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ETUG 25 – Conference Theme + Topics

Conference Theme

ETUG’s 25th Anniversary Conference theme is “Back to the Future: Looking Back, Moving Forward“.  
This year’s action-packed conference will offer participants two days of focused thinking and conversations with inspiring keynotes, concurrent sessions, a panel discussion, awards, social events, and much more.  Join us for two amazing days of collaboration, innovation and learning, and discover new ways to spark change within the educational technology area.

Conference Topics

The conference theme of “Back to the Future: Looking Back, Moving Forward” is further divided into the 4 topics listed below:

1   |   Educational Technologies That Have Persisted

This stream explores 25 years of educational technologies or processes that might have seemed radical and innovative at the time, but have persisted and become mainstream. Subtopics in this stream can include:

  • Online & Blended Learning, including MOOC’s
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Web 2.0 (eg. blogs, wiki’s, social networks)
  • Mobile technologies
  • Multimedia production and distribution (eg. podcasting, lecture capture)
  • Classroom technologies (eg. projectors at the podium, A/V equipment, computer labs)
  • Other related topics

2   |   People and Technology

This stream explores how technology has creatively disrupted education over the last 25 years and how the roles of instructors, learners and everyone in between has been profoundly impacted. Subtopics in this stream can include:

  • Evolving role of educators in (re)designing their own learning environments, instructional strategies, learning activities and assessment methods
  • Expanding role of the instructional designer and educational technology consultant
  • Evolution of educational technology support and training
  • Enhancing learning and sharing through student-generated content
  • Increasing access for networking, partnerships and collaborative spaces for students and faculty
  • Social practice of commons/commoning as a way to manage shared resources
  • Other related topics

3   |   Moving Forward: Future Trends

This stream explores forward-thinking approaches to education and educational technology, and the incorporation of creativity and innovation as essential components of effective educational technology over the next 25 years. Subtopics in this stream can include

  • Advances in physical, virtual, networked and online learning spaces and technologies
  • Evolving definitions of digital literacy
  • Future trends in learning analytics
  • Integrating indigenous pedagogies, epistemologies and inclusive curriculum
  • Moving to cooperative or commercial cloud-based storage, software and platforms
  • Open educational resources, practices and pedagogies
  • Social practice of commons/commoning as a way to manage shared resources
  • Other related topics

4   |   Staying the Course

This stream explores committing yourself and/or those you work with to a sustained effort of action over the long-term. Subtopics in this stream can include:

  • Advocating inclusive course design and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Championing professional development for faculty and staff in ed technology or other learning
  • Developing educational technology plans
  • Designing with Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies
  • Educating learners with skills and competencies needed for the 21st century
  • Enhancing learning spaces
  • Measuring the effectiveness of Educational technology
  • Navigating the political and economic conditions impacting our post-secondary context
  • Nurturing Communities of practice and engaging with knowledge networks
  • Social practice of commons/commoning as a way to manage shared resources
  • Supporting open and sustainable approaches to content creation and sharing
  • Understanding Copyright and Intellectual Property in Canada
  • Other related topics