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[Fall Workshop 2013] Call for Proposal Open

The ETUG Fall Call for Proposals is now closed. If you have questions, please contact Leva Lee llee@bccampus.ca
“Royal Crossroads: Avenues for Quality”

Royal Roads University,Victoria, BC

Friday, November 15, 2013

Deadline:  Friday, October 11, 2013

We welcome proposals from faculty, staff and students to facilitate a session at this year’s ETUG Fall Workshop!  


This Fall’s ETUG event invites you to explore perceptions of quality in education. No single set of best practices for quality assurance exists, but frameworks, benchmarks, lists, and rubrics have been created, revised and applied. However, the connotations of quality can appear at odds with other key values including diversity, engagement, creativity and flexibility.  

We invite proposals that seek

  • to define what quality means; to explore the relationships among quality and key values in education such as diversity, engagement, creativity and flexibility;
  • to showcase quality assurance and continuous improvement within classrooms, disciplines, or institutions;
  • to offer 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. Here are some guiding questions and suggestions, but feel free to add to these ideas:
What does quality mean at your Institution?
How do you measure and assess quality at your institution?
Quality, Speed and Cost:  Pick two?
Are quality and creativity mutually exclusive?
Does your institution/program/department have a creative approach to quality assessment or implementation?
How do you ensure quality in design and delivery across a variety of modes of delivery such as blended, online, flipped and MOOCs? What does quality mean in developing and offering a course for a particular mode of delivery?
Travelling companions:
How do quality initiatives impact students, faculty, support staff and administration?
How do you engage faculty in the quality discussion? Students?
Given the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology’s (AEIT) recently released a green paper entitled “Quality Assurance Framework British Columbia,” where are we headed?

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.
Lightening Round session (5 min):  Have a project you can describe/present in 5 minutes?  This is the session for you!

More ideas:  Consider organizing and facilitating

A panel discussion
A debate
An unconference session: Topics are decided in advance by people volunteering or spontaneously generated and people attend the one that interests 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.

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.

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 leva.lee@bccampus.ca.

Expenses for Session Facilitators at ETUG  

BCcampus/ETUG is pleased to cover the Fall workshop registration costs ($35 + 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 Greater Victoria area.  For sessions with more than one facilitator, expense coverage will be given for the primary facilitator.
We welcome your proposals! The deadline is Friday, October 11, 2013.


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