Conference 2019 Guidelines for presenters

Please read the guidelines below then submit your proposal here.

Selection criteria for 2019 conference proposals

The review panel will expect your abstract to show how your session:

  • Includes up-to-date content that shares research and/or practical experience in the field of learning development
  • Highlights initiatives that illustrate best practice and address challenges in the field of learning development
  • Supports the development of new materials, resources, and approaches to learning development
  • Is likely to elicit a good level of interest
  • Is complete, accurate, and clear
  • Has clearly defined take-aways for participants


Choosing a session type

There are five ways you can present at ALDinHE 2019:

(some text has been adapted from SEDA guidelines


60 minute interactive workshops
250 word abstract + session plan

Is your topic comprehensive enough to fill a 60 minute session? Are there enough and opportunities for active involvement of participants?

How will you make it interactive and engage participants? Think about what the objective is and make sure your abstract shows how you are going to achieve it.

Workshops should provide participants with a tangible take-away of information; this doesn’t have to be paper based, it can be an idea, an inspiration, or an action point.


30 minute paper presentation
250 word abstract

A paper presentation can be used to present the findings of some research that you have been working on. Many people engaged in research take the opportunity of presenting papers at a conference as a preliminary to getting a full piece of work published, but that isn’t always the case.

Abstracts for conference papers should meet the review criteria and the conference themes. The review panel will want to know what is important about your research and why delegates will be interested. The ALDinHE conference has a strong practice orientation so reviewers and delegates will want to know ‘what is the value of your findings and can it be used to inform practice?’

If you are not engaged in research activity, you can use the paper presentation format to report on interesting examples of practice or developments in service provision.

Please note, the 30-minute session should include 10 – 15 minutes discussion time.


Lightning talks

100 word topic outline

These are quick short presentations delivered in a Pecha Kucha style. This style of conference session has been introduced in the last few years and proven very popular. Presentations have to be delivered within a five minute time period, with questions and discussion taking place after all the presenters have finished.

If you are interested in presenting a short lightning talk at the conference, the abstract should make it clear that your topic can be delivered in such a clear and concise way.


Poster presentation
100 word topic outline

If you haven’t created a poster before (experienced colleagues very welcome too), this is an ideal opportunity to submit a poster proposal. The possibilities are wide open and we would like to see poster proposals that show:

  • Particular aspects of your work – solo or team – that you are especially enthusiastic about, and want to share
  • Projects or initiatives where you would like to share ideas and get feedback
  • Research, including accounts of research in progress
  • Presentations about themes or concepts that you are exploring
  • Student development or staff development, in the context of student learning development
  • Student perspectives, including posters by students about their experience of student learning development
  • Any aspect of your work where you are keen to share ideas and build links with colleagues at other universities or colleges.

Poster presenters are invited to be on hand during Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes to discuss their poster with delegates.


Resource swap shop
100 word outline

This will take place on the Monday afternoon and is designed to be an informal opportunity for practitioners to share Learning Development resources.. You are invited to bring a favourite resource you have discovered or created yourself. You will briefly introduce your resource and outline how you use it and why it is particularly effective.


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