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[Spring Workshop 2014] Call for Proposal Open

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Call for Proposals for the ETUG Spring

2014 Workshop 

“20/20:  Reflecting on the Past; Looking to the Future” 
Langara College
, Vancouver, BC June 12 – 13, (Thurs. & Fri.; pub night Wed. Jun 11)
Deadline for Proposals:  THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED

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


Faculty, staff and students: now is the time to start planning your presentation for the ETUG Spring Workshop! As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of ETUG (Educational Technology Users Group), we invite you to consider how we have used educational technology in the past and to envision how we could use it in the future. We welcome proposals that:

  • showcase lessons learned from integrating technology into education
  • display innovative approaches to teaching and learning that take us into the future
  • help us to build sustainable practice in the ever faster-moving world of educational technology development
  • invite us to share in your projects, plans and predictions for the future.


ETUG attracts a wide range of participants including faculty, supervisors/managers, support staff, and students. Interests include pedagogy, technology, and educational innovation in general. Workshop attendance is roughly split between first-timers and ETUG veterans. Our goals are to offer an engaged learning experience for all ETUG members and to provide opportunities for collegial sharing of best practices, tips and tricks and creative ideas.  We welcome informative and interactive proposals for sessions in the four foci listed below:

Reflecting on the Past: Lessons Learned

In terms of educational technology, consider:

  • Where did we come from? How did we get here?
  • Case studies from teaching and learning
  • Case studies from support and training

Hindsight: What I wish I knew

Those who are new to educational technology (the rookies) are often keen to learn from veterans in the field. Consider a discussion, presentation or panel from either the rookie or the veteran perspective; e.g.:

  • Tips from Veterans:  top 10 things to avoid, things to think about/consider
  • Questions from Rookies:  top 10 things you want to know about; talk about a project and ask for input; etc.

Insight: The Next 20 Years

Consider a session that explores global, regional, institutional, and/or personal projections about educational technology in the future:

  • Trends: present/discuss/facilitate possible future trends in educational technology (you might identify trends from sources such as the NMC Horizon’s Report)
  • Plans and Projects personal, institutional, provincial
  • Predictions 

Foresight: Planning for Sustainability

How will you move towards your ideal future? How can great innovations be sustained? Consider:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Support and training
  • Institutional considerations

Session Formats include the following, but we are also open to suggestions:

WORKSHOP 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 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.
  • More ideas:  Consider organizing and facilitating
  • A panel discussion
  • a debate
  • a lightening session: a series of presenters tell us about their project within a limited amount of time (2-5 minutes)
  • An unconference session: Topics may be either decided in advance by volunteers or spontaneously generated. Participants can people attend the topic 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 related to 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). The idea is to set aside time to connect people to those who can assist and work on the problem at hand. Often the problem being solved is technical (requiring coding/ programming), but it 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 with a discussion summary. Notes may also be taken on flip charts, wiki or Etherpad.


Share an exciting project or innovation from your institution at a poster session. The poster session is planned as part of the pre-dinner social Thursday June 12th, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm held at the River Rock Hotel/Conference Centre, Richmond BC. Participants will enjoy drinks, appetizers and lively discussion around your posters. We will provide:

  • A display board (4′ x 4′) and items to secure your poster to the display board (tape or tacks)
  • Access to power and  the internet and a small table for equipment if requested.


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, new/innovative, is transformative (helping us to move forward) or reflective (helping us to learn from our past)
  • Format is interactive, participative, or activity-based in a way that encourages networking among participants
  • Preference is for topics strongly relevant to the region (e.g. BC-based topics and 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


  • All artifacts from ETUG events are openly licensed according to the terms of Creative Commons 4.0 [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]. This includes photographs, audio and video recordings, and session materials
  • Facilitators and participants are encouraged to post and share their work online. When posting to social media, please use the ‘etug’ tag.


BCcampus/ETUG is pleased to cover the registration costs ($130 + taxes) for session facilitators and poster presenters. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered up to $700 for lead facilitators and up to $500 for poster presenters travelling within BC, from outside of the Metro Vancouver area. For sessions with more than one facilitator, expense coverage will be provided for the primary facilitator only. (Exceptions may be given for participants of a panel discussion.)

If you have questions about the Call for Proposals or the workshop theme, contact Leva Lee llee@bccampus.ca,

We welcome your proposals! The deadline is Monday, March 31st, 2014.


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