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Making Connections

Bringing together e-learning and retention research conference



The Call for Participation is now closed.


This conference stems from the Higher Education Academy funded project “Making Connections: using e-learning tracking information to improve retention rates in higher education” and aims to bring together current research in the topical areas of e-learning and student retention.

We are seeking abstracts for papers, workshops, group panels and posters which address the following themes:
  • E-learning and new technologies
  • Student retention and progression
  • Innovative approaches to supporting students using e-learning

Submissions can be for any one of the following categories:



  • Paper session

All paper sessions will be paired up with a paper of the same theme allowing 15 minutes each for the presentation of each paper and a further 15 minutes for questions and answers to both papers at the end.


  • Workshop

Workshop sessions are expected to be scheduled for 45 minutes and we are particularly interested in those workshops actively engaging participants and sharing good practice.


  • Panel session

Group panel sessions will typically include 3-5 people (including the chair), presenting their views on a common theme or question. The Panel must present an opportunity for the audience to hear well reasoned arguments and discussions about topics seen from a variety of viewpoints.Panels must include the audience participation and therefore should allocate at least 50% of their time for this. Ideally, panelists would not represent the same institution or research project.



  • Posters

Posters will be on display in the main conference room for the duration of the conference.




Deadline for abstract submissions (maximum 400 words) is Friday 1st August 2008. Please send all submissions to Karen Ridout at k.ridout@mdx.ac.uk

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and lead authors will be notified within 2 weeks of the deadline date.