Full papers are still being accepted for the WCBL 2019 Special Issue and we have extended the publication-ready deadline to OCTOBER 1, 2019.
Submissions may be made in the following participation/presentation categories by submitting an abstract:
Note that full papers can be submitted after the conference, by October 1, 2019, for the Special Issue ofthe Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives Journal, a peer-reviewed open-access journal.
Instructions to Authors
The proceedings of WBCL 2019 will be published by IABL in the book of proceedings (with the ISBN) in the electronic format. IABL supports open access and will provide the proceedings on the association's website free of charge. Also, selected papers will be published in a Special Issue of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives Journal, a peer-reviewed open-access journal. You can submit your papers after the conference but no later than October 1, 2019.
When submitting your text for review in easychair.org, please keep the submission anonymous and do not include your name or affiliation. You will be asked for a publish-ready version of your manuscript after you have received your reviews. You are then invited to edit your submission according to the reviewers' recommendations and add your name and affiliation to the final copy. You should submit your publish-ready version as a pdf file attachment in the easychair.org system so that we can include it in the conference proceedings.
Abstracts may be submitted in the following presentation categories:
Long papers, 3500-5000 words in length, must report on original and significant work in research, development and applications with regards to one or more aspects of blended learning. Long papers will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process by an international panel and evaluated on the basis of their significance, originality and clarity of writing. The review will be based on the full text of the submitted paper or its abstract if the author(s) choose to submit an abstract only.
Short papers, 2000-3000 words in length, provide the opportunity to describe new work or work that is still in progress, relevant to one or more aspects of blended learning. Short papers will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process by an international panel and evaluated on the basis of their significance, originality and clarity of writing. The review will be based on the full text of the submitted paper or its abstract if the author(s) choose to submit an abstract only. Masters’ and doctoral students will submit short papers, based upon criteria outlined under “Student Paper Submissions” section “Student Paper Submissions” on the Graduate Student Symposium webpage.
In this category, 3-5 people present their views and arguments on a specific theme or issue related to blended learning, and then discuss them with the audience. A submission of 500 words should name the contributors and include an outline of how the session will be organized. Selection will be based on the relevance and originality of the topic, expertise and experience of the contributors, as well as the envisaged contribution that the session may have towards research or blended learning practice with regards to the selected topic.
Poster presentations must report on significant work in research, development, applications or practice with regards to one or more aspects of blended learning. Posters will consist of affixing the research poster to a portable wall with the researcher in attendance answering questions posed by passing colleagues. The display space allocated for posters will be 60 cm x 90 cm (or 2 x 3 feet). Authors should submit an abstract of 300-500 words outlining the topic and contribution of the poster.
These presentations by practitioners are aimed at sharing best practices in teaching and training in the blended learning context. Practitioners from educational, industry, government and other institutions are invited to submit 300-500 word abstracts that describe their successful practices in their classrooms. All submissions will be double blind peer-reviewed by an international review committee. All submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed by an international review committee.
These blended format presentations are delivered by presenters who cannot attend the conference in person but whose papers have been approved (in keeping with the Submission Guidelines). Each virtual presentation consists of three elements: (1) a pre-recorded video (paper presentation), (2) 10-15 minute synchronous presenter-audience chat via Skype, (3) subsequent online discussion (closed after 48 hours from the scheduled presentation unless otherwise requested by the presenter), and are moderated by on-site chairs.
Virtual presenters are required to submit their proposal (abstracts or full papers) following the same guidelines as f2f presenters. Virtual presenters can choose from the following three categories: long paper, short paper, and industry showcases/practitioners presentation. Upon approval of the paper, virtual presenters are asked to provide a video of their presentation (format: mpeg4; long paper: 30 minutes, short paper: 20 minutes, industry showcases/practitioners presentation: 20 minutes). The presentation of the video is to be followed by a 10-15 minute synchronous vidyo (www.vidyo.com) Q&A period (presenters call in at a scheduled time). In addition, presenters are encouraged to moderate a resulting online discussion (discussion forum/Twitter) for up to 48 hours after the presentation. For more details regarding the presentation delivery, go to Instructions.
All blended sessions are moderated by a session chair to ensure optimal interaction between the virtual presenter and the f2f audience.
Conference Registration: Virtual presenters are required to register for the conference at a discounted rate (go here for details). The Virtual Presenters Registration includes access to all recorded presentations, online discussions, proceedings, and complimentary one-year IABL membership.
For any problems with the templates, please contact the organizers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*Only those papers whose copyright forms have been submitted and approved will be printed or distributed. The rest may not be published by IABL.
All presenters are required to register for the conference. Please note that there is no discount or fee waiver for speakers. We have set conference fees as low as possible to ensure that all participants can afford to attend, therefore, no additional discounts are possible.