Theme: “Towards Digital Transformation in Education and Research”


16th – 17th September 2021

Dar es Salaam, the United Republic of Tanzania


The digitisation phenomena characterised by new technologies innovated out of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the 21st century offers unprecedented breakthroughs such as artificial intelligence, Big Data analytics, edge computing, Internet, social media, augmented reality, mobile technologies, blockchain, cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, open education resources, robotics and shared economy applications. These technologies have renewed interest by higher learning and research institutions to investigate their potential to solve the existing challenges in order to shape the future. It is in this context that the Tanzania Education and Research Network (TERNET) through its first international conference on digital transformation in education and research is inviting practitioners, researchers, and industrialists to explore novel ideas, share topical research findings, discuss lessons learned and success stories, map out major challenges, and collectively debate on future directions for education and research. The conference sub-themes are: (a) Strategic Planning for Digital Transformation, (b) Technical Solutions and Tools for Digital Transformation, (c) Education Technologies and e-Learning, and (d) Research and Collaboration.


Sub-themes descriptions

1. Strategic Planning for Digital Transformation

Abstracts submitted under this theme should cover HERIs efforts and activities that guide the process of setting priorities, allocating resources, and strengthening operations that ensure the institutional goals are met. In light with recent COVID-19 pandemic situation, abstracts covering issues related to coping mechanisms are highly encouraged under this theme. Activities around performance appraisal and work environment assessment to adjust the organization’s direction in response to a changing environment are also encouraged.

2. Technical Solutions and Tools for Digital Transformation

Abstracts submitted under this theme should cover innovative solutions and tools that have enabled/are enabling HERIs digital transformation. Example of such solutions and tools are information systems and others used for monitoring, documentation, optimization, end user support, digital transformation assessment, technology management, etc

3. Education Technologies and E-learning

Abstracts submitted under this theme should cover any area involved in infusing technologies in the classroom. Areas such as methodologies employed, available opportunities, successes, and challenges are attractive under this sub-theme.

4. Research and Collaboration

As we all understand, collaboration is the bread and butter of scientific research. Abstracts submitted under this theme should cover areas of collaborative research and associated support systems such as those provided by Elsevier and similar platforms. Research work on digital transformation is also encouraged under this sub-theme.