Herdsa 2009

Call for contributions

Submit papers onlineWe invite you to submit proposals for HERDSA 2009 under the overarching conference theme of The Student Experience.

We are particularly seeking submissions that encourage debate on the varied roles of post-secondary education institutions and educators in the student experience. We hope that all submissions will allow participants to explore new ideas that challenge existing paradigms and engage participants in collaborative discussions.

All submissions must be made through the paper submission and review online system.

Please read through all the various options for types of contributions below and then click on the links provided to make your submission.

Submissions must address the theme of the conference: The Student Experience.  We anticipate submissions in the following areas:

The above is not meant to be an exhaustive list.

Submissions

Submissions are accepted on the basis that at least one presenter must register and attend the conference. Each registrant may only be the principal presenter for ONE paper or (1) workshop or (1) showcase. Co-presenters are allowed, but must register for the daily registration on the day of their presentation if they wish to present. Where there are multiple presenters it is important the presentation time is strictly adhered to so enough time is available for discussion.

Authors will find it helpful to refer to the Information for Reviewers (PDF), in particular the sections on the review process and rating the papers, before submitting their paper.  Contributions should be original, comply with copyright law and reflect the HERDSA guidelines relating to format and presentation.

The closing date for all submissions is 20 February 2009 12.00 midnight CST.  There will be NO extensions to these submission dates.

Types of contributions

 

Reviewing process: Full or Concise Research or Scholarly papers

Contributors may submit their full paper by the 20 November 2008 deadline or by 20 February 2009 for the double blind peer review process. The 2009 conference will accept either full papers (4000 words) or concise (2000 words).  The papers will be refereed by at least two reviewers selected by the Conference Committee. 

All papers accepted in the refereed paper category will be included in the refereed proceedings of the Conference The Student Experience, Research and Development in Higher Education Volume 32.  In addition they will be placed on the Electronic Proceedings.  Please ensure that you follow the HERDSA paper guidelines for formatting.  Submissions which do not follow the formatting guidelines will be returned to authors and may not be reviewed.

Reviewing Process: Showcases, Workshops, and Posters

Contributions for all other session types (Showcase, Workshops, and Posters) will be considered on the basis of an abstract.  Abstracts will be blind reviewed by at least two reviewers selected by the Conference Organising Committee.  The nature and extent of the abstract required varies depending on the type of contribution.  Abstract information required is included in the outlines below.  All accepted abstracts will be included in the electronic proceedings.

Guidelines for Full Research and Scholarly papers

Refereed paper
40 minutes (no more than 20 min presentation, at least 20 min discussion)

Research and scholarly papers describe completed studies based on qualitative, quantitative or other analytical methods. These papers do not require original empirical investigation, but must demonstrate a thorough understanding and rigorous analysis of current issues in higher education, leading to well argued conclusions. Paper presentations will take place in 40-minute sessions – allowing up to 20 minutes for presentation and at least 20 minutes for questions and discussion.

Proposals for research and scholarly papers will be reviewed using the following criteria:

Authors must submit a full paper for a formal peer review process (see Information for Reviewers (PDF) for full criteria and standards for refereed papers).

The maximum length for a full research/scholarly paper is 4,000 words.

As an alternative, you may submit your proposal as a concise paper or a showcase (20 minute presentation slot). 

Guidelines for Concise Research and Scholarly papers

Refereed Paper
20 minutes (no more than 10 min presentation, at least 10 min discussion)

Research and scholarly papers describe completed studies based on qualitative, quantitative or other analytical methods. These papers do not require original empirical investigation, but must demonstrate a thorough understanding and rigorous analysis of current issues in higher education, leading to well argued conclusions. Paper presentations will take place in 20-minute sessions – allowing up to 10 minutes for presentation and at least 10 minutes for questions and discussion.  Proposals for research and scholarly papers will be reviewed using the following criteria:

Authors must submit a full paper for a formal peer review process (see Information for Reviewers (PDF) full criteria and standards for refereed papers).

The maximum length of a concise research/scholarly paper is 2000 words.

As an alternative, you may submit your proposal as a Showcase (20 minute presentation slot).

Guidelines for Showcases

Refereed abstract
20 minutes (no more than 10 min presentation, at least 10 min discussion)

Acceptance will be on the basis of a 500 word (max) abstract. 
Showcase sessions provide for two types of presentations. 

  1. Presentations which showcase successful or innovative techniques for, or approaches to, teaching as well as information about programs or student learning activities.  In these cases the abstract should set out context and setting, what was done, and information related to evaluation and impact.
  2. Presentations of research or scholarly work that is underway where session feedback may lead to modification and later publication.  In these cases the abstracts will be selected according to the criteria for research and scholarly papers.

Criteria for showcase abstracts are

Showcases should be designed to run for a total of 20 minutes including at least 10 minutes for discussion.

Guidelines for Workshops

Refereed abstract
80-120 minutes (no more than quarter of time in presentation)

Acceptance will be on the basis of an abstract (500 word max).

A workshops is an integrated, interactive engagement between the presenters and the audience.  The focus of the disucssion is a clearly identified topic that reflects an emerging issue in policy, practice or research and the presenters need to clearly outline the topic's signfiicance to the conference theme.  The abstract will make links to literature in order to show the standpoint from which the session will be presented.  The abstract must clearly describe the presenters focus and involvement.  It must also identify how the presenters will engage with each other and with the audience (eg describe the format of the session and set out the strategies which will be used to ensure audience participation).

Guidelines for Posters

Refereed abstract
10 minutes (up to 5 min presentation, 5 min discussion)

Acceptance will be on the basis of a 500 word (max) abstract which must outline the context and outcome for the poster. Proposals for poster presentations will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Posters allow participants with similar interests to interact by using the poster as a discussion point.  The conference organisers regard posters as an equally important alternative to oral presentations.  Posters will be available for viewing for the duration of the conference.  Interactive poster review sessions will be specified in the conference program.  In these sessions, a specialist discussant will introduce and review several posters organised around a theme, and then chair a general discussion allowing each poster presenter up to five minutes to offer comments or argument before discussion.