Meeting Future Challenges: Next Steps for 21st Century Blended and Online Higher Education

The 2017 conference themes align with two of Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s future challenge areas. What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market? How are the experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada essential to building a successful shared future? The conference will provide a platform for online higher education research, practice, and policy work.

Conference Themes

  • Braiding the Future: Integrating Indigenous values, cultures, leadership, knowledge systems, into blended and online higher educational opportunities. Using Indigenous methodologies in blended and/or online higher education research.
  • Learning Spaces: Design thinking. Knowledge building in physical and virtual spaces. Materiality of learning. Innovative modes of delivery.
  • Institutional Innovations: Supporting public-private and/or not-for-profit research partnerships. Promoting and sustaining open educational resources. Recognizing and responding to disruptive information and communication technologies.
  • Educational Reform: Using blended and online learning programs to enable higher educational institutions to achieve their local, national, and international goals.

Session Formats

  • Presentations: 20 minutes
  • Panels: 40 minutes
  • Posters: (One 1-hour session)

All formats need to incorporate time for questions and/or attendee participation.

Abstract Formats

  • Presentations can focus on research or research-based practices: 500-word limit, including 2 to 5 references
  • Panels need to include diverse perspectives on at least one conference theme: 600-word limit, including 3 to 6 references
  • Posters can focus on either preliminary research or emergent changes to practices: 250-word limit, including 1 to 3 references

The Submission, Selection, and Acceptance Process

All submissions will be double-blind reviewed by members of the conference program committee. Contributions should not have been submitted elsewhere. Given the one-day format for the 2017 conference and in order to ensure a diverse program, no individual should be first author on more than one proposal. There is no limit on the number of times any individual can contribute as a subsequent author.

In the first round of blind reviews, authors will have their proposals accepted, accepted with revisions, or rejected based on conference criteria.

In the second round of blind reviews, the conference chair and program committee members will review first round committee recommendations, and recommended proposal revisions, to determine accepted proposals.

First Call Submission Date: July 24, 2017
Extended Call – Final due date: Aug. 14, 2017
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