About the Conference

For the past sixteen years UNBC has held a late summer event dedicated to teaching and learning. What started as a one day workshop in 2002 is now a two day event that regularly attracts over 100 participants. In 2007 the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) moved from a small room in the Administration Building to a stand-alone Centre in the Teaching and Learning Building. In 2009 we formally began to collaborate with the College of New Caledonia and again the conference took on a new and exciting form.

Over the years, we’ve evolved as teachers and students, learned from each other, and often tried new things in our teaching practices. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Teaching and Learning Conference.

This year’s conference sessions are offered over 3 days:

  • Pre-conference Sessions: Tuesday, August 28
  • Wednesday, August 29 @ UNBC
  • Thursday, August 30 @ CNC

Call For Proposals

Academic community-engaged learning has been described as “course-based, credit-bearing educational experience that allows students to (a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and (b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.” (Bringle and Hatcher 1995) https://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/mjcsl/3239521.0002.111?rgn=main;view=fulltext

The theme ‘Academic Community-Engaged Learning’ aims to explore the opportunities and challenges in developing community engaged learning and/or applied projects that are significant, challenging, and build on student’s abilities and skills. There are a wide range of topics that could be explored in a conference panel, workshop or watercooler session.

A small sample of possible topics within the theme include:

*   community partnerships in student assessment and evaluation
*   service learning coops & internships community engaged experiential learning
*   connecting rural & remote communities with institutions via technology
*   academic indigenous community engaged learning
*   communities of practice
*   extending understanding of teaching and learning opportunities borne out of https://www.unbc.ca/knowledge-exchange-and-exploration-gathering

We are using this theme to explore an aspect of teaching and learning at UNBC and CNC but invite proposals for panels, workshops, and conversations related to any teaching and learning topic. If you have an idea that lies outside the above theme please send us your proposal!

We welcome proposals from UNBC and CNC faculty, students and staff as well as any other teaching professionals. Proposals that delve into specific projects, and their outcomes for participating academic and partners, are particularly encouraged.

As we would like to engage with as wide a group of presenters and attendees, please note that online presentations ( eg. web-conference, video-conference, etc) from off-campus locations are welcome as well.

Deadline Passed: Friday – June 19, 2018

Submission Details

We invite proposals for the following types of sessions:

*   1.5-hour panels;
*   1.5-hour and 3-hour interactive workshops;
*   20-minute “Conversations around the Water Cooler”

“Conversations around the Water Cooler” are short, interactive sessions for 8-10 participants that are held simultaneously at the beginning of the conference. Each session will be repeated 3-4 times as participants rotate from table to table.

A panel proposal should:

*   Identify panel participants Identify session title
*   Identify key concepts, themes or aims of your panel (maximum 300 words)
*   Include a short bio (100 words) for each participant Identify technological and room set-up requirements

A workshop proposal should:

*   Identify workshop facilitators Indicate length of workshop (1.5 or 3 hours)
*   Identify session title Identify key concepts, themes or aims of your workshop (maximum 300 words)
*   Explain how the workshop is relevant to the conference
*   Include a short bio (100 words) for each facilitator Identify technological and room set-up requirements.

A water cooler proposal should:

*   Identify water cooler facilitator Identify session title Identify key concepts, themes or aims of your water cooler session (maximum 300 words)
*   Explain how the water cooler session is relevant to the conference
*   Include a short bio (100 words)
*   Identify technological and room set-up requirements