Guidance

Abstract submission guidance

Five types of submission were invited: oral presentation (short paper), lightening talk, interactive workshop, poster and fringe. An example of the full submission form is available. 

Short papers

Short papers at the conference are scheduled to last 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion. Oral presentations should relate to original work such as research studies or scholarly evaluations. Substantial case studies of significant original innovations may also be presented. The committee reserves the right to allocate oral presentations to lightning talks, workshops or posters if deemed appropriate. Abstracts should be up to 500 words (plus references) and structured under the headings: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. Questions to help shape the abstract content have been provided below. 

Research and evaluation:

  • Introduction: What is the context of the study? Why was the study undertaken? What was the research question? If applicable, what was your hypothesis? Any underlying assumptions?
  • Methods: When, where, and how was the study done?
  • Results: What did you find?
  • Discussion: What do the results mean? Implications? How do your results link to other research? Recommendations for further research.

Substantial case studies of significant original innovations:

  • Introduction: What is the context of the study? What prompted the innovation? What were your guiding principles or hypotheses? Any underlying assumptions? Who participates?
  • Methods: How was the innovation developed and/or delivered?  How was the innovation evaluated?
  • Results: What did you find? How did it meet expectations?
  • Discussion: What do the results mean? Implications? How do your results link to the work of others in this or related fields? Recommendations for other innovators in other contexts research.

Lightning talks

Lightning talks are scheduled to last 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes questions with time at the end for general discussion. Lightning talks should present current activities, work in progress, exploratory or small scale innovations and case studies. Abstracts should be up to 500 words (plus references) and structured under the headings: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (see above). 

Workshops

Workshops at the conference are scheduled to last either 60 or 90 minutes. Workshops should be interactive and not mini-lectures. We anticipate that each interactive workshop will help participants to experience and explore a facet of OER, or an approach to associated scholarship and research. Abstracts for workshops should be up to 500 words (excluding references) and described under the following headings:

  • Rationale: What are the aims and intended learning outcomes of the workshop?
  • Content: What will delegates learn through attending?
  • Delivery method(s): How will this workshop engage attendees in learning?

Posters

Posters will be exhibited for display throughout the conference and may be in hard copy or electronic. Posters should relate to original work and the organisers welcome ingenuity and originality in presentation.  Posters may be descriptive, such as showcasing a new initiative or describing a new approach or theory. Or posters may report research or evaluation results. The final dimensions of accepted posters will not exceed 90cm wide x 150cm height. Abstracts should be up to 500 words (plus references). Many poster abstracts will be able to use the structure described for oral presentations (Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, see above) and all those reporting research and evaluation are expected to do so, however the  structure will not be suitable for some posters which showcase new initiatives or theories. In these circumstances, authors should develop appropriate headings to structure their abstracts in ways that are helpful to reviewers and conference delegates.

Fringe

The Fringe is our area of ‘unconference’ where a mixture of timetabled and free-space sessions may take place (in the Mezzanine). Abstracts may be submitted in any format (not exceeding 500 words plus references) to guarantee a timetabled slot (please estimate how much time is needed), but sessions may also be proposed ‘on the day’, providing space is available. A wide range of activities is invited such as unconference discussion topics, drama, poetry, comedy, debates, presentation of off-the-wall ideas are encouraged.

General information

For all abstracts please do not exceed 5 authors or 5 references. Social media information will be requested about the presenter in order to enable the conference to link with online spaces. The conference hashtag is #OER14.


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Image courtesy of Centre for Life, all rights reserved, used with permission