also felt a sense of shared camaraderie with other attendees. It felt very validating in some ways!”


We are grateful for our co-sponsors University of Michigan’s Center for Academic Innovation, Penn’s Online Learning Initiative, Princeton’s McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford Digital Education, University of Georgia’s Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University.

We all hope to see you in 2022!