The Call for Proposals for AMICAL 2021 (June 21–24) is now open, with a deadline of 30 May.
We’ve made it through a year and a half of disruption of our teaching and working environments, sometimes through reinvention of our methods, and sometimes simply by weathering the challenges with bravery and care. We’re all in a moment of flux, preparing for the coming academic year in the midst of a transition out of remote teaching and services.
We’ve learned many lessons, in particular related to online pedagogy and library services, but we have many continuing challenges. We’re wondering things like:
- How can we improve student engagement in hybrid and blended environments, which we’ll increasingly be working with even after the pandemic?
- What role can we play in contributing to well being – our own and that of students – in this more digitally intermediated world?
- What are the dimensions and measures of digital literacy in our rapidly changing digital universe – and how can we design our courses, and our learning resources, to make meaningful progress along those dimensions?
- How can we gather – or create! – free and open course materials that reflect our own unique curricula and learning environments?
- How can we develop library resources and learning technologies that build both on what we know from the scholarship of teaching, learning and libraries, and on data about our own students’ and faculty’s experiences with our resources?
- What roles can libraries, technology or digital pedagogy and scholarship play in ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in our teaching, learning and working environments?
We invite you to propose presentations of practical help and inspiration for AMICAL colleagues on these questions, and on many other topics relevant to our American-international liberal arts institutions.
The call, like the conference itself, is open to all interested staff and faculty from AMICAL member institutions. We especially encourage participation from librarians, faculty, faculty developers, instructional designers and academic technologists.
AMICAL events are built using highly participatory session formats. For this call, you can propose Community Idea Exchange sessions: brief presentations combined with active audience participation. So come share what you’ve learned with an engaged audience of peers, and gain new insights from them in the process!
See the full Call for Proposals for more guidance on the format, framing and topics of sessions that we’re hoping to include in the AMICAL 2021 program.