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2021 VCC Teaching, Learning, and Research Symposium
February 25th and 26th 2021

Our first combined Teaching & Learning Symposium and Research Day event will explore the following theme: “Change Is the Only Constant: Sharing experiences in Teaching, Learning, and Research in times of disruption”.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rapid, wide-scale shift in education. Instructors and students have had to adapt to teaching and learning in what is now an almost fully-online medium, and researchers and research participants have had to adapt to studies held within a virtual environment. Ongoing changes made in response to COVID-19 and the “new normal” left in its wake force a rethinking of assessment, experiential learning, quality assurance, student/participant engagement and access, and community building. Meanwhile, the resilience and wellness of those who work and learn in higher education face emergent risks given the new reality created by the pandemic.

 Call for Proposals

We are looking for presenters to expand upon this theme. In particular, some questions that could be addressed in a presentation may include:

Given the shift to online delivery during the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • How are assessment practices changing? 
  • What novel and inventive ways are being developed to engage students through both asynchronous and synchronous delivery? 
  • How will work-based training, experiential learning, and student-led research change?
  • How will inclusive spaces be maintained, in teaching and learning and in research?
  • How do we approach resilience and wellness during this time? How do we help students and community members with their resilience and wellness? 
  • What does community building look like in virtual spaces?
  • How are we engaging in research and supporting scholarship in virtually connected environments?

Session Length

Please choose one of the following for your proposal (note that the program committee may ask you to change your session length):

  • 10-minute lightning session
  • 30-minute presentation session
  • 45-minute session (e.g., panel, a roundtable discussion or activity-based)

Criteria for Selection

 The program committee will review proposals based on the following criteria:

  1. The session is relevant to the overall theme of the symposium
  2. The description contains clearly defined purpose and outcomes.
  3. The session is informed by relevant literature, theory, and/or research in the area.
  4. The session topic will be of interest to symposium attendees from a variety of perspectives (e.g., diverse disciplinary backgrounds, diverse roles).
  5. The session is likely to help others improve their practices and processes.

Please submit a proposal by January 8th 2021, using the button below to complete your proposal.

If you intend to present findings of a research project, please also use the same button below to submit your proposal.