SOTL in the South

University of Johannesburg

24 – 27 July 2017         |         University of Johannesburg, Bunting Campus


The University of Johannesburg, in collaboration with colleagues at other South African universities, including UWC, CPUT and RU, will host an international conference, which focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning in the global South. It will showcase exciting and innovative research methods, new findings and feature provocative debates.

Why a conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) in the South?

The scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education has gained momentum and credibility internationally. It is seen as an important means to enhance teaching and learning and to support the professionalization of academics with regard to their teaching role. It is also a means to contribute to the body of knowledge on teaching and learning in higher education. The scholarship of teaching and learning has gained significant momentum in Southern Africa. Many universities have put considerable moral and material support behind this scholarly activity and it is time to celebrate and disseminate these achievements. Since the #Fees must fall and #Rhodes must fall student campaigns beginning in 2015, there has been a growing debate in South Africa about the appropriateness of the content of our curricula, and an interest in looking towards the South for additional or alternative methods and content.

International models and debates are valuable. However it would be useful to contextualise these in relation to challenges and opportunities provided by settings such as the global South, which have not received as much attention. Further, the consolidation of a rigorous and creative scholarly SOTL community in the South will enrich international theories and ideas.


Call for contributions

Proposals for oral presentations, posters and panels are welcomed. We are also interested in proposals suggesting interesting and innovative measures to share knowledge (eg performance, visual display) and communication forms drawing on indigenous knowledge systems.

We hope to receive contributions from postgraduate and undergraduate students, and encourage academics to support students to generate such contributions.  Possible topics for research into teaching and learning in higher education that will be featured at the conference include, but are not restricted to:

  • Research on teaching and learning in the disciplines
  • Collaborative and interdisciplinary research
  • Multimodal approaches to research and pedagogy
  • SOTL and social justice
  • Definitions of SOTL
  • SOTL in Africa
  • Postgraduate supervision
  • The first-year experience
  • Educational research methodologies
  • The question of knowledge, cognitive justice and indigenous knowledge systems.


Instructions for Abstract Submissions

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In order to prepare your submission in advance, here is the information you will be asked for:

Presenting Author
First name
Institutional affiliation
Email Address

Additional Authors
First name
Institutional affiliation
Email Address

Type of presentation
Oral paper presentation
Visual presentation (poster, electronic, or other display)
Other (specify) Note: the organisers are interested in having innovative or ‘decolonising’ presentation formats.

Title of presentation
(no more than 15 words/maximum 150 characters)

5.1    For all presentations other than a panel, please include an abstract of between 350 and 500 words (maximum 4 500 characters), including references. All abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed.
5.2    Proposal for a panel - This should be for between three and six presentations. Please include an abstract of between 1 200 and 2 400 words (maximum 20 000 characters). The proposal should include the focus and purpose of the panel as a whole, as well as summaries of each presentation. It should include a summary of the structure of the session.
Criteria for blind review include:

Relevance to the conference theme
The aim of the presentation is clear
The underlying assumptions and theory informing the presentation is evident
Relevance and interest value for the intended audience
The abstract will communicate clearly to conference attendees what the presentation will be about
The organisers of the conference programme will have sufficient information to be able to place the presentation within a specific thematic strand.


Full Paper Submission






Important Dates

First call for abstracts

22 August 2016

Second call for abstracts

28 October 2016

Abstract submission due (x1)

01 December 2016

Abstract submission due (x2)

15 February 2017

Notification of acceptance (x1)

01 February 2017

Notification of acceptance (x2)

15 March 2017

Full paper for proceedings

01 May 2017

Acceptance of full paper and/or suggestions for revision

01 June 2017

Revised and final paper submission

10 July 2017

Early Bird Registration

15 April 2017

Late Registration

15 June 2017


For further information 

please contact


Tebogo Mokgokong:

+27 11 559 4658


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