Thank you to everyone who participated in and made the recent Student Involvement in Self Access Centers Conference in Nagoya an astounding success! It was great to see so many students talking passionately about their SACs and exchanging ideas about how to make them even better. We hope to be able to hold similar events in the future. Thanks once again to Risa and her team of students at Sugiyama Jogakuen University for a superb job in organising it all!
In order to spread the word even further and keep the conversation going about student involvement in SACs, we’d like to announce a Call for Papers for a Conference Proceedings.
This conference proceedings will be read by people who couldn’t attend the actual conference, so it’s a great opportunity to share your ideas and suggestions with people all over Japan who are interested in SACs and Learning Centres. We also hope to help authors publish their papers in respected academic journals.
Teachers/advisors/managers: please encourage your students to submit a paper for this volume!
The editors would like to suggest the 3 following kinds of paper for submission:
- a summary of your presentation content
- a conference report, giving details of the different presentations that you saw with some of your reflections
- a reflective report on your experiences at the conference – what you learned and how you would like to change and improve your SAC based on the ideas you got from the conference.
Papers should be around 750 words. The deadline is 6th May, 2013. Please send your submissions to studentconference2013ATgmail.com.
All submissions will be reviewed by the editors before publication.
We look forward to reading your submissions.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
for the JASAL Forum at JALT2013, Kobe (October 25-28, 2013)
Self-access and the lifelong voyage of learning
Self-access learning can be a lifelong endeavour, starting at any age, and continuing far beyond graduation from an institution. This process is easily likened to a voyage, with learners going in different directions and progressing at different speeds depending on a variety of environmental factors. The self-access centre can be seen as a port, with learners coming to refuel with ideas, restock with learning materials, share stories of their adventures, and possibly chart out a new direction for the future. Feel free to interpret this year’s JALT theme in any way that is relevant to you and your context.
We invite submissions on areas including, but not limited to:
- SAC layout
- Managing and administrating SACs
- Learning program design
- Integrating self-access with curriculum
- Learner involvement in self-access
- Self-access learning communities
- Learning advising/counseling
- Assessment of self-access learning
- Evaluating SACs
- Research design
- Interaction and collaboration with colleagues and administrators
Continuing on the success of last year’s event, this year’s forum will consist of short presentations followed by a poster session and open forum discussion.
Proposals should include the following:
- Format (poster or presentation)
- Name(s) of presenter(s) and affiliation(s)
- JALT membership number of all presenters, (if applicable)
- 150-200 word abstract
- 75-word summary which clearly states your topic
- Equipment you will require
Please submit your proposal to jasalorgATgmail.com by Sun, April 14, 2013. Please note that while the JALT deadline for submissions is April 21, we need time to put together our proposal. If for some reason your presentation cannot be included in the JASAL Forum, we will notify you so you can submit your proposal to the JALT conference as an individual paper before the April 21 deadline.
Please understand that depending on the number and nature of proposals we receive, we may have to ask you to change from a presentation to a poster or vice versa.
For more information on the JALT 2013 conference, please visit: http://jalt.org/conference
Thank you for those who came to the JASAL forum at JALT 2012 Hamamatsu! We had over 50 people join our forum this year! We will be updating our website with information about the Student Conference, photos of our forum, and with summary and PDFs of the presentations.