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2022 OTESSA Conference


We are excited to announce that the second international conference of the Open/Technology in Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA) will be held ONLINE at the Congress of the Humanities and the Social Sciences between May 16-20, 2022 with co-chairs: Aras Bozkurt (Anadolu University, Turkey), Terry Greene (TrentU, Canada), and Kathy Snow (UPEI, Canada).

Please visit otessa.org for more information. We welcome submissions pertaining to educational technologyonline learningblended or hybrid learningmulti-access learningopen educationdigital and open scholarship, and intersections where technology and openness intersect with education, society, or scholarship.

We were pleased to be approaching 200 participants this year already and thank BCcampus, eCampusOntario, CampusManitoba, LearnQuebec, Trent University, and the University of Victoria for supporting OTESSA as we build and grow. We are on a growth trajectory and are excited to welcome more into our community!

Our call for proposals is closed, but we did save some space for late additions on a first-come/first-reviewed basis until they are full. More information can be found on our OTESSA Conference Submission and Proceedings website.

We support both research-oriented and practice-oriented sessions. Although not required, we have options for short papers to be submitted for review and published in our proceedings (see 2021 Proceedings Issue) or full papers for publication in our new OTESSA Journal. Please check out Volume 1 Issue 1 and Volume 1 Issue 2 of our journal from 2021. All of our publications are open access.

Visit our OTESSA 2022 Conference Website to learn more about our program and wonderful line-up of speakers:

Keynote speakers: Martin Weller (Open University, UK), Sherri Spelic (American International School Vienna), Maha Bali (American University in Cairo), Brenna Clarke Gray (Thomson Rivers University).

Invited speakers: Enilda Romero-Hall (UTampa, USA), Jess Mitchell (OCAD, Canada), Beyhan Farhadi (York University, Canada), Lyn Trudeau (Brock University), sava saheli singh (University of Ottawa/QueensU, Canada), AJ Boston (Murray State University), Verena Roberts (UCalgary, Canada), Terry Anderson (Athabasca University, Canada), Tony Bates (Ryerson & CDLRA, Canada), Stephanie Moore (University of New Mexico, USA), Matt Bower (Macquarie University, Australia), Nadia Naffi (Université Laval), Trevor Mackenzie (Greater Victoria School District), Sadik Shahadu (Dagbani Wikimedians User Group & Art+Feminism), and Simon Collin (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Our social program includes Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon running an online Bhangra dance class, Jon Dron of Athabasca University performing music with song, Kendra Coupland facilitating a mindfulness session, and Dr. Jones (alias for one of our favourite edtech people) who will be here as a DJ arranging beats for us! We will also facilitate cohorted social pods for the conference, so you can connect, network, and debrief with others in the OTESSA community!

You can see our welcome videos coming out on the @OTESSA_org Twitter account on #OTESSA22 hashtag with early ones found here:

Martin Weller’s Welcome Video,

Maha Bali’s Welcome Video, and

Gurdeep Pandher’s Welcome Video!

We added an extra day on May 20 with workshops and an unconference/edcamp event to enjoy.

JOIN US!  Sign up today on our Member Info page.

OTESSA-flyer-8.5×11-v4Information on Fees and Registration are available on our OTESSA Conference website. We support all Black or Indigenous persons with free registration for both Congress and OTESSA. We support additional equity-deserving groups and all those for whom these fees are too much. Please contact us and we will break down barriers together.

Featured research: Emergency remote education and COVID-19

A global outlook to the interruption of education due to COVID-19 pandemic: Navigating in a time of uncertainty and crisis

By Aras Bozkurt, et al.

Two UVic researchers are co-authors on this open access paper: Valerie Irvine and Michael Paskevicius.


Uncertain times require prompt reflexes to survive and this study is a collaborative reflex to better understand uncertainty and navigate through it. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic hit hard and interrupted many dimensions of our lives, particularly education. As a response to interruption of education due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this study is a collaborative reaction that narrates the overall view, reflections from the K-12 and higher educational landscape, lessons learned and suggestions from a total of 31 countries across the world with a representation of 62,7% of the whole world population. In addition to the value of each case by country, the synthesis of this research suggests that the current practices can be defined as emergency remote education and this practice is different from planned practices such as distance education, online learning or other derivations. Above all, this study points out how social injustice, inequity and the digital divide have been exacerbated during the pandemic and need unique and targeted measures if they are to be addressed. While there are support communities and mechanisms, parents are overburdened between regular daily/professional duties and emerging educational roles, and all parties are experiencing trauma, psychological pressure and anxiety to various degrees, which necessitates a pedagogy of care, affection and empathy. In terms of educational processes, the interruption of education signifies the importance of openness in education and highlights issues that should be taken into consideration such as using alternative assessment and evaluation methods as well as concerns about surveillance, ethics, and data privacy resulting from nearly exclusive dependency on online solutions.
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the
Creative Commons Attribution License. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
This article was originally published at:
Bozkurt, A., Jung, I., Xiao, J., Vladimirschi, V., Schuwer, R., Egorov, G., Lambert, S. R., … &
Paskevicius, M. (2020). A global outlook to the interruption of education due to COVID-19
pandemic: Navigating in a time of uncertainty and crisis. Asian Journal of Distance
Education, 15(1), 1-126. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3878572.

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