The theme for the conference is Transforming Pedagogies: Learn – Design – Innovate, which reflects participatory inquiry focused on ensuring curricula and pedagogies fit with and in a rapidly changing world. These new understandings arise from the fields of neurology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and ecology. 

While educational organizations are typically slow to respond to knowledge advances, it is imperative that those responsible for optimum learning in a system understand the transformations to pedagogies that support and promote learning throughout the system.  Rather than just a matter of policy, a focus on the transformative pedagogies that support optimum learning, calls for transparency in what takes place in learning environments.

Conference presentations will focus on the theme, Transforming Pedagogies and three imperatives serving as the foundation for educational research in the Werklund School of Education:

  1. Learn. Leading the process of learning throughout a school system.
  2. Design. Designing for learning.
  3. Innovate. Cultivating innovative pedagogies in a school.


The IDEAS Conference will be held from July 3 to July 5, 2019 at the University of Calgary. K-12 practitioners, school leaders, undergraduate and graduate students, post-secondary educators, consultants, ministry personnel and researchers are invited to submit a proposal for presentation on or before March 18, 2019.

Program Highlights

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 (6:00pm - 9:00pm)

  • Evening Reception & Registration
  • Opening Remarks / Keynote & Panel Discussion:
    • Sharon Friesen, PhD Professor and President Galileo Educational Network, Werklund School of Education
      MacEwan Ballroom (located 3rd floor)

Thursday, July 4, 2019 (8:00am - 3:00pm)

  • Light Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome & Opening Remarks
    • Keynote Speaker: Alejandro Paniagua, Researcher OECD
      MacEwan Ballroom (located 3rd floor)
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Concurrent Sessions

Friday, July 5, 2019 (8:00am - 12:00pm)

  • Light Continental Breakfast
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Keynote Speaker & Panel Discussion:
    • Douglas Clark, PhD, Werklund Research Professor – Design Based Learning Werklund School of Education
      MacEwan Ballroom (located 3rd floor)
  • Conference Closing

Conference Registration

Early-bird Rate (until May 15, 2019) Regular Rate
Regular Attendee $260 $315
Post-secondary Student $195 $237

Conference Schedule

Sessions will be available to select once all presenters are confirmed.

Sponsored by Werklund School of Education

It takes great support and organization to make an event like this happen. We extend our sincere gratitude to all of those who have contributed through time, resources or money.


The University of Calgary campus occupies a beautiful, park-like setting covering more than 200 hectares, an area larger than Calgary's entire downtown. The university is home to scholars in 14 faculties (offering more than 100 academic programs) and more than 85 research institutes and centres. View the campus map.

MacEwan Conference & Event Centre offers an unrivalled level of individuality and charisma. With green manicured landscape surroundings, ample parking, excellent facilities and a first class catering service, MacEwan Conference and Events Centre is one of Calgary’s most exciting conference and event venues.

The City of Calgary is located in the foothills of the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 1,050 metres. Calgary was the host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, and holds a world famous Calgary Stampede festival annually in July. Famous tourist places like Banff National Park, Lake Louise, or Canmore are just about an hour drive from the city. The magnificent Rocky Mountains provide unparalleled scenery and opportunities for various activities such as hiking, mountain and cross-country skiing in the winter months, and rock climbing. Calgary/Banff cultural life is also rich, with various activities in the performing arts, e.g. by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Alberta Ballet Company, Theatre Calgary, the Calgary Opera Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, the Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as exhibitions at the Glenbow Museum and Art Gallery. The Epcor Centre for Performing Arts provides theatre and concert facilities of the highest calibre.

The official website of Tourism Calgary contains a plethora of other information on things to do in Calgary. Also, check out the Calgary Attractions website for their amazing coupon discounts.

We will be partnering with one of the local tour agencies to offer tour options for conference participants at a discounted rate.

Accommodations & Travel


Best Western Plus Village Inn
Individuals can make reservations directly with the Hotel at 403-289-0241 (press 7 for front desk) or online. Please reference the rate code "IDEAS Conference" when booking.

Aloft Calgary University
To book your reservation call 1-888-627-8557 or book online. Please identify yourself as a member of the "IDEAS Conference" when booking.

Hotel Alma at the University of Calgary
To book your reservation call 1-877-498-3203 or book online. Please identify yourself as a member of the "IDEAS Conference" when booking.


On behalf of our team, we would like to thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel plans. We are happy to confirm that for the upcoming IDEAS Conference 2019, we are able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border** into and out of Calgary. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed below. Please visit https://westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

Travel from: June 26, 2019 to July 12, 2019

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  • Promo code (Travel Agent use only): WDD45

Conference Co-Chairs

Professor & President, Galileo Educational Network
Werklund School of Education, UCalgary

Associate Dean, PACE
Associate Professor
Werklund School of Education, UCalgary

Questions about the conference:
[email protected]

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