Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals has now Closed (except for Digital Posters and Vox Pops)

Information for presenters.

Conference theme

The conference theme is Create, connect, consume – innovating today for tomorrow. We would like to hear about the new innovations you are exploring in higher education. As such, we hope to have submissions from a wide range of professionals, including:

  • IT practitioners and managers
  • Librarians and knowledge managers
  • Teaching and learning technology practitioners and managers
  • Research technology practitioners and managers
  • Developers of information technologies and services for higher education
  • Teaching academics, academic developers and educational designers.

Suggested topics

To stimulate your thinking, we have consulted the following sources:

From their respective “top issues for 2014”, we have filtered the major themes, with sub-topics, as a guide. It is not intended to be exhaustive.

Supporting learning & teaching

Supporting research

IT as a catalyst

Reshaping the workforce

  • Online / hybrid / collaborative learning
  • Data-driven learning / assessment
  • Games & gamification
  • Competition from new educational models
  • Creator society
  • Learning spaces (physical / virtual)
  • Assisting faculty with IT
  • New forms of multidisciplinary research
  • Research digital outputs as collection materials
  • Research content accessibility
  • Data management / curation
  • Cross institutional research communities
  • Research as a driver for ICT innovation/uptake
  • Transforming institutional business functions
  • Digital strategy for the future
  • Consumerisation of IT
  • Outsourcing
  • Positioning IT as agile enabler / strategic partner
  • Rethinking roles / skills of librarians / information professionals
  • Staffing models

Leadership / partnership




  • Leadership for innovation
  • Establishing partnerships internal / external to the organisation
  • ePublishing
  • Evolving nature of scholarly record
  • Open content / open scholarship
  • Copyright / licensing
  • Open educational resources
  • Discovery happens outside the library
  • Mobile services / applications
  • Mobile content / delivery
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Global ecosystems / sharing / identity
  • Supporting strategic initiatives / changing behaviour
  • Learning analytics
  • Impact of new metrics
  • Social media

At THETA 2015, in addition to the customary 5 streams / tracks including Vendor Solutions, there will be two new streams / tracks: SPUSC (South Pacific User Services Conference) and QUESTnet (Queensland Education, Science & Technology Network). The following, as with the above topics, is intended as a guide to relevant topics for these two streams / tracks:



  • Transforming [end] user services
  • Security design (for digital/virtual/physical)
  • Impact of BYOD
  • Quality / standards
  • Communication/ expectations of services
  • Self-service portals
  • Cloud services
  • Strategic procurement
  • Emerging technologies
  • Identity and access management
  • Innovation in IT security

 Types of proposals

There are many ways you can participate in THETA 2015.  Traditional presentations will form an important part of the content; however we are seeking to create a dynamic program with other ways to engage and interact.  Here are some ideas.

Present a session

Concurrent sessions are short presentations  (25 minutes) around work you have undertaken or topics you have explored. They are conversation starters, providing enough information to encourage the audience to engage and seek further information.  Presentation submissions should include a 300-1000 word abstract.    If accepted for the program, you will have the option of completing a full paper for peer review.  Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings; however writing a full paper is not required.

Flip a session

More universities are offering flipped classrooms.  Instead of coming to class to listen to a lecture and then complete assignments, students study the topic first and then come to lecture for informed discussion.  At THETA 2015 you can flip your session, turning it into a facilitated discussion  (25 minutes) instead of a presentation.  Your submission should be a 300-1000 word abstract that includes a summary of the topic, a list of resources for review prior to the session, and a set of questions for discussion.  Prior to the conference we’ll remind delegates that if they are attending your session they should review the materials first in order to participate actively in the discussion.  As with other submission types, if accepted for the program you will have the option of completing a full paper for peer review.

Convene a point/counterpoint debate

A point/counterpoint session is a short debate (25 minutes)  on a hot topic.  Two debaters 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 from the THETA 2013 conference: “Technology is failing higher education”  and “Is there a template for online learning?”

Further information on these two debates can be found under the ‘Archive‘ tab.

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.

Host a Chat in The Lounge

The Lounge is an area with comfortable, moveable furniture to accommodate ad hoc meetings and chats.  If you’d like to do an informal demo, flock with some birds of a feather, or just be available for people to come and chat with you, you can reserve a timeslot.  Things that happen in The Lounge are by definition informal, but in order to put it on the schedule, submissions should include a description of the activity, and timeslots will be subject to availability.  Conference delegates can also use The Lounge for unscheduled, ad hoc meetings at any time.

Present a digital poster

In 2015 we are replacing the traditional, static poster with digital “posters”. The focus will be on an informal, interactive, brief description of your topic / project / concept. It will be uploaded so that delegates can participate virtually at their leisure and explore each topic of interest. You will be allocated time at the conference to answer questions.

  • Sessions will be scheduled during lunch and morning/afternoon teas
  • 55 inch landscape touch screen will be provided with your choice of windows or mac attached
  • 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)


Do you want to use a particular type of technology with your session or try out a non-traditional method?  Let us know what it is when you make your submission, and we’ll do our best to accommodate it.

Be a reviewer

We welcome reviewers!  This is an excellent way to contribute to the event.  If you are willing to review a few submissions in your area(s) of domain knowledge, please register your interest by sending an email to the Conference Organisers. Someone from the Program Committee will contact you to discuss how many and what type of submissions you are comfortable reviewing.  Reviews of abstracts will be done throughout the lead up to the event.

Proposal submission

You can enter a submission online from August 1, 2014.

Important things to note:

  1. Your abstract should be between 300-1000 words long.
  2. Enter your abstract in the Abstract field in the submission form. Please do not also attach it as a separate document.
  3. Check the submission types above for guidelines on what should be included in the abstract.
  4. Abstracts will be assessed against the selection criteria listed below.
  5. Submissions are due by 17 November.
  6. You can update your submission at any time until the deadline.
  7. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 23 December.
  8. If your abstract is accepted, you will have the option of submitting a full paper for peer-review.  A full paper is not required.

Consult Important dates for a complete list.

To participate, you will also need to register for the conference.

Selection criteria

Selections for all submissions will be based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the aim of promoting the intelligent use of information technology in higher education
  • Alignment with the conference theme and topics
  • 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.