CFP || CWCA/ACCR conference — The Writing Centre Multiverse: Vancouver May 30-31, 2019

The Writing Centre Multiverse: Vancouver May 30-31, 2019

For our 2019 conference, the Canadian Writing Centres Association/L’Association canadienne des centres de rédaction welcomes proposals on any writing-centre-related subject, but particularly invites proposals that explore how Writing Centres navigate, respond to, and negotiate the “multiverse” we all inhabit—in our spaces, our practices, and our research.

How, for example, do any of the following multis inform, enrich, and/or limit our work in the context of our own institutions? How do they intersect or overlap with practical, political, and/or personal concerns around training, pedagogy, administration, decolonization, or wellness,? How do we as writing centre practitioners respond to, negotiate, or resist, any or all of these?

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Conference materials – handouts, slides, etc.

Thank you again for your participation in Writing @ the Centre. We gained so much in just one day from your workshops, presentations, and panels.

The University of Victoria Writing Centre would like to offer you the opportunity to showcase and share your presentation, panel or workshop on the CWCA website. It is my role to create videos and other online objects highlighting some of the insights you shared.  If you would like to participate, please send any media (images, PDFs, PPTs, audio/video files) that you would like me to include, along with a list of key points or script notes. Please also indicate your preferred method of knowledge transfer. Here are just a few ideas:
·         Voice-over Powerpoint slides to create a video
·         A screen-captured Skype presentation
·         A traditional paper presented as a PDF
·         A podcast of you being interviewed
This is not an exhaustive list and we’re open to your ideas!  Of course, all contributors will be acknowledged for their authorship of the content and given access to this resource once established.

If you’d like to see some samples, here are some of the creations I made in my role as Coordinator at the UVic Writing Centre and as a tutorial developer for UVic Libraries:
Academic Integrity
The Arbutus Review
UVic TWC’s Help Videos Page
The UVic Library’s Help Videos Page

Please let me know if you would like to participate! We are working on a tight deadline and would need to have your project completed to your satisfaction by June 28th. The earlier we start, the better the product will be.

Send your materials to Abby – twccoor@uvic.ca

Conference success

Thank you to everyone who came to the CWCA/ACCR conference at University of Victoria. Over 95 members representing 40 institutions came from 8 provinces and as well as Washington state. It was good to meet with friends and colleagues, as well as new CWCA/ACCR members.

Special thanks

Special thank you from the CWCA/ACCR executive as well as all the members to UVic writing centre manger, Dr. Lauie Waye for hosting the conference. As was mentioned at the conference, Dr. Waye’s effort was key in the success of the conference, setting a template for future conferences for our association. Thanks, Laurie!

Thanks, too, to the planning committee:

Theresa Hyland, Liv Marken, Tammy Bryne, Grace Howell, and Miriam Unruh

Their work contributed to the success of this conference.

Further news

In the coming weeks, materials from the conference will be posted to this site. A note will be sent out on the listserve when these have been uploaded.

Also, a constitution committee and electronic media committee were formed. More information on these may be found in the AGM minutes to be posted shortly.

Thank you all for coming to the conference. Plans are already underway for 2014! I hope to see you all again.

Brian Hotson,

Past-Chair, CWCA/ACCR

CWCA/ACCR pre-conference talk | Dr. Norm Vaughan, Mount Royal University

CWCA/ACCR pre-conference talk

Quality matters in blended learning: Being more than together and more than apart | Dr. Norm Vaughan, Department of Education, Faculty of Teaching and Learning, Mount Royal University, Calgary

Thursday, May 30, 2013 |
1:00 – 2:30 pm | Social Sciences and Math Building, Room A110

University of Victoria

‘Blended learning is the organic integration of thoughtfully selected and complementary face-to-face and online approaches and technologies.’(Garrison & Vaughan, 2008, p.148)
As author of an extensive list of publications on blended learning and faculty development, Dr. Norm Vaughan is a national and international authority on the integration of technologies in learning and teaching. He is co-author of the seminal text, “Blended Learning in Higher Education” (Jossey-Bass, 2008) and is currently on the editorial board of five leading academic journals on learning, teaching and technology. He is also co-founder of the Blended Online Design Network and a member of the Community of Inquiry Research Group.

Dr. Vaughan recently wrote, ‘In the words of Gladwell (2000), “We have gone over the “tipping point;” blended learning has become an educational epidemic.’ In his presentation, Dr. Vaughan will explore why he feels ‘blended learning has become the dominant paradigm in 21st-century higher education,’ and will introduce case studies, teaching strategies and tools to demonstrate their application. He will also explain how the Community of Inquiry framework which he has researched (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 2001) can be utilized to create high quality and engaging learning experiences for students and faculty. Whether you are an advocate, a skeptic or just want to understand more about blended learning and what it means, please do take this opportunity to learn from one of the most thoughtful experts in the field.

Garrison, D.R., & Vaughan, N.D. (2008). Blended learning in higher education. Framework, principles and guidelines. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.