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Celebrating Higher Education Symposium
November 14-15, 2018

Higher education is rapidly changing, and while we often focus on new challenges, we rarely spend time exploring and celebrating its promise, possibilities, and achievements. The University of Otago is unique in New Zealand in having an academic department committed to the advancement of Higher Education research, teaching, and academic development, namely the Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC). This year marks the HEDC’s 40th anniversary, and we invite you to join us for a Symposium celebrating all aspects of higher education.

An anniversary is an opportune time to reflect on the past, grapple with the present, and envision new futures. We welcome conference abstracts on any aspect of higher education, and at any scale: individual, departmental, divisional, institutional, national, or international. Proposed abstracts will share empirical or conceptual research, and/or examples of best practice relating to teaching, learning, research, or academic work more broadly.
Our intent is that you will leave the Symposium feeling reinvigorated and reconnected with ideas that will enhance your academic practice.

We invite you to consider the following questions when developing proposals:
• What is the purpose of higher education?
• How has higher education changed over time?
• What does it mean to be an academic, teacher, and/or researcher in higher education?
• What can higher education offer that is unique and important in our current context (local, national, international), and our current time?
• What kind of higher education might be needed for/in the future?
• Who is the university for? How has this changed over time?
• Who is currently included/excluded in higher education, and how might we change that?
• What does a ‘good university’ look like?
• What kind of university do we want to create?
• What principles, theories, opinions, and/or values underpin our current practices?
• Where did these originate? What are their strengths and weaknesses?

Session Formats

We invite abstracts for conceptual, research and/or practice-based sessions. There are three options for session formats. All sessions should include an interactive element.
• Presentations: 25 minutes, including 10 minutes of discussion
• Workshops: 55 minutes
• Panel sessions: 55 minutes

Abstract length: 300 words, not including references

Important Dates

• Late July 2018: Proposal submission system and registration open (links will be available through the Symposium website)
• September 4, 2018: Proposal submission deadline
• Late September 2018: Notification of proposal acceptance
• October 31st: Registration deadline
• November 14-15, 2018: Symposium

Proposal selection criteria

• Deepens understanding/awareness of issues related to higher education teaching, learning, administration, or research
• Proposal ideas situated within relevant literature or practice-based evidence
• Relevant to people across disciplines
• Clarity of intended session objectives/learning outcomes
• Appropriate engagement of Symposium participants
• Overall clarity of proposal
(Please note that we may not be able to accept all proposals).