Dynamic Conversations – submission guidelines

What is Perspectives On: A Dynamic Conversation?

‘Perspectives On: A Dynamic Conversation’ is designed as a special edition collection of the existing ‘Perspectives On’ series which was developed as an online resource to promote dissemination and discussion of contemporary learning, teaching and student experience issues in the business school sector.  Authors/contributors can still submit papers to the ‘Perspectives On’ series.  The Dynamic Conversation special edition collection provide a framework to support topical debate on contemporary issues, collate varied opinions in a curated format and pose thought provoking questions for wider discussion at an associated panel event that will take place after the release of the special edition.

Why would you contribute to a Dynamic Conversation?

The Dynamic Conversation enables you to be part of a reflexive dialogic action research approach to the scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  It supports authentic conversations which are reflexive and ontological permission for agency, voice and dialogue of educational practitioners in business schools. So, if you have an opinion or a thought-provoking question or opinion on a Dynamic Conversation topic, we would encourage you to submit your contribution.

Whether you are an experienced author or relatively new to disseminating practice and opinions, by joining the debate you will be supporting the development of teaching and learning practice in business schools by helping to construct a multi-dimensional scholarly enquiry into a topical issue.  As the submissions are shorter than full articles they are quicker to produce. The conversation ends in a panel discussion with the potential to create follow on opportunities for collaboration and output.   An accepted contribution therefore generates two dissemination points, the curated collection of opinions and the associated panel discussion with the potential to generate further collaboration.

You are not expected to submit results, findings or conclusions from completed projects, although your opinion may be as a result of extensive work in a specific field. The Dynamic Conversation provides an opportunity to test out ideas and identify potential collaborators. Given the number of subscribers to the CABS newsletter, there is the potential for you to engage in dialogue with a large audience. The CABS community also includes multiple stakeholders widening the debate beyond the academic discourse, creating opportunities to hear multiple voices and potential to collaborate across professional boundaries. The supportive structure will therefore be helpful if you are building a profile in thought leadership in teaching and learning, seeking feedback on emerging ideas or collaboration on projects and are interested in supporting relevant networking within the business school community.

What is the process and timeline for a Dynamic Conversations?

Dynamic conversations take place twice a year.  A conversation is launched in the CABS community and announced in the newsletter, on the website and other forums with an invitation to submit an opinion piece.  The contribution window is  open for a month with an indication of the date for the concluding panel conversation. Contributions are made online through a submission portal.

The editorial board review the submissions against the following threshold criteria.

Submissions are expected to contribute to knowledge and thought leadership in the field of business-related higher education.  They must provide an opinion on the debate topic supported by scholarly evidence and hence be more than a reflection on practice.  To support debate, the authors need to present a key question or opinion to provoke and initiate debate.  The authors must also be willing to be a member of the concluding panel discussion aimed at supporting a collective response to contemporary issues within business education.

All contributions meeting the threshold will be published on the CABS website. The editorial board will select contributions to be included in the Dynamic Conversation collection that represent a diversity of opinions and that pose stimulating questions for debate. Contributors are notified and the curated collection produced for publication a month after the submission deadline.

The CABS community are then notified that the special edition is available with a two-week window to comment on the opinions and questions posed in the special edition.

The panel session is then convened online to conclude the supported phased of the Dynamic Conversation.

A summary of the panel debate is produced for dissemination to participants. Depending on engagement in the conversation contributing authors may then pursue resulting collaborative opportunities with a view to further dissemination through forums such as a CMBE workshop, a conference presentation, a full academic paper or development of a research bid.

What do I need to submit to a Dynamic Conversation?

A Dynamic Conversation submission needs to be concise, relevant to the topic of conversation and pose a question or opinion for debate.  A breadth of contributions are encouraged ranging from fully formed opinions resulting from completed research to nuggets of an idea or a dilemma that contributors are grappling with. The editorial board are encouraging submissions in a variety of formats; for example, text, video, podcasts, story boards.  The guiding principle in terms of the length/size of the submission is that it should 5 mins for your audience to either read it (about 750 words similar to a blog) or watch it.

The submission portal has two sections.

Section 1: 150 word abstract

This is a standard text format for all submissions and will be used in the curated pdf in a consistently formatted approach.

Section 2: Opinion submission.

This is the substance of your 5 min submission.  You are encouraged to use a variety of formats including text in the form of a blog, video, podcast, narrated powerpoint, digital story or other format.  The submission portal will take you through the submission steps for the different formats.  Guidance for the structure of your 5 minute submission is

  1. What is my opinion on the dynamic conversation topic?
  2. What is the justification or rationale for this opinion?
  3. What is the key question for debate?