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Nelson Mandela University proudly announces the 53rd Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers' Association (SACLA). This in-person conference is a distinguished platform for exchanging original research and practical experiences, fostering dialogue on the teaching and learning of Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology, and related disciplines.

Conference Theme: Humanising and Innovative Teaching and Learning

SACLA 2024 focuses on Humanising and Innovative Teaching and Learning of Computer Science (CS), Information Systems (IS), and Information Technology (IT) education. We invite practioners, industry representatives, and academia to contribute to this transformative discourse. The conference will cover a diverse range of topics within the overarching theme, including but not limited to:

  • Cultivating a culture of CS, IS, and IT lifelong learning in a rapidly changing field.
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning of CS, IS, and IT for a beter-prepared future workforce.
  • Developing curricula that are relevant to the real world.
  • Academic integrity and quality assurance in the education of technological content.
  • Humanising teaching practices in CS, IS, and IT: inclusive teaching methods, technologies, and approaches.
  • Expanding access to CS, IS, and IT education.
  • The challenges of providing adequate computing facilities for students.
  • The future of assessment in CS, IS, and IT education.
  • The role of accreditation in CS, IS, and IT education.
  • Bridging the gap from school to university.
  • The impact of generative artificial intelligence on CS, IS, and IT education.

Authors are invited to make submissions for one of the following categories: research papers and Work in Progress papers.

Full Papers

  • Full Papers (minimum of 12 pages and a maximum of 16 pages in the Springer LNCS format: https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines) that report on completed research, inclusive of results.
  • Full papers will be reviewed by two reviewers following a double-blind peer review process. Papers will be evaluated according to their novel research contribution, methodological soundness, theoretical framing and reference to related work, quality of analysis, and quality of writing and presentation. Only original, unpublished research papers in English will be considered. 
  • As in previous years, a selection of the conference’s best full papers will be published in a Springer CCIS volume (Scopus-indexed).
  • Full papers not selected for the Springer CCIS publication will be eligible for inclusion in the SACLA 2024 conference proceedings.
  • All accepted full papers are DHET subsidy-bearing.
  • Accepted full papers must be presented at the conference to be published in either volume.
  • All submitted papers will undergo a pre-screening process by the programme chairs before sending them out for review. The programme chairs reserve the right to perform early rejection of any paper that does not meet the minimum quality/formatting/scope requirements.

Research-in-progress

  • Papers Research-in-progress papers (maximum of 8 pages) that report intermediate results of ongoing research projects which align with the conference scope.
  • Research-in-progress papers will be reviewed by members of the programme committee but will not undergo a double-blind review process.
  • Accepted research-in-progress papers will be published in the Work-in-Progress booklet and included in the conference pack and must be presented at the conference.
  • These submissions are not DHET subsidy-bearing. 

Workshop and Proposals

Interested parties who wish to chair a panel during the main conference or who wish to present a tutorial or workshop on Monday 17 OR 19 July are invited to submit in writing a proposal for their respective panel, or workshop via e-mail to sacla2024@mandela.ac.za by 15 February 2024.

  • Proposals for Panel Discussion (maximum of 3 pages). Panel discussion proposals should include the names of panel members. Proposals will be reviewed by members of the programme committee.
  • Workshop proposals are also invited. A workshop description, presenters, and time requirements must be provided. Members of the programme committee will review workshop proposals.

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