Call for Papers in Virtual Mode – 40th Symposium

Deadline to propose: January 22, 2021.

Call for Papers in Virtual Mode – 40th Symposium 

The Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale (AQPC) invites members of the college network and all stakeholders in the higher education network to its 40th annual symposium, take two, on June 9 and 10, 2021. The Cégep de Drummondville will be hosting this virtual edition. A whole new experience is being offered to us in these extraordinary times!


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40 Years of Pedagogy: For Sustainable Changes in Education

Forty years of conferences; 40 years of evolution and development. The last few months have forced the education system to develop new ways of doing things as well as innovative and stimulating techniques. These methods—virtual in nature—have driven the whole system to evolve at a speed that we could not have imagined just a few months ago. When the situation returns to normal, what changes—large or small, wanted or imposed—will remain? What are the current best practices and those evolving? How can we shift from teaching in the classroom to online while maintaining both contact with our students and collegiality among staff?

Sustainable development is a concept that is becoming increasingly important in our daily lives. It affects all spheres of life and influences the decisions we make, based on our desire to live in a safe, healthy world. Whether we considering concerns related to the future of the planet or that of our society, sustainable development leads us to adopt a new educational stance. The greening of educational institutions and curricula is thus part of an international movement to make schools a lever of awareness and transformation in a perspective of sustainability.

How can we facilitate access to education? How do our teaching and pedagogy promote awareness of sustainable development issues among the future generation?  How can we foster inclusion, equality, and engagement?

How will technology and scientific discoveries influence the way we work and learn while thinking about things from a different perspective? Will these discoveries force us to adapt to the changing needs of business and society? Why and how should we modify our teaching and evaluation strategies to take into account the diversity of the student population and how its characteristics have changed? Education must be creative and innovative, given the increasing opportunities for training outside the school setting. The adaptation of curricula to the needs of the job market so as to ensure a qualified workforce remains a must in order to develop our society's current and future skills. In short, the concept of sustainable development for this year's symposium fits in with the vision of enabling students to be active and involved agents in the future of society.

June 2020 to June 2021

We wish, of course, to continue the efforts and recognize the work that went into the 2020 symposium, which unfortunately had to be canceled. We will therefore contact all the authors of the proposals selected for June 2020 in order to determine their interest in participating in the June 2021 symposium. As a first step towards sustainable development, we invite you to join in with these speakers and communicators who are eager to share their practices, research, and reflections. This important event is an opportunity to reflect on the best ways to coach and support students in developing their knowledge, skills, and attitudes, as well as on the future of higher education, both in-person and virtually. It goes without saying that this symposium will provide a valuable time for sharing ideas and reflections.

In addition to the papers received in 2020, the Steering Committee would like to receive proposals for papers reflecting teaching practice and suggesting avenues for reflection on the many possibilities offered by the varied educational landscape in which we operate. The call for papers also extends to colleagues at the high-school and university levels as well as to researchers and partners in education-related systems in Quebec, Canada, and elsewhere in the world. The committee is therefore extending an invitation to all specialists to share their experiences, reflections, and research findings on the theme of 40 Years of Pedagogy: For Sustainable Changes in Education as well as on topics that are related to the theme or of interest in higher education.

The AQPC invites all interested parties to submit a paper proposal for the 40th annual symposium by filling out the online form directly here:


General information

• The AQPC Symposium seeks to foster the sharing of research findings on education and proven, documented teaching practices with a view to their transfer to other disciplines and colleges.

• Proposals for papers must reach us no later than January 15, 2021.January 22, 2021.

• Presentations are limited to 75 minutes. The AQPC urges presenters to plan for exchanges with participants and an average attendance of 50.

• Those submitting proposals for papers will receive an acknowledgment of receipt by e-mail. Applicants will receive a response from the steering committee by e-mail in February 2021.

• Applicants invited to present must register for the Symposium. Presenters are eligible for a 50% reduction1 in registration fees for a maximum of two individuals per paper, regardless of the number of presenters actually attending the workshop.

1 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.

Assessment of proposals

The Symposium steering committee will select proposals on the basis of seven major criteria.

1. Relevance: This means relevance to the theme or to college education more generally.

2. Transferability: The AQPC Symposium stresses the sharing of findings and experiences. Presenters are encouraged to indicate in their proposals how this might be achieved.

3. Bases: An explanation of the bases or educational idea underlying the experience or analysis presented.

4. Potential effects: Foreseeable effects of the ideas and experiences presented on teaching and learning.

5. Rigour: Proven nature of the teaching practices or research findings presented.

6. Clarity and originality of the proposal.

7. Diversity of points of view, and representation of diversity in how the college system operates.


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