Call for Proposals

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, January 29, 2021

The Cascadia Open Education Summit invites you to share your groundbreaking ideas, research, and best practices for using open educational resources (OER) or engaging in open educational practices. 

Conference Theme & Format

  • Theme: Regional influence. Global impact.
  • Online using EventMobi
  • Conference dates: April 27-29, 2021
  • Keynotes and further schedule details: TBA

Submit a presentation proposal. There will be an opportunity to learn, share, and network with colleagues throughout the full conference. 

Note: While the conference is free for all post-secondary students and staff to attend, everyone must register (opening soon). Please connect with your representative regional partner for further details.

Proposal Tracks 

We invite proposals with a focus on the following areas:

  1. Equity and access: Levelling the playing field with open educational practices (includes issues of connectivity and access to digital devices; providing equitable solutions for a lack of access to devices and data plans; open philosophies, and equity, diversity, and inclusion for traditionally underrepresented/minoritized groups.)
  2. Scalability: Creating adaptable OER beyond boundaries (includes strategies, organization, structure, and process for implementing and scaling OER initiatives; collaboration and support models; communication and promotion of OER adoption; policy; sustainability; approaches for mainstreaming open education)
  3. Fostering growth in the OER ecosystem: Supporting faculty to stimulate real change (includes strategies, policies, and action plans for professional development in open educational practices)
  4. Adaptability in trades, vocational, and career training: Successes and challenges (includes stories from the current climate, active learning, and living labs)
  5. Orientation to open education: Introducing newbies to the open education ecosystem (includes stories from mentors and mentees; self-guided open advocates; open pioneers; success story and pitfall lightning talks; how-to sessions)
  6. Collaborative practices: Bridging the gaps between departments and institutions (includes interdepartmental and interinstitutional OER projects; leveraging libraries and learning and teaching centres)

Proposal Criteria and Submission Process

Reviewers use the following criteria when evaluating submissions:

  • Relevance – The topic is relevant to open education and contributes to research and/or effective practices in the field.
  • Coverage – The topic is clearly described and the session covers the topic adequately.
  • Innovation – The topic has innovative concepts.
  • Research/Outcome-Based – The topic is research/outcomes-based.
  • Takeaways – The session includes key takeaways for participants.
  • Improved Processes and Best Practices – The session could help improve processes and/or best practices in the field.
  • Knowledge – The speaker or speakers appear to have sufficient knowledge and expertise to address the topic.

Step 1: Identify the track that your session will address:

  • Equity and access: Levelling the playing field with open educational practices
  • Scalability: Creating adaptable OER beyond boundaries
  • Fostering growth in the OER ecosystem: Supporting faculty to stimulate real change
  • Adaptability in trades, vocational, and career training: Successes and challenges
  • Orientation to open education: Introducing newbies to the open education ecosystem
  • Collaborative practices: Bridging the gaps between departments and institutions

Step 2: Identify the type of session you are proposing:

  • Presentation: 1-2 presenters discuss a topic (25 minutes).
  • Panel Presentation: 2-4 individuals address a topic from multiple perspectives. Inter-institutional panels are encouraged (55 minutes).
    • May combine up to four similar proposals into one themed panel, with 15-minute individual presentations, a break, and a 25-minute follow-up panel (90 minutes).
  • Workshop: 1-3 presenters guide participants in a digital hands-on session (40 minutes).

Step 3: Prepare Your Proposal

Prepare the following components of your session proposal in a neatly formatted email attachment:

  • Title – Up to 125 characters
  • Abstract – Briefly describe in 50 words or less the topic you plan to present or discuss. This abstract will be used in the conference program.
  • Session Objectives – List 1-3 learning objectives for attendees participating in your session.
  • Session Description – In 250 words or less, summarize what you plan to cover and how you will incorporate attendee participation. Interactive sessions are strongly encouraged, such as using real-time polls, Twitter feeds, small group discussions, etc.
  • Target Audience Indicate the audience you’re gearing the presentation towards, and level of experience with open education. 
    • Roles: Student, faculty, administrator, librarian, instructional designer, executive leadership, other
    • Experience with OER: novice, intermediate, advanced
  • Presenter Bio(s) – Provide a short bio for each presenter (100 words max.).
  • Contact Information – Provide the phone number and email address of the lead presenter, as well as the contact information of up to three additional presenters.

Our Timeline

  • Proposals are due by Friday, January 29, 2021
  • Notifications of acceptance by Friday, February 12, 2021

Questions?

Send inquiries to opentext@bccampus.ca

Submit a Proposal