TL;DR - Teaching the New Generation!

Virtual Conference - 6 to 9 July 2020

New Conference proceedings added

Important Dates

Papers due: 28 February 2020
Paper acceptance: 20 April 2020
Final papers: 4 May 2020
Registration opens: 12 June 2020
Registration closes: 4 July 2020

Call for Papers

SACLA 2020, the 49th Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers’ Association, provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of original research and practical experiences in teaching and learning of Computing and related disciplines.

The conference programme will include full academic papers, short and discussion papers, panels/workshops, plenary keynote addresses, and demonstrations of innovative tools from researchers and industrial partners.

The conference theme for 2020 is TL;DR - Teaching the New Generation! In line with this theme, we invite national and international submissions that focus on practical experiences and successes in computing education at tertiary level, in the following topic areas:

  • Classroom innovation, and assessment of the impact thereof
  • Novel tools developed, or novel use of existing tools, for learning and/or assessment
  • Research undertaken to investigate aspects of computing education
The intention is to help others become better computing lecturers.

Note In addition to this, a separate track has been added for general research in Computer Science and Information Systems. This is particularly to aid early career academics who are looking for a less formal setting to present their research. Papers for this track may be submitted in any of the submission categories below, and will go through the same reviewing processes.

  • FULL PAPERS (maximum of 16 pages) that report on completed research, inclusive of results.
  • SHORT PAPERS (maximum of 8 pages) that report on works in progress with significant intermediate results.
  • DISCUSSION PAPER ABSTRACTS (maximum of 3 pages) that cover the conference theme and are of a basic academic standard.
  • PROPOSALS FOR PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND WORKSHOPS (maximum of 3 pages). Panel discussion proposals should include the names of panel members.

Review Process
  • Full paper submissions will be reviewed by at least three 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 unpublished research papers in English will be considered.
  • Papers may be evaluated for originality by using an online tool such as Turnitin.
  • Short papers and discussion paper abstracts will be evaluated by programme committee members, but will not be double-blind peer reviewed.
All accepted papers must be presented in person at the conference.

  • It is planned that a selection of the conference’s best papers will be published in a Scopus-indexed volume (for example, see the SACLA 2017 publication).
  • Full papers not selected for the Scopus-indexed publication will be included in the SACLA 2020 proceedings, to be made available on the SACLA 2020 web site. These papers are DHET subsidy-bearing.
  • Full papers not accepted for either the Scopus-indexed volume or the SACLA 2020 proceedings may be reworked to a short or discussion paper. All accepted short papers (author agreement required) will be included in Addendum A in the SACLA 2020 proceedings, to be made available on the SACLA 2020 web site. These papers are not DHET subsidy-bearing.
  • Accepted discussion paper abstracts will be included (author agreement required) in Addendum B in the SACLA 2020 proceedings, to be made available on the SACLA 2020 web site. These papers are not DHET subsidy-bearing.

Author Guidelines
  • All papers must follow the Springer template.
  • Authors should guarantee the anonymity of their submissions by removing names and affiliations from the first page and elsewhere in the paper that would allow reviewers to easily identify authors.
  • All papers must be submitted via Easy Chair.
  • The deadline for paper submission is 28 February 2020, with notification of paper acceptance no later than 20 April 2020.
Any queries about the conference should be directed to the conference secretariat.