Paper Submission Guidelines

Submission deadline is February 7, 2016

After this date the Conference Programme Committee and an International Review Panel will review the papers submitted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings as well as for an edited post-conference publication that will include a selection of the most relevant and influential papers. All presentations should contribute to the conference theme and should be directed by one or more of the topics of interest as discussed in the “Call for Papers”. Please complete submission documents in English and according to the Paper Submission Guidelines provided below. All papers must be submitted online via EasyChair. You may use this link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icbl16 as indicated on the on the IABL 2016 website at: http://www.conference.iabl.org Please note that all materials are submitted on the understanding that they may be published by the Conference Organisers and Publisher. Note that a wide international audience is expected for the conference and for the readership of the Conference Proceedings. It is required of all authors to use only English. Submit now

Submission Categories

We invite submissions in the following categories:

* Long paper (3500-5000 words)

* Short paper (2000-3000 words)

* Panel (500 words)

* Pre-conference Workshop (500 words)

* Posters (300-500 words) * Industry showcases/Practitioners presentation (300-500 words)

* Industry showcases/Practitioners presentation (300-500 words)

Long Paper

Long papers, 3500-5000 words in length, must report on original and significant work in research, development and applications with regards to one or more aspects of blended learning. Long papers will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process by an international panel and evaluated on the basis of their significance, originality and clarity of writing. The review will be based on the full text of the submitted paper.

Short Paper

Short papers, 2000-3000 words in length, provide the opportunity to describe new work or work that is still in progress, relevant to one or more aspects of blended learning. Short papers will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process by an international panel and evaluated on the basis of their significance, originality and clarity of writing. The review will be based on the full text of the submitted paper.

Panel

In this category, 3-5 people present their views and arguments on a specific theme or issue related to blended learning, and then discuss them with the audience. A submission of 500 words should name the contributors and include an outline of how the session will be organised. Selection will be based on the relevance and originality of the topic, expertise and experience of the contributors, as well as the envisaged contribution that the session may have towards research or blended learning practice with regards to the selected topic.

Pre-conference Workshop

Pre-conference workshops provide well-organised learning opportunities for attendees. They focus on skills development in blended learning and teaching, or advanced technical training. Workshops are expected to be 3 hours in duration. Workshops should involve hands-on experience with innovative technology or challenging exploration of ideas or learning applications, rather than a formal presentation of information. Proposals for workshops will be selected on the basis of the instructors’ qualifications, expertise and experience, and the relevance of the topic. The workshop proposal (500 words) must include the following: title, aims/objectives; intended audience (experience level and prerequisites); detailed workshop plan; full contact details and short bio of the instructor(s); list of additional presentation tools used (e.g., flip chart, software, mobile apps). All accepted workshops will take place on April 22, 2016.

Poster

Poster presentations must report on significant work in research, development, applications or practice with regards to one or more aspects of blended learning. Posters will consist of affixing the research poster to a portable wall with the researcher in attendance answering questions posed by passing colleagues. The display space allocated for posters will be 60 cm x 90 cm (or 2 x 3 feet). Authors should submit an abstract of 300-500 words outlining the topic and contribution of the poster.

Industry Showcase/Practitioner Presentation

These presentations by practitioners are aimed at sharing best practices in teaching and training in the blended learning context. Practitioners from educational, industry, government and other institutions are invited to submit 300-500 word abstracts that describe their successful practices in their classrooms. All submissions will be double blind peer-reviewed by an international review committee. All submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed by an international review committee.

New Blended Format Session! Flexible Presentation Option!

Virtual Presentation (Blended Format)

These blended format presentations are delivered by presenters who cannot attend the conference in person but whose papers have been approved (in keeping with the Submission Guidelines) for IABL2016.  Each virtual presentation consists of three elements: (1) a pre-recorded video (paper presentation), (2) 10-15 minute synchronous presenter-audience chat via Skype, (3) subsequent online discussion (closed after 48 hours from the scheduled presentation unless otherwise requested by the presenter).

Virtual presenters are required to submit their proposal following the same guidelines as f2f presenters. Virtual presenters can choose from the following three categories: long paper (3500-5000 words), short paper (2000-3000 words), and industry showcases/practitioners presentation (300-500 words). Upon approval of the paper, virtual presenters are asked to provide a video of their presentation (format: mpeg4; long paper: 30 minutes, short paper: 20 minutes, industry showcases/practitioners presentation: 20 minutes). The presentation of the video is to be followed by a 10-15 minute synchronous Skype Q&A period (presenters call in at a scheduled time). In addition, presenters are encouraged to moderation a resulting online discussion (discussion forum/Twitter) for up to 48 hours after the presentation. For more details regarding the presentation delivery, go to Instructions.

All blended sessions are moderated by a session chair to ensure optimal interaction between the virtual presenter and the f2f audience.

Conference Registration: Virtual presenters are required to register for the conference at a discounted rate (go here for details). The Virtual Presenters Registration includes access to all recorded presentations, online discussions, proceedings, and complimentary one-year IABL membership. 

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Submission instructions

All submissions for all categories should follow the themes as described in conference tracks.

Title of paper:  Please enter the title of your paper with initial capital letters. The default size of type is set at 14 point.

Authors and presenters: Please list all paper authors, using the format of first name, last name, without titles (e.g., John Smith). Please also note their affiliations (for each affiliation the name of the organisation, institute or department, and country should be shown) and e-mail addresses (in italic typeface). If for any reason you do not want your e-mail address to be shown, please do not include it. The default size of type is set at 12 point.

Keywords: Note three (3) to six (6) keywords which could be used to further identify the contents of the paper/paper. The default size of type for keywords should be set at 10 point and italicised.

Content: All submissions should follow the IABL2016 template. It is available as word document and description for download (here).  The insertion of graphics/figures/diagrams: graphics/figures/diagrams are optional in your paper. However, if you would like to make use them, please insert them as required into the word processed document, labelled with the relevant figure/box number etc. Such graphics should be appropriate to the expected column width of approximately 7.5 cm, or 3 inches (please ensure they are clearly readable at this size). They will be printed in black and white/greyscale in the Conference Proceedings and need to be submitted to us in this way (i.e., not in colour). To prevent possible loss of data, jpeg format is recommended.

Citations and references: These need to be produced in APA style for publication purposes. 

Publication of the Conference Proceedings

The Conference Proceedings will be published by Mathemagenesis in electronic format (USB disk) with an ISBN number. It is expected that authors will complete their papers by the required deadline for submission of final papers, namely February 7th 2016, in time for presentation at the conference, and make these available for conference delegates and for submission to the editors involved in the process of publishing the Conference Proceedings. All published articles will be submitted for indexing by major databases. The conference organizers are arranging an edited post-conference publication that will include a selection of the most relevant and influential papers. All submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed by an international review committee. All approved submissions will be included in the e-proceedings. Authors of selected submissions might be invited to provide an extended version of their work for the edited post-conference publication.

 

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