Call for Papers

3 April 2008: Please note that Abstract Submission is now CLOSED.

Conference Themes

AISHE welcomes the submission of abstracts which address the key conference theme of Encouraging Student Engagement. Sub-themes which might be addressed include:

  • Relating academic learning to "real world" problems and challenges (e.g., sustainability, conflict, etc.).
  • Learning approaches that facilitate engagement.
  • Adapting to larger and more diverse groups of students.
  • Understanding and responding to student needs and expectations.
  • Using technology to improve interaction and engagement.
  • The role of assessment in student motivation (and learning).
  • Enquiry and Problem-based Learning

The emphasis should be on reflection and evaluation rather than merely on describing what is happening.

Presentation Format/Track

All accepted presentations at the conference will be assigned to one of two presentation formats or conference "tracks":

  • Oral/workshop: Oral presentation of research, evaluation, policy or practice with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for others and involving participants in engaging with your findings.
  • Poster: Posters will be displayed throughout the conference; there will be an assigned programme session specifically for participant discussion with poster presenters.

Abstract Submission

A proposal for presentation at the conference should be submitted in the form of an abstract only, not to exceed 300 words in length.

Refereeing Process

Each abstract will be peer-reviewed by the programme committee for acceptance at the conference against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference theme and sub-themes
  • Clarity and coherence
  • Reflection and evaluation of educational values, practice and or/policy
  • Contribution to scholarship and evaluation of change in higher education

While authors can propose a preferred presentation format (or conference "track"), the programme committee reserves the right to (re-)assign submissions to either oral/workshop or poster presentation track, in the light of overall constraints on the programme schedule.

Publication of Proceedings (Online)

Authors of all accepted abstract submissions (regardless of presentation format/track) will be invited to prepare a full paper for inclusion in the (online) conference proceedings. The paper should be 3000-4000 words. Note that at least one of the authors must register for full conference attendence in order for the paper to be included in the conference programme and proceedings.

Author Guidelines

Abstract submission closed on 2nd April 2008. Authors of all accepted presentations (whether for the oral or poster track) are invited to submit a full paper for inclusion on the conference online proceedings.

Full papers should be uploaded at your earliest convenience; but, in any case, not later than 22nd August 2008. The paper should be 3000-4000 words. Manuscripts will be accepted in any one of the following formats only:

  • Open Document Text (.odt)
  • MS-Word (.doc)
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • LaTeX (.tex; if using separate .bib or .cls files etc., please upload a single .zip archive containing all required components.)

You can submit your paper by first logging in to the online conference system. If you have forgotten or mislaid your password, please follow the link labelled "Forgot your password?".)

Once logged in, from "User Home", select "Author", select your submission, and follow the instructions for "Uploading the Submission". (This will start at "Step 3" because you have previously completed steps 1 and 2 during the initial abstract submission process.)

Submissions for this conference were closed on 2008-04-02.

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