Call for Papers

Please note the deadline for full and concise papers, symposium
and workshops has been extended to 5 July 2010

Following highly successful conferences in Singapore'07, Melbourne’08 and Auckland’09, Sydney is the venue for ascilite's 27th annual conference. Jointly hosted by The University of Technology Sydney, The University of Queensland and Charles Sturt University, ascilite 2010 will address many important questions of relevance to the ascilite community.

You can participate by submitting a full or concise paper, a symposium, a poster, or a workshop. Instructions for each category are below. Please note that in order to participate you must register for the conference by 22nd October 2010. Conference registration will open Early June 2010. Key deadlines are as follows:

Deadline for full and concise papers & symposium
Deadline for all workshop proposals
Deadline for all poster proposals
Reviewing process
Completed reviews sent back to authors (acceptance advice)
Revised papers due
Workshop proposals acceptance advice
Poster proposal acceptance advice
Conference dates

Monday 21 June 2010
Monday 21 June 2010
Monday 16 August 2010
Monday 12 July to Monday 2 August 2010
Monday 9 to Monday 16 August 2010
Monday 30 August 2010
Monday 30 August 2010
Monday 30 August 2010
5 to 8 December 2010

Paper Submission Formatting Guide

Use MS Word or compatibles only. Use Normal style only and do not use any templates. Refer to the <guidelines for formatting> your paper for detailed formatting instructions.

After final proof reading of your paper, and prior to submitting it for review, please check the website for any additional instructions that may appear. Submissions should be suitable for blind reviewing without any editorial intervention, omitting author and affiliation details, acknowledgments and bio notes. Refer to the final submission guide when preparing a revised version if accepted, which will advise you to include these items. Check that you have also deleted author and affiliation details from your file's properties (access File>Properties in the MS Word menu) and re-save. Proposals can be submitted through the ascilite 2010 <online submission system>, provided by MyReview.

Note that the advice in this the following section relates to the preparation of your paper for review, omitting author and affiliation details, acknowledgments and bio notes. Refer to the final submission guide when preparing a revised version if accepted, which will advise you to include these items.

Overall theme: Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future.

ascilite 2010 reflects on curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future. Papers and presentations are invited that explore developments, experiences and future possibilities in the following areas:
  • leadership, policy and strategy
  • learners, learning and educational practice
  • academic development practices
  • industry relationships
  • mobility of learners, teachers and workers
  • innovation and technology

leadership, policy and strategy
How do we develop and enact leadership, policy and strategy that is flexible and dynamic enough for tertiary education in an unknown future? What kinds of leadership models and practices will be required? How can these elements be transformed to meet the changing needs of curriculum and tertiary education more generally?

learners, learning and educational practice
How will increasing student and cultural diversity influence our curriculum? What will our learners need? How can we transform curriculum to meet the current and future needs of our learners? How can technologies help to create learning opportunities that will be relevant to future graduates? How can we create better access to quality educational practices for those who are disadvantaged economically, geographically and socially?

academic development practices
How can academic developers, educational designers and change agents transform their practices to cater to the future needs of our academic teachers in an unknown future? How can we creatively connect teachers, diverse learners, cultures, and curriculum and assessment with future-focused learning experiences?

industry relationships

How can we foster more productive relationships for enhanced workplace learning? How can we better connect learning with future industry practices? How can curriculum be transformed so that it better meets the needs of industry employers as well as the aims of tertiary education?

mobility of learners, teachers and workers
How do we cater for increasing mobility of our learners, teachers and workers? What kinds of physical, virtual and mobile learning spaces will be required and why? How might the curriculum need to differ? How will we keep connected with geographically and culturally dispersed teachers, learners and workers?

innovation and technology
How will technologies adapt or transform our curriculum for the future needs of our learners and teachers? How do we need to design, adapt and integrate technology into the curriculum to innovate the learning landscape? How can we use technologies innovatively to solve complex educational issues for an unknown future? What roles might they play? How can we sustain investment in and creative experimentation with educational technologies in the face of rapid technological change and an unknown future global economy?

Full and Concise Papers

Full papers (refereed)
Full papers should not exceed ten pages. Page limits include references. In addition to the page limits, there is a file size limit for all categories: not exceeding 2 MB. Please refer to the formatting guide for details of page size, margins and fonts. You are limited to one first authorship for a paper, although there is no limit on the number of times a person may appear as an author other than first. Full papers may be accepted for full or concise presentation. Full papers are expected to present quality research as outlined by DEEWR. DEEWR standards for research include pure basic research, strategic basic research, applied research and experimental development research. They require that the paper be original and have the potential to produce results that are sufficiently general for theoretical and/or practical knowledge to be recognisably increased. Full papers may contain major reviews, report on medium-large-scale research studies, evaluations, developments or projects.

Concise papers (refereed)
Concise papers should not exceed four pages. Page limits include references. In addition to the page limits, there is a file size limit for all categories: not exceeding 2 MB. Please refer to the formatting guide for details of page size, margins and fonts. Concise papers may be accepted for full or concise presentation. Concise papers are intended to provide an avenue for work-in-progress, for pilot studies, small scale exploratory projects, reports on highly specialised topics or conceptual papers on recent developments. Concise papers also encompass presentations that review key new directions for developing research-based best practices and for conducting research into practices in technology supported teaching and learning.

Paper submission limit
To ensure a balanced and varied program, any individual can only be the first author of one accepted (Full or concise) paper. However, there is no limit on the number of times an individual can appear as an author other than first.

Both full and concise papers will be eligible for the ascilite paper awards.

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A small number of proposals for symposia will be selected for the ascilite 2010 conference. Symposia are intended to be highly participative and interactive sessions around contemporary topics related to the conference theme. A symposium typically involves a panel of presenters in discussion or debate of a topical issue. Debate is an important element that differentiates a symposium from a series of presentations followed by questions and discussion. Panel members are expected to work together to present different perspectives on a chosen theme, and to pose questions or raise points for participants to debate. These may challenge or defend a position, theory, model or concept; identify areas of dispute; or offer alternative interpretations of well-known studies and findings. A symposium might also take the form of a traditional debate with panel members presenting cases for and against a motion. The expected outcome of a symposium is that, with contributions from the delegates, an aspect of knowledge has been reviewed or redefined or that new ways of understanding it have emerged.

Submission requirements
Symposium proposals of 500 words in length should include the following details:
• An outline of the focus area with reference to relevant theoretical frameworks, research studies and references
• A summary of the ideas to be explored and why the topic will attract an audience
• Names of proposed panel members and a description of the range of views that panel members will represent
• An outline of the symposium format, including strategies to engage those attending
• Details of the intended audience and expected outcomes.

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Poster presentation proposals should not exceed two A4 pages. Poster display panels will cater for A1 size, 841 x 594mm, and landscape orientation is recommended. Poster displays offer visual representations of projects and development initiatives that provide opportunities for conference delegates to discuss the focus topic with presenters. Poster proposers are required to prepare two versions, the first being a 'Proceedings' version, maximum two pages or as otherwise negotiated, formatted as for full and concise papers, designed for screen reading, and submitted via MyReview. The second version will be a 'Display' version, designed to suit display panels of A1 size, 841 x 594mm. Detailed advice and hints on preparing the 'Display' version will be provided at the time of notifying acceptances. The 'Proceedings' versions of accepted posters will appear in the Conference Proceedings, but the Program booklet will contain only the titles of posters and presenter names.
The 'Display' version of an accepted poster should be brought to the Conference for display at the time and location specified in the Program. Presenters may use a self-supplied laptop for these sessions if required. Power sockets may not be available in poster display locations, however wireless Internet access will be provided.

Submission requirements for posters
Poster proposals should not exceed two pages including diagrams and references. Please refer to the Paper style guide for details of page size, margins and fonts. Your proposal, if accepted, will become the 'Proceedings' version, and opportunities for revising it will be limited owing to the tight schedule for publication. You are not required to submit your 'Display' version; simply bring it with you to the Conference.

Poster submission limit
Poster presentation does not count towards the limit of one first authorship for papers.

ascilite poster awards will recognize the most popular poster displays and presentations.

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Workshops constitute the Conference's most direct contribution towards professional development in educational technology related topics. In many cases the workshops are derived from staff development activities conducted previously at the presenters' own institutions. Workshops enable participants to engage with colleagues and experts in specific fields, to acquire knowledge, enhance skills and develop broader perspectives. The format of a workshop differs substantially from that of a paper presentation, although focus topics may include research skills or techniques. Workshops are either half day or full day, to enable detailed discussion and interaction around substantial topics and issues. Delegates pay a workshop fee in addition to the Conference registration charge. Income from workshops (after the deduction of venue hire, catering and incidental expenses) is shared with presenters. This does not constitute a large amount of money but can subsidize some conference expenditure for workshop presenters.
Workshop proposals should be no longer than 1,500 words (about three pages). Use the formatting guide as a general guide, and include the following information:

• Length of workshop (specify half day or full day)
• Facilities required and maximum number of participants
• Intended audience and degree of expertise required by workshop participants
• Clear statement of the objectives of the workshop
• A detailed description of the workshop format including activities workshop participants will be expected to engage in
• A list of previous presentations (if any) of the workshop and web site or publication references (if any). Optionally, the proposers may nominate one or two referees whom the Committee may contact
• A brief bio including workshop presenter's qualifications

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