STLHE 2013: Learning to Live, Learning for Life.

Event Type: 
Cape Breton University & Canadian Coast Guard College Sydney, Nova Scotia
Event Date: 
June 19, 2013 - June 22, 2013
Event Time: 
(All day)

STLHE 2013 Call for Proposals

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) invites proposals for presentations at its 33rd Annual International Conference "Sustainability: Learning to Live, Learning for Life."

Pre-conference workshops will take place on June 19, 2013 at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia. 

The STLHE conference will take place June 20-22, 2013 at Cape Breton University.

The main themes of this year's conference are community, learning and sustainability in the broadest sense of the word. We welcome conference attendees from a diversity of backgrounds in colleges and universities including, but not limited to, faculty, students, academic support staff, administrators and individuals from outside of academia. Presenters are encouraged, but not required, to connect their presentations with the conference themes. Presentations can be about teaching practices, innovative programs, the physical and virtual spaces in which teaching and learning take place, educational policy, or research on teaching and learning. We encourage presenters to explore the role of higher education in developing and sustaining the communities that we live in by considering some of the following questions:

  • How do we better teach and learn about sustainability within the context of a course or degree program?
  • How can we make places of higher education more sustainable, both via bottom-up and top-down approaches?
  • How do we build community in our classrooms, and how do we extend our learning communities both inside and outside the walls of academia?
  • How do we strengthen and leverage collaborations among faculty, librarians, faculty developers and others to create institutions that are more responsive and flexible, and at the same time more resilient and sustainable?
  • Is exchanging money for education a sustainable practice? How do educational institutions resolve the contradictions of operating as businesses while contributing to the free dissemination of knowledge?
  • What role can higher education play in sustaining Aboriginal or other community cultures and languages?
  • How does technology encourage sustainability in its various forms?
  • How do post-secondary institutions adapt to changing economic, political, and cultural landscapes?
  • How can we sustain, among individuals, a commitment to education and learning?
  • How do we transform our traditions for the longer term?
  • How can post-secondary education and training be both responsive and responsible?


Types of Presentations

We encourage submissions in both official languages.

Individual and group presentations are welcome. In order to maintain a high level of participation we will accept no more than two proposals with the same lead author. Proposals should be for presentations in one of the following formats:

1) Pre-Conference (June 19, 2013)

Workshops (half day or full day): Pre-conference workshops are practice oriented three-hour or full day sessions. They must include opportunities for active learning and involvement of the participants. Sessions may be designed to demonstrate a set of techniques or address new theory and practice in teaching and learning.  Ideally they relate to the conference theme.


2) STLHE Conference (June 20 – 22, 2013)

Concurrent sessions(25 minutes): Presentations in lecture style format or limited audience participation.

Interactive concurrent sessions (50 minutes): Interactive concurrent presentations should have large components of interactivity in them. There are only a limited number of interactive concurrent session slots available.

Roundtable discussions (50 minutes): Discussion format involving audience.

Cracker barrel discussions (15 minutes): AKA "academic speed dating." Presenters are each assigned a table in a large room. Participants select a table and engage in a short, focused roundtable discussion. After 15 minutes every participant moves to a new table and the process is repeated. Cracker barrels sessions last one hour.

Posters: 4ft x 3ft (landscape) poster boards available for one-on-one discussions. Posters will be set up in the morning for viewing with presenters available for discussion during a defined poster session in the afternoon.


The availability of presentation types is based upon proposals received and is subject to change.

Criteria for Selection of Submissions

Submissions will be evaluated through a peer review process with reviewers drawn from the constituent groups within STLHE. Submissions must be submitted online by December 15th, 2012 via and must include an abstract of no more than 250 words. The submission must make the intended outcomes of the session clear and, where appropriate, indicate the level of expected audience participation. Submissions will be judged on the basis of:

  • Clarity
  • Relevance of the session objectives to the intended audience
  • Suitability of the presentation approach
  • Contribution to scholarship
  • Relevance to conference theme

All proposals must clearly indicate the presentation type (concurrent session, interactive concurrent session, roundtable, cracker barrel, or poster). Authors may be asked to consider an alternate presentation type. Rules of academic integrity apply.

All proposals (pre-conference workshops and STLHE conference) must be received by Friday, February 1, 2013 (11:59 pm AST).

We look forward to receiving your proposals and to welcoming you to Cape Breton.

Fàilte! Bienvenue! Pjilsa’si! Welcome!