Call for abstracts

Instructions to authors and abstract formatting guidelines

Presentation Formats

The following presentation formats are available. (Note there are no refereed full papers.)

  • Pre-conference workshop
  • Showcase presentation of research, practice, leadership and policy
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Poster

Pre-conference Workshop

Workshops submissions have now closed.

Pre-conference workshops provide an opportunity to engage participants in the application of theory and practice and to disseminate best practice and innovative pedagogy. The number of workshop slots is limited and will include invited workshops as well as those accepted through the review process. If the program cannot accommodate all suitable proposals for pre-conference workshops, proposers may be offered a shorter time slot in the main conference program.

An abstract (maximum 300 words) must be submitted for review. The abstract should be submitted as a word document using the A5 Word template and NOT contain any information that might identify the author/s. The abstract should include the title and describe

1.  Aim of the workshop
2. Overview of the workshop
3. Intended audience
4. Context and if applicable reference to literature informing the workshop
5. Learning outcomes for participants
6. Brief workshop plan including activities to engage participants

The abstract will be published in the conference program. If accepted for presentation, you may be asked to make edits to the abstract before it is published. Facilitators will also be asked to provide a brief bio.

In addition to the abstract, you must submit a statement (maximum of 200 words) demonstrating relevance to research and development in higher education and one or more of the categories of topics provided. You will be prompted to enter this as text during the submission process.

Abstracts for pre-conference workshops will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance
  • Aim and focus of the workshop
  • Plan of activities and engagement
  • Intended learning outcomes and contribution to practice
  • Clarity and standard of writing

Pre-conference workshops will be allocated 180 minutes including a refreshment break. It is expected that the presenter will integrate activities, questions and discussion throughout the workshop. A full day workshop may be considered but will depend on space in the program and a strong justification.

Formatting guidelines

  • Abstracts must be submitted on the A5 Word template and must fit within the space on the template provided.
  • Do not change the page margins or any set up features.
  • Do not include the presentation title or the author names and affiliations on the abstract. (These details will be captured during the online submission process).
  • The abstract must be one single page only.
  • The abstract should be typed in 10 point Calibri font (do not use “bold” type)
  • All text should be entered in sentence case (do not type in CAPITAL LETTERS)
  • Do not include any tables or images in the abstract.

Showcase of Research, Practice, Leadership and Policy

Submissions close Friday 7 February 2020

Submissions for Showcase presentations can be on any aspect of research and development in higher education. Showcase presentations will be evidence-based and not only outline the research, initiative or practice being showcased but, equally, provide clear evidence of its outcomes or its effectiveness. Quantitative and qualitative evidence of effectiveness are equally acceptable.

An abstract (maximum 300 words) must be submitted for review. The abstract should be submitted as a word document using the A5 Word template and NOT contain any information that might identify the author/s. The abstract should include the title and describe

1.  Background/context
2. The initiative/practice
3. Method(s) of evaluative data collection and analysis
4. Evidence of outcomes and effectiveness

The abstract will be published in the conference program. If accepted for presentation, you may be asked to make edits to the abstract before it is published.

In addition to the abstract, you must submit a statement (maximum of 200 words) demonstrating relevance to research and development in higher education and one or more of the categories of topics provided. You will be prompted to enter this as text during the submission process.

Abstracts for showcase presentations will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance
  • Description of the research, initiative or practice
  • Contribution to scholarship and/or practice
  • Clarity and standard of writing

Formatting guidelines

  • Abstracts must be submitted on the A5 Word template and must fit within the space on the template provided.
  • Do not change the page margins or any set up features.
  • Do not include the presentation title or the author names and affiliations on the abstract. (These details will be captured during the online submission process).
  • The abstract must be one single page only.
  • The abstract should be typed in 10 point Calibri font (do not use “bold” type)
  • All text should be entered in sentence case (do not type in CAPITAL LETTERS)

Do not include any tables or images in the abstract.

Roundtable

Submissions close Friday 7 February 2020

Submissions for a roundtable session can be on any aspect of research and development in higher education. A roundtable session is a dialogue focused on a particular topic. While the proposer of the topic hosts the roundtable session, each person has an equal right to participate in the dialogue. The proposed topic does not need to be based around any particular research; it may come from observation, the lived experience or society in general. As the title suggests, the dialogue occurs in a small group (maximum of 10 participants) seated around a table. Your audience will be small but focused. There may be a further opportunity during the conference for groups to reconvene to continue the dialogue.

Each roundtable session will run for 25 minutes. Roundtable discussions do not require PowerPoint Presentations or projections.

At this conference, a roundtable session can take one of three forms – Point for Debate, Work-in-Progress, or Birds of Feather.

The Point for Debate format is an opportunity for delegates to engage in a robust debate about an issue or challenge that the proposer has identified as worthy of further exploration. The discussion may lead to the identification of ways to expose the issue or challenge to a wider audience with a view to addressing the issue or challenge through new collaborations and/or research.

The Work-in-Progress format is an opportunity for the proposer to briefly share their work-in-progress be it research, a new initiative or just an idea and seek feedback and input on the work with the view of shaping, refining and progressing that work.

The Birds of a Feather format is designed to provide an opportunity for informal, but guided, dialogue about topics that are timely and important to the field of higher education. The dialogue is driven by the participants and are intended to promote meaningful interaction between participants to share ideas and strategies and to learn from each other.

An abstract (maximum 300 words) must be submitted for review. The abstract should be submitted as a word document using the A5 Word template and NOT contain any information that might identify the author/s. The abstract should include the title and describe

1.  The format of the round table (ie Point for Debate or Work-in-Progress or Birds of a Feather)
2. The point for debate or the focus of the work-in-progress or the topic for discussion
3. Context/background to the proposed session
4. Intended outcome

The abstract will be published in the conference program. If accepted for presentation, you may be asked to make edits to the abstract before it is published.

In addition to the abstract, you must submit a statement (maximum of 200 words) demonstrating relevance to research and development in higher education and one or more of the categories of topics provided. You will be prompted to enter this as text during the submission process.

Abstracts for Roundtable sessions will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance
  • Potential to engage delegates in a rigorous discussion
  • Potential to advance our understanding of higher education
  • Clarity and standard of writing

Formatting guidelines

  • Abstracts must be submitted on the A5 Word template and must fit within the space on the template provided
  • Do not change the page margins or any set up features
  • Do not include the presentation title or the author names and affiliations on the abstract (These details will be captured during the online submission process)
  • The abstract must be one single page only
  • The abstract should be typed in 10 point Calibri font (do not use “bold” type)
  • All text should be entered in sentence case (do not type in CAPITAL LETTERS)
  • Do not include any tables or images in the abstract.

 

 

Poster

Submissions close Friday 7 February 2020

Submissions for a poster can be on any aspect of research and development in higher education. Posters will be evidence-based and make reference to the literature. A poster allows participants with similar interests to interact by using the poster as a discussion point.

An abstract (maximum 300 words) must be submitted for review. The abstract should be submitted as a word document using the A5 Word template  and NOT contain any information that might identify the author/s. The abstract should include the title and describe

1.  Background/context
2. Relevant literature
3. Description of the research or initiative/practice
4. Method(s) of evaluative data collection and analysis
5. Evidence of outcomes and effectiveness

The abstract will be published in the conference program. If accepted for presentation, you may be asked to make edits to the abstract before it is published.

In addition to the abstract, you must submit a statement (maximum of 200 words) demonstrating relevance to research and development in higher education and one or more of the categories of topics provided. You will be prompted to enter this as text during the submission process.

Abstracts for posters will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance
  • Description of the research, initiative or practice
  • Contribution to scholarship and/or practice
  • Clarity and standard of writing

Posters will be available for viewing during a dedicated interactive poster session where authors can discuss their poster with other delegates.

Posters must conform to specifications provided upon acceptance. They must be A0 size and portrait orientation. You are encouraged to print your poster of fabric.

A prize will be awarded for the best poster voted by your fellow conference delegates.

Formatting guidelines

  • Abstracts must be submitted on the A5 Word template  and must fit within the space on the template provided
  • Do not change the page margins or any set up features
  • Do not include the presentation title or the author names and affiliations on the abstract (These details will be captured during the online submission process)
  • The abstract must be one single page only
  • The abstract should be typed in 10 point Calibri font (do not use “bold” type)
  • All text should be entered in sentence case (do not type in CAPITAL LETTERS)
  • Do not include any tables or images in the abstract.

Workshop submissions close Wednesday 4 September 2019.

All other abstract submissions close on Friday 7 February 2020.

Note:

HERDSA is exploring options for presenters to develop their presentation into a full paper and submit it for peer-review to be published in a HERDSA publication.