Call for Papers

SACLA'16 is committed to the original motivation of the very first SACLA meetings more than forty years ago: to provide a forum at which lecturers of computer science and informatics can discuss contemporary issues of lecturing these subjects at tertiary education level. SACLA'16 is thus not a general-purpose multi-theme computer science conference, as many other of such general multi-theme conferences already exist, both in South Africa as well as in other parts of the world. For the remainder of this Call for Papers, the following abbreviations are herewith defined: "ICS" = "Informatics and/or Computer Science", and "TE" = "Tertiary Education" (i.e.: at Universities and Colleges of Technology).

THEMES AND CATEGORIES of Suitable Papers:
With the motivation of above, SACLA'16 calls for original research papers as well as noteworthy experience reports in all matters concerning the lecturing (teaching) of ICS in institutions of TE.
Relevant contemporary topics might include – for example:
* ICS MOOCs,
* Didactics and Methods of Teaching for ICS in TE,
* ICS Curricula Development in TE: Scientific-theoretical versus Industrial-practical Orientation,
* Didactic Software and Educative Support Tools for ICS in TE,
* Program-Code Plagiarism, Ghost-Writing, and Counter-Measurements,
* Ethical Problems in the Teaching of ICS at TE level,
* Students' Behaviour, Self-Perceptions, Plans and Aspirations within their ICS Learning Environment at TE level,
* Problems with Literacy, Numeracy and Logic amongst contemporary Students of ICS,
* Transition of Newly Graduated Middle-School Pupils into their ICS Curricula at TE level: Factors of Success or Failure,
* Transition of Newly Graduated ICS Students into their After-TE Employment-Environments: Factors of Success or Failure,
* Marks/Grades-Inflation and/or Assessment Standards/Quality Changes,
* International Comparability of Degrees and Levels of Knowledge/Skill/Performance amongst ICS Students at TE level,
* Effects of the ongoing Massification and Commodification of TE upon the ICS Teaching and Learning Environment,
* Humboldt's Question: Separation or Combination of Teaching and Research in small or large ICT Departments at TE institutions?,
* Longitudinal studies in ICT education: Past-versus-Presence Comparisons and plausible Future Trends,
* Social Role Problems and/or Career Issues of ICT Academics from Junior Lecturer to Emeritus Professor at TE institutions.
* Computing lecturer's general matters: Best/worst practices, success/failure experiences.

Within those themes and topic fields, two types of submissions are possible:
* full-length (approx. 16 LNCS pages) research papers or practical experience reports with solid results, or
* short-papers (approx. 6 LNCS pages) for interesting and promising "work in progress".
Submissions in both categories will be rigorously reviewed by our programme committee for quality in contents and style of presentation.
Any rejection decisions are final: there will be no "rebuttal" phase after the review.

Submission and Publication:
The paper submission phase is now CLOSED; the review process has started.
Accepted papers will be available as informal pre-proceedings at the conference.
For the publication of the revised post-proceedings after the conference we have won SPRINGER-Verlag as our highly esteemed publisher.
Accepted papers must be presented, otherwise they will not be published in the revised post-proceedings after the conference.