Toronto – Applying Education

Teaching and Learning Conference
Event Date: April 26-28, 2023
Abstract Date: March 1, 2023
April 2023
An in-person and virtual teaching and learning conference: Sheridan College, Toronto, Canada

Applying Education in a Complex World

Complexity theory, complex systems, complex strategies and a complex world. The range of concepts, practices, scenarios and metaphors through which we consider intricate, interconnected and changing phenomena is vast. The impact of this world view on how we operate is equally large. The education sector, like all those that make up the tapestry of contemporary societies and economies is not – and cannot be – immune.

The argument that the world in which today’s students will eventually work, will be different and more complicated that the one they currently know, has become a truism. It guides our thinking in multiple ways. In this scenario, education is becoming equally fluid. We not only prepare students to face the changes we see occurring today, but shifts and developments no one expects, or predicts. We are obliged to think outside disciplinary boundaries. We adapt constantly to changing methods of teaching. We address new and emerging professions. We negotiate the demands of learners, parents, industries and business.

While this scenario may be contested by some, it is also welcomed by others. This conference reflects on its implications from the perspective of its host institution, Sheridan College, Toronto. Here, the complexity of the world we operate in, is reflected in the complexity of teaching: interdisciplinary, engaged, embedded, creative and applied.



Around the theme of applying teaching in a complex world then, this conference brings together educators from a range of disciplines: art, design, technology, the social, health sciences and the humanities. It is premised on exploring the relationship between education as a practice in and of itself. Equally, it is centered on the application of education across multiple pedagogical and professional fields in a real, if changing, world.

It welcomes papers examining interdisciplinary teaching. It seeks examples of academic-industry collaboration. It calls for ideas on lifelong learning in the workplace. It explores how the arts connect with the sciences, and the cultural sector with health and social science. It asks how education can both shape and respond to social, political and technological change. In short, it asks how we are applying our teaching to the changing world we inhabit as teachers, and our students will inhabit as artists, designers, social scientists and professionals of varying sorts.

For more details on the specific areas of interest to Sheridan.



  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Education
  • Art
  • Design
  • Architecture(s)
  • Planning
  • Sustainability
  • History
  • Art History
  • Media
  • Communications
  • Performing Arts
  • Science & Technology
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Psychology
  • Pedagogy
  • Interdisciplinary studies

Key Dates

Abstracts (Round 2)
01 March 2023
26-28 April 2023
Full Paper Submissions
30 June 2023
Full Paper Resubmissions
10 Oct 2023
20 December 2023


Creativity and Exploration
Explorative Learning | Design studio | Peer-to-peer learning in art and design | Art practice & theory
Education and Communities
Community partnerships | Knowledge exchange | Social projects | Learning in the ‘real world’ | Health & wellbeing innovation
Emerging Trends
Emergent theories | Problem based projects | New pedagogical methods | Collaborative learning
Teaching and Technology
Remote teaching | The digital classroom | Distance education | Virtual Learning Environments
Academia and the Workplace
Experiential learning | Competitive advantage in practice and pedagogy | Practitioners vs teachers | Lifelong learning


In-person: Delegates can visit Toronto and present live at the conference venue.

Zoom: We welcome live presentations via Zoom.

Pre-recorded:  Pre-recorded presentations or films will be available permanently on the AMPS Academic YouTube channel.

Lightning Talks: For delegates wishing to offer shorter presentations of their work. Subject to the level of interest.

@Toronto: For delegates visiting Toronto but presenting virtually on Zoom.

Written papers: In all cases, delegates can present full written papers for inclusion in all associated conference publications.


In-person (20 mins)
Zoom (20 mins)
Pre-recorded video (20 mins)
Lightning talk (5mins)
@Toronto (20 mins)
Written papers (3000 words)



The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books with the publishing houses listed above and short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.



Submissions & Registration:

Registration Delegate Fee: $375 USD  |  Audience Fee: $190 USD                                                                                                  Queries: