Conference: Shar-E-Fest July 2011

Dates: Monday 11th – Tuesday 12th July 2011
Venue: Waikato Institute of Technology: Hamilton

Concept: shar-E-fest is designed to be an ongoing forum where those engaged in e-activities – for example, delivering e-learning events, developing online learning resources/services, providing access to digital materials, creating virtual spaces, and improving the digital literacy of participants – can share their innovations and experiences.

Communication: Shar-E-fest 11 activities will be communicated and co-ordinated through a Crowdvine site created for this event (Click Here) (
Hashtag: The hashtag for the event is #sharefest11
Costs: Registration for shar-E-fest will open in May 2011 and the registration fee for the full 2 days has been set at $175 + GST. This includes all refreshment breaks.
Programme: The programme has been designed around two keynote presentations (Prof Thom Reeves from America confirmed keynote), five “hands-on” workshops/tutorials of 100 minutes (a computer room with 30 computers is available), thirty interactive sessions (demonstrations, round-tables, case studies and brief presentations) of 30 minutes and interactive posters.
Presentation Guidelines: A simple guide to preparing submissions is available on the social network site (Crowdvine) (Click Here) ( .
Call for Submissions: The first call for submissions will be made on March 18 and submissions will close on June 15.
Peer Review Process: All submissions will be peer-reviewed by two members of the organising committee using a concept of “rolling acceptance”.
What does this mean?

  1. When an author submits a presentation the peer review panel member receives an e-mail notification and can immediately begin the review process.
  2. If necessary peer reviewers can make “suggestions” to the authors of a submission for any changes.
  3. Authors can be notified quickly of the status of their proposal.

What are the benefits?

  1. No “backlog” of presentations to be reviewed on a set date
  2. Peer reviewers have a more positive role as “mentors” and/or facilitators
  3. Accepted authors have more time to make arrangements to attend shar-E-fest.
  4. Potential participants can review the potential “flavour” of the event


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