Guidelines for Presenters - The 7th Annual Conference of The Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education - Research and practice in moral education: reflection, dialogue, interaction - College of Education, National Chung Chen University, Chiayi, Taiwan, 15-17 June, 2012

Guidelines for Presenters

Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 March 2012

Proposal Submission E-mail:

Registration Requirement

All presenters must register and pay the appropriate conference fee by the early registration deadline date of 10 April 2012. If you do not register by 10 April 2012, and do not inform the Chair of the Programme Committee of your inability to register by this date, your abstract may be withdrawn from the Conference Programme.

General Guidelines

  • Please remember that there are likely to be colleagues in your audience whose first language is not English and from cultures different from your own. When compiling and delivering your presentation, make it as clear and accessible as possible.
  • Presenters are required to check their equipment (e.g. PowerPoint file, laptop if bringing one, A/V, etc.) in the Speakers' Room before the session to ensure it will work. Session chairs will keep each speaker to the allotted time. Time lost in setting up equipment will be deducted from the speaker's presentation time.
  • Speakers are advised to bring a hard copy of their presentation, as back-up in the unexpected event of equipment failure.
  • Please bring at least 10 copies of a one-page summary of your paper as a handout for your audience.
  • Please note, although there is Internet access in the meeting rooms, access to certain websites may be restricted.
  • In making your presentation, cover the same material as reported in the abstract.
  • Give an opening statement to acquaint the audience with the nature and purpose of the study.
  • If you are presenting an empirical study, please allocate enough time to describe the results of the study. State the results simply and clearly so that significant facts can be readily identified. A visual display of the statistical analyses and outcomes may be helpful.
  • Please be sure to be present in the session room for the 30 minute discussion period at the end of the session.
  • Each session room will be equipped with a laptop computer, an LCD projector and a screen. All computer presentations will be operated by the presenter.
  • If you wish to use your own laptop for the presentation, please check, well before the session starts, that the connection between the LCD projector and your laptop works.
  • If you need audio amplification in your presentation (e.g. with video clips) then you must let the organisers know when you register and we shall try to provide this.
PowerPoint Slide Presentation
  • Please bring your presentation file on a USB Storage Device and, unless using your own laptop, move it onto the laptop supplied in the room prior to the session.
  • Please save your file in a version which can be opened in Microsoft Office 2007 and XP. Also, we only supply fonts that are included with Office 2007. If you need a specialised font, it should be embedded into your PowerPoint presentation.
PowerPoint Slide Presentation
  • All laptops supplied will contain a Windows Media Player. Please save your video clips in Windows Media Video (WMV) format on a USB Storage Device together with the presentation file.
  • The session rooms are not equipped with DVD and VHS players. Please convert video files (DVD or VHS formats) to WMVs so that you can play them on the computers.
  • Do not rely on being able to use You Tube via the Internet.

Guidelines for Paper Presentations

The Programme Committee will normally put paper presentations together in groups of three, in a 90-minute slot.
  • Each presenter will be allowed 20 minutes presentation time. The session chair appointed by the Programme Committee will hold you to this time. It is advisable to rehearse your presentation prior to the meeting to ascertain that the time is not exceeded. There will be discussion time after all the presentations.

Guidelines for Symposium Presentations

Symposia will be allotted a total of 90 minutes, to include presentations and discussion time.

  • Symposium organisers will decide on the overall structure of the symposium and should nominate a member of the symposium as chair to oversee the running of the symposium.

Guidelines for Roundtables

Roundtables will normally be allotted one hour and may be either formal or informal.

In both cases, it is suggested that a roundtable comprises no more than 10 persons with two persons acting as discussants and one as chair who will oversee the running of the roundtable. A possible structure might be that the theme for the roundtable is introduced by one discussant (for about 5 minutes) providing a view on the theme, followed by the second discussant providing an alternative view. Roundtable discussion would then follow.

Formal Roundtables will normally be accommodated in the main conference programme and will be conducted in English. Conference participants who are not part of the roundtable discussion may observe if they wish.

Informal Roundtables will take place outside the main conference programme, at lunchtime or in the evenings. These may be conducted in languages other than English. Conference participants who are not part of the roundtable discussion may observe if they wish. The roundtable chair may provide minimum translation to assist observers, if it is felt necessary.

Guidelines for Poster Presentations

Available poster space is 90(cm) wide and 120(cm) high. Pushpins will be available to assist with the mounting.

Some tips for an effective poster include:
  • minimise words
  • use graphs, charts, tables as a tool for communicating ideas
  • make it colourful
  • be sure the text is in large font
  • be sure the contents have a logical flow
  • layout and headings must be visually stimulating
  • be organised: the design of the poster and the style of delivery must be organised in order to be effective
  • practise presenting your poster and prepare a brief script of one or two paragraphs and also a succinct one-sentence summary of the key message or theme to interest people and for them to take away
  • think about having a postcard summary of your poster for people to take with them.
Criteria for Poster Award

Does it convey the main idea of the research project?
Does it capture the attention of the reader/viewer?
[Maximum length 15 words]

Is the research problem/topic/question clearly stated and explained?
Is there an appropriate minimum of background information, definitions of terminology, and placing within published, primary literature, to give context to the research question/s or philosophical problem/s?
Is the justification of the research design clear and concise?
[Maximum length approximately 200 words.]

Is the description of the research design, either quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, or philosophical, clear and concise?
Are figures, tables, flow charts, diagrams, and/or pictures used effectively and efficiently to illustrate the research design?
[Maximum length approximately 200 words.]

Is the description of the analysis approach clear and concise?
Are the main points, or the position taken, in the analysis clearly identified and readily connected to the findings of the research process?
[Maximum length approximately 200 words]

Are the research questions answered or the position defended in a clear and concise way?
Is the discussion of the research work related back to the published, primary literature?
Is the research work's relevance to the conference themes and possible future research clearly indicated?
[Maximum length approximately 200 words.]

Literature Cited
Is the chosen formatting style consistently adhered to?
Are significant journal articles referred to?
[Maximum length 10 citations.]

Layout and Presentation
Is there appropriate use of words and is the text in large easily legible font?
Are graphs, charts, pictures, and/or tables used as a tool for communicating ideas and is the poster colourful?
Do the contents have a logical flow and are the layout and headings visually stimulating?
Is the design and style of delivery organised for effectiveness?
Did the poster presenter have an effective and short spoken brief and was the presenter able to engage in open dialogue about the research?