10-12 November 2021
Africa/Lusaka timezone

Call for Abstracts

UbuntuNet Alliance invites prospective authors to submit abstracts of at most 500 words detailing successes and lessons learnt in providing teaching and learning during the pandemic. Collaboratively authored contributions are encouraged and welcome. Submitted papers should preferably address the sub-themes described below. However, abstracts on topics that are interesting and relevant to research and education networking may be considered. Papers can be surveys, theoretical contributions and/or case studies.

Sub-theme 1: Success stories in the 'classroom' 

Papers in this theme should address the success stories from the delivery of lessons through an online, physical or blended approach of learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Papers can focus on infrastructure and services that enable online and offline continuity of education during the pandemic or on innovations in pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. 

Sub-theme 2: Success stories at the policy level 

Papers in this sub-theme should address intervention and measures initiated and introduced by national governments, teaching and learning institutions, science academies. Regulatory bodies, ministries, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies in ensuring that teaching and learning continues during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Sub-theme 3: Success stories in the research space
 

Papers in this sub-theme should address research studies that the research and education community has undertaken to generate information and knowledge around the Covid-19 pandemic. The studies could focus on generating knowledge on the behavior of institutions, organizations and individuals in research and education during the pandemic. Collaborative papers from authors from various organizations are encouraged. 

Sub-theme 4: Success stories on infrastructure and services

Papers in this sub-theme should focus on teaching and learning infrastructure as well as services that have helped sustain teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. The infrastructure and services could be those that go beyond the classroom such as Cloud services, eduroam, ediID or Identity federations. 

All abstracts will be double-blind-peer-reviewed by an international panel. Successful authors will be asked to prepare full papers, which the Alliance will publish in the Proceedings of UbuntuNet-Connect 2021. Abstracts should be submitted online  and arrive not later than Monday 6th September 2021.