Learning Communities


Teaching and Learning Community

Chair: Toni Ungaretti, Johns Hopkins University

Description: The Teaching and Learning Community addresses research around teaching and learning including theoretical and practical applications. Examples include pedagogy, workplace learning, neurobiology, and skills acquisition.

Toni Ungaretti

Winter 2022 Update

Dear Colleagues in the AERA Division I Teaching and Learning Community and/or the HPEAD Research Group:
I hope that this communication finds you and yours well and safe as COVID continues to impact our personal and professional lives. Please be safe both physically and mentally.

Online Network Need: The COVID disruption illustrates our need for a more consistent connection to each other than just the annual conference. Please volunteer your expertise to establish a vibrant virtual community network of researchers.

Opportunities for Community Engagement Outside the Conference: Please share brainstorming ideas around the issue of creating opportunities to engage the members of the T&L and HPEAD community. In what ways can we make a more connected and supportive community? Share your thoughts (use Subject line – Ideas for T&L and HPEAD) and I will send them out to the community.

AERA Anual Meeting 2022 in San Diego will be a hybrid conference. Plan to meet with the Teaching and Learning Community at that meeting. Though the current upswing in COVID is discouraging, hopefully it will dissipate so that many from the T&L community will be able to gather on April 21-26.
Thank you to all who submitted proposals. Congratulations to all who had their proposals accepted! The program for the Division focuses on issues important to education for the professions. Please plan to attend the Division’s session in person or virtually.
Also, it is not too soon to make connections to develop a paper or symposium proposal for the AERA 2023 conference!

Teaching and Learning Activities:
As you are thinking about proposals for the next annual meeting, think of how the experience of COVID and the emphasis on inclusion and equity relate to some of our previously brainstormed ideas:
•What are elements of effective teaching and learning that will be forever changed?
•What difference do trends in teaching and learning – PBL, TBL, the flipped classroom, etc. - make?
•Assessment – what are its strengths and liabilities? How can it be designed to improve programs with less intense procedures?
•What needs to be examined in the explosive growth of online teaching? How can teachers and learners be prepared to maximize online teaching effectiveness?
•How can connectedness and presence be made stronger in online teaching?
•What are common elements in T&L across the professions? What are the differences?

Health Professions Education Advanced Degree Programs (HPEADs) Activities:
Think about submitting proposals that address changes to adapt health professions education to a changing world, address inclusion and equity issues, or evaluate such programs and their impact. Suggest possible symposium ideas to share with potential collaborators in the community.

In closing, the community has the potential to be a vibrant support network. Please share your ideas to advance the work of the Teaching & Learning Community and/or the Research Group on Health Professions Education Advanced Degree Programs and/or to create more opportunities for connectedness.

Wishing all of you a Happy New Year and stay healthy! Hope to see you in San Diego! All the best,
Toni Ungaretti
Chair, Teaching and Learning Community