Symposium Format

Everyone at the symposium will be expected and encouraged to be an active participant in the discussions. Certainly, it is our hope that invited speakers deliver provocative formal presentations that in turn provoke lively discussion; but going beyond discussion, and blurring the lines between presenter and audience member, you will also be invited to engage actively with one another for the purpose of effecting changes at your home institutions. Opportunities will be available for reconsidering and strategizing academic issues such as faculty criteria documents, measurement rankings, traditional impact factors, and other academic matters affected by the politics of austerity, neoliberalism, and new management technologies. As a symposium registrant, you will be invited and provided a forum to share your insights and experience regarding symposium themes through rotating focused roundtable sessions as well as through other dialogue-promoting spaces.

Roundtable themes will include:

  • Faculty criteria document sharing
  • Special journal issue discussion
  • Current research impact indicators & altmetrics in use at your institution
  • Create short videos/video speakers’ corner
  • Issues of concern to graduate students
  • Other topics of choice 

Action will also be encouraged through a variety of means including:

  • A call for submissions to a special issue of in education (the University of Regina Faculty of Education’s open access, peer-reviewed journal)
  • A video speakers’ corner for filming your thoughts and responses to symposium themes
  • Participating in creating recommendations and developing examples of inclusive faculty criteria documents
  • Possibly developing a community impact factor as an alternative to journal impact factor metrics
  • Further actions as collectively discussed at the symposium.