learning landscapes in southern africa

Call for Papers

e/merge 2006 - Learning Landscapes in Southern Africa is the second virtual conference on educational technology in the SADC region and builds on the e/merge 2004 conference. e/merge 2006 will take place online from 10 - 21 July 2006 and may include associated face to face events in a number of cities.

This conference focuses on online collaborative learning in our regional context of unequal access to technology and to education. This could involve both online and face to face interaction. We will prioritise high quality papers and presentations which demonstrate responsiveness to the context of learning in Southern African tertiary education including issues of digital divide, differential access to education, and diversity. We would envisage papers in the following areas:

  • Research Methodologies
  • Access to Learning Technologies
  • Theories and models of computer supported collaborative learning
  • Learning Communities
  • Staff Development
  • Learning Environments

We are also interested in receiving proposals for technology demonstrations and online workshops focused on the regional context.

All abstracts will be peer reviewed to ensure that an appropriate range of high quality presentations will be selected. There will be a maximum of 32 presentations in the formal programme. Presentations will be accepted in forms such as full text papers, slide-show presentations, web pages and narrated slide-show presentations. Presenters are encouraged to explore innovative technologies and methods of online presentation.

Each paper will be discussed online over a period of 3-4 days. Papers on similar themes may be grouped for discussion. Conference papers in the peer reviewed publication track may also be submitted for a peer reviewed special issue of The International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT).

e/merge 2006 will incorporate several tracks including:

  • Peer Reviewed Publication Track
  • Peer Reviewed Proposal
  • Invited presentations and workshops
  • Panel Discussions

Authors will retain copyright to submitted papers, while granting permission to the Centre for Educational Technology and the e/merge 2006 conference to publish the papers online and in print. The conference proceedings will become a publicly accessible online resource for the broader community after the conference. Conference delegates will receive a CD of the conference proceedings.

Proposals of up to 500 words should be submitted by email to proposals@emerge2006.net by 30 January 2006. Early submissions will be greatly appreciated as this will facilitate the review process.


  • Proposals of up to 500 words: Monday 30 January 2006
  • Notification of acceptance: Tuesday 28 February 2006
  • Peer reviewed papers of up to 4000 words submitted for review: Friday 28 April 2006
  • Acceptance of Final Peer Reviewed Papers: Wednesday June 14 2006
  • Conference Site open for Introductions: Friday 7 July 2006
  • Conference dates: Monday 10 July - Friday 21 July 2006

Review Panel
The Programme Advisory Committee will also be drawn from this panel.

  • Chair: Tony Carr, Staff Development Co-ordinator: Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town
  • Chair: Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz, Director: Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town
  • Professor Alan Amory, Director, Centre for Information Technology in Higher Education, University of KwaZulu Natal
  • Professor Johannes Cronje, Professor of E-Learning, Department of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Kitty den Boogert, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  • Ms Alice Goodwin-Davey, University of South Africa
  • Professor Elizabeth Henning, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg
  • Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson, Education Department, Rhodes University
  • Ms Catherine Kell, Learning Designer, Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning (CFDL), University of Auckland
  • Mr Elisha Kujeke, Principal Instructional Materials, Distance Education Primary Level, Department of Lifelong Education, Zimbabwe Government Correspondence Schools
  • Dr Pam Miller, Cape Town facilitator of the M.Ed in Computer Assisted Education, University of Pretoria and Computer Studies teacher at Pinelands High School, Cape Town
  • Dr Ton Mooij, Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Associate Professor Andrew Morrison, Intermedia, University of Oslo
  • Dr Dick N'gambi, Research Coordinator, Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town
  • Dr Martin Oliver, Senior Lecturer in ICT in Education, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Mr Fred Opali, Head of Department of Communication at the Polytechnic of Namibia
  • Mr Andrew Scholtz, Academic Computing Support Manager, University of Limpopo
  • Mr Geoffrey Seleka, Lecturer in Information Systems, University of Botswana
  • Professor Thomson Sinkala, School of Mines, University of Zambia
  • Ms Juliet Stoltenkamp, E-Learning Manager, E-Learning Division, University of the Western Cape
  • Ms Bronwyn Stuckey, Researcher, Department of Education, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Associate Professor Martin Terre Blanche, Department of Psychology, University of South Africa
  • Dr Antoinette van der Merwe, Deputy Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Stellenbosch University
  • Associate Professor Duan van der Westhuizen, Dept. of Mathematics, Science,Technology & Computer Education, University of Johannesburg