Guidelines

  • Guidelines for presenters

    Session types

    Research papers (60 minutes)

    Papers should present new research findings, new analyses of issues or innovative conceptions of areas, and should be used where there is substantive new content to present. They should involve research evidence and/or use of theory to interpret learning phenomena. They should not be used for descriptive accounts of practice, and evidence should involve more than untheorised evaluation feedback. No more than 40 minutes should be used for presentation, allowing the rest of the time for questions and discussion. Papers should be written before the symposium and made available for participants at the session at which the paper is presented. Papers may be re-drafted after presentation at the conference and will be published in the proceedings. The final form will be a maximum of 5,000 words including appendices and references.

    Research seminars (60 minutes)

    Seminars should be used where there are new and possibly preliminary findings or analyses of issues, where the interpretation is open or new and would benefit from extensive discussion and also where interpretation may be controversial. This format is especially appropriate for works in progress. If submitted in time, papers written after the symposium may be published in the proceedings. No more than 20 minutes should be used for presentation, allowing the majority of time for questions and discussion which should be planned to involve all participants.

    Conceptual papers (60 minutes)

    These papers will take a more philosophical and/or theoretical perspective. They may present an argument or attempt to reconceptualise an issue, possibly by attempting to answer a specific question (eg, do different disciplines require different pedagogies?). Rather than being based on primary research data they will be based on existing literature. No more than 30 minutes should be used for presentation, allowing the rest of the time for discussion and debate, which should be planned to involve all participants. Papers should be written before the symposium and made available for participants at the session at which the paper is presented. Papers may be re-drafted after presentation at the conference and will be published in the proceedings. The final form will be a maximum of 5,000 words including appendices and references.

    Posters

    Poster boards and fixings will be provided. Posters can be set up from lunchtime on Tuesday 8 September.

    Chairing sessions

    To be confirmed.

    Handouts

    15 copies of your handouts are required at your presentation. You will need to bring these with you. There is no provision for photocopying at the venue. Please contact me in advance if you have problems bringing the copies with you, and I can make arrangements to have the copies done and take them for you. A charge may be made for this service.

    AV Requirements

    Each room has a computer, data projector, screen and flipchart. If you need any additional AV requirements, please let me know, and I will try to accommodate your requirements.

    Electronic presentations

    Please bring your presentation on a memory stick, but as a back up, please send them to me in advance electronically to the email address below.

    Please send a copy of your paper electronically before the conference, preferably in word so copies can be made electronically to people who did not attend the session, or would prefer copies sent electronically after the conference.  Please email Fiona Smith (email address:flsmith@brookes.ac.uk) with the subject box (ISL presentation session No…).