Conference 2024

11-12
JUNE

Unpacking AI for Teaching, Learning and Research.

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About the Conference

The University of Johannesburg Library, in collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, will host its annual conference on the 11 & 12 June 2024.

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The theme “Unpacking AI for Teaching, Learning, and Research” at the UJ Library International Conference reflects the pivotal role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in transforming the landscape of education and scholarly inquiry. This theme encourages exploration and discussion on how AI technologies can be harnessed to enhance teaching methodologies, facilitate innovative learning experiences, and revolutionize research practices. Libraries serve as dynamic hubs of knowledge, and the integration of AI opens up new avenues for librarians, educators, and researchers to leverage cutting-edge tools.

 

Programme

11 JUNE 2024 | 08h00 – 17h00
Day 1

Time (SAST)

Activity

Venues

08h30 – 09h00

Registration/ Tea & Coffee

Library Choir

09h00– 09h10

Welcome Address


Alrina de Bruyn, Director: Marketing & Events: UJ Library
09h10 – 09h30

Meet SPOT the Robot Dog

Dr Herman Myburgh and Dr Akinola Oluwole, Institute of Intelligent Systems, UJ

09h30 – 10h00

Keynote Speaker


Prof Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director, UJ Library

Talk title is: How to Reshape your HR in light of AI.
AI is here to stay. So what does this mean for us Librarians?


Q&A Session
10h00 – 10h40

DIALOGUE – Theme: Ethical and Responsible AI


Facilitator: Professor Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director, UJ Library

1. Dr GE Du Toit - University of Johannesburg

Title of talk: Redefining Academic Integrity and Plagiarism in the Age of AI: Navigating Ethical Challenges in the Digital Era.



2. Kingsley Owadara, AI Ethicist at the Pan-Africa Center for AI Ethics and Amao-Taiwo Bukola, Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Centre, University of Lagos

Title of talk: Implementing Explainable AI for Personalised Learning in African Contexts.



3. Dr Nomalanga Mashinini, Senior Lecturer in Cyber Law and Deputy Director for LLM Coursework Studies and Professor Clement Marumoagae, Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Title of talk: The role of higher education institutions in ensuring equitable access to artificial intelligence tools for law students





Q&A Session

10h40 – 11h00TEA/ COFFEE
11h00– 12h00

DIALOGUE – Theme: Human-AI Interaction in Education


Facilitator: Dr Nazeer Joseph, Head of Department: Applied Information Systems, UJ

1. Caroline Matshika, University of Johannesburg

Title of talk: AI-Driven Learning: Assessing the Impact of ChatGPT on Students' Understanding of Auditing Principles.



2. Gibson Muridzi and Shepherd Dhliway, University of Johannesburg

Title of talk: Investigating the role of Artificial Intelligence in transforming higher educational systems in Sub-Saharan Africa - a systematic literature review.



3. Gilbert Mahlangu, Lecturer, Department of Information and Marketing Sciences, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe, and Luke P. Magayo, Systems Analyst and Innovator, Manicaland State University, Mutare, Zimbabwe

Title of talk: Enhancing Collaborative Learning Experiences through Human-AI Interaction in the Classroom: A systematic Literature review.



4. Joshua Simuka, Harare Institute of Technology Postgraduate Unit of Strategy and Innovation School of Business and Management Sciences Harare, Zimbabwe.

Title of talk: Exploring the adoption of artificial intelligence applications in Zimbabwe State Universities.



5. Khutso Mnisi, Curriculum and Learning Design Specialist in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.

Title of talk: Negotiation of the Interplay between Human and Artificial Intelligence: A Human-AI Perspective.



6. Mpanza Zibusisozami Nozibusiso, PhD Student, Dr Philangani Sbiya, Supervisor and Dr Lungile Luthuli, Co-Supervisor. University of South Africa (UNISA)

Title of talk: Developing a Framework for teaching cataloguing and classification curriculum using Artificial Intelligence in selected South African LIS schools.



7. Dr. Lungile P Luthuli, Senior lecturer at the Department of Information Science, University of South Africa

Title of talk: Using Padlet to Generate Fruitful Ideas for Remote Learning.




Q&A Session


12h10 – 12h40

DIALOGUE - AI and Research



Facilitator: Dr Cornelius Niemand, Senior Lecturer, Department of Information and Knowledge Management, College of Business & Economics, UJ

1. Amao-Taiwo Bukola and Idolor Elohor Katherine, Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Centre, Blessing Yama Omokhoba, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory, University of Lagos

Title of talk: Empowering Learners or Widening Gaps? An Empirical Study on the Enablers and Barriers to AI Adoption for University of Lagos Academic Staff.



2. Kirstin Krauss, Research Advisor at Worldwide Information Services (WWIS)

Title of talk: Enacting AI ethics in writing and structuring academic manuscripts.




3. Lawrence Ruvinga, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences and Luke P. Magayo, Systems Analyst and Innovator, Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Title of talk: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Automated Literature Review Processes.




4. Reabetswe Mkosana, Research Prospective Candidate, University of Pretoria

Title of talk: Has the legal field embraced artificial intelligence? An analysis of the use of artificial intelligence tools for learning and legal research.




5. Lungile Mdanyana and Samuel Ncoyini, Library and Information Services, Walter Sisulu University

Title of talk: Exploring research trends on Artificial Intelligence in Libraries: A bibliometric analysis




Q&A Session


12h50 – 13h15

Keynote Speaker


Duren Munsami, Founder and CEO @ Nudle | Extended Reality Technology

Title of your talk: Empowering Tomorrow's Workforce: Extended Reality Simulations in Education

13h15 – 14h00

Lunch

14h00 – 14h30

Keynote Speaker


Adam Barry, Development Manager, Technology from Sage Talis, Lean Library & Sciwheel

Title of talk: Navigating the AI Landscape: Providing Library Guidance to Researchers at the Point-of-Need.


15h00 – 16h00

WorkShops

15h00 – 16h001. Technology From Sage

Title of Workshop: Empowering Librarians: Skills, Director Desires, and Upskilling

Presenter: Adam Barry, Development Manager, Technology from Sage Talis, Lean Library & Sciwheel


2. EBSCO

Title of Workshop: Grounding Research in Authoritative Data to Reduce Hallucinations

Presenter: Ashleigh Faith Director of Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Graph, and Semantic Search at EBSCO Information Services

3. Elsevier

Title of Workshop: Using Technology as a partner in research.

Presenter: Daneshree Moodley, Customer Success Manager Elsevier

4. The Department of Information and Knowledge Management & the Department of Applied Information Systems, UJ

Title of Workshop: Building a second brain: How to keep track of all your research

Presenter Dr Cornelius Niemand and Professor Josef Langerman

5. UJ Library

Title of Workshop: Five Things to Keep Students Returning to Your Trainings!

Presenter: Professor Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director and Dr Elize du Toit, Specialist Librarian

6. UJ Library

Title of Workshop: Unpacking the UJ Institutional Repository (UJ IR) and Research Data Repository

Presenter: Mutali Lithole, Specialist: E-Research & IR

7. Learning Curve

Title of Workshop: How AI makes Teaching and Learning simple

Presenter: Carla Ralph, Owner and Founder of Magenta SA. Adobe and CompTIA certified Trainer

Chinua Achebe Auditorium,Level 6










Alan Paton Auditorium, Level 3








Training Room, Level 2






Eskia Mphahlele, Level 2









Andre Brink, Level 2






Zakes Mda, Level 1







Ben Okri Level 1





16h30

Cocktail Dinner Event @ the Art Gallery

END

12 JUNE 2024 | 08h00 – 17h00
Day 2

Programme Director: Brian Mhlanga , Executive Coach, Strategist, Facilitator, Moderator, Broadcaster, Speaker and Organisational Psychologist

Time (SAST)

Topic

Venues
08h00 – 09h00Registration, and tea/coffee on arrival
09h00 – 09h20Opening and Welcome Address- Professor Sarah Gravett Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, University of Johannesburg

09h30 – 10h00Keynote Address - Matthijs van Otegem, University Librarian, Utrecht University, Library

Title of talk: AI and Open Science: who serves whom?


10h00 – 10h15Dr Herman Myburgh, Institute of Intelligent Systems, UJ and Potgieter Izak, PhD candidate and VR developer interested in developing VR and AI applications for education, cultural heritage and information management appropriate to the African context

Talk title: Automating Academic Referencing with AI

10h15 -10h45 Tea / Coffee
11h00 – 12h00

WORKSHOPS



1.Technology From Sage

Title of Workshop: Empowering Librarians: Skills, Director Desires, and Upskilling

Presenter: Adam Barry, Development Manager, Technology from Sage Talis, Lean Library & Sciwheel



2. EBSCO

Title of Workshop: Grounding Research in Authoritative Data to Reduce Hallucinations

Presenter:Ashleigh Faith, Director of Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Graph, and Semantic Search at EBSCO Information Services




3. Elsevier

Title of Workshop: Using Technology as a partner in research.

Presenter:Daneshree Moodley, Customer Success Manager Elsevier


4. The Department of Information and Knowledge Management & the Department of Applied Information Systems, UJ

Title of Workshop: Building a second brain: How to keep track of all your research.

Presenters: Dr Cornelius Niemand and Professor Josef Langerman


5. UJ Library

Title of Workshop: Five Things to Keep Students Returning to Your Trainings!

Presenters: Professor Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director and Dr Elize du Toit, Specialist Librarian.



6. UJ Library

Title of Workshop: Unpacking the UJ Institutional Repository (UJ IR) and Research Data Repository

Presenter: Mutali Lithole, Specialist: E-Research & IR

7. Learning Curve

Title of Workshop: How AI makes Teaching and Learning simple

Presenter: Carla Ralph, Owner and Founder of Magenta SA. Adobe and CompTIA certified Trainer





Chinua Achebe Auditorium, Level 6










Alan Paton, Level 3












Training Room, Level 2







Eskia Mphalele Level 2










Andre Brink, Level 2









Zakes Mda, Level 1






Ben Okri, Level 1
12h30 – 13h00

Keynote Address


Nick Tanzi, Assistant Director of the South Huntington Public Library.

Title of talk: The New Information Frontier: How Libraries Will Lead the Way in the Age of AI


Q&A Session

13h00 – 13h45Lunch
14h00 – 14h20

DIALOGUE – Theme: Professional Development in AI.


Facilitator: Prof Josef Langerman - Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department Postgraduate Programmes and Research Applied Information Systems, College of Business & Economics



1. Patience Nondumiso Mofokeng, Luke Babalola Department of Industrial Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology

Title of talk: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Student Engagement, Learning, and Research in Universities.



2. Solomon Marime, Gracious Mutipforo, Chipo Katsande, Tendai Muwani – Lecturers in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences

Title of talk: Teacher Training and Professional Development for AI Integration: Equipping Educators for the Future Classroom




Q&A Session

14h20 – 15h45

DIALOGUE: Theme: Student Perspectives on AI


Facilitator: Frederick Mavunduse, Campus Librarian, University of Johannesburg Library

1. Andrew Ennis, Faculty Librarian (Arts and Humanities), University of the Western Cape.

Title of talk: Student Perspectives on the Ethics of AI Usage in Academia: A Case Study at the University of the Western Cape.



2. Ivy Segoe, Faculty Librarian: Research and Sixolile Nkonyeni, Information Librarian: Humanities, University of Johannesburg.

Title of talk: AI (Artificial Intelligence) in Focus: Exploring User Perceptions on the Use of Generative AI in Literature Reviews.



3. Steriah M Simooya and Davies Phiri, University of Zambia, Nyondwa Zulu, Chalimbana University and Nelson Sakala, Ministry of Community Development and Social Services

Title of talk: Academic Originality and Artificial Intelligence (AI): Perspectives from Postgraduate Students at The University Of Zambia.



4. Dr Octavious Masunda, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Johannesburg.

Title of talk: The Role and Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Research: Insights from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).



5. Lister S. Tshuma, Researcher, National University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology Education, Department of Technical and Engineering Education and Training in Zimbabwe and Ms Doris Chasokela, Senior Lecturer at the National University of Science and Technology and a PhD student at the Central University of Technology in South Africa

Title of talk: Integration of AI Tutoring Systems to Personalise Learning for Students.



Q&A Session

CLOSING REMARKS: Brian Mhlanga

Programme Director

Executive Coach, Strategist, Facilitator, Mediator, Broadcaster, Speaker and Organisational Psychologist.
Brian Mhlanga

Executive Coach, Strategist, Facilitator, Mediator, Broadcaster, Speaker and Organisational  Psychologist.

Keynote Speakers

How to Reshape your HR in light of AI. AI is here to stay. So what does this mean for us Librarians?
Prof. Maria Frahm-Arp

Executive Director of the Library and Information Centre at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

Empowering Tomorrow's Workforce: Extended Reality Simulations in Education
Duren Munsami

the Founder and CEO of Nudle, an education technology company specializing in AI and Extended Reality (XR) simulations

AI and Open Science: who serves whom?
Matthijs van Otegem

University librarian at Utrecht University, the Netherlands

How to reshape your HR strategy in light of AI. Artificial intelligence is here to stay. So, what does this mean for us librarians?
Nick Tanzi

Assistant Director of the South Huntington Public Library

Navigating the AI Landscape: Providing Library Guidance to Researchers at the Point-of-Need.
Adam Barry

Development Manager: Technology from Sage Talis, Lean Library & Sciwheel

Presentations

Keynote Speaker: Professor Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director of the Library and Information Centre at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

Keynote Speaker: Adam Barry, Development Manager: Technology from Sage Talis, Lean Library & Sciwheel

Keynote Speaker: Matthijs van Otegem, University librarian at Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Workshop: Professor Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director of the Library and Information Centre at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

Keynote Speaker: Nick Tanzi, Assistant Director of the South Huntington Public Library

Call For Abstracts

This conference seeks to unravel the potential of AI applications in academia and libraires, exploring topics such as AI-driven information retrieval, personalized learning experiences, automated research assistance, and the ethical considerations surrounding AI in education. Participants will engage in conversations and workshops about practical implementations, share success stories, and deliberate on the challenges and opportunities presented by AI. By unpacking the multifaceted impact of AI on teaching, learning, and research, the conference aims to empower librarians to navigate the evolving landscape of information and technology, ensuring that libraries remain at the forefront of supporting knowledge dissemination and discovery in the digital age.  

Conference Sub- Themes:

  1. Ethical and Responsible AI
  2. Human-AI Interaction in Education
  3. AI and Research
  4. Professional Development in AI
  5. AI Policy and Governance in Education
  6. Student Perspectives on AI
  7. Global Perspectives on AI in Academia, Research and Libraries

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Abstracts should be emailed to renekap@uj.ac.za.
  2. Abstracts should be written in English and must not exceed 300 words.
  3. Include a clear title for the abstract.
  4. Clearly state the purpose, methodology, results (if applicable), and implications of the study.
  5. Provide a brief biography of the author(s), including affiliation and contact information.
  6. Submissions should adhere to APA style guidelines, seventh edition.
  7. Authors are encouraged to indicate the theme under which their abstract falls.

Important Dates:

  1. Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 April 2024
  2. Notification of Acceptance: 10 May 2024
  3. Conference Dates: 11-12 June 2024
  4. Due date for full papers: 30 September 2024

Publication Opportunities:

Selected full papers presented at the conference will have the opportunity to be published in the conference proceedings or an affiliated academic journal.

Contact Information:

For any inquiries regarding abstract submission or conference details, please get in touch with Reneka Panday at renekap@uj.ac.za

Join us in exploring the transformative potential of AI in education and contribute to shaping the future of teaching, learning, and research.

Our Partner

About the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) 
The ACU is an international organisation dedicated to bringing universities together to find solutions to global challenges. International collaboration is central to this ambition. Universities are the key to healthier, greener, fairer societies. None of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved without the contribution of higher education – through research, innovation, education, and community engagement.
The ACU champions higher education as a cornerstone of stronger societies, supporting its members, partners, and stakeholders as they adapt to a changing world.
Visit @The_ACUand follow www.acu.ac.uk

ACU Supporting Research Community
The Supporting Research Community is for all staff at ACU member universities who are involved in supporting the research process, including research management and administration, library services and researchers. The community creates a space for colleagues from across the Commonwealth to share knowledge, experience and good practice, keep up-to-date with the latest trends and opportunities, discuss issues and solutions, showcase the work of their team and university, and discover potential avenues for collaboration. The community also has a grant scheme. Find out more and join the community.

The two days will offer great speakers and entertainment and will be open to academic, public, school, and special Libraries to attend.
Day 1 will be an Open Day with Library sponsors and suppliers, stalls and engaging workshops.

Day 2 will be a complete Programme with robust conversations and excellent national and International Speakers. (Hybrid format).

 

 

TO OUR SPONSORS

To ensure a mutually beneficial partnership, we have curated a range of sponsorship tiers tailored to meet diverse marketing objectives. Your support at any of these levels would enhance your brand visibility and contribute significantly to our event’s success.
We need to create immersive learning experiences and networking opportunities. In doing this, the UJ Library and the Association of Commonwealth Universities will create avenues for exhibitors and sponsors to pass across their message and showcase their offerings to attendees. This gives sponsors maximum brand awareness and reconnecting to the Library communities.
 
We are excited to announce our upcoming Cocktail Dinner event, scheduled to take place on the 12th of June 2024. The event promises an evening of sophistication, fine dining, and networking, offering a unique platform to showcase your brand to an elite audience. Your esteemed company would be an excellent partner for this exclusive event.
 

Here are the options available for sponsorship:
Consider the following to create real value as an exhibitor and sponsor in our virtual or hybrid space.
R 6,500
(excl VAT)
  • BRONZE SPONSORSHIP

  • Logo on digital material. Includes branding on the registration page
  • Banner Appearance – physical and virtual.
  • Promotion on UJ Library Social Media Pages
  • Company logo and link to the company website on the conference website.
  • Exhibition tables during the two day conference.
Bronze
R 8,500
(excl VAT)
  • SILVER SPONSORSHIP

  • Logo on digital material. Includes branding on the registration page
  • Banner Appearance – physical and virtual.
  • Promotion on UJ Library Social Media Pages
  • Company logo and link to the company website on the conference website.
  • Exhibition tables during the two day conference.
  • Intros and Video Ads – a short video ad designed by the sponsor will be played during breaks for all online attendees. Videos will also be shared on social media pages pre-conference.
Silver
R 11,500
(excl VAT)
  • GOLD SPONSORSHIP

  • Logo on digital material. Includes branding on the registration page
  • Banner Appearance – physical and virtual.
  • Promotion on UJ Library Social Media Pages
  • Company logo and link to the company website on the conference website.
  • Exhibition tables during the two day conference.
  • As a sponsor, you can bring your own standard tablecloth, banners and any other material you would like to share with attendees.
  • Workshop opportunities for in-person attendees.
  • Intros and Video Ads – a short video ad designed by the sponsor will be played during breaks for all online attendees. Videos will also be shared on social media pages pre-conference.
Gold
R 60,000
(excl VAT)
  • PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP

  • Logo on digital material. Includes branding on the registration page
  • Banner Appearance – physical and virtual.
  • Promotion on UJ Library Social Media Pages
  • Company logo and link to the company website on the conference website.
  • Exhibition tables during the two day conference.
  • Speaking opportunity at the Gala Dinner
  • Sponsor the Cocktail Dinner Event, which will be branded. Elevate your brand with us.
  • Workshop opportunities for in-person attendees.
  • As a sponsor, you can bring your own standard tablecloth, banners and any other material you would like to share with attendees.
  • Intros and Video Ads – a short video ad designed by the sponsor will be played during breaks for all online attendees. Videos will also be shared on social media pages pre-conference.
Platinum

If you want to Sponsor this conference, download the form below and email the completed form to Reneka Panday at renekap@uj.ac.za

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