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TERNZ Conference Wednesday November 24th-26th 2021

We are pleased to announce that TERNZ 2021 will take place in Dunedin – Wed, Thurs, Friday November 24-26, hosted by the Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC), University of Otago.

The TERNZ conference accepts proposals from researchers interested in any aspect of research into tertiary education. Each session is 45 minutes and will typically involve no more than 10 minutes for the researcher to present their work and 35 minutes in which to discuss the substantive issues that arise from it. Please think of this as a developmental exercise in which both the researcher and the participants are there to build new ideas and advance understanding.

The timings above are indicative only so please be creative in how you run your session. However, it is important to say that we wish to avoid the paper presentations typical of many conferences.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the conference co-organisers Rob Wass (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Julie Timmermans (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Guidelines for Proposals

1. Pre-conference workshops and Special Interest Groups

These will be 2 to 3 hours, and expressions of interest should be sent to the conference convenors.

2. Submission of abstracts for parallel sessions
  1. Title
  2. Description of research and significance of topic (300 words max)
  3. Description of how the session will be run (200 words max). The reviewers are looking for evidence of participant involvement and relevance to their learning.


When you submit an abstract to TERNZ it will be peer reviewed. Recommendations for inclusion in parallel sessions will be made by referees and the final programme structure decided by the conference organising committee.

TERNZ works to prioritise giving space to ideas and the development of knowledge by exploring new research and developing it further in successive parallel sessions and host groups. The host groups occur regularly during the conference. Participants stay in these throughout the conference. The structure of TERNZ limits the number of presenters. However, all participants play an important role, regardless of whether their research has been included in the parallel sessions.

3. Posters / research and teaching showcase

The reception on the evening of Wednesday 24th November will include exhibition items such as research and teaching examples and posters. We would like to encourage anyone who has recently undertaken either research or teaching using original or engaging approaches to submit their ideas for inclusion in the exhibition. Submissions can be in the form of a poster, a display or technology-based showcase.

Presenters are strongly encouraged to reconceptualise their work in creative ways to incorporate a) active learning approaches and b) interactive engagement with display and presenter. The submissions will be displayed during the reception and subsequently in the social spaces where participants circulate.

There is no limit to the number of submissions in this category but presenters will need to specify whether they require technical support or other resources. Participants will be asked to vote for their favourite poster/showcase and the winning display will receive a prize.

The abstracts submitted for posters will be peer reviewed and accepted abstracts published in the proceedings. The format for the abstracts is the same as for the parallel sessions i.e max 300 words describing the research and significance of topic (200 words describing how the session will be run is not required).


Event Properties

Event Date 24-Nov-2021
Event End Date 26-Nov-2021
Registration Start Date 05-Aug-2021
Individual Price NZD250.00

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