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Session Format Descriptions

Paper Presentation

Paper sessions are intended to allow presenters the opportunity to make short and relatively formal presentation of their papers to an audience. In a single session of an hour and twenty minutes, a group of 3-5 individual papers of related topics will be presented. Depending on the number of presenters per session, each presenter gets approximately 15 minutes to present the highlights of his/her paper. A Session Discussant is also allowed 10-15 minutes after all papers for comments, synthesis, and/or constructive feedback. The entire session will be moderated by a Session Chair. If possible, presenters should provide complete copies of their papers to all interested members of the audience. Otherwise, a one page summary of study highlights and presenters contact information should be made available.


The purpose of poster sessions is to provide opportunities for interested individuals to participate in a dialogue with the presenter(s). Presenters are provided an area in which to display a table top poster, ancillary handouts, or other A/V materials. It is encouraged that presenters provide complete copies of their papers to all interested members of the audience. If this is not feasible, a one page summary of the study highlights and presenter’s contact information should be made available.


A symposium is intended to provide an opportunity for examination of specific problems from a variety of perspectives. Symposium organizers are expected to identify the topic/ issue, identify and ensure the participation of individual speakers who will participate in the session, prepare any necessary materials, and facilitate the session. It is suggested, that the speakers or symposium organizer provide interested individuals with one (or more) papers relevant to and/or drawn from the symposium.


Workshops are intended to provide an extended period of time during which the workshop leader helps participants develop or improve their ability to perform some process (e.g., how to provide clinical supervision, using the latest features of the Internet, or conduct an advanced statistical analysis).

Organizers may request between 1½ to 3 hours, and are responsible for providing all necessary materials for participants. Most workshops are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, although others may be scheduled throughout the conference.

Alternative Session

The form, topics, and format of alternative sessions are open to the creativity and imagination of the organizer. The goal is to promote the most effective method or approach in disseminating different types of scholarly work. Proposals for alternative sessions must include a brief rationale for the alternative being proposed. They will be evaluated on their appropriateness to the topic and audience, their ability to meet the limitations of time, space, and expense for MWERA, and the basic quality or value of the topic. The organizer of alternative sessions is responsible for all major participants or speakers, developing and providing materials, and chairing the session.

Best Practices Forum

The Best Practices sessions provide opportunities for individuals or groups to present “best” or “promising” practices impacting both K-12 and higher education. These sessions highlight unique and innovative programs that have demonstrated promise for improving and enhancing educational practice. Presenters will be grouped by similar topics to facilitate discussion among the groups and audience.

Research in Progress

Through Research in Progress, individual researchers, particularly graduate students and early career scholars are given the opportunity to submit evidence based works that are not fully realized and/or completed, but have enough progression and fidelity to warrant dissemination and discussion among peers. For example, roundtable sessions can be arranged to provide students and participants/new scholars with an opportunity to receive comments on their research in progress for feedback to enhance its potential for publication or presentation at a professional conference.

Panel presentation

Panel presentation will constitute a group of 3-5 presenters that have been organized by a session chair (or collaboration of teachers and students) around a theme of their choice. There is more flexibility in this session as compared to paper session. Panelists have the choice to discuss a topic as a group rather than individual papers with active engagement of the audience. A time period of 50 to 60 minutes could be scheduled by panels. This includes the time for audience participation.

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