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Call for Abstracts (presentations & workshops)

  

The Call for Abstracts is now closed.

The theme for the QUESTnet 2014 Conference is 'Transforming outcomes for the real world'.

Preparing students to be work ready and delivering research that is ‘production’ ready making the best use of all the digital resources available is the new normal for universities.  What is the defining value of the IT organisation in this paradigm?  What are the ranges of technologies, how are they optimally managed and what skills are required of the people?

The sub-themes are people, process and technology.

People

The commoditisation of many technologies has led to a dichotomy in the contemporary IT workforce.  Technical skills are less applied to the operation of individual elements and more applied to the complex integration required to keep all systems operating and all people connected around the clock.  Contract and service management are rising in importance.  QUESTNet 2014 will be a forum to share experiences about workplace redesign, workforce planning, specific skill development programs and training initiatives.

Processes

In the hybrid world good process management is the best option for harmonising people and technologies to produce better results. Strong service management processes are critical to ensure all the components run smoothly together and issues are dealt with promptly. Application of standards, well defined reference architectures and converged monitoring and reporting tools all contribute to ensuring the best outcomes for students, academics and researchers.  QUESTnet 2014 will be a forum to to hear stories from those who have transformed service management processes to incorporate multiple vendors, complex technologies monitored through single panes of glass and innovative self service portals.

Technology

The demands of technology in education and research institutions is increasing and morphing through changing pedagogical delivery and digital experimentation. Network technologies (devices, applications, platforms) are transforming the way people interact with each other. It is more than just a technology revolution that is going on, it is a technology lead social phenomenon changing almost every aspect of our lives. It is allowing for the creation on new and exotic tools improving agility (anywhere anytime), mobility (work from anywhere) and efficiency.  This changing landscape brings into play an exciting and complex environment that challenges us to work effectively across the traditional technology-domain based silos.  QUESTnet as always will be a forum to highlight innovative uses of technology, successful delivery of complex projects and leading edge implementations of new technologies.


GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS

You can submit an abstract for the following:

  • 35 minute paper presentation (concurrent)
  • Workshop (half or full day)

Abstract submissions will be accepted online until 5.00pm EDST Friday 18 April 2014 - Extended until Monday 12 May.

All abstracts must be uploaded and all changes finalised by this date.

Notification of acceptance: Authors will be notified via email from Friday 9 May 2014 - Extended until Friday 23 May.

35 minute paper presentation (concurrent)

30 minutes with 5 minutes question time. Your abstract (250 words) should summarise your presentation or workshop, including enough information for the program committee reviewers to understand the content you will be covering. 

Before submitting your abstract you will need to download the abstract template, complete and have ready to upload. Please note that you will only be able to upload Word files (.doc).

Download abstract template here


Half/full day workshop

Half or full day workshops are available from approximately 8.30am – 12.30pm and 8.30am – 5.30pm. Please use the above abstract template for your submission. Workshops will be held on Tuesday 1 July 2014 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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