DEMONSTRATION – 45 minutes
Rather than describing or discussing, a demonstration shows a technique for teaching or testing. Normally the presenter’s statement of the theory underlying the technique takes no more than five minutes. The rest of the time is used for showing, rather than telling. The abstract should include a brief statement of the presenter’s central purpose and a description of what will be demonstrated (e.g. role playing) and how it will be done (e.g. some of the audience participating as students or an unrehearsed lesson with actual students).
WORKSHOP – 1 hour 30 minutes.
In a workshop, one or more leaders work with a group, helping them either to solve a problem or to develop specific teaching or research techniques. There is very little lecturing by the leader (s), the emphasis is, rather, on the participant’s activity which is carefully structured by the leader(s).
The abstract should include a statement of the workshop’s goal, a summary of the theoretical framework, and a precise description of the tasks to be performed during the workshop.
RESEARCH PAPERS – 45 minutes.
A research paper summary reports original research. It includes the research issue, the underlying theoretical framework, a description of the methodological tradition in which the study was conducted and research hypotheses or questions. It describes participants and research context and reports data collection and analysis procedures. Results of the study should not be overly interpreted or generalized, causal inferences should be cautiously made and results obtained in the study should be linked to the original hypotheses. If necessary, implications and any limitations of the study should be included.
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION – 1 hour 30 minutes
A roundtable discussion presents an opportunity for an informal, in-depth discussion between presenters and attendees on a specific topic. It is particularly well suited for works-in-progress and is not meant to be a formal paper presentation. A roundtable discussion will be held with several sessions taking place at the same time at different tables (rooms). Each table will be organized around a certain topic. Two to four presenters will collaborate on submitting an abstract for a single roundtable discussion. Each roundtable presenter will spend no longer than 8 minutes speaking on his/her topic. The purpose is not to present on a finished project but rather to address a topic in such a way as to engender whole-group discussion.
Presenters will deliver their talks in turn, after which they will engage in extended discussion with the other attendees at the table. The advantage of roundtable sessions is that they allow for stimulating conversations and networking opportunities among participants on shared research interests. There will be no roundtable session chairs. Presenters at a table will be responsible for facilitating the session together.
A poster session allows for informal discussion with participants during the time that a self-explanatory exhibit is presented on a large display board (Dimensions: 1.50 x 1m.); it includes a title, the name and institutional affiliation of the presenter (s), and a brief text with clearly labeled photos, drawings, graphs, or charts. Presenters must be available for discussion. The hour before the session is reserved for setting up the exhibit and the hour after for its dismantling. The abstract should state the main objective of the presentation whether it is an experience, an on-going project, or a theory the presenters wish to share.