3-4  January, 2019
University of Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia

THEME: Effective Learning in Low-Tech Information Environments



A low-technology or low-tech information environment is one with relatively unsophisticated technological development or equipment. For example, many institutions operate in areas with little or no Internet access or operate in infrastructure-light but mobile-heavy environments.

Even with rapid developments in technological infrastructure in many parts of the world, low-tech information environments persist for many reasons. For instance, institutional cultures and mindsets simply do not support organisational changes in information technology; the push for greener and healthier information practices may sometimes favour low-technological environment; or the lack of infrastructure or resources may render organisations and institutions to adopt adaptable and often low-tech solutions.

This regional conference will focus on effective learning in such contexts. We are interested in (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Learning in low-tech information environments across different organisational contexts
  • Case studies of information worlds, cultures, social dynamics, and access from the Asia-Pacific region
  • Green information systems and learning
  • Implementation of high-tech information and technological strategies in low-tech environments
  • Pedagogical approaches, models, and theories for effective learning in low-tech environments
  • Learning in formal and informal low-tech settings
  • Strategies and challenges for learning in low-tech information environments
  • Evaluation and assessment of learning in low-tech environments
  • Research methods, ethics and implementation of learning in low-tech environments
  • Innovation of learning in low-tech information environments
  • The future of learning in low-tech environments

We invite papers, posters, panels and workshop submissions centred on this theme from or relating to the Asia-Pacific region. Work that reflects the broader mandate of ASIS&T, regarding the creation, representation, storage, access, dissemination and use of information, media and records, and the systems, tools, and technologies associated with these processes will also be of interest. The conference embraces plurality in methods and theories, and encompasses research, development and practice from a broad spectrum of domains, as encapsulated in ASIS&T’s many special interest groups (SIGs). Please note that at least one of the authors must register for the conference in order for an accepted paper to be part of the proceedings.

Opportunities for publications Papers accepted by this conference will be invited to publish in a special issue in the following journals:

  • Information and Learning Sciences
  • Data and Information Management
  • Pakistan Journal of Information Management and Libraries
  • Education for Information

The three best conference papers (short or full) accepted by this conference will be nominated for submission to JASIST, a top journal in Information Science and Technology. These 3 papers need to be enriched, expanded and/or extended before they can be submitted to JASIST. To maximize the chance of having these papers accepted by JASIST, three experienced researchers, who have published in JASIST before, will be invited to provide mentorship to the authors of these conference papers. However, the 3 papers will still need to go through the regular rigorous peer review process of the journal.

Authors may also enhance their short papers or posters and submit them as full paper for the ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2019 (a major international conference in Information Science) to be held in Australia.


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