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Intersections: Connecting Open/Technology, Education, Society, and Scholarship โ€“ The inaugural OTESSA conference

May 31 - June 2


Who: Open/Technology, Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA)

What: Intersections: Connecting Open/Technology, Education, Society, and Scholarship โ€“ The inaugural OTESSA conference

Where: Western University in London, ON, Canada (at Congress)
Book your accommodation ASAP as it is first come/first served.

When: May 31-June 2, 2020

Why: Gather to build connections and community, and to explore our 2020 subthemes โ€“ Ethics, Access, & Futures โ€“ together

Download or link to a PDF flyer of the Call for Proposals here in both official languages of Canada: See English CFP flyerย and French CFP flyer. Please print/distribute/post it on bulletin boards to help spread the news!

We are excited to announce that the inaugural international conference of the Open/Technology, Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA) will be held at the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and the Social Sciences between May 31-June 2, 2020, in London, Ontario. The theme for this first gathering is Intersections: Connecting Open/Technology, Education, Society, and Scholarship.

OTESSA meets during the annual conference of the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences, also known as Congress. Congress is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, and is Canadaโ€™s largest gathering of researchers, scholars, graduate students, practitioners, and stakeholders with approximately 8,000 attendees.

OTESSA welcomes all who are exploring the role of open and digital technologies in education, society, and scholarship to be part of our first-ever conference gathering. Scholars, practitioners, graduate and undergraduate students, librarians, designers, educators from K12 or post-secondary, administrators, policy-makers: whatever your role and wherever you are located in the world, join us and contribute to our emergent discussions as a newly formed Association!

Contemporary social, political, economic and information ecosystems are shaping our citizenry and our classrooms dramatically. Where do we see ourselves going? What are our concerns and guiding visions? Who is served by the infrastructures we design? With this first conference and through our theme, OTESSA aims to encourage the intersection of perspectives as well as build connections, collaborations, and critical conversations. We particularly want to invite focus on the complexities that technology and open practice raise for education, society, and scholarship, so this yearโ€™s three key subthemes for submissions and discussions will be Ethics, Access, and Futures. All contributions should be directed towards at least one of these core issues.

There will be multiple modes of presentation and participation available at OTESSA. Formats include 20-minute and 50-minute presentations, 5-minute lightning talks, 50-minute submitted panels focused around a convening question, and 15-minute small-group roundtable discussions.

During the conference, there will also be a plenary OpenTable session that does not require submission in advance, but will enable participants to host focused discussions on core issues for their practice and for the field.

Our primary focus in this first year is building community. However, we recognize that travel can create obstacles. A limited number of lightning talk sessions and panel spots will be reserved for those who cannot join us in person.

All authors will be given the option during the presentation submission process to request their proposal be considered for inclusion in a formal proceedings collection. Presenters will also be given an opportunity to contribute to a pre-conference blog series showcase. Opportunities for authors to submit full-length papers for consideration for a special issue are also being explored. Both of these proceedings and blog showcase contributions are optional.

Submissions are due November 28, 2019 by 11:59pm, Pacific Time. Click โ€œImportant Datesโ€ in the conference website’s menu to get started.

Thank you for the work you all do to advance our scholarship and practice. We are excited to gather with you to recognize your contributions to the field: please join us in London, Ontario, Canada.

Fondly, from the OTESSA community, as we open and grow!


May 31
June 2
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Western University
151 Richmond St
London, Ontario N6A 3K7 Canada