Photo of Peace Tower Parliament Hill courtesy of the Univ. of Ottawa


Conference Chairs:

Kevin Harrigan
University of Waterloo

Michael Clarke
University of Ottawa

2006 Conference Committee


Past Conferences:

2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Call for Proposals

Working With and Learning From the World’s Best

2006 MERLOT International Conference (MIC06)
Westin Ottawa and Ottawa Congress Centre
8-11 August 2006

The Call for Proposals is now closed.

Program details can be found on the Program page of this site.

Session Tracks
Session Formats

General Information

The sixth MERLOT International Conference (MIC06) is devoted to faculty development in the design, creation, utilization and evaluation of online teaching and learning materials. The MIC06 conference theme Working With and Learning From the World’s Best recognizes the importance of MERLOT’s fourteen core teaching disciplines. Conference attendees span all disciplines and the continuum from novice to expert in the development and use of online resources.

MIC06 will include a full pre-conference day of Workshops and Seminars. A Health Sciences eLearning Seminar and a seminar focused on the libraries, archives, and institutes unique to the host city, Ottawa, have been confirmed. Other pre-conference seminars and workshops are in the making and will be announced on the MERLOT website If you would like to lead or have ideas for pre-conference seminars/workshops, please email your suggestions to the MIC06 Training Coordinators.

The two and one-half day MERLOT conference has been organized into six tracks all of which focus on bringing the world’s best resources to MIC06 in Ottawa for an exceptional opportunity to share and learn from each other.

The MIC06 Conference Committee invites prospective participants to submit proposals describing new results in any of six conference tracks: 

  1. Authoring Learning Objects
  2. Research and Scholarship
  3. Faculty Development
  4. The Digital Library
  5. Case Studies
  6. Communities of Practice

This year the Communities of Practice Track will focus on proposals in the Health, Medical and Life Sciences, highlighting this MERLOT discipline at the 2006 conference.  Future MERLOT International Conferences will recognize other key disciplines and the Communities of Practice Track at MIC07 will focus on the Humanities.

Track 1 - Authoring Learning Objects

  • methods and technologies
  • evaluation of learning objects
  • learning management systems
  • open source project collaborations
  • new and emerging technologies and higher education
  • technology-enabled distributed education programs

Track 2 - Research and Scholarship

  • faculty recognition, promotion and tenure
  • funding opportunities
  • research and evaluation methodologies
  • peer-review
  • government initiatives in eLearning
  • graduate programs in instructional design
  • MERLOT and other Agency sponsored research

Track 3 - Faculty Development

  • the pedagogy of eTeaching
  • faculty on task:  hands on the keyboard or off?
  • “training versus teaching” in faculty development
  • technology support
  • career paths for eTeachers
  • continuing professional development
  • faculty support in distributed (distance) education programs

Track 4 - The Digital Library

  • new uses for old spaces
  • consortium licensing
  • copyright and intellectual property
  • open-access publications
  • on-line repositories as ‘publisher’
  • open standards and interoperability
  • open source versus off-the-shelf

Track 5 – Case Studies

  • comprehensive presentation of planning, implementation and evaluation of eLearning programs
  • common core curriculum initiatives
  • open source projects
  • new applications of mobile computing
  • innovative processes and/or technologies in eLearning
  • campus-wide ePortfolio implementations

Track 6 - Communities of Practice (Health, Medical and Life Sciences)

  • clinical and educational informatics
  • technology-enabled curriculum administration
  • technology-enabled learning in distributed clinical sites;
  • simulation and virtual patients
  • eLearning in the clinical setting
  • interprofessional education in health sciences
  • ethics and humanities in health science education
  • international collaborations with developing countries

In 2006, the MIC Communities of Practice Track will highlight the very broad areas of health, medical and life sciences education.  The goal is to foster the sharing of experience, ideas and discovery as well as the development of productive collaborations amongst educators who are creating and delivering biomedical and clinical curricula that are enabled by instructional technologies.  These broad disciplinary fields have frequently lead the way in the innovative use of teaching and learning technologies due to the integration of these same technologies into professional practice.  Quality healthcare services are clearly a significant item on the social agenda and the demands on care providers to remain competent and current with modern medical practice will only grow.  Delivery of ongoing professional development education enabled by technology to practitioners is an obvious solution so an early introduction to these learning strategies in undergraduate programs is essential.  Since the delivery of healthcare itself is absolutely dependent today on a robust and reliable information and communications technology infrastructure, there is an essential need to integrate these technologies into all programs that prepare learners for work, either directly or indirectly, in the healthcare field.

Modern curricula in the health and life sciences domains are increasingly incorporating concepts of interprofessional education and the need to expose students to knowledge domains outside the conventional areas of biological and medical science. The MIC06 Communities of Practice Track will adopt this new approach to health and life science education and provide opportunities to include the humanities, law and the arts under this umbrella.  It is in the interface between disparate domains of inquiry where interesting things happen.


Session Formats

The conference supports a variety of formats to help you make your presentation most effectively. If you have any questions about which format might work best for you, please contact a member of the Conference Committee.

Concurrent Session (30 minutes)
A popular format for sessions at the conference are colleague-to-colleague presentations that provide a wide variety of expertise from various college and university environments. We encourage interactivity and involving the participants in an exchange of ideas around the topic.  Two presentations will be scheduled in a 60 minute period and will have a facilitator to help with the integration of content and the transition of speakers.

Panel Session (60 minutes)
Panels should be organized around a controversial or emerging topic or case study (as in Track 5 above). It is an opportunity for 3-5 people (including the facilitator) to present their views or results on a common theme, issue, or question and discuss them with the audience. Please include a list of panelists (name, professional title, organization).

Hands-on Workshops (150 minutes)
These Workshops run concurrently with other conference sessions and provide participants with hands-on, interactive learning opportunities. In addition to the submission requirements below, workshop session proposals must include:

  • The target audience
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Intended outcomes
  • A description of the activities
  • A description of technology needs

Poster Sessions
Poster sessions enable participants to demonstrate and discuss their materials and research in a one-on-one setting. Posters are set up prior to the conference and are open for review throughout the conference. Poster Hosts will be scheduled at their posters during specific times of the conference.