Virginia Region Interdisciplinary Academic Conference (VRIAC) Presents:
"Educating Adult & Non-Traditional
Learners for Excellence & Career Success"
Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
DoubleTree/Hilton Norfolk Conference Center
Call for Abstracts-Due by Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
The Virginia Region Interdisciplinary Academic Conference committee is accepting abstracts for consideration as a presenter or poster session exhibitor at the 2018 conference.
The Virginia Region Interdisciplinary Academic Conference (VRIAC) is accepting proposals for the 2018 conference. The theme this year will be “Educating Adult and Non-Traditional Learners for Excellence and Career Success.”
TIn keeping with the theme, we are issuing a Call for Abstracts with the focus on educational strategies to assist adult and non-traditional learners with success in and beyond the classroom. Abstracts should reflect innovative and creative strategies to enhance student learning and engagement.
VRIAC attendees are grouped into three categories:
- Other professionals and community stakeholders
The VRIAC invites proposals for one of four tracks:
Track 1: Teaching and Technology – Presentations in this track will focus on research and best practices which show how to integrate technology with teaching adult and non-traditional learners in higher education for academic and professional development and career success.
Track 2: Pedagogy and Andragogy Efficacy – This track will concentrate on the effectiveness of traditional pedagogical and adult learning theories, practices, and instruction for adult learner achievement both in and beyond the classroom.
Track 3: Alternative Teaching Methods – This track will include research and best practices on alternative teaching methods which include, but are not limited to, performance-based learning, project-based learning, case-based learning, formal and informal learning, micro-learning, and learning on the job.
Track 4: Developing Lifelong Learners, Scholars, and Career Professionals – This track will focus on developing lifelong learners, scholars, and professionals through strategies including, but not limited to, self-efficacy, independent formal and informal learning and training, peer-to-peer and team learning, and corporate education and training.
Submission of an abstract to the selection committee does not guarantee a position on the list of presenters or poster exhibitors.
Competitive abstracts will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Abstracts should not exceed 500 typewritten words, double-spaced and must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) format. Abstracts should include the title of the paper, authors’ names, objective of the research, methodology, and importance of the research. Author identification, including a complete mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number, should appear only on the cover page. Authors should not identify themselves elsewhere in the proposal. Please state on the cover page: “Proposal for the 2018 VRIAC Conference.” The non-refundable conference fee is due within two weeks of notification of acceptance.
Authors will present their abstracts at the March 17, 2018 VRIAC Conference at the DoubleTree/Hilton Norfolk Conference Center, 1500 N. Military Hwy, Norfolk, Virginia 23502. Presenters will have 15-20 minutes, including time for Questions & Answers, to present their papers. The conference will facilitate a friendly forum for presenters to bounce ideas and gain constructive feedback that can then be used to enhance the paper for publication.
The Committee also invites proposals for individual poster presentations. The deadline for submitting abstracts for poster presentations is February 15, 2018. The Committee welcomes student poster presentations reflecting topics which explore the interests and concerns of adult and nontraditional learners. In addition, adult and nontraditional learners are especially encouraged to submit posters summarizing their own research demonstrating excellence in any academic venture of their choosing.
Abstracts should include the title of the paper, authors’ names, objective of the research, and importance of the research. Author identification, including a complete mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number, should appear only on the cover page. Authors should not identify themselves elsewhere in the proposal. Please state on the cover page: “Poster Proposal for the 2018 VRIAC Conference.” The non-refundable conference fee is due within two weeks of notification of acceptance.
Posters should display relevant objectives, theory, methods, results, and conclusions in a way that is accessible (readable from a distance of six feet) and visually appealing. Posters should not exceed 30” X 40”. Easels will be provided.
Submit all proposals to this email address: SaintLeoVAConference@saintleo.edu
To ensure your proposal will be reviewed expeditiously, please use the email subject: “SLU VA Proposal.”
DoubleTree/Hilton Norfolk Conference Center
1500 N. Military Hwy.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Submit all questions and abstracts: SaintLeoVAConference@saintleo.edu