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OTESSA Conference 2024

In Person 

June 12-15, 2024

(McGill University, Montreal)

Online

June 17-21, 2024

(your home or office, part-time)

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Congress 2024 theme: Sustaining shared futures

While alarming images of a warming planet infuse the concept with a critical sense of urgency, ‘sustainability’ transcends even the immense challenges posed by climate change, urging recognition of the interconnectedness of human existence and global action on the overlapping social, economic, environmental, and technological issues that threaten our future.

As members of the global community, we share the responsibility to take on this multi-faceted challenge of a lifetime by way of concerted action across disciplines, bringing into focus its unequal impact, the bounds of our planet, and in turn, our solutions.

For this 2024 edition, enmeshing the knowledges of diverse contexts, and amplifying Black and Indigenous perspectives, Congress invites scholars, students, policymakers and community members to reflect on what remains collectively attainable – and what must be done – in the face of this vast and complex imperative in order to bring forth solutions for today, and sustain systems of tomorrow.

This year’s four subthemes for inviting submissions and discussions include:

The Transitions of Online Learning and Teaching

Online learning and teaching has come to the forefront since the start of the pandemic. What can we learn from our rich history of online, blended, and multi-access learning as we navigate our way forward? In what ways can we build and extend upon existing research and education with technology to increase ethical, inclusive and diverse policies and practices?

Addressing Inequities

Who is advantaged or disadvantaged by the human and technological infrastructures and processes we design? In what ways do we confront issues such as generative AI, surveillance, privacy and security? What innovations and changes in assessment, open educational resources, participatory pedagogies, collective and co-design of knowledge, inform, serve to enhance or limit the democratization of knowledge?

Sustaining Positive Change

In what ways can we take what we have learned about openness and/or technology in education, society, and scholarship and enact change toward a more diverse, sustainable, democratic, and just world.

Wildcard

We also offer a wildcard category for innovative and inventive ideas that go beyond the three broad subthemes, as long as a relevant connection is made to OTESSA. 

Call for Proposals

For OTESSA 2024, we have TWO open calls for proposals.

Send us your proposal by Dec 20, 2023 February 15, 2024.

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Session Types

20 Minutes

Short Session

20 Minutes
10 Minutes

Alt Format

10 Minutes
50 Minutes

Full Session

50 Minutes
60 Minutes

Poster

60 Minutes
60 Minutes or as proposed

Workshop or Demo

60 Minutes or as proposed
60 Minutes

Ethics in Design Showcase

60 Minutes