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Conference 2016 - University of Otago - 30 November - 2 December


Guidelines for proposals

1. Pre-conference workshops and Special Interest Groups
These will be three hours and proposals should be sent to the conference convenor.

2. Submission of abstracts for parallel sessions
The TERNZ conference accepts proposals from researchers interested in any aspect of research into tertiary education. There will be 48 sessions in 6 parallel streams. Each session is 1 hour and will typically involve no more than 10 minutes for the researcher to present their work and 50 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 [See Philosophy].

  1. Title
  2. The research (250 words)
  3. Why this topic is important (250 words)
  4. How the session will be run (200 words)

When you submit an abstract to TERNZ it will be peer reviewed. Subject to the outcome of the review process, all those attending the conference will have their abstracts included in the conference proceedings. However, not all will be able to ‘present’ in the traditional fashion. TERNZ is about giving space to ideas and the development of knowledge through exploring new research and developing it further in successive parallel sessions and host groups. The host groups occur after each session with the aim of exploring new learning. Participants stay in these throughout the conference. This structure cuts down the opportunities to present. However, such a conference allows everyone to play an important role, regardless of whether an abstract has been included in the parallel sessions.

If it is a necessary stipulation that a presentation is ‘required’ in order to gain funding to attend (rather than taking on another conference role such as presenting a poster, a pre-conference workshop, hosting a group or acting as conference reporter), then please let us know.

Recommendations for inclusion in parallel sessions will be made by referees and the final programme structure decided by the conference organising committee.

Submit an abstract

3. Posters
Poster presenters are strongly encouraged to reconceptualise their work in creative ways to incorporate a) active learning approaches and b) interactive engagement with both poster and presenter. Poster will be peer reviewed. The posters will be displayed in conference in the social spaces where participants will be invited to circulate. There is no limit to the number of posters.

Submit a poster

Abstract submissions due by October 30th. Final programme announced November




The organisers gratefully acknowledge the generous support of
Ako Aotearoa in making the conference more accessible to delegates.


  • Convenor:
    Dr Rob Wass
    University of Otago

  • Organising Committee:

  • Tony Harland, Candi Young, Stew Hibbert, Joanne Smith
  • For all enquiries please contact: ternz2016@gmail.com

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