ETUG Fall Workshop 2014 [Call for Facilitators]

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1st Unconference!
BCIT Downtown, Vancouver
Thursday, November 13, 2014

We invite faculty, staff and students to join us at ETUG’s first Unconference.

Make your PITCH and prepare to facilitate an Unconference session.

>>ETUG Fall Unconference Pitch List<<

This Fall’s ETUG event invites you to explore a new format for our annual Fall Workshop – the Unconference!  What is an Unconference?  An Unconference is where the participants decide on the program topics and what they will explore or learn with other attendees, sometimes referred to as “serendipitous learning.”  We welcome you to join us on this unexpected journey and a chance to follow an unplanned, meaningful investigation through participation in our first Unconference.   Topics can be decided in advance (posted on the web), or spontaneously generated, and pitched at the workshop.  Everyone then attends the sessions that interest them the most. Read more about the Unconference format and methods by checking out these unconference resources or this video.

So in this Call for Facilitators, we invite you to prepare your pitch, post it-promote it, and then be ready to facilitate a dynamic 40-minute session at the ETUG Fall Unconference!

There is no deadline as all your session ideas will be “Pitched” the morning of the unconference.  The Pitch is intended to highlight your area of interest so others who are like-minded can plan to attend your session.  If you would like to begin generating interest, start the conversation, or find partners with like interests, we have provided a Google document where you may post your ideas. Also if you have an idea and want to connect with someone you can do so in the “ETUG Let’s Talk” space in SCoPE.

The conference will kick off with your 5 minute Pitch sessions and from these we will create our agenda and breakout sessions for the afternoon.

The 5 minute Pitch sessions will take place in the morning of the workshop and will be a plenary session in the large Atrium room at BCIT. Note for those using PowerPoint or some other presentation-type software: only one slide will be allowed per presentation.  These Pitch sessions will be closely timed and when your time is up we’ll ring a bell or hit a gong and your time is up!

Here are some guiding principles for your Pitch:

  • Topic is of interest to our members and is well-aligned with our community’s interest in teaching, learning and educational technology.
  • Topic is forward-thinking, is new/innovative, helps to move us forward/transformative.
  • Format is interactive, participative, or activity-based in a way that will help with networking – see possible format below.
  • Topic highlights BC-based topics, presenters.
  • Session contributes to meeting the diversity of interests of the ETUG membership from large or small institutions and across regions.
  • You can highlight your session as one focussing on offering expertise, seeking help or collaborators.

The 40 minute Unconference sessions will take place in the afternoon of the workshop and will take place at tables in the large Atrium room at BCIT and in three additional breakout rooms.

Here are some possible formats for your 40-minute Unconference session. Feel free to partner up or do a variation on the approach. Keep in mind the goal is dialogue, co-learning, problem-solving and sharing!

  • Show and Tell: You are excited about a great app, a project, or anything else you wish to show that will seed the conversation in the session.
  • 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 explore with others so facilitate a discussion and brainstorm a solution with your collaborators.
  • Mini-hack session: You propose a problem to the group to resolve together in a hands-on way during the allotted time.
  • Un-poster Poster Session: Facilitate a fast-paced, round-robin “speed dating”-type session to allow participants to get a taste of creative, unexpected, or new and exciting strategies or technologies you have used in your practice.  Typically each speed-geek “presentation” is in a 5-10 minute, show-and-tell format.
  • Case study: Discuss a case study showcasing innovation in your, or your institution’s, practice.
  • Thinking Session: 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.
  • World Cafe: Try a new spin on the group discussion or thinking session formats by hosting a World Cafe!  This format is a layered conversational process in which small group discussion around a topic, theme, our guiding question happen cafe style to promote sharing and collaboration.  More info on the World Cafe format.

Your pitches in the Google document are open to the public so can be viewed by everyone. Unconference sessions will be subject that day to the “Law of Two Feet”.

>>ETUG Fall Unconference Pitch List<<

Note: If you have problems accessing the Google document, no problem!  Send a note to and we’ll post it for you.

Registration for this event is now open.

Looking forward to hearing your pitch and seeing you at ETUG in November!

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