Call for Submissions now closed

The deadline for Submissions closed on 21st November 2016

The Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) is now closed for 2017 Conference submissions, addressing the key theme “Connecting Minds. Creating the Future”. The THETA Conference presents an opportunity for sharing of ideas, new innovations and experience in the areas of Information Technology, Teaching and Learning, Library and Knowledge Management in higher education across Australia, New Zealand and Overseas. The Conference provides an ideal forum to present and publish the latest results of research, development, and deployment of Information Technology in Tertiary Institutions.

Seven Sub-Themes

We invited submissions which addressed the theme “Connecting Minds. Creating the Future” and within the following sub-themes:
•    Digital Transformation
•    Innovation in Learning and Teaching
•    Technology Innovation and Service Management
•    The Research Ecosystem
•    The Next Generation Library
•    Strategic Leadership
•    People, Culture and Capability

The review of all submissions for each sub-theme will be overseen by the THETA 2017 Programme Committee to ensure the best possible conference programme.  To stimulate your thinking, we have provided a range of areas of interest for THETA 2017. It is not intended to be exhaustive.
Have a look at the sub-theme ideas here

Types of Proposals

THETA 2017 offers many ways to participate as a presenter.  Traditional presentations will form an important part of the content to create a dynamic programme with other ways to engage and interact.  Here are some ideas:

THETA Squares 30x30  Present a session

Concurrent sessions are short presentations (25 minutes).  Accepted papers will be included on the conference website.
View the template guidelines for Presenting a Session

THETA Squares 30x30  Convene a point arrow 2counterpoint debate

This session is a short debate (25 minutes) on a hot topic.  Two debaters will each present their case for opposing sides of a question, with the audience voting on the outcome.  The abstract for a point/counterpoint submission should include the question, a brief explanation of the issue, and short bios of the two debaters.  Two example subjects: “Technology is failing higher education” and “Is there a template for online learning?”.
View the template guidelines for Convene a Point

THETA Squares 30x30  Convene a lightning round or community of practice

A lightning round (25 minutes) features 3-6 very short presentations by different speakers about aspects of the same topic.  Lightning rounds are ideal for communities of practice and for showing how different organisations or different areas within an organisation are dealing with the same issue.  The abstract for a lightning round or community of practice submission should include the main topic, the list of speakers, and the titles and brief descriptions of their talks.
View the template guidelines for Convene a Lightning Round

THETA Squares 30x30  Present a digital poster

The focus is on an informal, interactive, brief description of your topic / project / concept.  It will be uploaded for delegates to participate virtually at their leisure and explore each topic of interest.  During THETA 2017 you will be allocated time to briefly present and answer questions. Poster sessions will be scheduled during lunch and morning/afternoon teas.
•    55 inch landscape screen will be provided with your choice of Windows or iOS for Apple systems.
•    If additional equipment/plugins are required please include this in your submission.
Please note: Consideration should be given to the quality of any images and the size and legibility of any fonts used (min 20pt font).
View the template guidelines for Presenting a Poster

THETA Squares 30x30  Post Conference Workshop (Half or Full Day)

Workshop sessions are in-depth presentations and discussions, generally interactive.
View the template guidelines for a Post Conference Workshop


Cash prizes are awarded for the best in each of the following categories.  Please note: an individual category must have a minimum of eight entries in order for third place to be awarded.

Activity First prize Second prize Third prize
Best paper $500 $250 $100
Audience favourite presentation $500 $0 $0
Digital poster $500 $250 $100
Student paper/presentation $500 $250 $100

Selection Criteria

Selections for all submissions will be based on the following criteria:
•    Alignment with the conference theme and sub-themes
•    Alignment with the aim of promoting the intelligent use of information technology in higher education
•    Potential to be engaging and enhance the conference
•    Evidence of having thought carefully about the topic, including an awareness of its larger context
•    Quality of the submission – clarity and readability and sufficiency of information
•    In the case of a project, the submission discusses work that is completed or well advanced, rather than work in early planning stages.


All accepted abstracts from all the sub-themes and the submitted full papers will be published online, prior to the Conference. Accepted abstract/papers must be presented at the conference by one of the authors. All presenters must register and pay the appropriate fee to attend.

Now that you have submitted an Abstract or Paper

Important things to note:

1. Abstracts will be assessed against the selection criteria listed above.
2. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 20th January 2017.
3. Should your abstract by accepted, you will be invited to update the full information via the THETA Conference Submission System.












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