The Full Program (draft) is now available for the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching. Go to www.i-melt.edu,au to get a great sense of keynotes, presentations and workshops that you could experience at the conference.
Make the most of early-bird registration before 30 September
I hope to see you at the National Wine Centre, 11-13 December 2017 during the beautiful early summer of Adelaide.
In response to a number of requests, and to complement the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (I-MELT) full program of presentations and workshops, we warmly welcome submissions of 200-word abstracts for poster presentations. If you didn’t have the time to write a short paper of 1500 words, or you are still in the early days of exploring MELT-related ideas, the committee invite your abstract submission.
The poster session is called ‘MELTing Moments’ and will involve two minute presentations to the whole audience. In addition posters will be on rolling display on large screens in the National Wine Centre during the conference.
Poster presentations are an opportunity for creatively representing to the audience aspects such as:
- your own adaptation of MELT that suits your context
- what happened when you implemented MELT
- MELT in the design of:
o individual activities
o components of a subject such as the laboratory stream
o a whole subject
o assessment activities, marking and feedback
o a whole program
Papers may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 September and will be reviewed by the committee. You will be informed by 13 September about acceptance.
Details on the abstract focus, structure and submission is at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/i-melt/papers/
You can see the program of keynotes and outline for workshops, peer-reviewed presentations and conference events, as well as registration and accommodation details at www.i-melt.edu.au (early-bird registration closes 30 September)
JUTLP will publish a special issue on connections, critiques and curricula in Research Based Learning (RBL) that gravitate around a shared conceptual model, the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework (Willison & O’Regan, 2007).
RBL is used here as an umbrella term to encapsulate a variety of active learning strategies, including Inquiry Based Learning, Problem Based Learning, Project Based Learning, Critical Thinking tasks, Undergraduate Research, Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning and Discovery Learning.
I invite you to submit an expression of interest (EoI) for this special issue:
Information and submission: http://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/latestnews.html
Length of EoI: 1500-2000 words
Due: 24 August 2017
Invitations to submit a full paper for the Special Issue will be sent by 25 September to successful EoIs
Proposed Publication date: October 2018
If you have any questions, please ask email@example.com
Editor for the Special Issue: Research Skill Development spanning Higher Education:
Connections, critiques and curricula
It seems that preparation for the start of Semester 2 filled a lot of colleagues’ mid-year break, so we have had numerous requests for an extension to I-MELT short paper submission deadline.
The Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT), which inform the conference, include:
For those who submitted on time, we are still planning to have peer reviewers’ comments back to you by the 24th August, so that you can plan your travel and accommodation accordingly.
As I-MELT is 11-13 December, accommodation is at a premium; conference rates are currently available on the website www.i-melt.edu.au
For those who submit by 14 August, you should hear about outcomes for your paper by 14 September.
Short papers submitted to date include a focus on:
Problem Based Learning; Critical Thinking; Work Integrated Learning; Clinical Reasoning; Development of the research skills of Pacific People’s, refugees in Australia, English Learners in Pakistan; RSD for addressing Equity Gaps; Enhancing Maths learning and problem solving; First year transitions; Masters programs and MBAs; Integrated Online Reports; RSD Communities of Practice; Research Training; and Experiential Writing.
Some accepted short papers will be invited to submit a full paper for a Special Issue of the JUTLP. There is also a separate call for EoIs http://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/latestnews.html .
We hope to receive your submission
For the I-MELT organising committee
The organising committee of I-MELT, the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching invites you to submit short papers of 1500-2000 words by 1 July 2017 for:
- presentations of 15min + 10 Q&A, called MELT in Your Mouth
- workshops of 1.5 hours, called sMELT
- posters, with 2 minute presentations to the whole group, called Posters
MELT are the family of models, originating with the Research Skill Development framework, that have been adapted in terminology and configuration so that each are fit for purpose. See the conference website for:
Significantly over the past year, the number of MELT have increased substantially as people have come to adapt the model for their own context. So the conference is a great opportunity to submit a short paper to the Practice Stream about your emerging MELT and ts use. There will also be a Research Stream for well-designed studies of MELT implementation, as well as critiques and philosophy of MELT.
We would love to hear your MELT in Your Mouth, so consider submitting a short paper.
Assistance with Short Papers is available too.
Hope to see you at I-MELT in National Wine Centre from 11-13 December 2017.
John, for the I-MELT Organising Committee.
What does research look like? Do you know it when you see it? How is research that you do similar or different than you peers’ research? You might be able to explain it, but, can you draw it? That is a question I posed to a class of mine this spring semester. I asked them, “What does research look like?”. The students turned in drawings at the beginning of the semester. I will do the same at the end of the semester and compare drawings. There are a couple of ideas that intrigue me about this exercise. First, it really “makes thinking visible”. This is an idea that John has talked about on numerous occasions. I am able to better direct my teaching to serve students if I can “see” what they are thinking. I am also fascinated by my own preoccupation with looking at research as the published article or reading about research. Yet, for many disciplines research is audio or visual constructions. Think of the scene designer or the music composer. If you want to know what their research looks like you may very well find yourself in a theater or opera house. So, I would like those of you who are so inclined to respond to this post with your own drawing. What does research look like for you? I look forward to seeing your responses. Perhaps we can discuss your ideas when we meet in Adelaide on December 11-13 for the I-MELT Conference (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/i-melt/).
I-MELT is the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching, designed for fluid thinking about issues important to you and your students.
Conversations will be framed around the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching, and these models share broad parameters and are as varied in purpose and applications as:
I-MELT runs 11-13 December 2017 and you can now register at early bird rates.
If you are coming from overseas or interstate, I suggest booking accommodation early because it is a busy time of year. We have some good rates available from the registration page.
Short papers will be accepted from 1 May, so consider readying your practice with or research on MELT. See the website for Keynote Speakers, draft program, conference themes and registration details.
John for the I-MELT organising committee