First CCL Online Conference: November 11-13, 2022

Abstract Submissions due September 20, 2022

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Conference Theme: Illusions, Delusions and Education

In this inaugural online CCL Conference, we invite participants to collaborate with presentations of their scholarly works in different formats such as academic reflections, research papers, and artistic expressions inspired by the theme Illusions, Delusions, and Education.

In a highly competitive 21st century economic market, we are witnessing a phenomenon in postsecondary education where some discourses are being privileged over others to satisfy a transhumanist agenda. In so-called innovative curricula, new identities and values are incorporated; however, universities have failed to provide a space where critical thinking can be developed with confidence and resilience.

Over the past 20 years, ideological polarizations and mindsets have been cultivated or emphasized on university campuses, limiting instructors’ and students’ ability to express themselves without being constrained or even feeling ostracized. For example, conversations about controversial topics may be trimmed, avoided, or even censored in a classroom setting for reasons of ensuring a ‘safe space’. Moreover, socio-interactional dynamics such as groupthink, peer pressure, and microaggression behaviors have prevented instructors and students from questioning mainstream ideologies, theories, and curricula, thus leading to negative outcomes such as silence and conformity.

Furthermore, in 2020, educators and learners witnessed an unexpected forced shift to online teaching and learning, with synchronous and or asynchronous delivery. Consequently, top-down measures have been imposed on educational institutions, which reinforce certain ideologies and realities while disallowing those with opposing views. Time again, instructors and students have been left without agency to engage in critical thinking and dialogue.

In an age when transhumanist values seem to dominate educational institutions,  we may consider the words of a well-known educational scholar, Frederich Froebel (1886)*, who reminds us that “Education is to guide man to clearness about himself and in himself, to peace in nature…therefore, it is to raise man  to recognition of himself and of humanity…”. Our education has strayed away from raising individual consciousness but rather it has nudged individuals towards conformity, towards goalposts that start to deviate humanity from genuine advancements.

We are seeking various forms of contributions to encourage a revamp of post-secondary education and return us to the true purpose of teaching and learning. As the conference title suggests, contributions should highlight the illusions and delusions of education as well as a re-energized view of our post-secondary institutions for tomorrow.

* Froebel, F. (1886). The education of man (Vol. 5). A. Lovell & Company.

In this 2.5-day online conference, we invite various types of academic contributions and artistic expressions, either by individual presentations or panels.

Guidelines and Contribution Details

We welcome contributions that are aligned with the theme of our conference. 

Academic contributions may include the following:

  • Theoretical, conceptual, empirical paper of both qualitative and quantitative as well as mixed method approaches
  • Synthesis  of literature review with unique insights 
  • Research proposals that further our understanding, knowledge and practice of higher education
  • Narrative methods  that advance  understanding and knowledge

Artistic contributions may include the following:

Artistic contributions aim to express perspectives, emotions and interpretations of our educational system in its past, current and future domains.

  • Visual arts
  • Music
  • Dramatization
  • Short-films, animations, documentary
  • Mixed media

We have provided some questions as a guide for developing your submission content, but you should not be limited to them.

A critical assessment of our education system:

  • What happened to our legacy higher education, and how can we move forward in a more balanced way?
  • What can be done to restore our legacy higher education?
  • What are some of the emergent education systems? How are they disrupting our legacy education system? What benefits and or challenges can they bring forth?

Socio-political lens towards education:

  • What purpose does higher education serve in the 21st century ?
  • What skill sets, intellectual capabilities, moral principles would the next generation of individuals need in order to serve the future of our humanity?
  • In a world where information is power, censorship is becoming means for control and order, how do we challenge current generations of students to be more critical of the information they are receiving and to seek out alternative sources of information, embrace diversity of thoughts and practice independent thinking?

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be in Word document; for academic paper and artistic individual contributions the limit of words is 250 and for panel, 500 words.

Please consider a catchy title for your abstract and include at least one of the following:

  1. the intent or goal of your contribution or session
  2. how your contribution is linked to existing scholarly or community perspectives
  3. how it aligns with the conference theme

Format requirement: 

  • 12-font Times New Roman
  • Double-spaced
  • Reference style: APA

The coverage page of your abstract should include the following information: 

  • Abstract Title
  • Authors – Full Names, Affiliation and Email Address

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2022
Abstract submission or inquiries to the Conference Committee at cclconference2022@canadiancentreforlearning.ca

Registration Fee (For 3 Days)

FREE

A preliminary program with Keynote Speakers will be posted on the CCL website over the Summer: https://canadiancentreforlearning.ca/

Thank you for your interest in the CCL Conference. We look forward to your submission.

CCL Conference Organizing Committee: Valentina Capurri, Kevin Cheung, Candice Chow,Beverly Myatt, Jennifer Tilk, Andrea Valente