Call for proposals

Higher Education Reform in light of Blended & Online Learning

The Higher Education Reform (HER) movement is driven by economic, social, and political imperatives. It raises issues of quality, accountability, accessibility, affordability, relevance as well as privacy and security issues. Blended and Online Learning Technologies (BOLT) are positioned both to disrupt and enhance education. The 2018 conference will explore the intersection of these two movements. How can Blended and Online Learning and associated technologies maintain or improve quality of instruction while increasing access and improving cost-effectiveness? What are the current research trends in technology and pedagogy? Our conference will provide a platform for all forms of blended and online higher education research, practice, and policy work to be explored. The 2018 conference theme aligns with a worldwide movement of reform in higher education associated with the Bologna process in Europe, increasing tuition, and a universal need for greater access to higher education.

Conference Themes

  • Higher Educational Reform (HER): Blended and online learning to enable higher educational institutions to achieve local, national, and international goals.
  • Institutional Innovations (II): Public-private and/or not-for-profit research partnerships. Open educational resources. Supported use of information and communication technologies.
  • Blended and Online Learning Technologies (BOLT): appropriate technology usage in light of pedagogical change, and impact on and/or support for other demands in higher education.

Session Formats

  • Presentations: 20 minutes
  • Panels: 40 minutes
  • Posters: (One 1-hour session)
    All formats need to incorporate time for questions and/or attendee participation.

Abstract Formats

  • Presentations can focus on research or research-based practices: 500-word limit, including 2 to 5 references
  • Panels need to include diverse perspectives on at least one conference theme: 600-word limit, including 3 to 6 references. The number of panelists should not exceed 5 participants.
  • Posters can focus on either preliminary research or emergent changes to practices: 250-word limit, including 1 to 3 references

The Submission, Selection, and Acceptance Process

All submissions will be double-blind reviewed by members of the conference program committee. Contributions must not have been submitted elsewhere. Given the one and a half day format of the conference, and in order to ensure a diverse program, no individual should be first author on more than one proposal. There is no limit on the number of times any individual can contribute as a subsequent author.

In the first round of blind reviews, authors will have their proposals accepted, accepted with revisions, or rejected based on conference criteria.

In the second round of blind reviews, the conference chair and program committee members will review first round committee recommendations, and recommended proposal revisions, to determine accepted proposals.

Abstract submissions are now closed. Deadline was August 17, 2018.