Call for Presentations

The call for presentations will open in Fall 2018.

McMaster University is proud to host the 66th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE). The CAUCE conference celebrates and recognizes innovation and excellence in the field of continuing education, and will provide a mix of professional development, concurrent sessions, social events and networking opportunities.

The conference will be held at the McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education in the heart Hamilton, Ontario from May 29 – 31, 2019.

At McMaster, we are committed to the cultivation of human potential and believe that collaboration and partnership are how we improve people’s lives, contribute to fair and ethical global economies, and advance the health and well-being of the world around us. CAUCE 2019 will be about how these same goals will help us forge ahead to a brighter future.

Continuing education leaders, administrative personnel and practitioners from across Canada will gather at McMaster University for three days of networking, idea exchange and social activities.

Keynote speakers, presenters, panelists and conference participants will engage in discussions around emerging trends in continuing education, the power of building strong and diverse partnerships, and engagement within communities to ensure individual and collective opportunity.

Important note: If your proposal is accepted you must register for the conference and pay corresponding fees by April 1, 2019 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 (noted below). 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)


Conference Theme

Forging Ahead to a Brighter Future: Diversity and Partnership in Continuing Education

Conference Streams (subject to change)

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.

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, collecting and reviewing analytics and the impact on future decision making, sharing successful strategies or recent challenges, improving internal communications, 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.

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 is engaging and participatory.

Questions can be directed to the CAUCE Secretariat, 306-966-5604,