The Open/Technology, Education, Scholarship and Society Association (OTESSA) is excited to announce the call for proposals for the upcoming #OTESSA23 conference [PICK YOUR PREFERENCE of On-Site at York University or Online], with co-chairs Connie Blomgren (Athabasca University), Nadia Naffi (ULaval), Leo Havemann (University College London, UK), and Local Area Coordinator, Beyhan Farhadi (York University). Support will be provided by OTESSA president, Valerie Irvine (University of Victoria), our secretariat, Congress Organizers, and our conference committee. OTESSA 2023 will take place between May 27-June 2, 2023 as part of the Congress Conference, hosted by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. As we will invite our community to choose the mode of their session (online or on-site), we will need to be dynamic within the above date range as the number of dates online vs. on-site will depend on the submission choices made by our community. OTESSA welcomes thinkers, tinkerers and designers from across disciplines and contexts who are exploring the role of open and digital technologies in education, society, and scholarship to be part of this conference gathering. Congress is a “meta conference” which facilitates dozens of concurrent association conferences (see ‘about Congress‘ to explore all the association members should you wish to present or attend more conferences than the OTESSA conference). Information on our reciprocity agreements can be found at the bottom of this post.
We are pleased to announce early sponsors of OTESSA 2023 include eCampusOntario, BCcampus, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. If you would like to approach your institution to sponsor OTESSA to help support our conference, our community, our journal, our proceedings, our graduate awards, our support of research, and to help our association grow, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request our letter and sponsorship package. If you know you want to sponsor, please visit our sponsor page to learn more and to complete our form.
As part of Congress 2023, OTESSA encourages researchers and practitioners to share their scholarship on the complexities that technology and/or open practice raise for education, society, and scholarship, as well as to come together to build connections, collaborations, and critical conversations at this year’s conference. Scholars, practitioners, graduate and undergraduate students, librarians, designers, makers, policy advisors, and educators or administrators from K12, post-secondary, or workplace settings are all welcome! Whatever your current role and wherever you are located in the world, we invite you to join us and contribute your experience, expertise, and insights to timely discussions about openness and technology in education, society and scholarship.
As OTESSA is a member within Congress, which is the larger multi-association meta-conference for the social sciences and humanities, we situate our OTESSA conference within the Congress theme, Reckonings and Re-Imaginings, which “will focus on new reckonings for how to live in non-hierarchical relationships that respect our human differences, while protecting the environment we depend on.” OTESSA invites a particular focus on the complexities that technology and/or open practice raise for education, society, and scholarship.
This year’s four sub-themes 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 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.
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.
There will be multiple formats to share knowledge and facilitate discussion when participating at OTESSA.
- 20-Minute Sessions
- 50-Minute Sessions
- 50-Minute Panel Sessions
- Workshop Sessions
- Showcase Gallery – Asynchronous
More information on session types can be found in the Guidelines section found on the Submission Page on the OTESSA 2023 Submission Portal.
OPTIONAL: Short Article (Proceedings) and Full Article (Journal) Submissions
Our primary focus is on building connected and lively conversations and open sharing of scholarship and practice in Open/Technology, Education, Scholarship and Society. All presenters have the option to submit a short practice or research article to a formal proceedings collection. We encourage submission of the optional proceedings at the same time as the session proposal as per the call for proposal deadline; however, we have an open door policy and proceeding can be added to the original session submission at any time before or after the conference. All proceedings submissions must be submitted using one of the templates provided. These proceedings will be published on this Conference website, assigned DOIs, and indexed.
Authors also have an opportunity to submit a full-length article to be considered for publication in the OTESSA Journal. Again, we have an open-door policy, so submissions are welcome at any time before or after the conference, but in order to have good odds of a journal submission being successful and published prior to the conference, we encourage a submission date no later than March 1.
November 15, 2022 – Submission Deadline (11:59pm, Pacific Time) for Session Proposals and Optional Proceedings (Short Papers)
Dec-Feb 2023 – Decisions
Feb-March 2023 – Program Draft Published
March 1, 2023 – (Optional) Asynchronous Content Deadline
March 1, 2023 – Full Journal Article (Soft) Deadline
March 31, 2023 – Early Bird Registration Deadline
May 27-June 2, 2023 – OTESSA 2023 Conference [PICK YOUR PREFERENCE: York University OR Online]
We will be launching our #OTESSA23 website soon, which will be the home for all information about the conference.
To review the submission information and guidelines and submit your proposal(s), please visit our OTESSA 2023 submission portal.
Reciprocity Agreements With Other Associations
OTESSA has partnered with the following Association Members of the Federation:
- Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE),
- Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE),
- Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE), and the
- Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ)
so that individuals attending one of these conferences will also have the opportunity to attend sessions at the other gatherings, provided the new online platform supports it. We will add additional associations as we expand our collaboration. Please note that individual(s) presenting at OTESSA must have a current OTESSA membership and registration specific to OTESSA to be included in the program, when announced in the Spring. Please note that OTESSA memberships expire December 31 of each year; however, we will honour membership purchases Sept 1 onward as applying immediately and for the following calendar year (15 months). We provide below an example of the reciprocity with CSSE. This agreement also applies to CSSHE, CASAE, and CALJ as well.
If someone registers as a delegate with OTESSA at Congress, then they can attend CSSE Congress sessions. If someone registers as a delegate with CSSE at Congress, then they can attend OTESSA Congress sessions. This does not afford membership in either organization, however. If someone is presenting in either OTESSA or CSSE, they must register as a delegate with each organization in which they are presenting. If they are presenting in both, they must register as a delegate in both. As well, the person must follow the membership rules for conference presenters/authors/submitters.
Thank you for the work you all do to advance openness and technology in education, society, and scholarship. We are excited to gather with you to recognize your contributions to the field: please join us for OTESSA at Congress.
Fondly, from the OTESSA community, as we build and grow!