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SDSU Fall Conference


The SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning presented, in collaboration with the SDSU Office of Academic Affairs, the 2021 SDSU Fall Conference held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 in Volstorff Ballroom of the SDSU Student Union.

The event began with refreshments and conversation available at 8:00 am followed by welcomes from President Barry Dunn and Provost Dennis Hedge at 9:00 am.

This year’s SDSU Fall Conference was anchored by a keynote presentation at 10:00am entitled “Back But Better: Teaching Our Jacks with Renewed Perspective” led by Kevin Sackreiter, Director, and Shelly Bayer, Assistant Director, of the SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. The keynote focused on how today’s learners, and their learning needs, are more diverse than ever. The conversation hoped to prepare faculty, and the institution, to meet the diverse needs and expectations of our learners through accessible course design, flexible pedagogy, and emphasizing relationship-rich experiences.

The afternoon of the conference consisted of a 1:00 – 2:30 pm “Signature Session” on Universal Design for Learning presented virtually by CAST. Located near Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that created the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and UDL Guidelines, now used the world over to make learning more inclusive. Universal Design for Learning is one of the few big and truly transformative ideas to emerge in education over the past two decades. UDL is a research-based framework that guides educators and others as they provide rich instructional supports, reduce unnecessary barriers to learning, and help all individuals become expert learners.

Fall Conference Resources:

Fall Conference Video

Fink's Integrated Course Design for Significant Learning

Theory and Research-based Principles of Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Higher Ed 

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

Fall Conference 2018