What are Paper Groups?
ISfTE seminars are quite different from traditional conferences where presenters typically present in 15-20 minute timeslots and attend scheduled presentations. At ISfTE, seminar participants are placed into Paper Groups with colleagues from around the world. Members of the paper group remain together and participate in informed discussions for the duration of the conference.
Paper groups are comprised of approximately 8-10 paper presenters. Groups normally are structured around common interests/focus areas.
The purpose of the paper group format is to promote international dialogue and cross-cultural research. The atmosphere is collegial and informal, with considerable time for informed and critical feedback on ideas, practices, and research.
Each participant is expected to bring 20 copies of their written paper to the conference. These papers will be distributed among paper group members on the first day of the conference. Time will be allocated for private reading prior to group discussion of papers.
Paper Length: maximum 3500 words.
Papers may take a variety of forms (e.g. report on research findings, outline of work in progress, position paper).
Length of Presentation: Papers are allocated approximately 30-45 minutes for discussion and constructive dialogue and feedback.
Paper group members review colleagues’ papers in advance of seminar sessions. The focus of paper group discussions often relates to conceptual ideas, research methodologies, and educational implications.