Symposium 2017 Call for Proposals: Deadline Aug. 27

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Approximately 15-20 proposals will be accepted for Strand A & B, and 10-15 proposals for Strand C. All proposals will be assessed by the program committee, according to a scoring rubric. To assist you, here are some exemplary proposals from last year.

Important dates to note:
Call for proposals is now open, submission deadline is midnight Aug. 27, 2017. Other dates to note:

  • Proposals reviewed by BCTLC program committee: Aug. 28 – Sept. 8, 2017
  • Email notifications to presenters (acceptance/decline): by Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
  • Confirmation from presenters of attendance: by Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
  • Confirmation from presenters of attendance: by Friday, Sep 22, 2017
  • Symposium 2017: Monday, Nov 6, 2017


Strand A: Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching & Learning Practice

(50 minutes: Presentation + Engagement Format)

This strand is for participants to present an active or completed inquiry into their practice. It may provide an overview of an entire study or focus on individual elements such as approaches to data gathering and analysis, the utility and impact of technologies, or other methodologies. Presentations should include engagement by participants. Proposals must include the question(s) being investigated, summary of relevant literature, and project overview (see the Proposal Evaluation Rubric). Max 250 words. 

Strand B: Success Stories from Teaching & Learning Practice

(50 minutes: Presentation + Engagement Format)

This strand is for participants to share what’s working in their higher education classrooms:  what ideas, (high-impact) practices, strategies, techniques, methods, assignments,  activities, tools, and/or resources are helping students learn?  Presentations in this strand focus on implementation of  successful practices and sharing what is working for student learning. Presenters are encouraged to engage participants in active learning sessions and provide resources that will help others to adopt successful practices.  Max 250 words.

Strand C: Research Bites

(3 minutes, 3 Slides)

This strand is an opportunity for participants to present their work around scholarly teaching practice or research on the scholarship of teaching and learning in three minutes! Short and sweet are the important factors here. This strand allows presenters to share a description of a scholarly teaching practice investigation, highlight informal or formal research findings, pose inquiry questions you’d like to investigate or seek feedback on a scholarly inquiry investigation. Presenters have three minutes and a maximum of three PowerPoint slides to present the basic components. There will be up to 15 presenters in this rapid-fire session followed by a networking follow-up session where participants can approach you to discuss your ‘bite’ topic.

Proposals for this session must include a paragraph outlining the topic, a potential question for discussion, and include a couple references to the literature.  Max 250 words.

Submitting a Proposal

After submission, a confirmation message (including a copy of your responses), will be sent to the email address you provide.

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Intended Audience:

All faculty (professors, teaching faculty, research faculty, instructors, sessional, and full-time educators), teaching assistants and graduate students at all British Columbia post-secondary institutions. In addition, educational developers, directors, administration and research office staff, and colleagues from other post-secondary institutions are welcome.


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