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Past Symposiums

The UW’s annual Teaching & Learning Symposium began as the UW Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Forum back in 2003. Initially, the forum consisted of UW faculty, graduate students, and staff who met to discuss their shared interest in examining the effects of their teaching on students’ learning.

By 2008, the UW SoTL Forum had transitioned into the annual Teaching & Learning Symposium. An event where all who shared an interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning could meet to learn about the work their colleagues were doing across campuses.

Each Symposium includes a keynote presentation and two poster sessions. Click on a year below to learn more about past Symposiums.


2022 Online Symposium

Keynote: “‘Not gonna let the elevator bring us down:’ Strategies for Cultivating Collective Wellness,” with Ariana Cantu, lecturer, UW School of Social Work. What kinds of support do students need to be well and to show up well in their work and lives? And what is our responsibility as educators to cultivate wellness concepts in classrooms? Join Cantu as she explores strategies for collective wellness in our teaching practice.

Presentations: Explore 28 video presentations from instructors and graduate students across the UW.


2021 Online Symposium

Asynchronous keynote presentation & engagement: “Centering Accessibility in Research & Practice” with Sushil Oswal, professor,  Human-Centered Design and Accessibility, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma. Oswal shares his experiences designing a cross-disciplinary, international, peer-learning collaboration that centers accessibility.

Posters: Explore 45 video poster presentations from instructors and graduate students across the UW.


2020 Online Symposium

Keynote: “Equity in Online Learning”
Panelists: Elba MoiseSooz StahlDebi Talukdar, and Milan Vidaković bring interdisciplinary expertise as teaching scholars and Theater for Change UW educators to reflect on the opportunities and challenges of building equitable online classrooms.

Posters: View 50+ video poster presentations from colleagues across the UW.


2019 Symposium

Keynote: “Designing Classroom Assessment Ecologies for Universal Student Success”
Speakers: Stuart B. Adler, Chemical Engineering, UW Seattle; and Asao B. Inoue, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma, share their perspectives and practices on assessment. View their keynote presentation slides.

Posters: 60+ poster abstracts


2018 Symposium

Keynote: “Teaching in Global Classrooms”
Speakers: Benjamin Gardner, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell; and Divya McMillin, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma. View their keynote presentation slides.

Posters: 70+ poster abstracts


2017 Symposium

Keynote: “Building Inclusive Classroom Communities”
Speakers: Ellen Moore, Communications, UW Tacoma; Jim Pfaendtner, Chemical Engineering, UW Seattle; and Ursula Valdez, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell. View their keynote presentation slides.

Posters: 50+ poster abstracts