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Community Engagement Symposium

The Rhodes University Community Engagement Division will be hosting the 2nd annual Community Engaged Learning Symposium at the Gavin Relly Postgraduate Village from the 3-5 of May 2016. Submissions are being accepted for scholarly presentations in a variety of formats. Presentations by staff, students and members of community based organisations that relate to any form of community engaged learning in the form of volunteerism, engaged research and service-learning are encouraged.

The purpose of the community engaged learning symposium is to bring together students and academics from across international higher education institutions and community based organisations to promote the scholarship of engagement, service learning, engaged student leadership, as well as building national relationships and partnerships around engagement. The symposium aims to:

  • Strengthen and create networks between engaged scholars at higher education institutions and community based organisations
  • Provide a platform for sharing experiences and lessons around engaged scholarship, volunteerism and service-learning
  • Provide space for the development and sharing of best practices for community engaged learning
  • Allow for presentation of theoretical problems and conceptual frameworks to critically inform the scholarship of engagement

 Submissions for proposals (of no more than 600 words) close on the 16 March 2016.

To submit your abstract please fill out the online submission form at: http://goo.gl/forms/xY5tf57Lnh

Presentation Categories:

Research Papers: This form of presentation is theoretically grounded in published theory or may introduce new theoretical insights about community engaged learning. The research may introduce a new framework, model or theory developed through the research.

Project and Practice Narratives: A medium to share best practice of community engaged learning projects, programmes or approaches. A ‘story’ presentation should describe the context, outlining the practice and demonstrate the benefit of using this practice to the audience.

Workshops: This form of presentation aims to build the audience’s capacity on the diverse areas of community engaged learning through ample discussion and activity.

Poster Presentation: This medium may be used to demonstrate best practice, a new model or framework. It could also convey a specific way of doing community engaged learning through which others can learn. This medium is also conducive to outlining quantitative research or could be used to market learning opportunities at their institutions.

Anyone wishing to register for the Symposium, either to present at the symposium or to attend, should fill in the online registration form at: http://goo.gl/forms/HEUcujbuVL

Registration for symposium closes: 6 April 2016.

Symposium fees are R1200 for staff and R500 for students for the full 3 days and this includes all teas and lunches as well as the symposium dinner. A limited number of bursaries are available for all students, community partners and Rhodes Staff, please indicate if you would like to apply for a bursary on the submission  or registration form. Please see below the banking details for the CE Symposium deposits, candidates are advised to use the reference number provided and provide a proof of payment to celearningsymposium@gmail.com with their name clearly stated. Conference fees are due by the 25 April unless prior arrangement has been made with the conference organisers.

Account number: Rhodes University

Bank name: First National Bank

Branch name: Grahamstown

Branch code: 210717

Account number: 621 455 03076

Reference number: GL 55 209 797 383

Recommended accommodation for guests travelling to Grahamstown:

While there are a number of accommodation options for guests in and around Grahamstown, the organisers recommend the following guest houses and hotels. Please book early to avoid dissapointment. Importantly, there will be transportation available to and from the symposium venue for delegates from the accommodation on this list:

 Graham Hotel – 123 High Street Grahamstown (046 622 2324) http://www.grahamhotel.com/

137 High Street – 137 High Street Grahamstown (046 622 3242 ) http://www.137highstreet.co.za/

High Corner Guest House Grahamstown - 122/4 High Street Grahamstown (046 622 8284) http://www.highcorner.co.za/

Saints Bistro and Inn – 131 High Street Grahamstown (046 622 3007) http://www.saintsbistro.com/#!stay-over/c1ldb

We have pre-booked accommodation so please inform the reception when making your booking that you are participating in the Rhodes CE learning symposium.  They will hold rooms until the 10 April.

For any further information about the learning symposium contact Dr. Sharli Anne Paphitis at celearningsymposium@gmail.com

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