I. General Information
The Association of Computer Adaptive Testing in Africa (ACATA) is an international professional organization of educational researchers and assessment experts committed to excellence in educational research and standardised assessment practices. For more detailed information on ACATA, please visit the website at https://acata.org/.
ACATA holds her maiden biennial conference in West Africa, where her secretariat is currently located. The conference will be hosted in a hybrid event that serves as an open forum for interdisciplinary and scholarly discussion of ideas among educational researchers and assessment practitioners. Conference participants have the opportunity to present their original research and draw implications for the broad educational and standardised assessment community. The conference programme primarily consists of empirical studies accepted through a blind review process. Additionally, there are invited presentations, symposia, and panel discussions that feature the biennial conference theme. Selected high-quality papers presented at the biennial conference would be invited to submit to the association’s Journal (JoCATiA, a peer-reviewed online journal). The 2023 ACATA Biennial International Conference will take place at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, from October 2-6, 2023.
II. Conference Theme
The theme of the 1st ACATA Biennial International Conference is “Focusing Africa on Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) for Assessment and in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Adaptive testing is a form of computer-based testing that adjusts the difficulty level of questions based on each examinee’s responses. This allows for a more accurate assessment of an examinee’s ability, as well as more efficient use of testing time. In the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), CAT has the potential to play a crucial role in accurate ability estimation relevant for the 21st Century demands. As industries become more automated and reliant on technology, educational assessment needs to adapt to new technologies such as CAT for process improvements leading to reliable certification. This year’s conference theme aims to stimulate discussions around empirical research designed to investigate various CAT possibilities to ensure 4IR-compliant assessment practices. We are particularly interested in proposals that address the conference theme in the following areas:
Area 1: Machine learning algorithms for CAT
Area 2: Projects involving Applications and implementations of CAT
Area 3: Technological Innovations for Deploying CAT
Area 4: Simulation studies to support Operational CAT
Area 5: Item Generation for CAT and Artificial Intelligence
Area 6: Educational Assessment and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Important note for students: To support graduate students’ research, ACATA will provide up to $50 conference registration support (depending on the registration type) to a maximum of three postgraduate students to present their research findings at the maiden biennial meeting. Once the paper proposal is accepted, the Lead Author can apply for conference registration support. ACATA strongly encourages postgraduate students to participate and present their CAT research findings at the conference. This is a great opportunity for students to interact with scholars in the field and obtain feedback for their scholarly work.
III. The Extended Abstracts
Description: The extended abstract involves a single paper with the following components: (a) Background, (b) Purpose and Significance of the Study, (c) Theoretical Framework, (d) Method, (e) Results or Preliminary Findings, (d) Discussion/Conclusion and (f) Reference list (In line with APA 7th edition).
Length: All extended abstracts should include a title- of 15 words or fewer (the titles for all accepted extended abstracts will be included in the conference program) with no more than 900 words excluding references. Please note that WE WILL NOT CONSIDER any proposal that exceeds the word limit.
Language/Format: Extended abstract should be prepared in English (British). All proposals must be submitted according to the prompts in the online submission system. You will be asked to upload a Word document (.doc or .docx) that includes the required components as specified above. Do not include any identifying information (e.g., author, affiliation) in the proposal and the filename (e.g., initials), as all submissions will undergo a blind review.
Eligibility: Both ACATA members and non-members may submit extended abstracts for review. An individual may not appear as the first author on more than two proposals. The proposal must present original research that has not been published elsewhere. If the proposal content is adapted from a previously presented or published study, it must include significant new insights to be considered. Each extended abstract may have no more than 5 authors.
Multiple submissions: You may submit a proposal that has been submitted elsewhere but has not been accepted at the time of submission to the ACATA conference. Once the proposal has been accepted elsewhere, you must notify the Conference Chair to withdraw your submission immediately. You may not present the paper with the same content at more than one conference.
IV. Extended Abstract Submission Information
Extended abstracts are accepted beginning from May 1, 2023, and ending on August 31, 2023 (by 11:59 pm, WAT). All proposals must be submitted electronically before the due date through JoCATiA online submission at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=1stacataconference.
|Submission of extended abstracts||The online submission portal opens on 1 May, 2023|
|Deadline for submission of papers||31 August 2023|
|Notification of paper acceptance||15 September 2023|
|Deadline for application for conference reg. support||31 July 2023|
|Response to applicants for conference reg. support||15 August 2023|
|Conference registration deadline||30 September 2023|
|Deadline for submission of final paper||20 September 2023|
|Conference Dates||2-6 October 2023|
Proposals submitted by fax, mail, or email will NOT be accepted.
V. Procedures and Policies
Review process: All submissions will be subjected to blind review by educational assessment experts. Evaluation criteria include the following: purpose and significance (originality and relevance to the conference theme), background (literature review), theoretical grounding, method (design, data collection, and analysis); results or preliminary findings; discussion/conclusion (implications for research and/or practices); quality of writing (clarity, organization, and professional style) and alignment to APA 7th Edition citation/referencing style. Proposals not following the guidelines specified above will be rejected immediately.
Notification: Proposal submitters will receive notification of the decision by the 15th of September, 2023. Only the first/corresponding author (for co-authored papers) will be notified of the acceptance (or non-acceptance) of the submission. The first author/corresponding author or session organizer is responsible for notifying all participants involved.
Withdrawal: All presenting authors must register for the conference on or before September 30, 2023. Failure to register for the conference will result in the proposal being removed from the program without further notice. If you are unable to attend the conference, please notify the Conference LOC Secretary (email@example.com) before September 30, 2023, to withdraw your presentation from the conference program. After September 30, 2023, no withdrawal will be accepted, and it is the responsibility of the presenter(s) to delegate another person to present.
VI. Special Journal Issues
Papers presented at the 1st ACATA International Conference will be considered for publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of Computer Adaptive Testing in Africa. All submitted papers will have the opportunity to be considered for this Special Journal Issue. The paper selection will be carried out during the peer review process as well as at the conference presentation stage. Submitted papers must not be under consideration by any other journal or publication. The final decision for paper selection will be made based on peer review reports by the Guest Editors and the Editor-in-Chief jointly. Selected full-text papers will be published online free of charge.
VII. Conference Fees and Registration
All conference participants with accepted papers are to pay the stipulated conference registration fees as follows:
|Physical Attendance||Online Attendance|
|High-income African countries||70USD||50USD||35USD||25USD|
|Middle-income African countries||50USD||30USD||40USD||20USD|
|Low-income African countries||30USD||20USD||15USD||10USD|
All delegates who may be interested in participating as non-paper presenters would also pay the prescribed fees.
VIII. Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
The 1st ACATA International Conference offers the opportunity to become a conference Testing Organisation Sponsor (National and International) or exhibitor (National and International). These are described below:
Testing Organisation Sponsor- National (N500,000)
This option is for testing organizations operating within Nigeria which will be explicitly acknowledged during the presidential address and will be able to include company literature in the attendee registration area. The organisation’s logo will be shown prominently at the bottom of the initial session announcement screen of plenary sessions and on the conference website and will redirect a click on the logo to the sponsor website. You may include a 200-word profile of your organization for the website.
Testing organisation Sponsor- International (USD$3000)
This option is for testing organizations operating outside Nigeria which will be explicitly acknowledged during the presidential address and will be able to include company literature in the attendee registration area. The organisation’s logo will be shown prominently at the bottom of the initial session announcement screen of plenary sessions and on the conference website and will redirect a click on the logo to the sponsor website. You may include a 200-word profile of your organization for the website.
Exhibitor – National (N300,000)
This option is for non-testing organizations operating within Nigeria, which will be explicitly acknowledged during the presidential address and will be able to include company literature in the attendee registration area. The organisation’s logo will be shown prominently at the bottom of the initial session announcement screen of plenary sessions and on the conference website and will redirect a click on the logo to the sponsor website. You may include a 100-word profile of your organization for the website.
Exhibitor- International (USD$1000)
This option is for non-testing organizations operating outside Nigeria, which will be explicitly acknowledged during the presidential address and will be able to include company literature in the attendee registration area. The organisation’s logo will be shown prominently at the bottom of the initial session announcement screen of plenary sessions and on the conference website and will redirect a click on the logo to the sponsor website. You may include a 100-word profile of your organization for the website.
Please, download the Conference Sponsorship Request HERE
Opportunity for partnership is also open. Please, download the Conference Partnership Request HERE.
International Steering Committee
Dr. Musa A. Ayanwale; University of Johannesburg, South Africa (Southern Africa)
Dr Mohammad Ramdan; Fayoum University, Egypt (North Africa)
Dr Bachir Adda; University Of Mustapha Stambouli, Algeria (North Africa)
Dr Eric Asare; West African Examinations Council, Ghana (West Africa)
National Steering Committee
Dr Maxwell E. Uduafemhe; NECO- National Examinations Council, Nigeria
Dr Esther Bamidele; NECO- National Examinations Council, Nigeria
Local Organising Committee
For questions, comments, or suggestions for this conference, please contact the Local Organising Committee (LOC):
Dr. Mayowa O. Ogunjimi
Faculty of Education
University of Ilorin, Nigeria
| Dr Dorcas S. Daramola
Faculty of Education,
University of Ilorin, Nigeria
|Dr Mohammed I. Jimoh
Faculty of Education,University of Ilorin, NigeriaEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference LOC Secretary:
Dr Jumoke I. Oladele
Faculty of Education
University of Ilorin, Nigeria
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