Submission Information

The Program Committee thanks everyone for an overwhelming response to our call for proposals. Responses will be sent to presenters during the 3rd week of March 2010.

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) invites proposals for presentations at its 30th Annual International Conference.

The conference, “Creative Teaching and Learning: Exploring, Shaping, Knowing”, recognizes the important place of creativity in pedagogical approaches in higher education. This conference will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in all areas of higher education to share and explore what creativity means in teaching development, curricular design, and teaching methodologies, as well as fostering creativity in students.

“No great thing is created suddenly.” (Epictetus, AD 55-AD 135)

The Conference theme will support the many points of view of stakeholders in higher education and focus on creative aspects of teaching and learning including (but not exclusively):

  • Experiential learning
  • The teacher’s medium
  • The art of education
  • Transformational curricular design
  • Digital futures
  • Multiple literacies
  • Generational bridges
  • Developing students’ intrinsic desire to create
  • Inspiring and valuing learning
  • Creative partnerships

Individuals are invited to provide presentations, debates, workshops, round table discussions, and posters that stimulate discussion of the role of creativity and fostering creativity in higher education.

As always, we also encourage presentations on the issues and practices that are most compelling in your world of learning. 

Who should attend

This conference will be of particular interest to:

  • University and College teachers
  • Educational, instructional and curriculum developers
  • University administrators
  • Students interested in teaching and learning in higher education
  • Government officials with a responsibility for higher education
  • Business, public service and community group members interested in higher education 

Types of Presentations

You may submit proposals for pre-conference workshops, concurrent sessions, roundtables, or a poster session.  While collaborative efforts are encouraged, in order to ensure maximum participation, we can only accept a maximum of two proposals with the same lead author.

We encourage submissions in both official languages.
Individual or group presentations are welcome

Pre-Conference Workshops (June 23)
Pre-conference workshops are practice oriented 3-hour or full day sessions. They must include opportunities for active learning and involvement of the participants. Sessions may be designed to demonstrate a set of techniques or address new theory and practice in teaching and learning.  Ideally they relate to the theme of the conference; Creative Teaching and Learning: Exploring, Shaping, Knowing

Roundtable Discussions (June 24)
Roundtable discussions focus on a theory or practice in teaching and learning in relation to the theme of the conference, Creative Teaching and Learning: Exploring, Shaping, Knowing. Sessions are informal, held as luncheon discussion sessions.

Concurrent Sessions (June 24, 25 and 26)
These fifty minute sessions demonstrate particularly significant and innovative practices, or basic and applied research findings related to the theme of the conference. Sessions must include active learning and involvement of the participants.

Poster Sessions (June 24)
Poster sessions are a way to visually share information including research findings and innovative practices and programs.  Posters should be self-explanatory. Presenters, however, must be present during the poster session.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be peer reviewed by a panel representing STLHE constituencies. Criteria by which your submission will be assessed are given below to guide the development of your proposal. Submissions can be in French or English. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words.

Submitters are encouraged to consider including graduate students as partners in their presentations. The following universities have contributed to a Graduate Student Fund to support graduate students to attend and present at the Conference: 

  • Ryerson University
  • University of Waterloo
  • McMaster University
  • University of Victoria

Criteria for Submission Review and Selection

  • Clarity and coherence of submission
  • Clarity of session objectives/learning outcomes
  • Relevance to the conference theme
  • Relevance and usefulness to the intended audience
  • Presentation approach and level of participant engagement in the session
  • Contribution to scholarship and/or innovative practice in education.


All proposals should be submitted by January 15, 2010.

Presenters must register for the conference by May 1, 2010 or their presentation will be removed from the program.

The deadline for submitting to CELT, a peer-reviewed journal, will be September 24, 2010. Information for submitting can be found on the STLHE web-site.