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The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning invites you to join its 14th annual conference, which will be hosted in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, from October 11 to 14, 2017. International scholars and educators will come together to share recent work and to discuss how our collective efforts will elevate the future of higher education. The conference will feature preconference workshops facilitated by leading scholars in the field, distinguished international plenary speakers, panel discussions, individual paper and poster presentations, concurrent workshops, and ISSOTL’s signature Conference Commons for informal idea-sharing and networking.

CONFERENCE THEME

This year's theme is inspired by the conference’s location in Calgary, a city that sits at 1,049 meters high with the Canadian Rocky Mountains shaping its western skyline.  “Reaching New Heights” will push our thinking about the scholarship of teaching and learning. This theme urges presenters, practitioners, and participants to think about the future of SoTL and how we navigate the new routes for getting there. It asks us to take risks by venturing into the unknown, and to explore diverse landscapes as we gain wider views of teaching and learning. It invites discussions of both the peaks and the valleys of SoTL, and calls us to share our adventures in SoTL—what we’ve learned along the way, how far we’ve come, what we’ve left behind, when we’ve faced down adversity, whose hands have lifted us, when we’ve stopped short of the peak, and what’s accomplished by reaching the summit.

The theme “Reaching New Heights” encompasses but is not limited to the following topics or threads:

  • Aspirations and anxieties for SoTL
  • Adventures and insights in SoTL
  • The high and low points in SoTL
  • Mapping and chronicling SoTL
  • SoTL newcomers, fellow climbers, and guides
  • New horizons, emerging landscapes, and underexplored territories in SoTL

We thus invite proposals that reflect on the trajectory of SoTL as a field and as part of our individual contexts.  What are its hopes and achievements? Its lessons learned and ongoing challenges? Its partners and advocates? Its unexpected outcomes and unasked questions? Its methods for self-reflecting and communicating to others?  

PRESENTATION FORMATS

Panel Discussions

Panel discussions are particularly appropriate for topics that benefit from multiple perspectives, including disciplinary, institutional, and national perspectives. The goal for panel discussions is to provide panelists and audience members the opportunity to exchange insights, engage in discussion, and learn from each other’s experiences. Panels representing two or more countries are especially sought.

Panel discussions

  • feature two to four panelists;
  • will last 60 or 90 minutes, including at least 20 minutes for discussion; and
  • may be chaired by one of the panelists or someone else.

Panel proposals will be submitted by the panel organizer and should include the following:

  • the names, institutional affiliations, and contact information of the panelists (submitted only in the author panel in the submission system);
  • a designation of the panel chair (one of the panelists or an additional person)
  • the title of the panel as a whole
  • an abstract (between 750 and 1,000 words, with panelists’ names removed for review) that
    • describes the panel as a whole (may also include descriptions of individual contributions and titles within the panel);
    • indicates the literatures, methods, evidence, and conclusions (in the case of SoTL projects) or the literatures and current SoTL conversations it engages (in the case of panels about SoTL); and
    • addresses the conference theme by identifying the most relevant conference thread.

Papers

We invite proposals for single paper presentations on conference threads, especially presentations on completed SoTL projects. The goals of these papers are to share knowledge and to encourage critical dialogue among conference participants.

Individual paper presentations

  • will last a maximum of 30 minutes each, including 10 minutes for questions and discussion; and
  • will be grouped into sessions of two or three, with a total time of 60 (2 presenters) or 90 minutes (3 presenters). The final presenter in the session will serve as chair.

Paper proposals should include the following:

  • the name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information of the presenter(s) (submitted only in the author panel in the submission system);
  • the title of the paper; and
  • an abstract (up to 500 words, with presenter's name removed for review) that
    • describes the paper’s topic;
    • indicates the literatures, methods, evidence, and conclusions (in the case of SoTL projects) or the literatures and current SoTL conversations it engages (in the case of papers about SoTL); and
    • addresses the conference theme by identifying the most relevant conference thread.

Concurrent Workshops

These workshops offer an opportunity for hands-on work on a SoTL question, research method, or topic during the concurrent sessions of the conference.  A limited number of these 90-minute workshop slots are available.

Workshops

  • provide a highly interactive alternative to presentations and papers, and
  • demonstrate effective practices in both SoTL and workshop pedagogy.

Concurrent session workshop proposals should include the following:

  • the name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information of the workshop facilitator(s) (submitted only in the author panel in the submission system);
  • a title of the workshop; and
  • an abstract (between 500 and 750 words, with facilitators’ names removed for review) that
    • explains the significance of/need for a workshop on the topic;
    • states its learning goals and outcomes;
    • includes plans for participants’ engagement throughout the workshop;
    • indicates the literatures and current SoTL conversations it engages;
    • describes the facilitators’ relevant experience (without identifiers) for this workshop;
    • addresses the conference theme by identifying the most relevant conference thread.

Posters

Poster presentations have become a central component of ISSOTL conferences, and the 2017 conference will showcase posters in a space that allows a large number of participants to engage with each poster presenter. We therefore especially invite proposals for posters that take up important and timely topics related to the conference tracks.

Posters

  • present preliminary SoTL work, or completed projects, or considerations of the field of SoTL in general;
  • inspire detailed dialogue and critical engagement, as at least one author attends the poster session to present and discuss the work with other conference delegates;
  • will be featured during a poster session and reception;
  • should not exceed 72 inches wide by 42 inches tall. ISSOTL will provide the backing boards and other materials for displaying the posters. Additional practical details for poster presenters will be posted on this site by August 2017.

Poster proposals should include the following:

  • the name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information of the poster presenter(s) (submitted only in the author panel in the submission system);
  • the title of the poster; and
  • an abstract (up to 500 words, with presenters' names removed for review) that
    • describes the focus of the poster;
    • indicates the literatures, methods, evidence, and conclusions (in the case of SoTL projects) or the literatures and current SoTL conversations it engages (in the case of projects about SoTL); and
    • addresses the conference theme by identifying the most relevant conference thread.  

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION AND REVIEW 

Proposals will be accepted from January 15 until March 15 March 22 through our online submission system.

Click here to begin your submission.*
[PDF: Submitting a Proposal - Quick Reference Guide]

* The 2017 proposal system uses a separate database from the ISSOTL membership database, so you will need to create a new account in the proposal system

** Need to revise your abstract or add authors after you submitted your proposal? Click on the submission title in your Active Submissions list and then scroll down in the submission to “Submission Metadata.” Click the “Edit Metadata” link to update your abstract or to add authors. The "Add Authors" button is below the current presenters' contact information. Revisions may be made until the (extended) March 22nd deadline.

 

During the electronic submission process, proposal authors will be asked to identify the conference thread (the bulleted list of topics under “Conference Theme” above) most relevant for their session.  Concurrent sessions will then be organized by threads to aid both conference organizers in developing the program and attendees in making informed decisions about which sessions to attend. 

Each proposal will be reviewed by three reviewers from different countries, as possible.  The proposals will be rated as one of the following:  Accept, Accept with minor revisions, or Reject.  Where only minor revisions are required, applicants will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit.  The reviewers’ decision will be final. Notices of acceptance will be sent on May 1, and confirmation from all presenters will be due on June 15.

All proposals should be in accordance with local policies for research involving human subjects. 

Considerations for Review of Proposals

Questions and Rationale

  • Important question(s) related to SoTL, the conference theme, and/or the conference threads are identified, articulated, and explored.
  • An understanding of SoTL issues and/or existing scholarship in the field is demonstrated.

Theory/Methods/Framework/Models

  • The theories/methods/frameworks/models being used are explained and justified.

Outcomes and Insights

  • Evidence and/or findings are reported.
  • A description of how the work contributes to the understanding or practice of SoTL is provided.

Reflective Critique

  • A critical/reflective evaluation of the work is offered.

Audience Engagement, especially for workshops

  • Planned opportunities for active audience engagement in the session are described.
  • Opportunities for audience participation in the discussion are included.
  • Effective pedagogical practices are demonstrated.

Conference Fees

Click here for information on ISSOTL17 conference fees.


CONTACT AND CONNECT

ISSOTL17 is co-hosted by the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, and the Conference Co-Chairs are Nancy Chick and Michelle Yeo.  Questions? Email issotl2017@issotl.com 

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