Call for Presentations


SFU Continuing Studies is proud to host CAUCE Conference 2017, the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education conference in Vancouver, B.C., from May 24 to 26, 2017. Held annually, the 2017 event will explore currents of change among learners, communities, programs and educators.

Approximately 200 continuing education leaders from across Canada, including representatives from public schools, universities, colleges and government, will gather at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver for three days of idea exchange. Keynote speakers, presenters and panelists will participate in discussions about changes occurring in education, communities and the ways we learn, and developing innovative practices that respond to these changes.

Call for Presentations

Deadline for Submission: CLOSED. Thank you to all who submitted a presentation proposal to CAUCE 2017. You will be notified shortly whether your presentation proposal has been accepted. 
All presenters are required to register for the conference and pay corresponding fees. Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of presenters.

We welcome submissions that provide engaging opportunities for learning and knowledge exchange. Please focus on the “how,” not just “what,” so that actual experiences and lessons learned can be shared.

Proposals may include individual presentations, panel discussions, workshops, Ignite Talks, or poster presentations. All sessions should share your responsive and innovative practices related to the conference theme and focus on at least one stream and at least one of the five communities of practice.

Theme: Currents of Change: Learners, Communities, Programs, Educators

  • Learners are changing
  • Communities are changing
  • Programs are changing
  • Educators are changing
Communities of Practice
  • Leadership and program management
  • Program development and instructional design
  • Marketing, enrollment and student services
  • Learning and administrative technologies
  • Indigenous and decolonizing programming

Please note: we request that presentations be made available to conference attendees by publishing on the conference website and conference app.


Share your responsive and innovative practices related to at least one of the following streams.
We know that Learners are changing — demanding flexibility, relevance and reciprocal learning opportunities. Adult learners’ demands for accessible and flexible programs are taking on new meaning today, including:

  • Mid-career professionals are demanding learning outcomes that help advance their careers
  • Experienced leaders and professionals are seeking programs for the transition to a later in life career or post-retirement vocation
  • Millennials are a force of change in instructional design and delivery
  • Community leaders are expecting applied programs and reciprocal education models
  • People who have been historically excluded from post-secondary education are demanding access, and culturally relevant and Indigenous programs

We’re looking for submissions that will advance our knowledge and practices related to adult learners in today’s context of change.
Communities are changing – influencing and responding to new socio-cultural contexts and striving to address critical systemic problems. How are we responding and developing innovative practices related to the rapid changes in communities? Those changes include:

  • Globally branded cities that are re-drawing the boundaries of our continuing education markets and creating opportunities for destination programs
  • Community groups and communities that are demanding: social equity; self-governance; livable communities; greener economies; and meaningful multi-stakeholder engagement

We, in Continuing education, are at the forefront of change.
Programs are changing – adapting to new imperatives for innovation, new pedagogies, new business models for education, and shifting economic and political contexts.
How are we adapting to new imperatives for innovation, new pedagogies, and new business models for education? Share your experiences, challenges and positive outcomes related to these or other changes, such as:

  • Programs are using powerful online learning environments in response to increasingly technical and interconnected world
  • Responsive decision-making is increasingly based on data
  • English as an Alternate Language (EAL) programming contributes significantly to revenues across most CAUCE institutions but continues to experience enrolment variances due to global influences, changing national policy, institutional barriers, and increasing competition
  • Continuing education units are leaders of change in the shifting socio-cultural, economic and political contexts

Finally, Educators are changing – reshaping their roles and recalibrating the focus on learners and their futures.

  • The wise sage models of education are less tolerated. In its wake we see demands for reciprocal learning, emergent learning, communities of learning: how are we responding?


Sessions vary in length from 10 minutes to 90 minutes. (For highly interactive presentations or workshops, we may allow a two-hour time-slot.)
Please indicate your presentation preference and rationale:

  • Individual presentations (30 minutes – 90 minutes)
  • Panel discussions (30 – 90 minutes)
  • Interactive workshops (45 minutes – 90 minutes)
  • Ignite Talks (10 minutes: a 5-minute presentation with 20 slides advancing every 15 seconds followed by 5 minutes of Q&A)
  • Poster presentations

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance to a conference theme, stream and community of practice
  • Relevance and appeal to the intended conference audience and CAUCE constituents
  • Clarity of the proposal (what will you be presenting and how)
  • Degree to which presentation is based on responsive and innovative practices
  • Currency and uniqueness of the topic and information
  • Degree to which presentation gets away from traditional lecture format and is engaging and participatory