VIU Teaching and Learning Conference Proposal Information

Proposals open November 30, 2016 and close Friday, February 10, 2017. (EXTENSION TO WED FEB 15!!)


There are three formats (workshop, teaching slam and online workshop) for submission of a proposal. 

See details of the three formats below and then follow the links to each of the three pages for more details and the submission form. A handout of all details is found on each proposal page.

Any questions, please email ciel@viu.ca or call us at 250.740.6167




Proposal Timeline

  • Proposals Open: November 30, 2016
  • First Round Vetting Proposals: January 2-4, 2017 (for all proposals submitted by January 1, 2017)
  • Acceptance/Decline Emails: By mid-January, 2017
  • Proposals Close: Friday, February 10, 2017 (EXTENSION TO WED FEB 15)
  • Second Round Vetting Proposals: After February 15
  • Acceptance/Decline Emails: By end of February, 2017
  • Program Available Online: By mid-March

Workshop (One Hour Total, Face-to-Face)

A workshop is a one-hour session where you can share an effective teaching idea or method and during which you will engage participants actively in discussion or problem-solving activities. A workshop could include a description of a new teaching technique you have used and which you want to model for participants.You might, for example, ask participants to actually do what you ask your students to do, so that they can directly experience the kind of learning experience you create for your students. Then you could describe in more detail what you actually did; what you were trying to achieve; and how well it worked. You might end the workshop with a group discussion about what participants liked about the idea, how they might apply it to their classes and what benefits you saw from using this idea in your class. Ideally, participants will be able to leave the workshop with an idea they can use or modify for their own work.

The theme of the conference is assessment. Your workshop doesn't have to fit within the theme, but you are encouraged to consider a topic that might be related to the theme of assessment.

Teaching Slam (7 minutes total, Face-to-Face)

The best ideas often come in small packages. This miniature and fun presentation format is designed to let you showcase briefly and energetically a teaching idea, tool or technique, a particularly effective lesson plan, a learning strategy, or some quick way to engage and challenge your students. It’s like an elevator speech. You’ll have exactly 5 minutes to describe your idea. Then you’ll have 2 minutes to take questions, for a total of 7 minutes. Timekeepers will hold you to the given time frame and end your session on schedule, no matter where you are at the end of 7 minutes. Accompanying each Teaching Slam will be a handout that you develop explaining your idea clearly enough so others can use it or modify it for their own classrooms.   

The theme of the conference is assessment. Your teaching slam doesn't have to fit within the theme, but you are encouraged to consider a topic that might be related.

Online Workshop (One Hour, Virtual through Collaborate Ultra)

An online workshop is a one-hour session where you share an effective teaching idea or method, and during which you will engage participants actively in discussion or other interactive activities - all in the online/virtual world. An online workshop should include elements to engage your virtual participants beyond listening to your presentation and viewing slides. You might present participants with a challenging question or problem and ask them to discuss in groups. You could then discuss the potential solutions and how they applied (or didn’t apply) to your own context. You might invite the participants to reflect their own teaching and share how they may apply what they learned in text chat or via the shared whiteboard space. Participants should be able to leave the workshop with an idea they can use or modify for their own work. The teaching ideas or methods don't have to be from the online classroom but we'd love it if they were adaptable or usable in the online or blended learning environment.

There are a variety of tools available to you in our virtual presentation space. You have the ability to:

  • Share your webcam or computer applications
  • Chat via voice or text
  • Create small-group discussions (breakout rooms)
  • Poll participants
  • Participants contribute via text or draw on a shared space (whiteboard)
  • Push documents to participants
  • Share slides

Before the conference, presenters will be invited to test their systems and potential interactive activities in Collaborate Ultra to ensure the best experience for them and for the conference participants.

The theme of the conference is assessment. Your online workshop doesn't have to fit within the theme, but you are encouraged to consider a topic that might be related.

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