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[Spring Workshop 2013] Call for Proposals Open


“Tell it on the Mountain: Teaching, Engaging, Learning and Leading”
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain, BC
Thursday June 6 and Friday June 7 (Pub night Wednesday, June 5)

Call is now Closed. If you have any questions contact: leva.lee@bccampus.ca


We welcome proposals from faculty, staff and students to facilitate a session at this year’s Spring Workshop.

The top is a great place for vision, for spotting new opportunities for growth and development – Stacey Allison (the first American woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest)

This spring’s ETUG (Educational Technology Users Group) event asks you to consider Teaching, Engaging, Learning and Leading. We invite proposals that showcase thoughtful integration of technology into education; innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and professional development; use of open content and awareness of digital copyright issues; and plans, projects and predictions for the future.
Our goal is to offer a stimulating event for all ETUG members, so we welcome informative, interactive and engaging proposals for sessions in the four streams listed below. Here are some guiding questions and suggestions, but feel free to add to these ideas:

Geo-caching: Share your Resources and Techniques

    • Teaching and Learning Practices: Share innovative techniques and approaches in your teaching and learning. Have you found ways to inspire and engage students with technology tools? Have you enhanced the teaching/learning process with a particular technology?
    • Faculty Training and Support: Has your institution implemented a novel approach to faculty development or support? Do you have professional learning initiatives to share?

Choosing a Trail: Routes taken in Flexible Learning, Blended Delivery and the Flipped Classroom

    • Teaching and Learning: Do you have case studies to present? Can you share any lessons you learned? Are you working on innovative flexible learning/flipped classroom projects or specific tools?
    • Institutional Issues: What institutional demands and concerns arise with changes in delivery? How is your institution encouraging flexible learning?
    • Student Impact: What impact has your move into more flexible learning scenarios had on student learning? What strategies do you or your institution use to measure the impact on student learning?
    • Support: If you work in a support area, how do you support the use of flexible learning technology (by both instructors and students)? Share any tips, plans etc. you have!

Orienteering: Navigating Open and Digital Content and Copyright Legislation

    • Open Content: Do you have effective methods for researching and evaluating open resources? Are you involved in a project to develop open content?
    • Copyright: The new copyright legislation and you! What issues are you facing at your institution? Share tips and best practices!
    • Institutional Issues: How is your institution dealing with open content? Has your institution developed any strategies for mainstreaming open content?

Reaching the Summit: Looking Ahead

    • Trends: The annual Horizon Report features emerging trends and challenges in the realm of educational technology. What trends are you going to be exploring or implementing? What emerging technologies are you enthusiastic about?
    • Plans and Projects: How are you planning for the implementation and support of new innovations and technologies into the teaching and learning landscape at your institution?
    • Predictions and Preparation: How do you build educational experiences in a way that allows for change and flexibility and/or sustainability?

Session Formats

Include the following, but we are also open to suggestions:

    • Hands-On (90 min): Lead a hands-on/how-to technology session.
    • Case study (45 or 90 min): Present a case study showcasing innovation in your, or your institution’s, practice.
    • Thinking Session (45 or 90 min): Facilitate a thinking session in which you ask participants to brainstorm innovative solutions to challenges you’ve dealt with, or are dealing with, in your practice. Invite participants to design or create something together; for example, an assignment, a grading rubric, a policy, a strategy, etc.
    • Poster Session (90 min): Share an exciting project or innovation at your institution at a poster session. The session is planned as part of the pre-dinner social Thursday June 6th, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Participants will enjoy drinks, appetizers and lively discussion around your posters. We will provide: A poster board and items to secure your board to the display board. Access to power and the internet and a small table for equipment if requested. Educause has some tips on creating posters: http://www.educause.edu/conferences-events/regional-conferences/regional-conference-poster-session-description-and-tips.
    • Lightening Round session (5 min): Have a project you can describe/present in 5 minutes? This is the session for you!

More  session ideas: Consider organizing and facilitating:

    • a panel discussion
    • a debate
    • Birds of a feather table discussion: these sessions are informal, open and moderated discussions on a variety of topics of interest to attendees. Facilitators are at each table and can report back to the larger group a discussion summary. Notes may also be taken on flipcharts, wiki or etherpad.
    • an unconference session: Topics are decided in advance by people volunteering or spontaneously generated and people attend the one that interest them the most. Here are some examples:
      • Group discussion : You identify a topic you are interested in and invite others join the conversation.
      • My Big (or Little) Question: You have a question you want to know the answer to, and you think others in the group could answer it. You could ask everyone to bring a question and choose the one that appeals to most.
      • Show and Tell: You are excited about a great app, a project, or anything else you wish to show that will start the conversation in the session. Alternatively, you can invite others to bring their own items to show and tell (perhaps with a theme), and everyone takes a turn sharing.
      • Mini-hack session: You propose a problem to the group to resolve together in a hands-on way during the allotted time (or extended over the course of the workshop). Idea is to set aside time to connect people to others who can assist them and work on the problem at hand. Often the problem being solved is technical requiring coding/ programming but does not have to be.

Criteria for Selection

Session proposals will be reviewed in keeping with the following considerations:

    • Topic is of interest to our members
    • Topic is well-aligned with our theme
    • Topic is forward-thinking, is new/innovative, helps to move us forward/transformative
    • Format is interactive, participative, or activity-based in a way that will help with networking
    • Preference is for BC-based topics, presenters
    • Session contributes to the overall workshop program, reflecting a good mix of representation of the diversity of ETUG membership from large or small institutions, and across regions

Sharing what we do

    • All artefacts from ETUG events are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Canada License. This includes photographs, audio and video recordings, and session materials.
    • Facilitators and participants are encouraged to post and share their work online. Please use the ‘etug’ tag.
    • If you have questions, contact Leva Lee

Expenses for Session Facilitators at ETUG

BCcampus/ETUG is pleased to cover the registration costs ($100 + taxes) for session facilitators of the 45-90 minute sessions and travel and accommodation expenses for lead facilitators traveling within BC, but outside of the Metro Vancouver area. For sessions with more than one facilitator, expense coverage will be given for the primary facilitator. (Exceptions may be given for participants of a panel discussion.)

We welcome your proposals!

Call is now Closed. If you have any questions contact: leva.lee@bccampus.ca

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