Call for Proposals


Blended Teaching for Engaged Learning 

May 4 & 5

Call for Proposals

 

Blended Teaching for Engaged Learning

The pandemic has encouraged new pedagogical perspectives and possibilities for many educators, including the various ways we can blend in-person and online, synchronous and asynchronous, learning modalities. In the past two years, instructors have adapted their teaching and tried new approaches, often with little time to reflect and prepare. Now with the benefits of a little more time, a few more resources, and far more experience, faculty can create well-design blended courses or programs that centre on students and provide engaged, active, and interactive learning experiences, in both physical and virtual environments. This blended approach can also provide flexible, equitable and more individualized learning opportunities for students. The emerging pedagogies and concepts being developed and explored in blended teaching and learning are leading to innovations that will be vital as we transition to an educational world that combines the aspects of space and time in new and meaningful ways.

For this conference, we invite colleagues to submit proposals for sessions that might consider, but are not limited to, the following questions: 

  • What designs/approaches/models for blended learning have been useful and why? (for courses and for programs)
  • How do we conceptualize blended teaching and learning for our different disciplinary contexts?
  • How has the transition to blended learning, after a year online, impacted the student experience?
  • What are the ‘lessons learned’? How will pandemic pedagogy shape post-pandemic pedagogy?
  • How can blended models facilitate Universal Design for Learning and/or Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for a more inclusive learning experience?
  • How do we utilize asynchronous tools, pedagogical approaches and/or online resources (including OER) to best support students as they learn foundational knowledge to take into practice and apply in the classroom?
  • How can we balance online and in-person, and/or synchronous and asynchronous blends to ensure opportunities for engaged learning?
  • How can we make effective use of technologies in blended learning models?
  • What barriers do blended learning environments present for non-traditional students? How can blended learning models remove barriers for non-traditional students?
  • What additional skill sets are available to students through a blended learning approach?

Session Types

DCUTL will feature three session formats: (1) 25-minute Research Papers, (2) 25-minute Promising Practices, and (3) 50-minute workshops. Each is described below. Individual or group submissions are welcome, and joint submissions with students are highly encouraged. We are unable to accept more than 2 submissions per person.

25-minute Research Papers: This format provides the opportunity for presenters to involve their peers in an engaging paper related to new or ongoing research related to the conference theme. Sessions should include opportunities for questions and discussion, within the 25-minute timeframe.

25-minute Promising Practices: This format is designed for sessions that describe examples of creative or innovative approaches to blended teaching and their impact on student learning. Practices should be grounded in the literature. Sessions should include opportunities for interaction, questions, and discussion, within the 25-minute timeframe.

50-minute Workshops: This format is designed to provide a space where participants will engage in activities that explore the conference theme.  Proposals should clearly indicate: session learning outcomes, how participants will actively contribute to the session, and the meaningful takeaways for workshop participants.

How to Submit a Proposal

You must submit your proposal using the DCUTL 2022 Proposal Submission Form.  

Please note that formatting is not available when submitting a proposal. Those who have their submission(s) accepted will be given the opportunity to provide a formatted session abstract for the program later. Reviewers will be notified of this issue.

You will receive a confirmation within 4 business days.  If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact clt@dal.ca.

Required Information for Proposal

All required questions are marked with a *.

Session Details

  • Proposal Title*
  • Session Format*
  • Does your session include students as presenters?

Presenter and Author Details

  • Title First Name Last Name*
  • Pronouns
  • Email*
  • Academic Unit/Department/Office/Division*
  • Institution*
  • I intend on presenting*
  • How many co-authors are there included on this submission? The co-author may be also be a presenting author. The above details are required for each co-author.*

Session Details

All reviews are double blind. Please do not identify authors and/or presenters in the 'Session Description' or the 'Session Abstract'. 

  • Session Description (400 words)*
    • Include relevance of topic to conference or pre-conference theme, importance of topic to teaching and learning, appropriate theory, research or practice, learning outcomes and methods to be used in the session. Please remove author names and institutional affiliations from the description.
  • Session Abstract (150 words)*
    • To appear in the conference schedule.
  • References
  • Keywords* 
    • Provide up to five keywords that describe the session.
  • Additional Requirements
    • Please use the space below to indicate any additional support you may need such as breakout rooms.