Dear colleagues and students
We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the University of Cape Town Teaching and Learning Conference, which will take place on 17 July 2018. Applications to submit proposals for this year’s conference are open until 26 April 2018. All UCT staff and students are welcome to attend the conference, which will be held at a UCT venue (to be announced at a later stage).
In the context of deep debates about the role of universities in shaping a future for all South Africans, this year’s conference is an opportunity to renew our vision and our practices. The theme of “Care, Connect, Create” extends an invitation to reignite our passion for student learning and success.
“Care involves more than good intentions” (Bozalek, 2014). This conference is an opportunity to go beyond good intentions, and following the work of Tronto (1993) to consider “everything that we do to maintain, continue, and repair our ‘world’ so that we can live in it as well as possible ... including our bodies, ourselves, and our environment, all of which we seek to interweave in a complex, life-sustaining web”. “Connect” reminds us that in relating there is strength, wisdom and support beyond our own, drawing us together from across departments, faculties and roles to inspire and challenge each other. “Create” urges us to respond to teaching and learning challenges in new ways, drawing on fresh perspectives and emerging practices to infuse our teaching and learning choices with social artistry to transform student experiences of learning.
Presentations and presenters
In addition to permanent staff members, we welcome submissions from contract staff, tutors, postdoctoral research fellows and postgraduates researching higher education. In your submissions, please consider the ways in which the theme speaks to issues such as curriculum development, engaged teaching, inclusion of student voices, open education practices and scholarship, technology integration and systemic change.
We would like participants to experience the conference as a caring and connected learning space, rich with expressions of creative research and practice. In designing your contribution, we encourage you to evoke engaging and stimulating interaction with your work. The inclusion of students as participants in your presentations is welcomed.
If you are unsure about which conference presentation format to apply for, please contact the support team. They will be very happy to support you in making your choices.
We look forward to meeting you at the conference.
Associate Professor Lis Lange
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching & Learning
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