Call for Proposals Now Open - ForwardFocus 2017

Join us virtually or in-person on Friday, October 27, 2017.  

The conference will be held at Illinois Central College, Peoria Campus, with a virtual option for attendees to join us from their desks.  

Advocating for Students: strategies for connecting your campus to OER                                    

This year’s conference is dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER) in community colleges. As institutions struggle to cut costs and eliminate barriers to student achievement, librarians are called to find solutions. OER initiatives have gained momentum and offer a promising path to overcoming budget constraints and textbook affordability issues for students. This conference is open to all who want to learn about OER.       

Call for Proposals:                                                                               

ForwardFocus is pleased to announce the 2017 call for proposals is now open. We are accepting proposals for both in-person and virtual presentations.

Tell us about your campus OER initiatives. How do you evaluate OER materials, work with faculty to integrate OER into the classroom, and connect students to OER collections?  What trends and challenges have emerged and what predictions can we make for the future of OER in community colleges?  

Use the breakout time to host a discussion or share a recent project in the following areas:

  • Defining OER in a Community College Context
    • We are looking for conversation leaders or presenters to introduce OER to attendees.  Proposals in this category may include information on open licenses, discuss or highlight different OER models, and/or provide an overall emphasis on educating colleagues new to OER.    
  • Open Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning with OER
    • Proposals in this category will showcase OER content used in the classroom, partnerships with faculty and other campus partners, and student use of OERs.  Share success stories and lessons learned on teaching and learning with OER.  
  • Strategies for Implementing OER Initiatives at your Campus
    • Share your OER projects and advice for implementing OER initiatives, including consortia involvement or advocacy and other partnerships crucial to your success.  We are looking for models of effective practices in engaging a campus community around OER.    
  • Measuring and Communicating the Impact of OER
    • Tell us how you determine the value of OER on your campus. Share strategies for evaluating OER content and communicating both the quality of OER resources and their impact on student learning.   

If you are interested in presenting, please complete the Call for Proposals form by May 26, 2017.

Questions? Feel free to email forwardfocusconference@gmail.com or check the conference website for more details.  We hope you’ll join us in October!    

16th Annual Information Literacy Summit - Deadline to Submit Proposals Extended

16th Annual Information Literacy Summit

From Teaching to Learning: Context and Collaboration

Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:30am-3:30pm

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library

Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Keynote Address

Boundaries and sovereignties: Placing students at the center of information literacy

Wendy Holliday, Head of Teaching, Learning, and Research Services at Cline Library

Read more about Wendy Holliday and her presentation here: http://informationliteracysummit.org/keynote-speaker/

Call for Proposals  

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which explore the contexts of teaching and learning and the ways in which we collaborate with students, faculty, and our librarian colleagues. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

To propose a breakout session: bit.ly/2017ILSCFP

EXTENDED: Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 20, 2017

Some possible topics for sessions include:

·         Applications of the Framework for Information Literacy:

o    Learning Outcomes

o    Lesson Plans

o    Professional development tools

o    Assessments

o    Collaborations

·         Open Educational Resources

·         Critical Information Literacy

·         Critical Pedagogies

·         Reflective Practice

·         Communities of Practice

·         Student Centered Teaching and Learning

·         Students as Creators

·         Programmatic Assessments

·         Instructional Design