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The discipline-based education research (DBER) community at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) hosted an online conference to discuss how theories, methods, and application of education research cross disciplinary boundaries. The X-DBER 2021 conference was held March 1-3, 2021. More than 550 people registered to attend the X-DBER 2021 conference; participants came from 11 countries and 41 states in the U.S.

The goal of this conference was to bring together DBER researchers from across disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, engineering, geoscience, math, physics) to learn about ongoing research and develop future directions. The conference opened with a welcome address from Chancellor Ronnie Green, followed by five themed sessions led by keynote speakers:

  • Integrating disciplinary practices (Dr. Nicole Becker, University of Iowa, chemistry);
  • Learning and cognitive research (Dr. Joanne Lobato, San Diego State University, math);
  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity (Dr. Alex Mejia, University of San Diego, engineering);
  • Student experiences and affect (Dr. Beth Schussler, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, biology); and

Educational tools and interventions (Dr. Kathy Perkins, University of Colorado-Boulder, physics).