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The college teaching community and the other actors in higher education are invited to attend the 39th annual symposium of the Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale, presented in collaboration with Cégep de Rimouski and the Institut maritime du Québec, at the Centre de congrès de Rimouski, from June 5 to 7, 2019.
EDUCATIONAL HORIZONS: SETTING THE COURSE ON DIVERSITY!
“We need some archipelagos of certainty to navigate on this sea of uncertainty.” Edgar Morin
More than ever before, many visions of the world are coalescing and enriching each other. This proliferation enables the education community to draw on novel experiences and motivating, unifying projects. At the same time, it challenges us to deal with imponderabilities and uncertainty.
Colleges, like all institutions of higher learning, have been entrusted with the important mission of outfitting students adequately to set their course in this sea of diversity. Indeed, as teachers, professionals, and managers, we have the responsibility of taking into account this changing “seascape” in order to adequately support students by charting the course of lessons to be learned and the proposed educational strategies. The classroom—whether physical or virtual— is the flagship for developing critical thinking and respect for one another consistent with the destination targeted by preuniversity, technical, or continuing education. In viewing the horizon, what pedagogical possibilities can we make out in order to enrich the classroom experience and enable students to reach their destination safely?
The diversity is constantly changing and the world of higher education is having a harder time seeing what lies ahead. The horizon represents the limit between the known and unknown and that which we can see or only imagine. While we might wonder what the future holds for us, we can also choose to aim for the future we want. Suggesting that the college community opt for variety means joining forces to define a new pedagogical perspective by sharing our experiences, reflections, research, and innovations.
The 39th AQPC symposium therefore calls on you to join in with speakers and presenters aiming to inject synergy into the deployment of tools designed to achieve efficient and innovative tools. This symposium stands out as a great opportunity to reflect on the best ways to guide and support students in developing their knowledge, know-how, and soft skills so that, upon graduation, they become engaged citizens able to take root in their communities and adapt to new situations, perform varied work, and resolve complex questions.
The symposium’s steering committee is seeking paper proposals that would make it possible to map out teaching practices in all their richness and diversity as well as to propose avenues of reflection on the many opportunities to uncover in the world or education around us. The committee is therefore extending an invitation to all college educators in Quebec and elsewhere to share their experiences, reflections, and research findings on the theme of Educational Horizons: Setting the Course on Diversity! as well as on topics that are related to the theme or of interest in higher education. The invitation also extends to colleagues at the high-school and university levels as well as to researchers and partners in education-related networks in Quebec, Canada, and elsewhere in the world.
- The AQPC symposium strives to foster the sharing of research findings on education and proven, documented teaching practices with a view to
transferring them to different disciplines and colleges.
- The length of presentations is 75 minutes. The AQPC urges presenters to plan for exchanges with participants (an average of 50 people).
- Presenters must carefully complete the “Material and Equipment” section of the online proposal form to ensure that all their needs are taken into account.
- Paper proposals must be submitted online no later than January.
- People submitting paper proposals will receive an e-mail notice of receipt upon proposal reception. The organizing committee's response will be forwarded by e-mail to the presenters in February.
- People whose proposals are accepted must register for the symposium. As presenters, however, they are eligible for a 50% discount on registration fees, up to a maximum of two individuals per paper, regardless of the number of presenters actually at the workshop. (This discount does not apply to presenters acting on behalf of a business or who profit directly from the sale of products or services featured in workshops.)
The symposium steering committee will select proposals based on seven major criteria:
- Relevance (connection with the theme or of general interest pertaining to college education)
- Transferability (The AQPC symposium stresses transferring findings and experiences. Presenters are invited to indicate ni proposal their means for doing so.)
- Bases (explanation of the bases or pedagogical reflection underlying the experience or analysis presented)
- Potential effects (foreseeable effects of the reflections as well as the experiences presented on teaching and learning)
- Rigor (proven nature of the teaching practices or research findings presented)
- Proposal clarity and originality
- Overall diversity (diversity of points of view and representation of the diversity in the actions of the college system)