SABER invites participants to submit abstracts up to 300 words for short talks and 500 words for long talks.

Deadline: April 1, 2015
Abstract Committee has just (3/30) extended submission to Friday April 3 at midnight PST.
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2015

Please be sure to read all the information (proposal format & rubrics) below before submitting your abstract
Submit abstract proposals
Abstract length: 100-300 words.

Abstracts will be considered for one of four possible presentation formats:
  1. NEW: Roundtable discussion (1 hour: 1:30-2:30 Fri or Sat)
    Participate in a small group discussion with others who work on similar projects. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to share their work, with the remaining time for feedback and synthesis. Roundtables are a great opportunity to get feedback on preliminary findings, new protocols, and instruments in first stages of development. Emphasis is on facilitating interaction, discussion, and critique. This is a new format requested by SABER member survey respondents. Please bear with us as we generate a format for these roundtable abstracts!
  2. Poster presentation (90 minutes)
    Organized by topic, poster presentations are ideal for sharing a new project or gaining specific advice on a particular set of data. Projects that are still early in development; include approaches with promising, yet minimal, outcomes data; or present negative, null, or inconclusive results are encouraged.
  3. Short talks (20 minutes)
    Short talks will showcase more developed ideas, projects, and work nearing publication. Emphasis is on communicating robust findings, tried and tested instruments and protocols, and more developed work.
  4. Long talks (40 minutes)
    Long talks are intended for projects that are complete or nearly complete and likely integrate multiple smaller projects.
Most work is suitable for a roundtable, poster, or a short talk; long talks are intended to synthesize big ideas and completed, high-profile projects in BER.

Four formats from which to select:
  • Roundtable discussion
  • Posters
  • Short talks
  • Long talks
You will be asked to select your first choice (roundtable, poster, short talk, or long talk) and indicate your willingness to present a roundtable or poster if your abstract is not chosen for a talk.
Participants may submit as many abstracts as they like, but a maximum of two abstracts will be accepted as talks from any single research group in order to ensure diverse coverage of the many BER research topics at SABER.

Abstract Review
All abstracts will be reviewed by a committee and selected based on criteria established by the review committee. NOTE: in response to your survey responses, we are working on some new and improved abstract review rubrics, which will be made available before the abstract deadline. Also, based on survey feedback, both short and long talk abstracts will be reviewed double blind.
DETAILED rubrics for each category are attached below.

Appropriate areas of BER include (but are not limited to)
1. Hypothesis-driven research projects on: examining student learning, evaluating student attitudes or beliefs, studying faculty perception or change, examining effectiveness of a particular instructional strategy, developing and testing assessment instruments, or
2. Research situated in a theoretical framework in which the design, methodologies, procedures, and data analyses are appropriate and rigorous.
Please select three key words from the list provided to help facilitate session organization.

Key Words:
Conceptual understanding and conceptual change
Research on effective Instruction
Assessment of student learning and instructional innovation
Classroom assessment
Visual thinking and Visualization
Concept Inventories and other instrument development
[science process skills]
Research experience for undergraduates
Authentic research experiences
Assessment as related to beliefs, attitudes, and expectations
[student affect: motivation, self-efficacy, ]
[classroom climate: community, belonging]
Curriculum Reform/Institutional Transformation
Faculty/postdoc/graduate student development
Laboratory Instruction
Models and Modeling
Online/hybrid/flipped classes
Theoretical /Predictive Frames