STLHE 2020: Celebrating 40 Years

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is pleased to partner with the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, and Collège La Cité to host the 2020 Annual Conference at the Shaw Convention Centre in beautiful downtown Ottawa from June 9 –12, 2020.

We invite you to participate in the 2020 STLHE Annual Conference. This year’s conference theme is Celebrating 40 Years: A Year of Celebration.


Submissions are now closed. *Proposals are now in the review stage.

We hope to see you in Ottawa this summer to celebrate 40 years of STLHE!

Conference Theme

In 2020, STLHE will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its annual conference and kick off a year of celebration leading up to the 40th anniversary of the creation of STLHE in 2021. There are many anniversaries within the society and our membership, and we are hoping to celebrate with all of you throughout the coming year!


Submissions are welcome from all sectors of higher education, including educational developers, SoTL researchers, post-secondary instructors, students, administrators, and any other groups interested in presenting at STLHE.

Multiple Proposals by the Same Author

Each attendee may propose one pre-conference workshop as either the primary presenter or co-presenter. Additionally, each attendee may submit up to two other proposals as either the primary presenter or co-presenter for main conference sessions.

Language of Proposals

The 2020 conference organizing committee is committed to ensuring that our conference is as bilingual as possible. The program committee welcomes submissions written in English or French. Presentations may be made in French, English or bilingual. The conference organizing committee encourages bilingual sessions in which all participants will be able to understand and interact in both languages. Consider, for instance, PPT slides in one language and the presentation in the other language or presenting in both languages.  Submissions will be in the language, or languages that they are presented at the conference.

Pre-conference Workshop

These half-day workshops are an opportunity for in-depth learning discussion. Pre-conference workshops should include an interactive workshop component.

Speaking Circle

3 x 15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions. Interactive discussions in which attendees rotate between tables to hear presentations on a variety of topics. When the bell rings, participants move on to another table; this is repeated three times during the session.

Poster Session

Posters will be displayed during an interactive session in which attendees get to engage with each poster presenter.

Traditional Presentation

20 minutes + 5 minutes of questions. The opportunity for presenters to share knowledge and encourage dialogue among attendees in paper presentations related to the conference theme.

Interactive Workshop

75 minutes of hands-on learning. Workshops foster collaborative learning and discussion of ideas in either SoTL or innovations in higher education as related to the conference theme.

Welcome to My Classroom

For 3M Laureates Only

Open Book

For 3M Laureates Only

Submission Format

Select one submission format related to your proposal:

· Pre-conference Workshop

· Speaking Circle

· Poster Session

· Traditional Presentation

· Interactive Workshop

· Welcome to My Classroom – 3M fellows only

· Open Books – 3M fellows only


Proposals should be submitted by the first author.


List the organization of each author listed in the proposal.

Title of Contribution

Provide the title of the proposal.

Abstract (150 words)

To appear in the conference schedule. Must be submitted in the language or languages of the presentation. The abstract should describe the proposal’s topic and indicating the literatures, methods, evidence, and conclusions (for SoTL projects).

Conference Keywords

Select up to three keywords below. NOTE: If you are a member of one of the affiliated groups or your presentation relates to one of the affiliated groups listed in the conference streams (e.g., Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA); Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Canada; College Sectors Educators Community; Educational Developers Caucus; 3M Fellows), you should select this from the list of keywords.

· Academic integrity

· Academic literacy

· Assessment for learning

· Celebrations

· College Sector

· Collaborative learning

· Educational development

· Educational technology

· Experiential learning

· Graduate student education

· Health education

· Indigenization

· Innovation in evaluation

· Innovation in teaching

· Innovation in e-learning

· Internationalization

· Professional literacy

· Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

· Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

· Sustainability

· Teaching Assistants

· Theoretical models of learning

· Undergraduate student learning

· Wellness in education

· Workplace learning

· Affiliated group – 3M National Fellows

· Affiliated group – Educational Developers Caucus

· Affiliated group – Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Canada

· Affiliated group – Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA)


Provide up to four references, not included in the abstract word count, following APA referencing and formatting standards.

Session Description (400 words)

Include relevance of topic to conference theme, importance of topic to teaching and learning, appropriate theory, research or practice, learning outcomes and methods to be used in the session. Please remove author names and institutional affiliations from the description.

Elements of Engagement (150 words)

Indicate how your session will encourage participant engagement and interaction (e.g., discussion, video, group activities, etc.) in line with both SoTL and workshop pedagogy.

Remarks on This Contribution (Optional)

Remark/message from the author(s) to the program committee and chairs

Session Objectives and Participant Outcomes

Poor: The session objectives and participant outcomes are not stated in the proposal.

Fair: The session objectives and participant outcomes are implied in the proposal.

Good: The session objectives are stated and the proposal articulates what participants will know or be able to do as a result of participating in the session.

Excellent: The session objectives and participant outcomes are well articulated in the proposal. It is clear how they will guide the participants’ session selection.

Contribution to the Conference and/or to the field of Higher Education

Poor: The topic of the proposal is not current or appropriate to higher education and/or the audience. It is outside the scope of the conference.

Fair: The topic of the proposal may not be current, but it addresses some important issues in higher education. It may be a session worth attending.

Good: The topic of the proposal is current and appropriate to higher education and audience. It is probably a session worth attending.

Excellent: The topic is cutting-edge, relevant and highly significant to higher education. It is definitely a session worth attending or recommending to others.

Informed by Theory, Research, and/or Practice

Poor: The proposal is vaguely connected to theory, research, and/or practice in higher education.

Fair: The proposal is vaguely connected to theory, research, and/or practice in higher education.

Good: The proposal is well connected to theory, research, and/or practice in higher education.

Excellent: The proposal makes contributions to the development of theory, research, and/or practice in higher education.

Elements of Engagement

Poor: The proposal includes minimal or no elements of engagement to actively involve participants.

Fair: The proposal includes some elements of engagement, but the session is for the most part more informative than interactive.

Good: The proposal includes several elements of engagement, but could have more variety in terms of the active learning strategies.

Excellent: The session is highly participatory and includes a variety of active learning strategies to engage the participants throughout the session.

To submit your session proposal, you will first need to create a User Account on the Conftool platform. This platform is accessible at the following link:

Please note that submissions will be accepted using Conftool ONLY.

Please contact the organizers at with questions about the platform.

Submissions will close January 15, 2020.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at