Call for Presentations

Alongside the celebration of its 200th year, Dalhousie University is proud to host the 65th Annual Conference and meeting of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE). The CAUCE conference will be held in Halifax, NS, from May 29 to 31, 2018. This annual event will explore the future of work and learning through continuing education opportunities.

Approximately 200 continuing education leaders, administrative personnel and practitioners from across Canada will gather at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia for three days of networking and idea exchange. Keynote speakers, presenters and panelists will participate in discussions around emerging trends, the future of learning, as well as how continuing education is the catalyst to not only support transitions and innovative educational opportunities for the future but also be responsive to the ongoing changes in lifelong learning.

Deadline for Proposals: December 15, 2017
The call will close as of 12:00 am MST on December 15th. All proposals initiated by this date can be finished and submitted by December 31st. No new proposals will be accepted after the December 15th deadline.

You may begin your presentation proposal no later than December 15th.
Submission procedures are below.

Important note: If your proposal is accepted you must register for the conference and pay corresponding fees by April 1, 2018 to confirm your presentation(s). You are also responsible for your own travel and accommodation expenses.

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, or Ignite Talks. All sessions should share your responsive and innovative practices related to the conference theme and focus on at least one of the six streams. Sessions vary in length from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

When submitting you will be asked to  indicate your presentation preference and rationale:

  • Individual presentations (30 minutes – 60 minutes)
  • Panel discussions (60 minutes)
  • Interactive workshops (60 minutes)
  • Ignite Talks (10 minutes: a 5-minute presentation with 20 slides advancing every 15 seconds followed by 5 minutes of Q&A)

Limit of two submissions per person or group.


Conference Theme

Over the Horizon – The Future of Work and Learning

Conference Streams

Share your responsive and innovative practices related to at least one of the following streams:

  • Leadership and program management
  • Learning and administrative technologies
  • Online learning and instructional design
  • Indigenous and decolonizing programming
  • Marketing, enrolment and student services
  • Research and scholarship in Continuing Education

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

Leadership and Program Management – topics include, but are not limited to:   strategic level planning and decision-making; team leadership; curriculum development and innovation; intra-university affairs and collaboration; partnerships and alignment with professional associations/industry; instructor engagement; business development, performance management and recruitment as well as the day-to-day administrative work that ensure CE programs run smoothly.

Learning and Administrative Technologies – topics include, but are not limited to:  applications and software in the categories of CRM systems, enrolment systems, student information systems, finance or enterprise systems, learning management systems; data analytics or learning analytics systems; lecture capture; portfolio; artificial Intelligence; student response or other learning technologies. Online Learning and Instructional Design  – topics include, but are not limited to: experiences around all facets on online learning and the instructional design; emerging technologies and developments; software; applications; as well as challenges and successes of the same.

Online Learning and Instructional Design – topics include, but are not limited to: experiences around all facets on online learning and the instructional design; emerging technologies and developments; software; applications; as well as challenges and successes of the same.

Indigenous and Decolonizing Programming – topics include, but are not limited to: addressing barriers faced by Indigenous peoples in relation to post-secondary education attainment; inclusive, responsive, and relevant academic programming; Indigenization and decolonization in post-secondary education; creating educational resources; working frameworks that outline how institutions can Indigenize and/or decolonize post-secondary curriculum and programs.

Marketing, Enrolment and Student Services – topics include, but are not limited to: exploring new and emerging marketing trends, and enrolment practices, which will attract and retain a wide cross-section of students from traditional to adult learners.

Research and Scholarship in Continuing Education – topics include, but are not limited to: presentation of research studies and projects including case studies, comparative analysis, literature reviews and scholarly discussions relating to issues, ideas and practices in CE units.  This stream will include but is not limited to recipients of CAUCE’s research grants.

Submission procedures

All proposals must be submitted online using ProposalSpace.

The call will close as of 12:00 am MST on December 15th. All draft proposals initiated by this time can be finished and submitted by December 31st. No new proposals will be accepted after the December 15th deadline.

Please begin your presentation proposal by December 15th. 

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance to a conference theme and stream;
  • 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.

Questions can be directed to the CAUCE Secretariat, 306-966-5604, cauce.secretariat@usask.ca