Monday, August 30, 2010

Call for Participation - CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia 2011

This is a call for participation in CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia 2011, to be held 3-6 April 2011 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia. CCA is an abbreviation for CAUDIT, CAUL and ACODE – the three organisations involved in organising the event. Please see http://ccaeducause.caudit.edu.au for further details and to register as an author or a reviewer. Important dates are 16 September and 21 October, see below for more information.

Who should participate

Anyone with an interest in promoting the intelligent use of information technology in higher education, including:

  • IT practitioners and managers
  • Teaching and learning technology practitioners and managers
  • Librarians and knowledge managers
  • Developers of information technologies and services for higher education

Theme: The game has changed

The learning and teaching game has changed. No longer relying on the central platforms and services we choose to provide, students now make their own choices about the technology they will use. They come to the university with their own devices and methods of interacting, and they expect the university to leverage and integrate with these.

The research game has changed. Once self-contained within their labs and centres, the new paradigm of data-intensive science and research is driving researchers to collaborate across organisations and to exceed their lab's storage and computing capacity. They are looking for what the university can offer them.

The resources game has changed. Growing recognition of the costs to the university and to the environment of power usage and materials disposal requires us to think differently about the way we provide all of our services.

The technology game has changed. Disruptive technologies and service offerings from the cloud and the crowd are causing us to question our business and service models.

According to some leading thinkers, the very survival of the university is on the line if we're not able to adapt to the new rules and playing fields.

CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia 2011 asks: What game changers do you see in your organisation? What are the new rules and who are the players? What do we need to do to adapt? And what things remain constant, no matter what the external appearances of transformation?

Join us for a fascinating and provocative event as we explore these questions.

About the conference

EDUCAUSE is a non-profit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia is the only event carrying the EDUCAUSE name held outside the United States, with the last in Perth in 2009. The conference is unique in that it attracts a comprehensive range of practitioners and senior decision makers across the whole spectrum of Information Technology, Teaching and Learning, Library and Knowledge Management in tertiary education. It is run under the direction of CAUDIT (Council of Australian University irectors of Information Technology), CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians) and ACODE (Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning).

Important dates

If you would like to give a presentation at the conference you have the option of submitting either a 2-page extended abstract or a full paper to be refereed. Full paper submissions are due 16 September 2010. Abstract submissions are due 21 October 2010. Please see the conference website at http://ccaeducause.caudit.edu.au for more details.

Topics

The conference will provide a forum for exploring the most important issues facing higher education information technology and educational leaders. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Green IT
  • Cloud computing
  • The student experience
  • eResearch and eScholarship
  • eLearning and educational technologies
  • Widening access and increasing participation
  • Sustainable and engaging learning environments
  • Driving IT value through strategic planning and governance
  • Data management, business intelligence, storage and archiving
  • Identity and access management and information security
  • Service management and creating a service culture
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Sustainability of funding and resources
  • Work force planning
  • Enterprise architecture
  • ERP systems

Types of participation

There are many ways you can participate in CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia 2011. Traditional presentations will still form an important part of the content; however we are seeking to create a dynamic program with other ways to engage and interact. Here are some ideas.

Present a session

Concurrent sessions are short presentations around work you have undertaken or topics you have explored. They are conversation starters, providing enough information to encourage the audience to engage and seek further information. Presentation submissions should include EITHER a full paper to be blind peer reviewed OR a 2-page abstract and short speaker bio of 150 words or less. Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings; however writing a full paper is not a requirement.

Convene a point/counterpoint debate

A point/counterpoint session is a short debate on a hot topic. Two debaters each present their case for opposing sides of a question, with the audience voting on the outcome. Point/counterpoint submissions should include the question, a brief explanation of the issue, and short bios of the two debaters. Two example questions from the EDUCAUSE 2009 conference: "Green IT: Conscience or Wallet?" and "Disrespectful and Time-Wasting, or Engaged and Transformative? The Mile High Twitter Debate."

Convene a lightning round

A lightning round features 3-6 very short presentations by different speakers about aspects of the same topic. Lightning rounds are ideal for showing how different organisations or different areas within an organisation are dealing with the same issue. Lightning round submissions should include the main topic, the list of speakers, and the titles and brief descriptions of their talks.

Host a chat in The Lounge

The Lounge is an area with comfortable, moveable furniture to accommodate ad hoc meetings and chats. If you'd like to do an informal demo, flock with some birds of a feather, or just be available for people to come and chat with you, you can reserve a timeslot. Things that happen in The Lounge are by definition informal, but in order to put it on the schedule, submissions should include a description of the activity, and timeslots will be subject to availability. Conference delegates can also use The Lounge for unscheduled, ad hoc meetings at any time.

Present a poster

Posters enable individuals or groups to display information about innovative projects or activities in an informal, interactive environment. Posters will remain in the display area throughout the conference. A poster reception will be held Mon 4 April 5:00-6:15pm to allow poster presenters to stand near their posters and talk with delegates.

Be a reviewer

We welcome reviewers! This is an excellent way to contribute to the event. If you are willing to review a few submissions in your area(s) of domain knowledge, please register your interest by creating an account at http://ccaeducause.caudit.edu.au and ticking the Reviewer box at the bottom, or by sending an email to ccaea@caudit.edu.au. Someone from the Program Committee will contact you to discuss how many and what type of submissions you are comfortable reviewing. Reviews of full paper submissions will be done in October 2010, and reviews of abstract submissions will be done in November 2010.

Mentoring service

If your submission is accepted and you would like the opportunity to hone your presentation or session before the conference, we'll help to match you up with a mentor to be your practice audience. If you're an experienced presenter and would like to register your interest in being a mentor, please send us an email at ccaea@caudit.edu.au. This is a great way to contribute to the conference and to meet other delegates.

CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia 2011 promises to be a truly outstanding event. We hope you'll be able to join us at the conference.

Peter James
Conference Chair, CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia 2011 and
Director IT infrastructure and Operations, University of Technology Sydney

Website: http://ccaeducause.caudit.edu.au
Enquiries: ccaea@caudit.edu.au

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