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Conference Background

The purpose of this conference is to explore innovations and best-practices in teaching and learning that have evolved out of the COVID-19 pandemic and are expected to have lasting impacts on the education sector moving forward. The conference is open to academics, students, education administrators, professionals, and industry stakeholders whose works are based on and can broaden our understanding of the conference theme: “Exploring Teaching, Learning and Administrative Excellence Beyond the Pandemic.”


Apart from the devastating impacts that COVID-19 has had on public health and social life, the pandemic has led to significant disruptions in the world of work. According to the World Health Organization (2020), millions of enterprises around the world have faced an existential threat due to COVID-19. Consequently, businesses and institutions world-wide, big and small, have had to quickly evolve and adapt measures to weather the crisis.

 

The story of the education sector has been no different- it has faced a tremendous level of disruption and has attempted to respond with flexibility and adaptability. On the one hand, millions of students at all levels of education have been forced out of classrooms, as schools and universities have cancelled in-class learning. On the other, there has been a large-scale adaptation of on-line learning as an immediate response to this crisis. As per the World Economic Forum (2020), the overall market for online education was already rapidly growing in recent times: e-tech investments in tools and services like language apps, virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools, and online learning software was US$18.7 billion in 2019 and it was expected to reach $350 billion by 2025. With the advent of the pandemic, it is expected that the surge in demand for such platforms will now grow even faster. Parallel to this evolution at the institution level, there has also been a tremendous level of adaptation at the individual and administrative level. Educators and administrators worldwide have developed and adapted new approaches and techniques to make sure that their students can properly participate and stay engaged during on-line classes, so that lessons can be effectively delivered and learning outcomes can be met.

 

While these measures taken by institutions and educators might have managed to curb some of the challenges related to education accessibility, the COVID-19 pandemic has nonetheless created and continues to create adverse impacts on student experiences, mental well-being, and expectations world-wide.1

[1] A study (Aucejo et al., 2020) done with students from a large U.S. public university found that 13% have delayed their graduation due to the pandemic. On the aspect of mental well-being, a recent online survey (Son et al., 2020) found that 71% of students reported facing increased levels of stress and anxiety due to the pandemic. 

Conference Theme

The conference seeks theoretical, empirical, and scholarly ideas which are based on and can broaden our understanding of the following sub-themes:


The Delivery of Education

  • new teaching practices, frameworks and processes developed and used by educators in response to the pandemic for effective teaching.
  • assessment of new practices in terms of effectiveness
  • challenges to diversity and inclusive teaching, and any measures taken to address these challenges.
The Administration of Education
  • overall management and changes in strategic approach at the institutional level during the pandemic
  • assessment of these measures in terms of effectiveness
  • initiatives to address challenges faced by students during the pandemic, in terms of education accessibility, mental well-being and student participation.
The Demands of Education
  • impact of the pandemic on education accessibility and learning outcomes.
  • impact of the pandemic on education completion
  • how the pandemic can impact future demand for education fields and degrees
The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to network and gain exposure to theoretical, empirical, and scholarly ideas on the issues highlighted above. Further, the conference will engage researchers and practitioners from a wide range of professional disciplines to share knowledge on approaches that are shaping the evolution of the education sector in the pandemic world and beyond.
Submissions

We call for submissions that fit within the context of the general theme. Submissions should not be previously published or accepted for publication by any publisher or organization. Extended abstracts of all submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed by members of the conference Academic Committee to ensure they meet the standards and follow the requirements. Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings providing at least one author completes registration.


The following types of submissions are accepted for review:

  • Full research papers (7000-10,000 words) are original and unpublished papers of all types of research including, qualitative and quantitative research paper, review papers, reports paper, survey research paper, experimental research papers and analytical research papers related to the conference theme. 
  • Short research papers (2000-4,000 words) might include, but are not limited to, critical literature reviews, theory building that is in the early stages of development, or new analysis methods applied to existing data.
  • Research-in-progress papers (3000-10,000 words) are welcomed. Authors with research work in progress can also take part in the conference, by submitting a paper that clarifies the purpose of the study, scope, and limitations, clear methodology, conceptual framework, hypothesis if applicable, partial, or expected results and the findings up to date.
  • Presentations (10-15 minutes) are intended to introduce something new to the audience or to persuade them of a viewpoint. All presentations must be related to the conference theme. We welcome non-academic presentations too from individuals and organisations working in the education field.
  • Digital posters enable researchers to present their research findings succinctly through a combination of text, graphics, and tables. A scientific poster is a design hybrid between an oral presentation and a manuscript; it is more detailed and interactive than an oral presentation but less than a manuscript.

We require everyone who wishes to submit their work to the conference to submit an extended abstract describing the proposed paper, work in progress, presentation, etc. The extended abstract should follow APA style 7th edition and contain a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 1500 words. Abstracts can contain figures, tables and/or images which are not included in the word count. The references are not included in the word count as well and strict adherence to the conference template of submission is encouraged.  Please submit your abstract as text within the form below AND within your attached Word or PDF document submission.

Review Process

Extended abstracts of all submissions are subject to double-blind review by two members of the conference Academic Committee for each submission to ensure they meet the standards and follow the requirements.


What Are Reviewers Looking For?

During the peer review process, reviewers look for:

·         Scope: Is the paper appropriate for the scope of this conference?

·         Novelty: Is this original material distinct from previous publications?

·         Validity: Is the study method well designed and executed?

·         Advancement: Is this a significant contribution to the field?

·         Data: Are the data collected, analyzed, and interpreted correctly and clearly?

·         Clarity: Are the references used appropriately, cited accurately, and formatted correctly?

·         Compliance: Are all ethical and publication requirements met?


If your submission meets the requirements, please submit your abstract online at http://pdgia.ca/presenter/.


Peer Review Decisions

Conference peer review occurs within a fixed window of time. All authors are notified of the peer review decision on their paper at the same time.

You may receive one of three possible decisions:

·         Accept: Your extended abstract is accepted without edits.

·         Accept with revision: Your extended abstract is accepted after you implement edits suggested by the reviewers. You will be asked to provide a revised version in given time.

·         Reject: Your paper will not be presented at the conference or published in the electronic conference proceedings to be made available shortly after the conference concludes.

Submission Templates and Guidelines

Templates for the extended abstracts and the various types of submissions may be found below:

Extended Abstract Guidelines & Structure
Research Papers Template
Digital Posters Template
Presentation Guidelines

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We call for submissions that fit within the context of the general theme Exploring Teaching, Learning and Administrative Excellence Beyond the Pandemic. Please see the detailed information in the Submissions tab above.


Submit your application by completing all of the fields below. You will see a confirmation of at the bottom of this page after you click "submit", and you will be notified of the peer review decision on July 26th, 2021.


All accepted submissions, including research papers will be presented in synchronous or asynchronous modes at the virtual conference. Interactive Questions and Answers sessions will follow each presentation. Digital poster presentation sessions and presentation of non-research papers will also be held. For more details, check the Submission Guidelines and Templates tab above. 


NOTE: PDGIA presenters who are interested to have their papers considered for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and their research aligns with the vision of the Journal of Posthumanism will be considered for publication in 2022. For more details about the journal please visit: https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/about

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