Call for Proposals

2018 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Call for Proposals


The Proposal Submission System is now available. Click here to submit a proposal. Please note that proposals are due by May 11, 2018.


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The theme of this year’s Symposium is ‘Building SoTL Communities: Within, Between, and Beyond.” SoTL communities are built within disciplines, between SoTL researchers in a variety of contexts, and beyond the borders of SoTL to transform teaching and learning in higher education.

In its 8th year, this Symposium will draw together faculty, students, educational developers, and administrators interested in the systematic inquiry of teaching and learning. We invite proposals that match one of the Symposium tracks (see below) from individuals or teams of scholars in the following formats:

  • Oral presentations (40 minutes including time for questions),
  • Cracker barrel session (40 minute round table format),
  • Poster presentations.
Proposals are encouraged from students, faculty, administrators, or community members committed to the systematic scholarly inquiry into aspects of teaching and learning in a higher education setting. We encourage presentations that demonstrate collaborations with students, with other instructors and among multiple disciplines and contexts.

Symposium tracks are:
  • Research on teaching and learning – presentations on active or completed SoTL projects,
  • Involving undergraduate students in SoTL – presentations on best practices or example projects where undergraduate students are acting as co-researchers,
  • Teaching and learning with technology – presentations on the utility and impact of technology for teaching and learning,
  • Collaborating beyond the single classroom – presentations on multi-class, interdisciplinary, or cross-institutional projects,
  • Methodologies and innovative approaches to data gathering and analysis – presentations providing a ‘how to’ introduction to specific research methods and theoretical frameworks,
  • Calls for collaboration, triangulation, and development (cracker barrel or poster session only) – poster presentations that share early-stage research questions with the objective of establishing connections with like-minded researchers.
Scholarship must be at the centre of all proposals submitted. Proposals that focus on course or program design or ‘how to’ strategies must describe how this topic will advance SoTL knowledge and/or practice, and refer to current literature. The submission form requires the following information:
  • names, titles and affiliations of all proposal participants with contact email addresses for each,
  • names of participants attending and presenting at the Symposium,
  • a title,
  • a 200-word abstract for the Symposium Program which will be published as is,
  • a 500-word session description for reviewers:
    • research presentations should specifically describe sources of evidence and analysis and incorporate supporting literature;
    • for blind review, ensure that no identifying information is included in the body of the abstract,
  • a reference list supporting the work (up to 4 references),
  • preferred presentation format and symposium track.
Posters must be no larger than 3’x4’ or 4’ x 3’ and will be displayed on portable easels during the Symposium. A dedicated poster session will be held on Friday, afternoon, November 9, 2018 during which presenters can discuss their posters with participants.

All presenters must register for the Symposium and are responsible for their own symposium registration fees, travel, and lodging.