SACLA 2019, the 48th Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers’ Association, provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of original research and practical experiences in teaching and learning of Computing and related disciplines.

The conference programme will include full academic papers, short and discussion papers, panels/workshops, plenary keynote addresses, and demonstrations of innovative tools from researchers and industrial partners.

The conference theme for 2019 is Computing Matters of Course! In line with this theme, we invite national and international submissions that focus on practical experiences and successes in computing education at tertiary level, in the following topic areas:

  • Classroom innovation, and assessment of the impact thereof
  • Novel tools developed, or novel use of existing tools, for learning and/or assessment
  • Research undertaken to investigate aspects of computing education

The intention is to help others become better computing lecturers.


  • FULL PAPERS (maximum of 16 pages) that report on completed research, inclusive of results.
  • SHORT PAPERS (maximum of 8 pages) that report on works in progress with significant intermediate results.
  • DISCUSSION PAPER ABSTRACTS (maximum of 3 pages) that cover the conference theme and are of a basic academic standard.
  • PROPOSALS FOR PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND WORKSHOPS (maximum of 3 pages). Panel discussion proposals should include the names of panel members.

Review process

  • Full paper submissions will be reviewed by at least three reviewers following a double-blind peer review process.
  • Papers will be evaluated according to their novel research contribution, methodological soundness, theoretical framing and reference to related work, quality of analysis, and quality of writing and presentation.
  • Only unpublished research papers in English will be considered.
  • Papers may be evaluated for originality by using an online tool such as Turnitin.
  • Short papers and discussion paper abstracts will be evaluated by programme committee members, but will not be double-blind peer reviewed.

All accepted papers must be presented in person at the conference.


  • It is planned that a fine selection of the conference's best papers shall appear in a Springer Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) volume. CCIS is abstracted/indexed in DBLP, Google Scholar, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, SCImago, and Scopus. CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings.

See the SACLA 2017 publication:

  • Full papers not selected for the Springer publication will be included in the SACLA 2019 proceedings, to be made available on the SACLA 2019 web site. These papers are DHET subsidy-bearing.
  • Full papers not accepted for either the CCIS volume or the SACLA 2019 proceedings may be reworked to a short or discussion paper. All accepted short papers (author agreement required) will be included in Addendum A in the SACLA 2019 proceedings, to be made available on the SACLA 2019 web site. These papers are not DHET subsidy-bearing.
  • Accepted discussion paper abstracts will be included (author agreement required) in Addendum B in the SACLA 2019 proceedings, to be made available on the SACLA 2019 web site. These papers are not DHET subsidy-bearing.

Author guidelines


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