The conference will be organized into six streams, outlined below. Indigenous education as well as equity and inclusion will be woven through all streams and topics. All sessions should offer reflections on opportunities, or lessons learned, for the future of the college and institute system in this fast-moving future.
Governing the Vessel
Geared towards future-oriented leadership teams, including board members and CEOs, this stream will present sessions that capture how governing institutions has evolved during a time of significant change and disruption.
Charting Teaching & Learning
Sessions in this stream will explore how to better orient institutions to ensure the success of their students, including innovative teaching and assessment methods that take learning beyond the typical classroom setting, including hyflex teaching, traditional Indigenous ways of knowing, and work-integrated learning. Creating inclusive and intelligent campus spaces, promoting both physical and mental health, and using new technologies to strengthen teaching and support services from application to career placement will also figure prominently.
Navigating the Economy
Sessions in this stream will focus on the road to recovery from COVID-19 and the continued impact on colleges and institutes. Which sectors have been hit the hardest and will they bounce back? Sessions will also explore new and emerging markets and how colleges and institutes can lead in this recovery.
Guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sessions in this stream will explore how colleges and institutes can expand their leadership role in contributing to the SDGs and ensuring sustainability in multiple sectors, including curriculum development, solutions-oriented approaches to applied research, and designing smart green campuses.
This stream will present sessions related to building a culture of innovation on campus, encouraging students to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, incorporating applied research into curriculums, and developing intelligent solutions to tackle current challenges.
The international work of colleges and institutes has been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions in this stream will look at how colleges and institutes have adapted to pandemic challenges and how they are preparing for future disruptions. Presentations will cover the full range of international activities undertaken by colleges and institutes, including international student recruitment and mobility, international cooperation projects and contract training.