Call for Contributions

Call for Contributions are now closed

Authors who have made a submission will be notified of the outcome by mid April 2018.

Submission requirements

Submissions to the HERDSA 2018 International Conference may be in one of five formats:

  1. Refereed paper
  2. Showcase of excellent leadership, practice and/or policy (refereed abstract)
  3. Pre-conference workshop
  4. Master Class or Mini Workshop
  5. Poster presentation

All submissions must relate to the conference theme, (Re)Valuing Higher Education and address one or more of the sub-themes:

  • social justice and inclusion
  • purposes of higher education
  • integrity in higher education
  • measures of success
  • academic futures – where to now?
  • emotional labour of academic work
  • staffing higher education
  • leadership in higher education
  • pushing the boundaries
  • places and spaces of teaching and learning
  • health and well-being within the sector
  • graduate futures
  • the use of student data – purposes and/or ethics
  • alternative pathways, access and equity
  • transitions into/through/out of higher education
  • working in partnership within and across communities
  • who are our communities?
  • higher education reforms
  • sustainability of higher education
  • commercialisation within higher education
  • internationalisation/ globalisation
  • innovation and/or renovation
  • new research methodologies and frameworks
  • learning technologies
  • professional development innovations
  • sharing innovative work and ideas

Submissions that do not address the sub-themes will not be accepted.

Submissions are accepted on the basis that at least one presenter must register and attend the conference. Co-presenters are allowed, but they must be registered for the day of their presentation. Presentation time must be strictly adhered to so enough time is available for discussion.

Submissions should be original, comply with copyright law and reflect the HERDSA guidelines relating to format and presentation.

 

Contribution Types

Refereed Papers

Refereed papers can be on any aspect of the conference theme or sub-themes. Refereed Papers that are accepted from the 41st HERDSA Annual International Conference will be published in the conference proceedings – Research and Development in Higher Education: [Re]Valuing Higher Education, Volume 41.

For acceptance into the peer review process, it is expected that

  • the manuscript is your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including your own previously published work;
  • the manuscript submitted is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere; and
  • once accepted for publication in the Conference Proceedings – Research and Development in Higher Education: [Re]Valuing Higher Education, Volume 41, papers cannot be withdrawn for publication elsewhere.

Refereed papers should be submitted for double blind peer review by 19th February.

Papers should be a maximum of 5000 words in length, including abstract, references and all appendices. Longer papers will not be accepted. Full papers will be double blind reviewed by reviewers selected by the Conference Organising Committee. Proposals for refereed papers will be reviewed against the criteria of quality, relevance and standard of writing. All papers need to clearly articulate how they address the relevant conference theme(s).

The outcome of the second review process will be that each paper is:

  • Accepted as is;
  • Accepted with minor revisions;
  • Accepted subject to revision;
  • Accepted as a non-refereed showcase presentation; or
  • Rejected

Where revisions are required, authors will need to complete these within the time allocated.

Please ensure that you use the Refereed Paper template and follow the Formatting Guidelines. Submissions which do not follow the guidelines will be returned to authors and may not be reviewed.

Full refereed papers will be allocated 20 minutes of presentation time. It is expected that the presenter will talk for 15 minutes and allow 5 minutes for questions and discussion. There will be about ten minutes between papers to allow for delegates to move between parallel streams.

All refereed full-papers accepted for presentation at the conference are published in the annual conference proceedings, Research and Development in Higher Education (RDHE) (available at http://herdsa.org.au/publications/conference_proceedings). This means that these papers cannot be published elsewhere.

In addition, the HERDSA conference offers three prizes for fully refereed papers.

  • HERDSA Prize for Best Scholarly Paper

Eligible authors are invited to nominate for the following awards:

  • Taylor & Francis Prize for the Best Paper by a New Researcher
  • Edith Cowan University Prize for the Best Paper on an Authentic Learning Environment

To download a copy of the Refereed Paper Awards Coversheet, please click here Please note: applications will only be accepted via the Abstract Submission portal with the Refereed paper submission.

Showcase of excellent leadership, practice and/or policy (refereed abstract)

Showcase submissions will be evidence-based and not only outline the initiative or practice being showcased but, equally, provide clear evidence of its effectiveness. Quantitative and qualitative evidence of effectiveness are equally acceptable.

A 500 word abstract must be submitted for consideration by the Organising Committee. Please note that if accepted, presentations in this category will not be considered refereed papers. The abstract must include approximately 200 words showing how the paper addresses one of the conference sub-themes.

The abstract should address the following:

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

Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee. Abstracts for showcase presentations will be reviewed against the criteria of quality, relevance and standard of writing.

It is anticipated that showcase presentations will be allocated 20 minutes which will include 15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-conference Workshop due date:  Now closed

Pre-conference workshops provide an opportunity to explore conference sub-themes in more detail. The number of workshop slots is limited. A 300 word proposal must be submitted for consideration by the Organising Committee. In addition authors will be asked to provide an explanation of a maximum of 200 words showing how the workshop addresses one of the conference sub-themes. Please note that if accepted, workshops in this category will not be considered refereed papers.

The proposal submitted should address:

  1. Overview of workshop
  2. Target audience
  3. Intended outcomes for participants
  4. Outline of activities

Pre-conference workshops will be allocated 180 minutes of time including a tea break. It is expected that the presenter will integrate activities, questions and discussion throughout the workshop. Abstracts for workshops will be reviewed against the criteria of quality, engagement, relevance and standard of writing.

Poster Presentation

Poster submissions will be evidence-based and should outline the background/context and outcomes. Posters allow participants with similar interests to interact by using the poster as a discussion point. Please note that presentations accepted in this category are NOT considered refereed papers.

Proposals are to be submitted as a 300 word abstract describing their poster.  In addition authors will be asked to provide an explanation of a maximum of 200 words showing how the poster addresses one of the conference sub-themes.

The abstract should address the following:

  1. Background/context
  2. Research/evaluation method
  3. Outcomes

Poster abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee. Abstracts for posters will be reviewed against the criteria of quality, relevance and standard of writing/presentation.

Posters will be available for viewing for the duration of the conference. An interactive poster viewing session will be held for authors to discuss their poster with other delegates.

Poster guidelines

  • A0 size – 841 mm wide x 1189 mm high, portrait orientation
  • A banner displaying your poster title, name, institution and email address should be positioned at top-centre of the poster
  • Please make it obvious to the viewer how to progressively view the poster. The poster generally should read from left to right, and top to bottom. Numbering the individual panels, or connecting them with arrows may assist readers.

Click here to download the Poster Submission guidelines

Master Class or Mini Workshop

A Master Class or Mini-Workshop has a duration of 1.5 hours and can be structured as a professional development workshop to enable learners to engage in more detail with one of the conference sub-themes.  A 300 word proposal must be submitted for consideration by the Organising Committee. In addition authors will be asked to provide an explanation of a maximum of 200 words showing how the master class or workshop addresses one of the conference sub-themes. Please note that if accepted, abstracts in this category will not be considered refereed papers.

The proposal submitted should address:

  1. Overview of workshop or master class
  2. Target audience
  3. Intended outcomes for participants
  4. Outline of activities

It is expected that the presenter will integrate activities, questions and discussion throughout the workshop.  Abstracts for master classes or mini-workshops will be reviewed against the criteria of quality, engagement, relevance and standard of writing.

Awards and Prizes

There are seven awards and prizes which are associated with the annual HERDSA conference.

Applications are invited for this prize which will be presented at the annual HERDSA Conference. The purpose of the award is to foster original research by encouraging new and less experienced researchers. A prize of AUD$1000, sponsored by Taylor & Francis, publishers of the HERD journal, will be awarded to the paper written by a new researcher (or researchers) which makes a significant contribution to research in the field of tertiary education. The papers will be judged by the Executive Editor of HERD and/or members of the editorial team.

There is no application process. However when submitting their paper, authors of full papers should identify their eligibility for the award by completing a cover sheet provided by the event managers.

This award of AUD$1000 and one year’s free membership to HERDSA, is open to all papers accepted for presentation as a full refereed paper. Papers to be considered for this award will be nominated by reviewers which the HERDSA Executive Committee will judge.

The purpose of the prize is to encourage students to disseminate their work at national and international higher education conferences. Applicants must be presenting a full refereed paper or showcase at the HERDSA conference in order to be eligible for this prize. Presenters will be judged on their ability to effectively communicate as well as on the academic content of their presentation. The winner receives a cash award from HERDSA of $450 and is usually presented at the closing ceremony of the conference.

There is no application process. Eligible student presenters will be identified by the awards convenor and members of the HERDSA Executive New Scholars portfolio will attend and judge the presentations.

All posters are eligible for this prize of $300. The purpose of the prize is to promote and recognise excellence in the ability to visually communicate ideas, findings or outcomes related to tertiary education.

Posters will be assessed by all conference delegates – on both the ability to visually communicate as well as on the academic content of the poster. Conference participants can vote using the conference mobile app which will work on any smartphone, tablet, or computer connected to the internet (a paper-based form will also be available).

The best poster prize will be awarded to the poster that receives the highest number of votes, with a runner-up prize to the second-highest poster.

An award of up to $1,000 is available to provide support for a postgraduate student to attend and participate in the annual conference of HERDSA. The annual HERDSA conference aims to bring together and support those people who are engaged in teaching in higher education, in the study of learning, teaching and policy in higher education, and in the continuous improvement of higher education.
     Elligibilty Criteria:
In determining the award recipient, preference will normally be given to applicants who

  • Have been enrolled full time in a postgraduate research programme in a relevant area of study for at least 12 months at the time of the conference OR
  • Are enrolled in a programme as described above on a part-time basis and have priorities or responsibilities that prevent them from being in full-time employment

In addition, applicants must:

  • Be able to attend the full conference;
  • Be willing to present a conference paper or lead a workshop based on their research;
  • Be the sole author of their paper rather than a joint author (if not sole author, indicate percentage contribution of all authors);
  • Be willing to make a contribution to the HERDSA Newsletter;
  • Have had limited, or no, opportunities to attend similar conferences; and
  • Have not previously received a HERDSA conference award.

Application process

  1. Attach a brief application letter to an email to office@herdsa.org.au that addresses all the elligibility criteria above.
  2. Attach to the application letter a supporting letter from the applicant’s research supervisor, including a statement indicating that the applicant complies with the criteria above.
  3. Submit your abstract/paper to the conference website. To qualify for an award, your paper must be accepted for presentation at the conference. You will be notified of results of travel award applications soon after the notification of acceptance of papers for presentation at the conference.

Applications should be sent to the HERDSA Office (office@herdsa.org.au) addressing the above criteria.

The deadline of application is 5pm 14th May 2018

A prize of $1000 will be awarded to the paper which in the opinion of a panel of judges (from Edith Cowan University) makes a significant contribution to knowledge about authentic learning in higher education.

The purpose of the Edith Cowan University Prize for the Best Paper on an Authentic Learning is to promote the development of authentic learning in all facets of university teaching and learning, and to support the dissemination and publication of associated good practice. Authentic learning can be described as one where activities represent the types of complex tasks performed by professionals in the field, rather than decontextualised or contrived activities. Students have access to supporting resources and engage in collaboration, articulation and reflection as they produce outcomes typical of quality performance.

The award will comprise a certificate and prize of $1000 and it will be awarded to the paper which in the opinion of a panel of judges makes a significant contribution to knowledge about authentic learning environments in higher education.

To be eligible for this award, the paper must

  • Describe and discuss the development, implementation and/or evaluation
  • of an authentic learning activity or environment in a higher education setting
  • Be submitted for paper refereeing for the HERDSA 2018 Conference, and be accepted
  • Be presented at the conference as a paper presentation.

The criteria for judging the award are

  1. The paper makes a significant contribution to knowledge about authentic learning in higher education.
  2. The paper links the development of the authentic learning to previous theory and research, and provides appropriate references to the literature.
  3. The authentic learning described is typically characterised by:
    1. Real-world relevance where learning is embedded in social practice
    2. Authentic tasks, with diversity of outcomes
    3. Opportunities for diverse students to examine content and tasks from a variety of perspectives
    4. Opportunities for students to collaborate, articulate and reflect
    5. Assessment is authentic and seamlessly integrated with tasks.
  4. The implications of the development for other educators are clearly drawn.
  5. The paper is well-written in an appropriate style, and in a clear and logical manner.
  6. The paper conforms to the word length specified by the conference.

Edith Cowan University reserves the right not to make the Award if there are no suitable papers.

Taylor & Francis, the publishers of HERDSA’s journal Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) is a sponsor of the annual HERSDA conference. As part of that sponsorship, HERDSA is able to offer three travel grants of up to $500 per applicant to support HERDSA members attend the annual HERDSA conference. For full details, view the Grant guidelines and the Application form.

Applications should be received by the HERDSA Office (office@herdsa.org.au) by 5pm on the 14th May 2018.