The Fourth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF4)
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Commonwealth of Learning and the Caribbean Consortium
 

Abstract Deadline: March 31, 2006
Paper Deadline (Original): July 31, 2006
Paper Deadline (Extended): August 7, 2006 (Please note: no further extension possible)

This conference, which uses Open Conference Systems developed by the Public Knowledge Project, enables participants to submit abstracts and papers online at http://pcf4.dec.uwi.edu/submit.php.

Presentations can include:

• Single papers (abstract max of 200 words)
• Mini Workshops/Panels/Demonstrations (abstract max of 400400400 words)
• Maxi Workshops/Panels/Demonstrations (abstract max of words)
• Orchestrated Session (abstract max of words)

Call for Papers Announcement

All submissions – papers, workshops and demonstrations – must address the Forum theme, "Achieving Development Goals", and sub-themes (see "Overview"). Contributions that do not do this will not be accepted.

We would prefer that you make your submission using our online "Submission" facility.
However, if this is not possible, you may mail, e-mail or fax your submission to:

Carol Walker
Programme Assistant
Commonwealth of Learning
1055 West Hastings Street, Suite 1200
Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9
Canada

Fax: +1 604 775 8210
Email: PCF4papers@col.org

Papers will be reviewed for appropriateness and communicative effectiveness. If you wish to submit a paper, firstly please submit an abstract by clicking on "Abstract and Paper Submission" on the "Submission" page.

Authors of all papers accepted for presentation will be asked to present a ten-minute summary of their paper in themed Panel sessions with other similar papers. A discussion period will follow.

Other authors will be invited to present their papers in poster sessions, i.e., to display their work on a large poster and be available to talk about it with interested persons at a designated time.

Mini-Workshops/Panels/Demonstrations are for activities that take longer and/or are more interactive than is possible in the paper presentations. Thus, these 75-minute sessions could be used for a workshop designed to generate ideas on achieving a particular Millennium
Development Goal, a panel session on a particular ODL topic or a demonstration of LMS software. If you wish to submit a proposal for a Mini-Workshops/Panels/Demonstrations session, please click on "Mini and Maxi-Workshops/Panels/Demonstrations" on the "Submission" page.

Maxi-Workshops/Panels/Demonstrations are similar to their "Mini" counterparts, but for activities that require 150 minutes. If you wish to submit a proposal for a Maxi-Workshops/Panels/Demonstrations session, please click on "Mini and Maxi-Workshops/Panels/Demonstrations" on the "Submission" page.


Submitting Your Full Paper

Format
After your abstract has been accepted, you can submit your full paper in HTML, Microsoft Word, or plain-text format following the "Style Document and Author guidelines for papers".


The Submission Process
To submit your paper after your abstract has been accepted:
Click on the link provided in your acceptance email or go to:
http://pcf4.dec.uwi.edu/submit.php

Here you will find the “Abstract and Paper Submission” web page;
Click on the link beneath “Edit an Abstract or Paper Previously Submitted”;

You will now be presented with a web page that relates to your submission. At the top of the page you will find two links:
Document Metadata | Document Submission
Click on “Document Submission”;

You will now be presented with a web page that tells you how to upload your paper.
In section 1 “To Submit Your Paper” you will find a “Browse” button that enables you to locate the file on your computer.
Please remember to click on the appropriate radio button (HTML, Word or Plain text) to indicate the type of file that you are uploading.
Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Preview and Continue”;

You will now be presented with a web page that shows the paper you are submitting.
If you are happy with it, click on the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page. Otherwise you can click on “Make Changes”.


Presenting Your Paper at PCF4

Authors of all papers accepted for presentation will be asked to present a ten-minute summary of their paper in themed Panel sessions with other similar papers. To ensure consistency of presentation, please use the "PCF4 Power Point Template" (right click the link and choose "Save Target As ... " in the drop-down menu).



If the information you require about PCF4 is not included on this website, please email:
pcf4.information@gmail.com

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