At STLHE, the health and safety of our members, communities and volunteers is our main priority. We share our heartfelt support for anyone whose health has been impacted because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. It is important for us as a national community to minimize the negative impact this virus is having on our lives, our local communities and our businesses.
With the recent pandemic coming to a head, many bans have been put into place to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19, prompting event and workplace shutdowns across Canada and the world. As a result, the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education decided not to hold our conference in 2020.
This was a difficult decision to make as we had many incredible submissions and were looking forward to the great celebration that would be this year’s 40th conference. However, we believe our decision to not hold a physical conference in Ottawa in 2020 was the best option to ensure a safe and successful event for our delegates, speakers and sponsors.
Panels and papers that were accepted for the 2020 conference will be invited to present at the 2021 Conference, scheduled for June 15-18 in Ottawa. We are planning that delegates will also have the opportunity to submit new proposals and/or revise existing abstracts for the 2021 conference. More information will be coming soon.
STLHE has much to celebrate in 2020-2021 with the 40th anniversary of the annual conference and 40th anniversary of the establishment of the organization. We look forward to coming together as a community to celebrate these anniversaries at a time when it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, we are exploring other possibilities to keep our members connected online throughout the year and will keep everyone posted as plans develop. Please feel free to visit https://keepteaching.ca/ for STLHEs immediate response to COVID-19.
Thank you to all of you for your dedication to STLHE and our goal for higher education. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming virtual events and at the STLHE 2021 Conference.