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1st International Conference of the African Virtual University




All proposals should be submitted via email to
arrow-readon [email protected]


Call for Papers

2013 1st International Conference of the African Virtual University 

Theme: Integrating eLearning and Open Education to Increase Access to Quality Education and Training in Africa

Dates: November 20-22, 2013
City: Nairobi, Kenya Venue: TBA


Thematic Areas

Proposed topics should consider the opportunities and/or challenges of the integration of eLearning and Open Education to increase access to quality education and training. Preferred topics can be drawn from, but is not limited to the following thematic areas:

  1. Open Education: issues including Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  2. Infrastructure & Access: issues including access to open and eLearning content, learning centers, mobile learning, delivery technologies, Internet connectivity etc.
  3. Accreditation and Quality Assurance
  4. Management and Delivery of open, distance and eLearning courses and programs: issues including leadership, policy, strategy, administration, financing, recruitment & retention of students, academic programs delivery & management, technology, learner support and faculty development, gender issues etc.
  5. Content: Issues in curriculum design, development & delivery, including in the following areas Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Education, Computer Science and Peace & Conflict Studies etc.
  6. Gender: Issues in Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) Education
  7. Design: design of instruction for various teaching and learning scenarios including online and blended formal courses, self-directed, student-centered learning, problem based learning, collaborative learning etc.
  8. Assessment and Evaluation: online assessment, E-portfolios, face-to-face assessment, recognition of prior learning, learning analytics, etc.
  9. Emerging media and technologies: including in mobile learning, flipped classrooms, 3-D printing etc.
  10. Strengthening institutional capacity for sustainable eLearning


Important Dates:

  • Call for submissions opens: 19th April 2013
  • Deadline for submissions: 27th June 2013 (mail to [email protected])
  • Feedback to participants: 31st July 2013
  • Final submission of full papers: 15th September 2013


Proposal Categories

Proposals can be submitted in any of the following categories:

  • Individual Paper: Individual papers provide an opportunity to share quality and original research. These may feature research studies, evaluations, significant reviews, developments or projects.
  • Group Panel: The panel sessions provide an opportunity to present on topics that clearly share a central theme. Each panel will be composed of a maximum of three paper proposals.
  • Poster/Digital Poster: The poster session provides an opportunity to display information about research in progress and innovative projects or activities in an informal, interactive environment.
  • Workshop: Workshops contribute towards professional development and provide an opportunity to engage with colleagues and experts in specific fields, to acquire knowledge, enhance skills and develop broader perspectives.


arrow-readon All proposals should be submitted via email to [email protected]

Submission Guidelines for Presentations

  • The following guidelines apply to individual paper, group panel and poster proposals. You must indicate if you want submission to be considered for an individual paper, group panel or poster session.
  • Proposal submissions should be 2,000 words or fewer in length (excluding references, tables, charts, graphs, and figures). References should be included (if applicable) at the end of the paper and are not included in overall word count.
  • To be considered for review, all seven elements described below must be addressed in the paper even if the results, conclusions, or findings are not complete or final at the time of the submission. The paper needs to address and provide reviewers with an understanding of the results and findings to date. The paper should deal explicitly with the following elements, preferably in this order:
    1. Objectives or purposes of the paper.
    2. Perspective or theoretical/conceptual framework
    3. Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry
    4. Data sources, evidence, objects, or materials
    5. Results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for arguments/point of view
    6. Scientific or scholarly significance of the study or work
    7. Relevance of the study to the theme of the conference — "Integrating eLearning and Open Education to Increase Access to Quality Education and Training in Africa."


Proposal Submission Review and Selection Process

  • A proposal of not more than 2,000 words as per the format described above must be submitted along with the abstract
  • On the cover page, include:

    - The author(s) and presenter(s) name, institutional affiliation and email address.
    - Provide five keyword descriptors (to help in programming).
    - An abstract of not more than 300 words.

  • Proposals will be peer reviewed by at least two experienced scholars. To help us ensure a blind review, we request that you do not include any identifying information on the actual body of the paper; this should be limited to the cover page.
  • Proposal submissions that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings and will also be considered for publication in the upcoming online journal of the AVU with the consent of the author.


Submission Guidelines for a Workshop

Submissions for workshop proposal should include the following information:

  1. On not more than 2 pages, describe the objectives of the workshop, the target audience, instructional goals, and activities planned for the workshop.
  2. Provide a list of the names and institutional affiliations of workshop presenters.
  3. Provide a list of equipment or room set up requirements.


Send all your queries relating to the conference to [email protected]