SIG 1 & 4 JOINT CONFERENCE 2020
22-25 June 2020
Exploring research synergies to learn from each other
By bringing together two long-standing EARLI special interest groups SIG 1 “Assessment and Evaluation” and SIG 4 “Higher Education”, the “Joint SIG1 & SIG4 Conference 2020” provides an opportunity to initiate, foster and consolidate synergies and collaborations in research areas present in both communities.
The two communities represent a variety of research interests:
- SIG 1 Assessment and Evaluation: Research with a thematic focus on classroom assessment, largescale assessment and program evaluation at all levels of education (from kindergarten to higher education).
- SIG 4 Higher Education: Research with a contextual focus on higher education that covers various themes related to learning and instruction as well as academic development.
We invite scholars to share their research at our joint conference and to enjoy the special program aimed at encouraging interactions between the two communities and productive discussions within each community. During the conference, a special program track will be dedicated to those contributions that are at the intersection of assessment/evaluation and higher education and thus highlight potential research synergies. We also invite researchers who are interested in assessment topics outside of higher education and scholars studying other phenomena than assessment in higher education to share their research during the Sig-specific session tracks.
We hope the conference opens new perspectives to each other’s research. In addition, the new session format of “collaborative spaces”, which was successfully introduced during the last SIG 4 conference in 2018, will be incorporated in our schedule. This format aims at creating a platform for exchanging ideas with the potential to explore new research directions and possible collaborations both within and between the two communities. We are convinced that the complementing strengths of both communities provide a great opportunity to expand our horizons and to learn from each other.
The program is under construction and will be published here later on.
The conference will include the following conference formats, all of which are designed to trigger deep conversations between participants.
Paper presentations: Paper sessions are oral presentations of three to four papers followed by a discussion with the audience. Each presenter is given 15 to 20 minutes to present a clear argument. The word limit for paper proposals is 750 words.
Symposia: Symposia present research on one topic or theme, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion. Symposium sessions consist of 3-4 oral paper presentations and the discussant’s contribution. The proposal for each paper and a general description of the symposium are required. The word limit for each document is 750 words. Symposia are directed by a chairperson who should be one of the presenters. In symposia participants should come from at least two different countries. Please note that every participant must register individually.
Guided Poster presentations: Poster sessions involve a number of posters, which visually present current research. Each presenter is given three minutes for a short oral presentation, followed by an in-depth discussion with the audience. Each poster should be fixed to a (soft) presentation board for a maximum size of format A0 (84 x 119 cm; push pins will be provided). The word limit for a submission as poster presentation is 750 words.
Collaborative space: The 1.5-to-2-hour “collaborative space” is a session in which a maximum of 30 participants (excluding the organizers) discuss their ongoing or future research projects with the goal of establishing or strengthening research collaborations. This may include collaborations about constructs that researchers use, but also about methodologies or a specific content area.
The submission for a collaborative space should include the main content area for which collaboration shall be established or deepened. Organizers are asked to explain why this area may provide new or interesting insights. They should add possible research questions as well as the planned or preliminary outcomes of the collaboration which can be addressed by the collaborators. The word limit for “collaborative space” submissions is 750 words.
The structure of a collaborative-space session should be as follows:
- Session organizers present themselves and their current ideas (which they submitted to the conference) in max. 20 minutes (possibly supported by printouts). These presentations should include the following items:
- goal of project ideas (e.g., grant submission, publication),
- topic area,
- (likely) research methods,
- planned outcomes.
- Participants split up into several subgroups with each at least one facilitator, based on their interests. This phase may take from 30 to 60 minutes (depending on the total time frame). In each subgroup, participants present themselves and their current ideas (if applicable) very shortly; an in-depth discussion of collaboration possibilities follows.
- The last 30 minutes of the session is used for bringing together the ideas discussed in the subgroups. Session organizers will present their view in a short wrap-up (max. 15 minutes), followed by a final plenary discussion. In the subgroup phase, it is of paramount importance that participants (other than the organizers) are motivated to express and (further) develop own (and collaborative) research ideas.
JURE feedback session: For JURE members the opportunity is provided to submit a proposal and questions for a feedback session supervised by senior researchers. These proposals will be reviewed differently than the other conference formats. More information can be found in the JURE section on this website.
The following criteria apply to single paper, symposium and poster submissions:
- Relevance to the domain of SIG1 / SIG4 or the synergy between SIG1 & SIG4
- Overall quality and scientific originality
- Significance for theory, practice and policy
- Theoretical framework
- Research method and design
- Clarity of (preliminary) results, discussion and conclusions
The following criteria apply to collaborative space submissions:
- Goal of project idea is clear (e.g., grant submission, publication)
- Topic area is made explicit
- (Potential) research methods are mentioned
- Planned outcomes described
- Proposed interactivity in line with submission guidelines
The submission is open from 18 October 2019. Please submit your proposal (max. 750 words for each contribution) via the conference system at https://conference.earli.org/
Log in with your existing EARLI credentials, and click the green ‘new submission’ button in your EARLI user dashboard. Select the ‘SIG 1 + 4 Conference 2020‘, and the submission type you wish to submit. All submitters and presenters will need an active EARLI account. Should you not have an EARLI account yet, you can easily create one (free of charge) at https://conference.earli.org/create-account
Please note: You can be listed max. 2 times as presenting author and max. 1 time as discussant. All submissions should be done completely anonymously, to ensure a fair review process. Please do not include your name in your submission
1. JURE feedback session:
During the SIG1 and SIG4 joint conference JURE members can participate in a feedback session supervised and guided by experienced researches in the field of assessment and/or higher education. JURE members who wish to participate, submit their proposal and questions according to the submission guidelines below. Groups will be formed based on number of participants, their research topics, and the questions raised by JURE members. Experienced researchers are free to organize the session as they wish, taking into accoutn the questions raised by participants.
To participate in the JURE feedback session submission is required including the following components:
- A description of the research project.
- Your motivation to participate in the feedback session and what you aim to learn from this session.
- At least two specific questions or issues you would like to address during this feedback session. These questions can be content-related or more general issues (e.g., work-life balance).
- For the three components discussed above you can use a maximum of 750 words.
- A JURE membership for either the SIG1 or SIG4 community is required at the moment of registration.
Review procedure and criteria
- A maximum of 750 words is used for the proposal in total.
- It is required that the research aligns with the field of either the SIG1 and/or SIG4 community.
- The criteria applied to paper, poster, symposia, or collaborative space submissions do not apply to the submissions for the JURE feedback session.
2. JURE awards:
During the SIG1 and SIG4 joint conference JURE members of the SIG1 and the SIG4 communities have a chance to be awarded with a JURE award.
Three JURE members who have received the highest scores on their papers during the review phase, are invited to present their work at the JURE award session. A jury committee provides feedback and an evaluation of the presentation using a rubric with predefined assessment criteria, so as to identify the best JURE award (first place), second and third place. The results of this procedure will be announced during the closing session fo the conference. Three individual members of the Scientific Committee are chosen to comprise the jury. This procedure will take place for SIG1 JURE members and SIG4 JURE members separately (i.e., two best papers will be awarded). Please note that this procedure counts for regular paper submissions by JURE members. More information will be provided later on.
EARLY BIRD (registration until 1 April 2020, midnight CET):
€ 300 EARLI member
€ 250 JURE member
€ 340 non-member
€ 200 applicant from low-GDP country (find more info here)
Regular registration (registration after 1 April and until 31 May 2020, midnight CET):
€ 340 EARLI member
€ 290 JURE member
€ 380 non-member
€ 200 applicant from low-GDP country (find more info here)
Registration for this conference will be open on 4 December 2019. Please register via the conference system at https://conference.earli.org/
In order to register for the SIG 1 & 4 Conference, go to https://www.earli-eapril.org/login and login with your credentials or create a new account. You will find the SIG 1 & 4 Conference listed in your User Dashboard under "Upcoming Conferences". Click on "Register".
In order to register with the reduced EARLI/JURE member conference fee, it is necessary for you to sign up as member beforehand. In order purchase membership, you need to click the green “new membership” button in your EARLI user dashboard. Once your membership has been paid and approved by the EARLI office, you will be able to register with the EARLI/JURE member conference fee.
The first author of each presentation needs to be registered for the conference.
The early bird registration and the registration deadline for presenters ends on 1 April 2020, at Midnight.
Special Sig 1 Stipend for presenters from low-GDP countries and JURE members
The SIG1 community would like to express their commitment to our JURE and low-GDP country presenters who are facing financial struggles and for whom the conference attendance is perhaps not an evident option. In order to do so, the SIG1 community offers financial support of each 150 € for 5 JURE members and 5 low-GDP country presenters who have an accepted conference submission related to Assessment and/or Evaluation. You can find more information here.
Dates and Location
22 to 25 June, 2020
Universidad de Cadiz, Spain
Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales (FCEE)
Avda. Enrique Villegas Vélez, nº 2
11002 - Cádiz - Spain
* For more venue information (e.g., helpdesk, registration, etc.) see the information below.
4 December 2019: Start of registration (early bird)
12 January 2020: Submission deadline
8 March 2020: Notification of acceptance
1 April 2020: Early bird & Presenter registration deadline
31 May 2020: Final deadline for registration (for non-presenters only)
22 to 25 June, 2020: Conference
Travel and Hotel Recommendations
- B THE TRAVEL BRAND
C/ San Francisco, 13 Cádiz
Tfno: +34 956 21 22 23
- EL CORTE INGLÉS
Plaza Isaac Peral, 2
El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz)
Tfno: +34 956 85 65 22 (Ext. 1)
- HALCÓN VIAJES
C/ Luis Montoto, 107, Sevilla
Tfno: +34 954 57 41 67
(walk distance from the venue)
- Parador de Cádiz (****) (400 m. ; 4')
- Hotel la Catedral (***) (1 km. ; 13')
- Hotel de Francia y Paris (***) (1 km. ; 13')
- Senator Cádiz Spa Hotel (****) (1.2 km. ; 15')
- Hotel Monte Puerta Tierra (****) (2.4 km. ; 30')
- Hotel Regio 2 (***) (3.1 km. ; 38')
- Hotel Occidental (****) (3.2 km. ; 40')
- Hotel Regio (***) (3.6 km. ; 44')
- Tryp Cádiz La Caleta Hotel (****) (3.9 km. ; 47')
- Hotel Playa Victoria (****) (4.2 km. ; 51')
- Hotel Spa Cádiz Plaza (****) (4.2 km. ; 52')
- Jerez airport (XRY) (42.6 km., 32 min)
- Seville airport (SVQ) (121 km., 1 h, 22 min)
- Gibraltar airport (GIB) (120 km., 1 h, 35 min)
- Malaga Costa Del Sol airport (AGP) (226 km., 2 h, 26 min)
Registration Counter & Help Desk
The Registration counter and Help Desk, will be located at the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. At the main entrance of the faculty, signs will help direct you.
The SIG1 and SIG4 Help Desk provides information for sessions, presentations, posters, registration problems, etc.
The Registration counter is situated in the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. The Registration Counter is open as follows:
- Monday 22 June: 8.30-18.00
- Tuesday 23 June: 8.45-18.00
- Wednesday 24 June: 8.40-18.00
- Thursday 25 June: 8.45-11.30
Registration desks are ordered alphabetically. Please go to the appropriate desk for your surname.
There are several ways to get internet access on the Campus Area of the University of Cádiz.
- You are welcome to use the University PCs. These are located in the FCEE - Aula of Informática on the fourth floor.
- Those who have brought their own computer can use the university wireless internet access, which is available throughout the Campus Area. To gain access to the internet, please do the following: Choose 'ucAirPublica' as WLAN-connection. You will now be redirected to a form where you have to type EARLIORG as username and c418745 as a password. Your internet access is now granted.
- Education roaming (eduroam) is also provided at the Universit yof Cádiz. If you use this service, please log in the usual way.
Left luggage rooms
A left luggage room is available from the registration counter. More information will be provided at the Help Desk.
Free cofee, tea, and cookies will be served for delegates during the breaks. The coffee stations will be located on the ground floor, please see the maps for exact location. Please present your name badge when collecting refreshments.
In addition, coffee, tea, and snacks can be purchased at the cafetaria. Please check the icons on the map showing the locations of the coffee services.
Lunch will be served for delegates at Parador de Cadiz Restaurant (https://www.parador.es/es/paradores/parador-de-cadiz/gastronomia). Please see maps for exact location. Please present your name badge when collecting lunch.
Wineries in the province
- Gultierrez Colosia
El Puerto de Santa María
+34 956 852 852 / +24 659 755 701
El Puerto de Santa María
+34 956 869 100
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
+34 638 10 40 77
Jerez de la Frontera
+34 956 23 15 87
- González Byass
Jerez de la Frontera
+34 956 357 016
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
956 38 55 00
- Other wineries in the province of Cádiz
Steering Committee and Organizing Team
SIG 1 Committee:
Tijs Rotsaert, PhD, Ghent University, Belgium
Olia Tsivitanidou, PhD, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Laurie Delnoij, Open University of the Netherlands
SIG 4 Committee:
Prof. Helga Dorner, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Els van Rooij, PhD, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Rachelle Esterhazy, PhD, University of Oslo, Norway
Local Organizing Committee:
Prof. Dr. Gregorio Rodríguez Gómez
Prof. Dr. Jaione Cubero Ibáñez
Prof. Dr. Miguel Angel Gómez Ruiz
Prof. Dr. Mª Soledad Ibarra Sáiz
Prof. Dr. Nicolás Ponce González
Sig1sig4cadiz2020 (at) gmail.com