Invitation to Submit

On behalf of the Program Committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 27th ISANA International Education Association Conference being held at Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand, 6th to 9th December 2016.

All submissions will undergo a peer review process by the Program Committee. The Program Committee will allocate accepted submissions to the program, taking into account the quality of each abstract, the balance of the program and the relevance to the overall conference theme: Evidence Based Practice in International Education Services.

This conference seeks to explore evidence based practice in international education services by looking at the following;

  1. Improved methodologies and ways for Practitioners to get student feedback
  2. Improved methodologies and ways for Practitioners to monitor outcomes and evaluate impacts of their programs
  3. Designing policies and practice based on collected evidence from the coal face
  4. Case studies in holistic approaches to using evidence to improve systems of support (including the use of learning management systems and student records)
  5. The use of learning analytics in understanding the needs of students.

Abstract submission is now closed and review is underway.  Late submissions may be considered by the review committee.  Please email them to

25th July 2016

Abstract acceptance emailed.  Full papers requested for Refereed submissions

7th September 2016

Non-Refereed Presenters Registration Due
Refereed Full Papers Due

21st September 2016

Early Bird Registration Closes

27th October 2016

Refereed Paper Acceptance Notified

11th October 2016

Refereed Presenters Registration Due

Presentation Formats

While you will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation format, the program committee may request an alternative format be considered. The committee will allocate presentations to the program taking into account the preference of authors and the balance of the program.

Refereed Paper

(abstract, full paper and oral presentation 25-30 minutes including questions)

A refereed paper is one that is considered of publishable standard by one’s peers in the field of study. This format is mostly relevant to Academics and Researchers. The process of refereeing involves sending the full paper to Academics and Researchers in the field with experience who check carefully the research methodology, results and conclusion. In other words, these papers are research based and expected to be of a very high standard.

For academics, researchers and students submitting this format, an abstract is submitted first, prior to request for a full paper. The full paper will then be subjected to the double-blind refereeing process. The final paper will only be accepted when the referees and editors are satisfied with the quality and standard of the academic paper.

Full paper maximum of 8000 words. Abstract is NOT included in this word count.  All accepted full papers will be featured in the journal Transitions.

Non-Refereed Workshop

(abstract and interactive workshop 60-90 minutes including questions)

A workshop with a theme emphasising practical solutions. We are hoping to get people who wish to teach others some skills and pass on knowledge and practical steps they have taken to improve their services and/or improve the experience of the students. Workshops should involve a significant degree of participation from those in attendance. It is not meant to be a 1.5 hour lecture.

Non-Refereed Paper

(abstract, full paper and oral presentation 25-30 minutes including questions)

These will not go through the referee process, yet are expected to be of relevance to the theme of the conference and of interest to the participants. An editorial team will judge if and how they can fit into the program.


(one PowerPoint slide designed using the provided template, to be displayed on screens in the catering area and on the conference app)

Electronic posters will be prepared in PowerPoint and displayed during the conference on a number of monitors. The posters will rotate automatically and each poster will be shown for one minute. Delegates will be able to pause individual posters to view them in more detail. There will also be an index to allow delegates to find an individual poster.

ePoster authors are required to submit an abstract about their topic. If accepted they will be provided with the ePoster PowerPoint template and instructions for display.

Doctoral Consortium

(abstract, full paper and oral presentation 25-30 minutes including questions)

A Doctoral Consortium for PhD and other doctoral candidates will be held on Day 3 of the conference. The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for research students who are in the early to mid phases of their doctoral dissertation work. The purpose of the Consortium is for students to present their research project ideas and to receive feedback from other experts and practitioners in international education. We expect all Doctoral Consortium papers to be refereed (see refereed paper).

The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide a forum for postgraduate students to:

  • engage with other students and researchers in international education;
  • provide an opportunity for participants to publish a peer-reviewed paper;
  • receive feedback and general suggestions in a constructive and engaging manner;
  • provide an opportunity for networking with others who work in similar areas;
  • connect with a community of researchers in international education;

Those who wish to participate in the Doctoral Consortium will need to submit an initial abstract by 29th June 2016 through the Presenters Portal of the website. If accepted they will then be invited to submit a full paper.

Full paper maximum of 8000 words. Abstract is NOT included in this word count.  All accepted full papers will be featured in the journal Transitions.

How to Submit

Abstract submissions are due by Wednesday 29th June 2016 and can be submitted via the presentation portal on this website.

Abstracts should be prepared using the template provide (*.doc) and should not exceed 500 words.  Save your file to your computer with the last and first name of the submitting author for the file name (Lastname-Firstname).

Authors will be notified of the status of their abstracts by Wednesday 24th August 2016.

Refereed Paper Submissions are required to submit an abstract initially and if accepted they will then be invited to submit a full paper by 7th September.  Reviewers will advise of edits required before final acceptance into the conference program.

Review Process

The Program Committee will review all submitted abstracts.

As there are limited places for oral presentations some abstracts submitted for oral presentation may be offered posters. Authors in these cases will be advised and asked to confirm whether they wish to present an ePoster.

Review of Papers

Papers will be externally reviewed to meet the requirements of a refereed conference paper (E1. Full written conference paper – refereed) as specified by The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE).

Presenters Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

At the time of the Conference


  • Session Chair Guidelines
  • Presenter Guidelines

Audiovisual Equipment

Each session room will be equipped for the presentation of PowerPoint slides and include a data projector, computer with external speakers, lectern and microphone.

Presentation Files

Presenters will take their Power Point slides to the meeting on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load your presentation.

Video and audio clips should be embedded in your Power Point slides rather than linking to external files.

All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.