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CICan 2022 Conference: Call for Presentations

CICan’s annual conference is the largest event of its kind in Canada! It fosters connections between post-secondary institutions from across the country and around the world. In 2022 these connections will focus on navigating anew in this fast forward future.

Monday, November 8, 2021

We welcome presentations in both official languages and encourage bilingualism. Please be creative in your proposals and highlight how your session fits with the overall conference theme: Navigating Anew.

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About the Theme

From sea-to-sea, the waters around us haven’t always been smooth. We have been adjusting our sails and adapting to the changing tides as we have pursued opportunities and met challenges. This has been especially true in recent years, as the world experienced unprecedented change and unparalleled disruption. In fact, it could be argued that the entire higher education sector has seen its future arrive 10 years early, with the pandemic forcing it to completely rethink the delivery of programs and the recruitment of students at a record pace. In short, we are in an exciting and interesting place in time … we are navigating anew.

The conference will be organized into six streams, outlined below. Indigenous education as well as equity and inclusion will be woven through all streams and topics. All sessions should offer reflections on opportunities, or lessons learned, for the future of the college and institute system in this fast-moving future.

Governing the Vessel

Geared towards future-oriented leadership teams, including board members and CEOs, this stream will present sessions that capture how governing institutions has evolved during a time of significant change and disruption.

For example:

  • The role of a board during a time of rapid change, significant disruption, and/or substantial acceleration.
  • Building intelligent partnerships to develop a leadership role within the larger community
  • Creating nimble institutions able to seize opportunities while mitigating risk
  • Inclusive governance: facilitating the recruitment, retention, and success of Indigenous people, and others from underrepresented groups such as immigrants, international students, LGBTQ2+ individuals, and students with disabilities

Charting Teaching & Learning

Sessions in this stream will explore how to better orient institutions to ensure the success of their students, including innovative teaching and assessment methods that take learning beyond the typical classroom setting, including hyflex teaching, traditional Indigenous ways of knowing, and work-integrated learning. Creating inclusive and intelligent campus spaces, promoting both physical and mental health, and using new technologies to strengthen teaching and support services from application to career placement will also figure prominently.

For example:

  • New approaches to learning: hyflex, work-integrated learning, apprenticeship, and co-op placements
  • Meeting upskilling and reskilling needs through continuing education, essential skills training or adult basic education, and enhanced prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR)
  • Embedding Indigenous knowledge and cultural traditions in curricula and teaching approaches
  • Creating a campus that offers services, programs, and facilities to promote physical and mental health among faculty and students with diverse backgrounds and needs

Navigating the Economy

Sessions in this stream will focus on the road to recovery from COVID-19 and the continued impact on colleges and institutes. Which sectors have been hit the hardest and will they bounce back? Sessions will also explore new and emerging markets and how colleges and institutes can lead in this recovery.

For example:

  • Strategies to navigate the economic impact of COVID-19 on colleges and institutes, as well as the service industry
  • Meeting upskilling and reskilling needs through continuing education, essential skills training or adult basic education, and enhanced prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR)
  • Measures to thrive in a digital economy
  • The role of colleges and institutes in the social economy – partnerships to bridge gaps to expand learning options for all Canadians, particularly in rural, remote, and northern communities

Mapping Sustainability

Guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sessions in this stream will explore how colleges and institutes can expand their leadership role in contributing to the SDGs and ensuring sustainability in multiple sectors, including curriculum development, solutions-oriented approaches to applied research, and designing smart green campuses.

For example:

  • Embedding environmental sustainability principles and competency development in curricula
  • Institutional sustainability plans: successes, challenges, strategies, and best practices
  • Setting green standards: including environmental concerns when designing new buildings and implementing new projects, relying on alternate energy sources, making energy efficient transportation accessible
  • Strengthening partnerships with community members, small and medium sized businesses, Indigenous peoples, and government partnerships to increase sustainability

Steering Innovation

This stream will present sessions related to building a culture of innovation on campus, encouraging students to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, incorporating applied research into curriculums, and developing intelligent solutions to tackle current challenges.

For example:

  • Increasing the capacity of applied research departments to meet the expanding needs of local businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Building a culture of innovation on campus: engaging students in entrepreneurial and innovative activities
  • Incorporating applied research into curriculums

Sailing Globally

The international work of colleges and institutes has been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions in this stream will look at how colleges and institutes have adapted to pandemic challenges and how they are preparing for future disruptions. Presentations will cover the full range of international activities undertaken by colleges and institutes, including international student recruitment and mobility, international cooperation projects and contract training.

For example:

  • Student recruitment and mobility: establishing a presence in key markets and diversifying your international student demographics
  • International cooperation projects: engaging in long standing two-way knowledge exchange partnerships in key markets to internationalize local curriculum, offer staff professional development opportunities and deliver TVET programming on an international scale.
  • Knowledge development and contract training: contributing to thought leadership pieces on the TVET sector and offering institutional knowledge and expertise to countries seeking to reform their TVET systems.
  • Best practices for international student services and wrap- around supports for students traveling overseas.

Session Formats

Panel (60 minutes)

Panel sessions may be organized and submitted as a group or an individual may submit a topic they would like to speak about. Proposals must include how the panel will be moderated, either with a named moderator, or self-moderated by the panelists. Maximum of three (3) speakers per panel session.

Fireside Chats (60 minutes)

A fireside chat is an informal but structured interview between a guest and moderator. Fireside sessions begin with presenter(s) speaking about an idea, an initiative, or a project to participants. After 15 or 20 minutes, the focus shifts from the presenter(s) to the audience. The presenter(s) then become facilitators, inviting comments, insights, and questions from participants. This format allows participants to drive their own learning and share experiences with others. Maximum of three presenters per campfire session.

Thought Forums (60 minutes)

This year, we are opening submissions for the Thought Forums. The objective of the forums is to engage and challenge participants. They are 60 minutes in length, open to all participants and provide the opportunity to engage on hot topics, trading insights and first-hand experiences with a diverse group of participants.

Previous Thought Forums covered such topics as the future of post-secondary education – the future of colleges and institutes; Indigenous education, immigration, applied research and innovation, student affairs and services, responding to global crises, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), etc.

Don’t worry about being controversial, think outside the box and be creative with your submissions.

Presentation Gallery (up to 60 minutes)

Back by popular demand, the Presentation Gallery is a chance to share a virtual presentation. These presentations are pre-recorded and can be up to 60 minutes in length. The style is entirely up to you. Videos submitted to the Presentation Gallery must be .mp4 or .mov files (maximum 2MB) and will be uploaded to a site provided by CICan. Your abstract should entice participants to come and view your video. There will be no live Q & A for these sessions, however, you can network with participants by attending the conference in person, or through our conference platform, Chime.

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Selection Process

Each proposal will be assessed by reviewers using the criteria below. CICan will use the ratings and comments to create the overall program with the objective of ensuring that the conference program includes a well-balanced mix of high-quality sessions that will meet the diverse interests of attendees.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated using the following criteria:

  • The proposed session/presentation will provide attendees with broadly applicable lessons, tools and ideas which they can bring back to their institution, organization, or community.
  • The proposed session/presentation will inspire attendees with new, high-impact and solutions-oriented initiatives or research.
  • The proposed session/presentation will equip attendees with new skills or strengthen existing skills.
  • The proposed session/presentation will promote active learning by making effective use of audience engagement techniques.
  • The proposed session/presentation is relevant to the overall conference theme of Navigating Anew and fits within a specific stream and/or addresses cross-cutting themes e.g. Indigenous education, inclusion.
  • You will be asked if you plan on giving the presentation live in person in Halifax or virtually. Sessions can be a combination of both in-person and virtual.

Recommendations for Preparing a Successful Proposal

  • Know your audience. What can you offer that is likely to be relevant and useful to attendees? Include the takeaways.
  • Focus your proposal on something specific and unique with implications for the future of the PSE system (e.g., a successful initiative or research project).
  • Don’t be afraid to go deep! Many of our attendees are seeking advanced, in-depth content.
  • Describe the evidence you will be using to support your presentation.
    • Find partners from other institutions. Proposals that offer insights from multiple institutions engaged in similar work are highly desirable.
    • Abstracts are to be no more than 200 words and should be written in the third person. Avoid adding speaker names in the abstract, as they will already be associated with your session.
    • Maximum of three (3) speakers per session.

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