21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard

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21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard University

It is our pleasure to announce a Call for Papers for the 21st Century Academic Forum Conference being held at the Martin Conference Center on the campus of Harvard University on March 17 – 18, 2014.

Types of Presentations:
• Keynote Presentations: 45-minutes (invited only)
• Research Papers: 20 - 25 minute presentations
• Poster Presentations: 90 minutes
NEWLY ADDED: Virtual Presentation (for those unable to attend in person their abstract will appear in the conference book and Conference Proceedings)

Conference Description: 

The aim of the 21st Century Academic Forum is to bring together scholars, as well as corporate and government executives from a wide range of fields who are interested in education and research issues impacting the 21st century. Participants are encouraged to present his/her research (multiple submissions welcome) or just attend to learn from the diverse group of global researchers and experts assembled at one of the top universities in the world. 

Conference Website: http://www.21caf.org/march-17-18-2014-conference-at-harvard.html

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts are peer-reviewed by our conference committee. Authors are invited to submit their abstracts for their papers or poster presentations in English through the conference submission system by November 15, 2013. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously. Specific guidelines for submissions are provided on the Submission page.

Paper Publication Opportunities:

All papers that meet the 21st Century Academic Forum's Conference Proceedings requirements will be published in our online conference proceedings (ISSN: 2330-1236). Selected papers will also be considered for publication in our online peer-reviewed 21st Century Academic Forum Journal (ISSN: 2330-1244). 

The 21st Century Academic Forum is fully committed to Open Access information, making your research papers available to a global audience. All papers published by the 21st Century Academic Forum are indexed with Google Scholar. 

Poster Sessions: 

Poster presentations convey information quickly and effectively, without the formality of oral presentations. Please note that audio-visual equipment cannot be used. Posters may be displayed for longer than the specified time, but presenters should be with their posters during the specified 90-minute period on the conference schedule in order to answer questions.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Michael Orey (Learning, Design, and Technology, University of Georgia) has had funded projects related to intelligent tutoring with the U.S. Army Research Institute, project-based learning with at-risk middle school age children, online learning with EpicLearning, and forming partnerships with Universidade Federal do Ceará through a FIPSE-CAPES grant. In 2008, Dr. Orey started a business called MoWerks with two former Ph.D. students. The focus of this business has been the creation of rich interactive learning experiences particularly those that can be delivered online.  The content has ranged from learning games for Disney to eLearning content for a variety of tertiary education institutions.  

Dr. Abraham Abadi (Curriculum and Instruction, Lesley University) had 30 years of experience in the Boston Public Schools as teacher, administrator, and curriculum specialist before joining the faculty at Lesley University. During his years in public education, Dr. Abadi held adjunct positions at Berklee College of Music, The Art Institute of Boston (now at Lesley University) and in the Elementary Education Division at the Graduate School of Education. He combines scholarship and experience to give his courses depth. His current research interests focus on the changing demographic of our student population with the notion of a social justice and a culturally relevant curriculum.

Paper Topic Tracks:

Consistent with the 3 Missions of the 21st Century Academic Forum we are calling for the submission of papers related to but not limited to the topic tracks listed below. These three topic tracks are deliberately broad to encourage researchers to provide a wide variety of paper presentations under the umbrella theme of socially responsible research for the 21st century. Papers will go through a rigorous review process by our conference committee. Authors will be notified on or before December 1, 2013 if their proposal has been accepted or rejected. 

Track 1: Teaching & Learning for the 21st Century

The primary aim of this topic track is to encourage and support researchers to investigate a wide variety of problems and solutions in preparing 21st century citizens. Here is a list of potential themes under this track.

Asseessment in the 21st Century
Communication and Collaboration Game-Based Learning
ICT in Teaching and Learning
Knowledge Management
Life and Career Skills Education
Motivation in Online Learning
Project-Based Learning
Social Media in Teaching and Learning
STEM Education
Trends in Pedagogy
Use of Mobile Technologies in Learning
Work-based Learning

Track 2: Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

The primary aim of this topic track is to encourage and support research on how to foster creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in education. Here is a list of potential themes under this track.

Creative Collaboration
Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
Creativity and Cognition
Creativity in Teaching & Learning
Entrepreneurial Learning Education
Entrepreneurial Learning in Organizations
Innovation and Public Research
Innovation in Lifelong Learning
Innovation Management Learning 
Organizational Creativity
Role of Higher Education in Entrepreneurship
The Innovative Classroom

Track 3: Academic Research for the 21st Century

The primary aim of this topic track is to encourage and support the investigation of academic research methods that address the needs of 21st century citizen. Here is a list of potential themes under this track.

Action Research
Design-based Research
Impact of Technology and Social Media on Research
Issues in 21st Century Research
Issues in Qualitative Research
Issues in Quantitative Research Methods
Mixed Methods Research
Narrative Inquiry
Research and Enterprise in Higher Education 
Socially Responsible Research
Teaching Research Methods 
Trends in Cross / Multi / Interdisciplinary Research

Important Deadlines:

Deadline for Abstract Submission: January 15, 2014

Notification of Acceptance: generally within 2 weeks of submission

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: December 15, 2013

Registration Deadline: February 1, 2014

Confirmation of Presentation: February 8, 2014

Conference Dates: March 17-18, 2014

Submission of Final Papers: June 15, 2014

Publication of Proceedings: September 15, 2014
Publication of selected Journal Articles: December 15, 2014

Any questions can be sent to our Academic Director, Dr. Thomas Lechner at the following email address: thomaslechner@21caf.org.

We look forward to your submissions and hope to see you in Boston!