Call for participation / papers: e-Skills conference

The South African iKamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI) and the Informing Science Institute (ISI) invite you to participate as a speaker/presenter on any research topic using evidence-based advice, services, and programs related to improving the abilities of job seekers to work effectively with technology.  We also encourage you to be a reviewer for conference papers. The focus of the conference is the strategic and efficient use of new information and communication technologies as well as the knowledge, skills, competences and inventiveness of the workforce and citizens.

The conference is collocated with the 3rd South African e-Skills Summit so that participants may attend sessions of either event. The e-Skills conference addresses issues of interest to people promoting e-literacy and in developing and supporting e-skills (ICT skills) at all levels of life and work.

Ideas for topics

The theme of the e-Skills 2014 conference is “bringing the future to life,” but your submission is not limited to the theme. Here are some suggestions for topics:

  • Better ways to transfer workplace skills.
  • Lifelong acquisition of e-Skills
  • Employability and e-Inclusion
  • Partnerships for progress including public authorities, private sector, academia, unions, and associations 
  • Evidenced based policy development, delivery and evaluation
  • Innovations in Technology
  • Novel ways to teach and promote learning
  • Models for aggregation of effort across Government, Business, Education and Civil Society in times of Government austerity.
  • Issues in Mobility and Mobile Connectivity
  • Misinforming/Misinformation and Bias in informing systems.
  • Teaching and mentoring of doctoral students
  • The art and science of informing clients
  • Case Method of Teaching and Learning

Submission types: You are invited to submit:

  • Research Papers. We invite you to submit your completed research paper, present it during the conference, and have it published in the conference proceedings. These papers describe completed research projects and include the questions that prompted the research, the investigative methods, the results, and ideas for future study. You present your paper during a conference session, and we publish the paper in the conference proceedings. Research papers are typically 8 or more pages long and are held to high research standards. They are blind reviewed based on their conceptual development, contribution to the field, or extension of previous work to new contexts. Accepted papers of delegates will be published in the proceedings and the author(s) will present a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of answering questions. The submission must be an original work that has not been submitted for review in whole or in partto another publication venue.
  • Project reports. People in industry commonly submit project reports. These papers describe work completed for a product release and include the problem that prompted the project, the development methods, the results, and ideas for future work. You will present your paper during a conference session, and the paper will be published in the conference proceedings.
  • Posters and Notes. Poster Sessions are less formal than paper sessions and allow you to present a work-in-progress, your emerging theories or experiments, and emerging research results. Posters are an excellent way to get feedback on your research that may not yet be ready for publication. Submit a 1-page abstract.
  • Doctoral Student Colloquium offers doctoral students the opportunity to present their research, on a topic related to the theme of the conference, and receive constructive feedback from attendees.  Presentations are to be aimed toward an audience with broad base of expertise.
  • Early Career Colloquium (as participant or as a leader). This track focuses on the needs of assistant professors, post-docs, or others in pre-tenure positions.  The program includes tutorials and panels by tenured and experienced faculty, and small group discussions to provide informal dialogue, guidance, and insights. Topics might include the following: issues in establishing a research agenda, collaborating on research, finding the balance between teaching and research, managing your time, publishing strategies, working with doctoral students, grant writing, and surviving faculty politics.




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