January 1, 2017: Call for proposals posted
January 15 – March 22 (extended): Abstract submissions accepted
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May 1: Notification of acceptance
June 15: Participation confirmation due for all presentations
Sept 8: Early bird registration deadline
October 11 – 14: Conference
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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.
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:
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?
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 proposals will be submitted by the panel organizer and should include the following:
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
Paper proposals should include the following:
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.
Concurrent session workshop proposals should include the following:
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.
Poster proposals should include the following:
Proposals will be accepted from January 15 until
March 15 March 22 through our online submission system.
* 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.
Questions and Rationale
Outcomes and Insights
Audience Engagement, especially for workshops
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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 Brett McCollum. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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