Call for Proposals

Proposals can be submitted for pre-conference workshops (three hours), individual interactive presentations (25 minutes), collaborative paired presentations (55 minutes), extended interactive presentations (55 minutes), panel presentations and discussions (55 minutes), hands-on workshops (55 minutes), structured round tables (55 minutes), and posters.

Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2018 (extended until January 15, 2019)
Presenters notified: Mid-February, 2019

Making Waves: Educational Disruptions and Transformations

There is no doubt education is an extremely dynamic field, where change is constant, expected and manageable. Occasionally major changes happen – disruptions often technology related, but they can be shifts in teaching and learning approaches, new policies, or administrative changes that impact educators and learners in profound ways. Changes may be immediate, obvious and powerful, or subtle enough that it takes longer to understand their full implications. A disruption might lead to a positive transformation – or it might not. The education landscape is diverse, composed of multiple relationships, contexts and perspectives for each the learner, the teacher, and the administrator. With so many issues converging in education today, acknowledging the dissonance we encounter can provide rich learning opportunities. Join your colleagues as we collectively explore this ever-changing landscape of the new possibilities for learning, addressing these and many other questions:

  • What types of transformations are you hoping in our educational system?
  • What are the best methods and techniques that promote innovation, collaboration and inclusion to support student learning?
  • What new kinds of leadership are required for our educational systems?

Conference Streams

  1. Open Horizons: Open textbook, education, pedagogy and research
  2. Epic Wipeout: We are always willing to celebrate our successes; this stream will celebrate failures and the learning and growth that comes from them
  3. Incoming Tsunami: Research and work done by graduate students
  4. The Impact Zone: A dialogue series, on indigenous/inclusion/student well being, between student and designer/educator/instructor
  5. Stoked for Innovation: Dialogue between elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators/learning designers
  6. Distant Shores: Online Distance Education
  7. Amped to Ride the Party Wave: Collaboration and collaborative practices in distance education

Selection Criteria

All submitted proposals will be evaluated and peer reviewed. Reviewers will use the following criteria to rate each proposal:

  • Alignment of topic to conference streams and creativity of the proposal
  • Relevance of the ideas, innovations, and methods to participants and other institutions
  • Clarity and appropriateness of the learning objectives for the session
  • Evidence of supporting research or assessment
  • Clearly stated audience engagement strategies
  • Inclusion of faculty members, staff, or students as co-presenters
  • Evidence of collaboration, from two or more departments, institutions, schools

Submission Procedure for Presentation Abstracts

For all submissions, abstract should be no more than 500 words, including references and session title of 8-10 words.
Submission form


Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 15, 2018. Proposals exceeding the word limit or arriving late will not be considered.

IMPORTANT: If your proposal is accepted you must register for the conference and pay corresponding fees by April 12, 2019 to confirm your presentation(s). You are also responsible for your own travel and accommodation expenses.