The program for 2012 features eminent international and national speakers, optional pre-conference workshops for professional development, and presentations that cover a broad range of research pertinent to the tertiary education sector.
A highlight of this year’s program will be a panel discussion with leading experts who will discuss the notion of quality research. Delegates will be given the opportunity to air their thoughts and ideas at this session.
The final program is now available.
There will be a $95.00 fee to attend the workshops, which includes lunch.
Please book for the pre-conference workshops when registering for the conference.
Overview of workshops:
Problem? What problem? Refining your research question
Presented by Michelle Circelli and John Stanwick, NCVER
Good research questions are critical to the success of a project. This workshop will provide tips on how to develop and refine a research question. You will also gain an insight into the experience of a recent NCVER Community of Practice participant in developing their research questions and undertaking the project.
Man eats dog: what the media want.
Presented by Francesca Beddie and Anna Payton, NCVER and Lauren Novak, Journalist, Advertiser/Sunday Mail
The workshop is to help researchers identify and select from their research topics that would interest a broader audience, and to learn the basic journalistic skills to prepare that work for publication in newspapers and magazines, both print and online.
Making sense of all these statistics: A practical guide to using NCVER resources
Presented by Alison Anlezark, NCVER
NCVER collects a wealth of statistics and research on education and training, but how can they help you?
This session will be in two parts. In the first, Alison will provide an overview of NCVER’s statistical and research resources, explaining the depth and breadth of NCVER’s survey, administrative and research resources. In the second, Alison will guide participants through real life scenarios to demonstrate how this material can be useful to policy makers and practitioners.
Build Better Surveys with IBM SPSS Data Collection - capture feedback from students and other clients via online, telephone or paper-based surveys.
Presented by Karen Hardie, IBM
In this demonstration, we will cover:
· Why feedback is an essential part of business today
· How technology can be used to significantly improve the student/client experience
· How to develop high quality surveys quickly and deploy them in the format most desired by your respondents (Web, paper, phone)
· Centralise the data collection process to simplify results analysis and communicate key findings to all stakeholders
· How to incorporate attitudinal research in models to improve their accuracy.
You’ve decided on your research question, now what? How to find relevant information
Presented by NCVER Information and Library Services Team
This hands-on workshop will take participants through identifying appropriate resources, defining and refining a search strategy, and working with search results. It will focus primarily on how to access published research using NCVER resources including VOCEDplus, the comprehensive international tertiary education research database which has specific features designed to save researchers time and effort. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own research question as time will be provided to consult with NCVER’s information specialists.
Getting to know Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY)
Presented by Patrick Lim and Sinan Gemici, NCVER
NCVER is running a workshop to introduce participants to the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY).
The workshop will increase participants’ awareness and understanding of the range of information available from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth research program.
Through practical hands-on navigation of the LSAY website, participants will work through realistic examples to provide guidance on how to locate and use research and statistics relating to youth transitions.
Understanding the changes under the Streamlined Design Model and the impact on training providers and the workplace
Presented by Rosalie Staggard, IBSA
Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) will offer an information session to inform participants of the changes, currently in progress, to the format and content of training packages in response to training provider and industry needs.
Inclusive Teaching Practices Moodle
Presented by Stephen Goldberg, TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute
This workshop will engage participants in a new resource called “The Inclusive Teaching Practices Moodle” developed by TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute for VET teachers and practitioners.This online resource is packed with interactive activities, tips, policy information and case studies.
Call for papers and presentations
Research can help influence policy and practice and ensure a better education and training system for all people living in Australia.
NCVER invites practitioners and researchers to share their research and knowledge at the 21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference.
NCVER seeks presentations that rely on sound evidence-based research rather than descriptive or opinion-based work.
This can be presented in one of the following ways:
Professional development workshops
Pre-conference workshops will run concurrently on Wednesday 11 July.
The workshops should be interactive and engaging and consist of topics that focus on professional development for researchers and VET practitioners.
We invite proposals for a 60 or 90 minute workshop. Submissions must outline the objective, scope and format of the workshop and be written concisely.
If you would like to run an online workshop, computer labs are available.
We are looking for informative, relevant and thought-provoking presentations on research in progress, as well as completed work. We encourage formats that engage the audience.
As part of NCVER’s commitment to building research capacity in the VET sector, we strongly encourage early career VET researchers or established researchers new to the VET sector to present.
Please see below for abstract guidelines.
For the first time, we are offering refereed papers to be part of the program in addition to standard presentations.
Following submission of your abstract, successful applicants will be required to submit a paper for peer-review by two independent referees and have your paper considered for publishing in a book of conference proceedings.
Please follow these guidelines when submitting a proposal for a PD workshop or an abstract for a standard presentation or refereed paper:
Abstracts that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.
Limited presentation sessions available.
How to submit an abstract?
Please submit your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 February 2012.
For queries about submission of abstracts, please contact:
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Phone: 08 8230 8661
Close of abstract & proposal submissions > 10 February 2012
Notification of abstracts accepted > March 2012
Submission of refereed papers for peer review > 18 April 2012
Last date for PowerPoint presentation > 29 June 2012
Please ensure you have read all instructions before submitting your abstract
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Registration is full. However, there are still some places available for the pre-conference workshops and conference dinner. If interested in attending these events or to be placed on a waiting list to attend the conference, please email email@example.com.
‘No Frills’ is free to attend (i.e. no registration fee), however there is a fee to attend the optional pre-conference workshops, networking events, conference dinner and general conference catering.
There is also a cost to attend the Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ2) – Live Debate on Wednesday 11 July 2012 which has been timed to coincide with the 21st anniversary conference.
Sponsorship & Exhibition Enquiries
For the first time at ‘No Frills’, we are offering sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.
Sponsoring the conference will provide your organisation with an excellent opportunity to showcase your products and services through a range of networking opportunities and gain access to a diverse range of contacts through the VET network.
A range of sponsorship and exhibition packages have been developed for the 21st anniversary event and are outlined below.
Packages can also be tailored to suit your needs and budget. If you wish to discuss further opportunities, please contact June Ingham at NCVER on 08 8230 8491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.