2015 IOP Conference Archive

18th Annual IOP Conference

Saturday, May 2, 2015 | UBC Vancouver
8:30am – 1:30pm

Professional Development for Teachers

Teaching is demanding and complex work, made more difficult if we try to do it in isolation or without sharing and exploring our understandings together. In order to better understand and improve our practice, many of us engage in classroom, program or institution-based investigations focusing on the what, the how and the why of our practice.

On May 2, 2015, UBC hosts the 18th Annual IOP Conference where practicing teachers, university educators, graduate students and student teachers from different educational contexts (schools, universities and colleges) come together to share their questions, investigations and understandings about their practice. This year the Faculty of Education is celebrating the Year of Research in Education, and the IOP Conference welcomes proposals related to this theme!

The IOP conference stresses dialogue among participants; presentations are intended to provoke and inform discussion. These exchanges typically fall within the following areas of inquiry:

  • the preparation of practitioners
  • the ongoing education of practitioners
  • the focus on classroom practice
  • the context of practice (e.g., social, political and cultural analysis of practice)
  • researching practice (e.g., teacher inquiry/action research)


This annual conference is offered by UBC Faculty of Education and the BC Teachers’ Federation.

The call for proposals for the 2015 IOP Conference is now closed, thank you to all who submitted!

In UBC’s Faculty of Education, 2014-15 marks the Year of Research in Education – advancing teacher education and educational research through innovative and collaborative initiatives that reflect diversity, equity, and originality. The 18th Annual IOP Conference welcomes proposals related to this theme!

Submissions & Timeline

Submit your proposal to present using the online submission form.

  • Submission Deadline: Monday, March 2
  • Presenters Contacted: Friday, March 13
  • Presenters Registration: all accepted presenters must be registered by Friday, April 17


Presentation Guidelines

When organizing IOP, the committee has a limited number of rooms and often more applications to present than can be accommodated. The varying formats (presentations, roundtables, posters) and time allocations provide the committee with some flexibility to maximize the number of proposals accepted. Please consider which format best suits your needs but also indicate whether others are acceptable should the committee not be able to meet your first choice.

IOP is intended to foster dialogue and discourse. In order to do that, we request that presenters limit their delivery and allow time for discussion. All sessions will be chaired and the Chair will enforce time limits. If you submit a proposal to IOP, the assumption is that you have accepted the time limits for presentation outlined below.

In the spirit of IOP, if you are chosen to present your work at the conference, we hope that you will also attend other presentations offered at the conference.

We suggest that all those who present their work at the conference provide a simple one-page summary of their work for distribution at the conference (20 copies should suffice).

  • We want challenging, relevant, interactive presentations that showcase how you have been investigating some dimension of teaching practice.
  • Session time should be divided equally between provoking discussion by providing access to your understandings, and providing opportunity for others to discuss your conclusions.
  • Individual presentations are allotted 20 minutes. The formal aspect of the presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) should last for a maximum of 10 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion.
  • Panel/group presentations are allotted 40 minutes. The formal aspect of the presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) should last for a maximum of 20 minutes, with 20 minutes for discussion.
  • You have a critical question you would like to discuss with other practitioners and you are willing to initiate and moderate a conversation, perhaps based on your own experience or research.
  • IOP roundtables are intended to encourage sharing and networking among participants interested in a specific theme or issue. Roundtables are not intended to include lengthy or formal presentations. The idea is to introduce a topic briefly and informally — and then to invite participants to share what they may be doing and thinking in relation to that topic.
  • For example, a presenter could introduce a topic by raising one or two questions and/or providing some background information on a one-page handout. The introduction should last no longer than five minutes, leaving 15 minutes for conversation.
  • The poster format is ideal for the visual presentation of research results, a program of research or research activities of a group.
  • Poster sessions will be organized in two 15-minute time slots, where presenters are available to answer questions.
  • For information on creating an effective poster, visit: www.ncsu.edu/project/posters.

Join us at the 18th Annual IOP Conference - register before April 17 for Early Bird rates!

Registration fees are paid through our secure online payment gateway via credit card or accepted interac cards (BMO, RBC, ScotiaBank, TD CanadaTrust).

If you wish to pay at the door, you may select that option on the registration form. Please note, we accept cash only (no personal cheques).

Lunch and refreshments are included, and door prizes will be awarded.
NOTE: the registration and payment page will open in a secure Faculty of Education ePayment site.

All participants and conference presenters are required to register and pay fees.

Early Bird Fees - ends April 17

  • Regular Rate | $25
  • Student Rate | $15

Regular Fees - begins April 18

  • Regular Rate | $35
  • Student Rate | $25
  • There is a 20% handling fee for cancellation of registrations received in writing on or before Friday, April 24.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received from Saturday, April 25 onward.

Need Assistance?

If you require assistance with registration, contact pdce.educ@ubc.ca or call 604.822.2013.

Getting Here

UBC Vancouver Campus
Neville Scarfe Building
2125 Main Mall | Map

Construction routes change often, so planning to arrive early is the surest way to reach your destination on time.

Walking directions to the Neville Scarfe (Education) Building:

The most direct route to the Neville Scarfe (Education) Building:

A | Turn from SW Marine Drive University Blvd., then turn right onto Lower Mall
B | Park at the West Parkade, and proceed on foot
C | To Scarfe [Building Access Points]

2015 Conference Schedule (Archive)

Join us for the 18th Annual IOP Conference!

IOP Decorum:

We'd like to highlight the following to reminders for all IOP Participants:

  • Arrive early or on time for all sessions, particularly after the poster presentation and nutrition breaks.
  • Stay for the full session, it’s important to encourage and support all presenters!
8:30-9:00 - Registration (Scarfe Lobby) & Refreshments
9:00-9:40 - Session A - Presentations
9:45-10:00 - Session B - Posters (2nd floor corridor) & Refreshments
10:05-10:45 - Session C - Presentations
10:45-11:00 - Session D - Posters (2nd floor corridor) & Refreshments
11:05-11:45 - Session E - Presentations
11:50-12:30 - Session F - Presentations
12:35-1:30 - Catered Lunch, Door Prizes, & Conference Evaluations

2015 Schedule - it's here!

IOP Presentation Schedule