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Call for Submissions

Preliminary Program

Submission Types

Quality Requirements

Review Criteria

Written Submission Format Requirements

Poster Submission Guidelines

Call for Submissions

The Students Transitions Achievement Success and Retention (STARS) Conference Organising Committee invites submissions for its 3rd Conference to be held in Adelaide from 2 – 5 July 2017.

There are five submission types:

  • refereed papers,
  • good practice reports,
  • emerging initiatives,
  • collaborative workshops,
  • poster presentations.

Please note, the STARS conference does not accept abstracts only.  Full submissions that meet the guidelines for each submission type are required by the submission deadline. Please read the submission guidelines carefully to ensure your submission meets the quality and type-specific length requirements.

An A4 version of accepted posters will be required for inclusion in the conference handbook prior to publication.  

Instructions for posters appear below.

The extended submission deadline is 6 February 2017. 

All submissions should explicitly relate to one or more of the Conference topics listed below. Papers, Reports and Emerging Initiatives will constitute the majority of the conference program and will be scheduled in 30 minute timeslots (with a 10 minute change over time). A limited number of workshop sessions of 90 minutes will be available. Posters will be displayed throughout the Conference and a specific Poster session will be scheduled during an extended networking break to allow time for discussion with presenters.

At least one author of an accepted submission must be registered for the conference by 1 May 2017 and present at the conference for the submission to be included in the conference proceedings.

STARS provides an opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, and emerging initiatives that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences. Discussion on a wide variety of subjects is encouraged. Submissions should address one of the following topic areas:

  • Students – who are they, what are their needs, what works for different cohorts, strategies for broader social inclusion and increasing participation in tertiary education, participation of first nation peoples.
  • Transitions – pathways to tertiary education, transitions into tertiary education (the first year experience), transitions during tertiary education (work integrated learning), and transitions from tertiary education including graduate employability, and capstone experiences.
  • Achievement – strategies promoting student achievement including curricular and co-curricular reform, employability, gamification and simulation enhanced learning.
  • Retention – program, discipline, whole of institution, inter-institutional and sector collaborations designed to improve student retention, threshold skills and concepts.
  • Success – student engagement, technology enhanced learning, understanding students expectations and realities, psychological wellbeing, application of learning analytics.

Submission Types


Refereed Papers –need to meet the definition of research and as such should have a strong empirical or theoretical foundation and present new knowledge or findings, or report on the application of existing knowledge to a new domain. Full papers are required at the time of submission. Refereed papers will be double-blind reviewed.  You should ensure that your submission is of the highest standard to increase the likelihood of acceptance as a refereed paper.  Refereed papers may not exceed ten (10) pages including title, author details, abstract, body and references. Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes and should allow at least 10 minutes for discussion with the audience. Please use the submission template when writing your refereed paper.

Good Practice Reports – should describe national or institutional-wide projects, their outcomes and impact.  They do not need to meet the definition of research.  Where such work is in-progress or is specific to a particular subject or degree program, the appropriate submission type is likely to be an Emerging Initiative.  Good practice reports should describe the project and its rationale, the project deliverables and/or outcomes and their impact or potential impact in terms of STARS topics. Critically, Good Practice Reports should highlight how the outcomes/deliverables could be applied more broadly or used in other contexts. Good Practice Reports should be between 8-10 pages and may not exceed ten (10) pages in total including introductory material (project and project team details and project overview), body and references. Report presentations should not exceed 20 minutes and should allow at least 10 minutes for discussion with the audience.

Emerging Initiatives – focus on practical initiatives and innovations. Submissions should explain what is being done/proposed, how this work is innovative or what particular problem or issue is addressed and importantly how or why this initiative builds on or extends existing good practice or knowledge. Submissions should include a rationale that explains why the initiative exists or what it hopes to achieve, and the approach or method that will be used. Importantly presenters of emerging initiatives should solicit feedback and encourage discussion from the audience about the initiative. Emerging Initiatives should aim to be between 4 and 5 pages and may not exceed 5 pages, including title, author details, abstract, body, questions or issues for audience discussion and references. Forum presenters should plan for at least 15 minutes of audience participation or discussion about the initiative by posing a small number of questions or issues for discussion within the submission. The conference program committee reserves the right to combine submissions on similar topics into moderated discussions.

Collaborative Workshops – are an opportunity to share or apply the outcomes of completed work with a wider audience with a view to enhancing one or more of the STARS topics. Submissions for Collaborative Workshops should be approximately 3 pages and may not exceed 5 pages. The submission should contain a description of the workshop, a statement outlining what participants will do/learn or achieve and an outline showing how the workshop session of 90 minutes will be conducted.

Posters – are presented in the form of an A1 PowerPoint poster. Posters are most appropriate for providing a visual presentation of complex ideas or summaries of large programs that lend themselves to collegial and informal discussion. The initial submission is a poster proposal which should not be more than one page in length and complies with the poster proposal submission guidelines. Poster proposals should be submitted by the general submission deadline. An electronic version of accepted posters (A1 reduced to A4) will be required by 15 May 2017 for inclusion in the Conference Handbook and Proceedings.

 

Quality Requirements

All submissions will be initially reviewed by the Conference Program Panel and are expected to comply with the following requirements.

  • Align with one or more of the Conference topics
  • Refer to previous relevant published works;
  • Be of a high professional standard;
  • Be proof-read and publication ready;
  • Meet the guidelines of the relevant submission type; and
  • Comply with the submission format guidelines.

Submissions that do not meet these quality requirements will be returned to authors for correction before being sent for review. Please see below for details of the formatting and length requirements.

 

Review Criteria

For Refereed Papers

In addition to the quality requirements, refereed papers accepted for STARS will comply with the HERDC definition of research (p.6 https://docs.education.gov.au/node/39431). Each accepted refereed paper will be:

  • a substantial scholarly activity, as evidenced by discussion of the relevant literature, an awareness of the history and antecedents of work described, and be provided in a format which allows a reader to trace sources of the work through citations,
  • original (that is, more than merely a compilation of existing works)
  • a contribution to knowledge
  • in a form that enables dissemination of knowledge

In addition to these criteria and the quality requirements refereed papers will be assessed for inclusion using the following criteria:

  • Contribution to existing body of knowledge and scholarship
  • Suitability of methodology or approach
  • Synthesis of relevant theoretical or empirical literature
  • Currency of material and research supported by related and compelling evidence
  • Originality of argument, ideas, or content
  • Development of argument
  • Organisation and structure
  • Clarity of style and expression
  • Complies with APA referencing system

For Good Practice Reports

In addition to the quality requirements, Good Practice Reports will be assessed for inclusion using the following criteria:

  • References to existing good practice or the literature on which project is based
  • Description of the project, including the rationale for the project and its aim and objectives
  • Description of the project’s deliverables and/or outcomes highlighting how these can be taken-up or applied more broadly or used in other contexts
  • Description of the project’s impact or potential impact in terms of the STARS topics
  • Currency of material
  • Originality and practicality of the practice being reported
  • Organisation and structure
  • Clarity of style and expression

For Emerging Initiatives

In addition to the quality requirements, Emerging Initiatives will be assessed for inclusion using the following criteria:

  • References to existing good practice or the literature on which the initiative is based
  • Description of what is being done or proposed and how the emerging initiative builds on or extends current practice or knowledge
  • Details about why the initiative is being explored or undertaken and the approach or method that will be used.
  • Currency of material
  • Description of impact (or expected impact)
  • Originality and practicality of initiative
  • Organisation and structure
  • Clarity of style and expression
  • Includes key questions / or the issues that will be posed to encourage audience participation

For Collaborative Workshops

In addition to the quality requirements, Collaborative Workshop Proposals will be assessed for inclusion using the following criteria:

  • References to the existing good practice or the literature on which the workshop is based
  • Description of the aim and objectives of the workshop; including the intended audience and what the audience will achieve / learn by participating in the workshop (outcomes).
  • Description of the resources that will be used / made available to participants and how these will be made available.
  • A clear description of how the workshop will be conducted
  • Currency of materials
  • Originality and practicality of content and approach
  • Clear organisation and structure
  • Clarity of style and expression

For Posters

In addition to the quality requirements, poster proposals will be assessed for inclusion using the following criteria:

  • Currency of material
  • Description of impact (or expected impact)
  • Originality and practicality of the work presented
  • Organisation and structure
  • Clarity of style and expression
  • Complies with APA referencing system

 

Written Submission Format Requirements

  • Font – Times New Roman, 12pt unless specified.
  • Page format – A4 portrait, all margins 2.54cm, all fully-justified.
  • Paper title – 14pt, bold, centred, sentence case, followed by 18pt spacing.
  • Author details – 12pt, centred, title case, given name, surname, faculty or school or department & institution, followed by 18pt spacing. If more than one author from same institution/department please provide these details only once.
  • Abstract – 12pt, italics, fully justified, indented 1cm from left and right margins, followed by 18pt spacing. Word limit is 150 words.
  • Section headings ‐ 12pt, bold, sentence case, left aligned, no numbering. 12pt space before and after heading.
    • 1st level subheading – 12pt, italics, sentence case, left aligned. 12pt space before and after heading. Do not number subheadings.
    • 2nd level of subheading ‐ 12pt, sentence case, left aligned. 12pt space before and after heading. Do not number subheadings.
  • Body Text and size – 12pt, single‐spaced, fully justified. 12pt spacing after each paragraph.
  • References and citations – 12pt – Please use APA referencing style. A simplified guide is available at http://www.citewrite.qut.edu.au/ Please
    • List references under a Section Heading “References”
    • Use ‘hanging’ indents
    • Provide long quotes (approximately 30 words or more) – as 12pt, indented 1cm from left and right margins, fully justified.
  • Tables and figures – Captions in 12pt, bold, sentence case, Table text centered above and Figures text centered below
  • Footer – 10pt, left aligned, same footer on all pages containing the following details: Paper title, submission type e.g. refereed paper, nuts and bolts, poster.
  • Footnotes – 10pt, left aligned, should only be used for points of clarification not for references or citations. If used they should appear at the bottom of the page on which the relevant item appears, not at the end of the text preceding the references
  • Page numbers –10pt, bottom of page, right aligned
  • Length (please note different requirements for each submission type)
    • Refereed Papers – not more than 10 pages in total.
    • Good Practice Reports – not more than 10 pages in total (as a guide 9-10 pages will be required to adequately meet the criteria)
    • Emerging Initiatives – not more than 5 pages in total (as a guide 4-5 pages will be required to adequately meet the criteria).
    • Collaborative Workshops – approximately 3 pages and should not exceed 5 pages in total.
    • Posters – not more than 1 page in total.

Click here to download the Written Submission Template, and the Written Submission Format Requirements.

 


Poster Submission Guidelines

The purpose of a poster is to present information in a concise and visual manner. Posters provide a talking point and an opportunity for collegial engagement for members of the STARS Conference.

Poster proposals should be submitted using the style described for body text in the submission template, and can be up to one page in length.  Proposals that are not in this format cannot be accepted for the STARS Conference in 2017.

The Conference Organising Committee is asking for all posters to be in this consistent format because this will enable us to include the posters in the Conference Proceedings.

 

Please bring your printed A1 size poster with you to the conference. The Conference Organising Committee can assist you with hanging your poster once you have registered

 

Important Dates

6 February 2017 : Extended Submission Deadline

from 10 April 2017 : Notifications to authors

1 May 2017 : At least one Author must be registered to attend

15 May 2017 : Electronic version of A1 Posters due