Call for presentations

The Call for presentations for ‘Visual presentations’ is still open.

This year we would like to offer three free places at the VALBEC conference for first-time presenters. Instead of presenting a workshop we would like to encourage first timers to present a ‘visual display’ during the lunch break for 50 minutes.  See below to find out what this entails.
Due date for proposals 5pm March 31.

The Call for presentations for ‘Presentations and Workshops’ has now closed. Thanks to those who have contributed.
Successful proposals will be used to create an attractive program and registrations invited by mid-March.

Those interested and involved in adult education (researchers, teachers, students, community workers) are invited to submit a presentation proposal for the VALBEC 2017 annual conference.

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” John Cotton Dana

As teachers, we are continually learning from our students and working to improve our practice and learner outcomes. At the same time, we seek to expand our knowledge about teaching and learning in adult language, literacy and numeracy.

This conference will explore how and what we learn as teachers and how this is transferred into the classroom.

The following questions will be explored:

  1. What informs our decision-making and practice in learning about teaching?
  2. What does evidence-based research tell us about teaching adults?
  3. How do we know we have made a positive impact on adult LLN learning?
  4. How do we continue to learn about different approaches to learning and teaching?

This conference will provide us with lots of information sharing and new skills from workshops, networking and keynote speakers.  We encourage teachers to reflect on their own learning as well as the learning of their students.

Types of presentations

Once again VALBEC is offering two different formats for presentations.

There will be the usual face-to-face session where one or two presenters can share their ideas and experience through a presentation or workshop.
There will also be an opportuntity to provide a visual presentation – a poster, video or PowerPoint – during the lunch break.

Presentations and Workshops

  • A presentation involves a mainly lecture style session with the speaker imparting knowledge to the audience.
  • A workshop involves the audience in active participation for the majority of the session.

Submit your presentation proposal or encourage others to submit, keeping in mind that the presentation should:

  • stimulate thought and discussion on relevant issues and practice in a particular literacy or context
  • describe and reflect on current practice and examples of successful work
  • be interactive and encourage dialogue
  • display innovation and flexibility in practice/research
  • exemplify adult learning principles
  • critique changes in state and federal government policies and priorities.


Presentations/Workshops will be of 60 minutes duration.


All presenters must register.

There is no fee for one presenter of each session. Additional speakers will need to pay the conference fee.

There is no fee for those who elect to only attend and present their session.


Visual Presentation

Provide a visual presentation of ‘Teaching & Learning’ of literacy in context at your organisation.

These presentations will be set up in the morning and available for people to view all day.

During the lunch break presenters of each display will make themselves available to other conference participants to talk about their visual display, answer questions and exchange ideas in an informal way.


Visual presentations will be in the foyer during the lunch break (approximately 50 minutes).


All presenters must register.

There is no fee for one presenter of each session. Additional speakers will need to pay the conference fee.

There is no fee for those who elect to only attend and present their session.



Copyright of individual workshops presented at the 2017 VALBEC conference remain copyright of the respective author/s. However, VALBEC reserves the right to publish papers, record presentations and distribute information about these workshops for teaching and research purposes in Fine Print or on the VALBEC website.

Submit your proposal

Submit it online here

Download a Word version of the proposal form.

Critical dates

Proposals to be submitted by COB February 18, 2017

Presenters will be notified by March 13, 2017 of their inclusion in the Conference program.

Further information

Don MacDowall, Conference Organiser