OPSITARA 2024, November 28-29, Christchurch

The annual Otago Polytechnic, Southern Institute of Technology, and Ara Institute of Canterbury joint research symposium (OPSITARA) will be hosted by Ara in 2024.

The purpose of OPSITARA is to showcase the diversity of research undertaken by staff and postgraduate students across the vocational sector. All research disciplines and methodologies of inquiry are welcome, including (but not limited to) applied and technological research, rangahau Māori, creative practice, and pedagogical research. Registration is free.

Abstract submission will be open from 26 June to 23 August 2023 through the following link: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/OPSITARA2024.

 

Key Dates

26 June Call for abstracts opens
23 August Abstract submission deadline
26 August Registration opens for in-person attendance
16 September Notification of initial abstract decisions & reviewer comments
4 October Deadline for revisions and responding to reviewer comments
14 October Draft programme released.
8 November Registration closes
28 November Symposium begins

Presentation Options and Guidelines

There will be five categories of presentation at this even, and corresponding authors may submit at most one abstract per category. OPSITARA will be primarily run as an in-person event this year, however, there is one option for those who cannot or do not wish to attend in person.

Attendees interested in organising a meeting of a Research Community of Practice during the symposium should also make a submission (details below). We will review meeting requests at the deadline and allocate a timeslot for your meeting in the conference programme that does not clash with talks.

Type Format / Description Submission Guidelines
Five-minute Findings (in person)

A five-minute presentation (in person) plus two minutes for questions.

Maximum of THREE slides (not including title slide and references / acknowledgements).

Submit a title and a short abstract (maximum 150 words).

Five-minute Findings are an appropriate format to present in-progress work, results from a literature review, teaching practice, or useful tools, methods or resources. Short summaries of completed research are also welcome.

Pre-recorded presentation (online) A pre-recorded presentation of up to ten minutes.

Submit a title and an abstract (maximum 300 words). If you are presenting the results of a research project, the following information should be included:

  • The aim/objectives of the study
  • The context / relevance of the research / problem statement
  • A description of the methodology and method(s)
  • An indication of the results
  • The significance and implications of your research

If you are presenting in-progress work, results from a literature review, teaching practice, or useful tools, methods, or resources feel free to submit a shorter abstract with a different structure.

Citations and references should NOT be included in your abstract.

Research Presentation (in person) A fifteen-minute in-person presentation plus five minutes for questions.

Submit a title and an abstract (maximum 300 words). The following information should be included:

  • The aim/objectives of the study
  • The context / relevance of the research / problem statement
  • A description of the methodology and method(s)
  • An indication of the results
  • The significance and implications of your research

Citations and references should NOT be included in your abstract.

Creative Practice Presentation

A display, performance, or interactive presentation of creative work. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • a musical performance;
  • a static work of art (sculpture, painting, installation, fashion design, photography etc.);
  • an audio-visual work (game/interactive experiences, short film, animation).

Accepted presentations in this category will be presented during a two-hour creative showcase, during which authors will also have the opportunity to give a short talk about their work.

Submit a title and an abstract (maximum 300 words) explaining the creative practice that you intend to present. Please also include any technical requirements needed for the creative presentation (e.g. space requirements, piano, sound system, audio visual system).

Optionally, you may also upload supporting documentation such as photos of the artwork, audio files of music, links to games or video clips of films, animations or performances (up to 20MB per file). Hyperlinks to larger files may be included at the end of the abstract if needed.

Research Poster

Posters must be A1 size (portrait or landscape).

The presenter will be expected to stand by the poster during the dedicated poster session so that conference attendees can ask questions while viewing the poster.

Submit a title and an abstract (maximum 300 words) containing the following:

  • The aim/objectives of the study
  • The context / relevance of the research / problem statement
  • A description of the methodology and method(s)
  • An indication of the results
  • The significance and implications of your research

If you are presenting in-progress work, results from a literature review, teaching practice, or useful tools, methods, or resources feel free to submit a shorter abstract with a different structure.

Citations and references should NOT be included in your abstract.

Research Community of Practice Meeting

A meeting of a Research Community of Practice in a particular field (e.g. Health and Wellbeing, Business etc.). Accepted meetings will be assigned a slot during the symposium.

The submitting author(s) will be expected to organise the meeting with support from the symposium chairs.

Submit a title (preferred form ‘RCoP Meeting: Field of Research’) and a short abstract (maximum 150 words) containing the following:

  • The research field of the meeting.
  • Whether this is a meeting of an established Research Community of Practice or a new group.
  • The planned format of the meeting (e.g. panel discussion, speed-dating etc.)

Please include any confirmed co-organisers or panel members as authors when making your submission. We will follow up with these contacts for further details.

The organizing committee may offer to accept a submission in a different format than the type selected. For example, following peer review an abstract submitted as a Research Presentation may be offered acceptance as a Five-minute Findings.

 

Abstract Submission Process

Please submit your Abstract through this link: <CMT Link>

If you do not already have a Microsoft CMT account, you will first need to register for one and verify your email. Please use your institutional email address so we can verify your affiliation. After creating your account and logging in you will reach the Author Console page. Click on the ‘Create a New Submission‘ button and fill out all the required fields as instructed, then click ‘Submit‘ at the bottom. You will be taken to a printable confirmation page, and will also receive an email confirmation of submission.

If you make a mistake during submission, you can edit any part of your completed submission from the Author Console page up until the submission deadline.

If you are submitting a creative practice presentation and would like to upload supporting documentation, you can add Supplementary Material to a submitted presentation on the Author Console page.

During abstract submission, you will be asked whether you would like to attend or be a panel member on a Research Community of Practice Session. This is to gauge interest in holding dedicated sessions for RCoPs during the symposium and will not influence decisions about abstract acceptance.

All abstracts for research or creative presentations will be peer reviewed.