January 1, 2017:  Call for proposals posted
January 15 – March 22 (extended)Abstract submissions accepted
[PDF: Submitting a Proposal – Quick Reference Guide]

May 3-9: Notification of acceptances sent
June 10: Registration open
June 15: Participation confirmation due for all presentations
Sept 2: Draft of program sent to presenters for corrections to titles, names, and abstracts
Sept 5: Basic schedule posted on website
Sept 8: Early bird registration deadline
Sept 15:  Final program posted on website
October 11 – 14: Conference



The conference will take place from October 11 through 14, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Calgary is a vibrant city with plenty to do and see.  Explore our Calgary microsite for the possibilities!

Pre- and Post-Conference Excursions to Banff

If you can, come early or stay late: just over an hour up the road is Banff, a resort town in the Canadian Rockies surrounded by Banff National Park (6,500 square kilometres of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, and rivers and home to wildlife such as elk, grizzly bears, and wolves). The town itself features château-style hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and souvenir shops. For ideas about self-planned excursions to Banff, see these highlights for self-planned excursions (how to get there, where to stay, and what to do once you get there).


The conference events will take place at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre in downtown Calgary.  We have secured two exhibition halls (one with floor-to-ceiling windows), this foyer (image right) for the registration desk and our Conference Commons, and 13 breakout rooms for concurrent sessions.

The Convention Centre is located on Stephen Avenue, a year-round pedestrian mall at the centre of downtown’s 1,000 shops, 200+ restaurants, 50+ historical spots, and 17 tourist attractions. It’s also one block from the C-Train, North America’s 1st and only light rail transit that’s powered 100% by wind energy. The C-Train is free of charge in the Downtown Core and connects delegates to restaurants, hotels, shopping centres, and the University of Calgary.
New:  Conference attendees interested in organizing a childcare exchange with fellow attendees, please contact Molly Burke Leon at moburke@indiana.edu.
Parking at the Convention Centre:  See this PDF for directions, a map, and parking rates.


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at special rates for ISSOTL17 at the two hotels below.  Prices are listed in Canadian dollars/CAD$.  (Here’s a currency converter.)

Hyatt Regency Calgary

Connected to the Calgary TELUS Convention Center, this is a contemporary-styled hotel near vibrant Stephen Avenue within steps from many downtown attractions, like the theater district, historic buildings, restaurants, pubs, galleries, and luxury shopping.

Hotel Address ISSOTL17 Group Rates (Canadian $)
119 12 Ave SW
Calgary, AB  T2R 0G8
Standard (single/double, 400 sq ft): $219/night
Regency Club King (single/double, 400 sq ft, private floors, access to Regency Club): $219/night
Regency Club Two Queens (single/double, 400 sq ft, private floors, access to Regency Club): $249/night
Book a room at the group rate:  Use this direct link for our blocked rooms.  All rooms have complimentary wireless internet. Additional room guests are $35 extra/night. Group rates available until September 8, 2017.

Hotel Arts

A 10-minute walk to the Convention Centre (4 blocks, 750 meters), Hotel Arts is Calgary’s modern “designer boutique-style” hotel. It’s also known for its two restaurants, Raw Bar (Vietnamese fusion or “Vietmodern” cuisine) and Yellow Door Bistro (bistro-inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist).

Hotel Address ISSOTL17 Group Rates (Canadian $)
700 Centre St SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5P6
Luxury (single/double, 389 sq ft): $179/night — $179 rooms still available!
Luxury Suite (single/double, 610 sq ft, lounge area, wet bar): $249/night
Book a room at the group rate: Use this direct link for our blocked rooms (Google Chrome only), or you can call 1-800-661-9378 and say you’re with the “ISSOTL” group (or the “1710ISSOTL” group).  All rooms have complimentary wireless internet. Additional room guests are $30 extra/night. Group rates available until September 8, 2017.



The following resources will facilitate travel to ISSOTL17.

International Travel to Canada

Prior to registration and to making your travel arrangements, please familiarize yourself with the requirements for entry into Canada.  For detailed information on entering Canada, please visit the Government of Canada’s Visit Canada website.

In addition to a valid passport, you may require a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada.   Find out if you require a visitor visa or eTA.

Calgary International Airport (YYC)

The Calgary International Airport (YYC) offers scheduled non-stop flights to major cities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, and East Asia–and is just 20 minutes from the city centre location of the conference.

Directions from Airport

Shuttle to Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Hotel Arts
The Calgary Allied Shuttle services both of the conference hotels.  Visit their website or call 1-877-299-9555.
Driving Directions to the TELUS Convention Centre and the Hyatt Regency Hotel
When exiting Calgary International Airport, turn left at the first light onto Airport Trail. Then turn left onto Deerfoot Trail South followed by a right onto Memorial Drive heading west. Turn right onto 4th Avenue fly-over bridge to City Centre, then a left onto Centre Street. Drive three blocks south on Centre Street. The Hyatt Regency Calgary is on the left.
Here are a map and additional directions.
Driving Directions to Hotel Arts
When exiting Calgary International Airport, turn left at the first light onto Airport Trail. Then turn left onto Deerfoot Trail South followed by a right onto Memorial Drive heading west. Turn right onto 4th Avenue fly-over bridge to City Centre, then turn left onto 1st Street SW. Head South on 1st Street to 12th Avenue and turn left. Hotel Arts is located on the right.

Here are a map and additional directions.



Through September 15, 2017, registration fees can be refunded minus a $200 USD administrative handling fee upon cancellation in writing to issotl2017@issotl.com. Due to contractual obligations, no refunds can be given after September 15, 2017.

Registration Fees

Early Bird
(until Sept 8)
ISSOTL Member $500 $600
Non-Member $600 $700
Student $200 $275
One-Day Attendance $225 $250
One Pre-Conference Workshop* (including CUR workshop), morning OR afternoon $50 $50
TWO Pre-Conference Workshops* (including CUR workshop), morning AND afternoon $100 $100

All prices are indicated and will be charged in US dollars. Payments accepted by credit card only.

Conference registration includes event attendance (there are separate charges for pre-conference workshops), breakfast, lunch, snacks, and receptions.

Click here to register for ISSOTL17.

* Conference registrants with current ISSOTL membership can register for a half day pre-conference workshop at no additional charge.  However, spaces for pre-conference workshops are limited.  ISSOTL members registering for both a morning and afternoon workshop will be charged for a half day workshop.  Due to the limited number of spaces, workshop registrations will be verified at the door.

A limited number of waivers for student registration fees will be available through the ISSOTL Emerging Scholars Fund. Application details can be found here.

Annual Membership Fees

Faculty/Administrator/Staff $75
Retired/Part-Time Faculty/Administrator/Staff $65
Student $40

When you register for the conference, you will have the opportunity to renew your ISSOTL membership as part of that process.  Please note that the ISSOTL membership year has changed; the 2016-2017 membership will extend through December 31, 2017, and subsequent membership years will follow the calendar year.  More information on ISSOTL membership is available here.

We aim to organize a conference where attendees can participate with as few challenges as possible. If you are in need of accommodations that meet the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, please indicate so during the registration. Note that requests for accommodation can be considered only if registration has been completed latest by September 15, 2017 and appropriate details were provided in the registration. We will be confirming the receipt of any accommodation request with the registration.

If you require a confirmation letter to obtain a visa or to satisfy other travel requirements, please make sure to register early and indicate so in your registration – letters can be issued only for early bird registrations. Upon completing the registration, you will be required to provide your name, title, affiliation, your passport number, country that issued your passport, date of issue, expiration date, place of issue, date and place of birth to the conference organizer. We will issue a confirmation for the attendance of the annual conference only. Confirmation letters will generally be sent as email attachment. Be advised that ISSOTL will not provide travel reimbursement, honoraria, scholarships, or any other type of remuneration for your stay in Canada.

Click here to register for ISSOTL17.

ISSOTL Emerging Scholars Fund: Call for Student Applications
ISSOTL’s goal is to “foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching.” To support this goal, ISSOTL recognizes the importance of engaging emerging scholars who are interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning.  More information can be found here.



If you’d like to go out of town to Banff before or after the conference, see the options for self-planned excursions below.  (For information about staying in Calgary and attending the conference, please check our Logistics page.)

Please note that Monday, October 9 is Thanksgiving in Canada, and thus the Town of Banff will be likely to receive more visitors for the long weekend than usual. We encourage you to plan accordingly and book travel and accommodations well in advance!

Getting There

  • Brewster Travel:  Direct transfers from Calgary International Airport or selected downtown Calgary hotels, to all Banff hotel or residential addresses. Round trip fares are $110.50 for adults. Approximately 3 departures daily.
  • Banff Airporter:  Direct transfers from Calgary International Airport to Banff. Round trip is $125.98 CAD. 10 departures daily. Drop-off at any Banff hotel or residential address.
  • Greyhound:  $27.80 CAD for bookings in advance, $58.80 without. 4 departures leaving from their Calgary terminal – near downtown – daily). The route also stops in Canmore, Alberta. The bus stops at the Banff Greyhound Station only.
  • Self-Drive:  The trip from Calgary to Banff is a quick trip in a rental car, taking approximately an hour, on Highway 1. This is an easy drive on a very well-maintained and divided highway. This offers you the most flexibility for getting around the Banff townsite, local attractions and the ability to easily go farther afield, such as to Lake Louise.

Places to Stay

There are many options for accommodation in Banff, including top-of-the-line hotels, family-run bed-and-breakfasts (B & Bs), hostels, and campgrounds. The most convenient accommodations are located on Banff Avenue, near the town’s central area, with easy access to restaurants and other amenities. Establishments which aren’t in this area may be more difficult to access without a personal vehicle, but will tend to be quieter and more relaxing.  You may want to check your preferred travel website for reviews, recommendations, and exact pricing, but these are some possibilities:

What To Do in Banff

Once you get to Banff, refer to “What To Do in Banff” for highlights about getting around, things to do in and out of town, local eats and drinks, and shopping ideas.



ISSOTL17 is co-hosted by the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, and the Conference Co-Chairs are Nancy Chick and Michelle Yeo.  Questions? Email issotl2017@issotl.com.
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