CNIE 2018 Call for Presentation Proposals


The 11th International Conference of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE)

When: May 15-17, 2018
Where: Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario

Theme: Diversities of Learning and Learners – What’s in our Natures

CNIE strives to:
* advance the use of technology in distributed learning, in open/distance education, and in institutional contexts, and
* promote research into the theory and practice of distributed, distance education, and other technology enhanced learning.

The CNIE Conference Program Committee is now seeking abstracts, summarizing possible presentations, for its 2018 annual conference:

Diversities of Learning and Learners – What’s in our Natures

In the Ojibway culture, the Medicine Wheel is used to teach about equality and respect and to honour all people, including our ancestors. When we honour our ancestors (those that have walked before us), we honour ourselves as well as our children and grandchildren. Typically, the four colours (yellow, red, black and white) are presented on the Medicine Wheel each representing the four cardinal points which are four of the sacred directions. The other sacred directions are – Father Sky (the upper realm) represented by the colour blue, Mother Earth (below) represented by the colour green and the self (centre of the wheel) represented by the colour purple are also represented on the Medicine Wheel. These seven directions related to the seven stages of life and the Seven Grandfather Teachings. The four cardinal directions of the Medicine Wheel remind us of the need for balance in the world and that it is this balance that we must strive for each and every day. These directions also remind us that everything comes in fours – the four races of man, the four seasons, the four stages of life, etc. The self is at the centre of the Medicine Wheel and it is this centre, when everything is in balance that exemplifies the diversity of learning and learners.

Conference Tracks

Proposals should address one or more of the four conference streams listed below:

The following presentation streams are based on the four ways of knowing and learning as contained in the Medicine Wheel and represent four perspectives on innovation and education. We invite presentations that are based either on formal research or on practical experience

1. Identity and education (East – Spirit – Yellow)

The east signals new beginnings, the spring of new life, and the journey of our spirit into the physical world. All life has spirit (this is what we call nature), we honour those spirits and give thanks each day for all of creation and are grateful for being able to breathe life once more. Teachings of the east enables us to see and have vision; knowledge is revealed.

We invite you to share your stories, research and experiences working in the field of education and how that may have brought new experiences relating to course design and delivery.

2. Sustainable environment (South – Relationships – Red)

The teachings of the south relate to the need for nurturance and the building of relationships. The south also represents the physical stage of adolescence when youth search for their identity and meaning in life. The southern direction reminds us that we need to look after our spirits. This is a time of continued growth.

We invite you to share your stories, research and experiences about how you view the relationship between both formal and informal educational settings and creating a sustainable environment, whether in the natural world or the virtual world.

3. Technology (West – Body – Black)

The western direction relates to the adult stage of development. This is a time when our physical development becomes complete. This also represents the fall, a time of harvesting. In this stage of life people become more aware of death and loss. People begin to appreciate and enjoy the fruits of life. It is a time of reflection, making peace with and nurturing our hearts. Teachings of the west enable us to act and do; to learn and know through responding.

We invite you to share your stories, research and experiences about using, adapting and harvesting evolving technologies both in the face-to-face and online classroom and how technology can help to strengthen identity and culture.

4. Humanizing the learning experience / empathy (North – Mind – Wisdom – White)

As we enter the northern direction, we begin to slow down and reflect on our life. It is a time to honour your Elders, lodge keepers, knowledge keepers. It is a place of wisdom and a time of storytelling. This direction allows us to think and learn/know through reflecting.

We invite to you to share with us your teaching and instructional design strategies to encourage and foster empathy in our learners and preserve the human element while using technology in education.

Format Choices for Presentations:

All presentations will be 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of discussion, for a total length of 45 minutes for each presentation.

We welcome submissions that provide engaging opportunities for sharing knowledge and experiences from educators working in the K-12, college, university, industry, and government sectors, including instructors, instructional designers, educational technologists, administrators, and graduate students. Whether you’re working with students, at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of new technologies, or working behind the scenes to support learning, you have a story we want to hear.

Formal Research Paper: For reports of completed research studies, theoretical reflections based on research-focused literature, and reflective analyses of practice.

Graduate Student Papers: For Master’s or Doctoral students with completed or almost completed research projects.

Practice-based Reports: For projects involving innovative approaches to education or the implementation of new technologies, or old technologies in new ways (including face-to-face, blended, online, augmented, virtual, etc.).

Experiential Presentations: For presentations that involve small-group discussions, movement, and other interactions (several of the presentation spaces are flexible-format classrooms).

Panel sessions of three to four people (including the panel chair) may be selected from submissions and/or designed by the Program Committee. Panellists will be chosen for their experiences, opinions, and ability to provoke lively debate. Panel presentations will be structured so that each speaker has 5 – 7 minutes to present his/her viewpoint; 15 – 20 minutes will be provided for questions and answers as well as engagement with other delegates.

Good to know:

All presentation rooms are equipped with a projector, screen, sound system, a built-in Windows PC, laptop connections, and robust wifi.

Submission Procedures for Presentation Abstracts

For all submissions:

  • abstract should be no more than 500 words including references and session title of 8-10 words

Please click on the following link to submit your presentation proposal: Proposal Submission Form


NEW deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31, 2018
Proposals exceeding the word limit or arriving late will not be considered.

Important note: If your proposal is accepted you must register for the conference and pay corresponding fees by April 1, 2018 to confirm your presentation(s). You are also responsible for your own travel and accommodation expenses.