2022 UCT Teaching and Learning Conference

16 August 2022

Dear colleagues and students

I am pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2022 University of Cape Town (UCT) Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC 2022).

The purpose of this conference is to reflect, connect and envision a socially just teaching and learning environment at UCT.

It has been an extraordinary two years for teaching and learning at UCT, most notably due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which called for a rapid series of shifts from emergency remote teaching to physically distanced and hybrid learning. These shifts have served as catalysts for agility, responsiveness and innovation in digitally enabled education. They have also made more stark the challenges related to social injustice and inequality in higher education.

Combined with this is the long-standing call for the decolonisation of curriculum in the Global South, particularly in South Africa. Critically reviewing the UCT teaching and learning landscape is core to transforming and supporting the systems that enable and sustain teaching and learning at UCT. There is also an imperative to engage with UCT’s Vision 2030 and its transformative purpose to “unleash human potential to create a fair and just society”.

The focus for this year’s Teaching and Learning Conference is therefore: Vision 2030 and a socially just teaching and learning environment at UCT.

The key themes which will be explored are:

  • critical pedagogies for digitally enabled teaching and learning
  • decolonisation, curriculum transformation and curriculum renewal
  • technology for digitally enabled teaching, learning and assessment at UCT
  • institutional support for, and sustainability of, innovative initiatives transforming learning, teaching and assessment at UCT.

TLC 2022 will adopt a hybrid approach. The first day of the conference (Tuesday, 25 October) will be in person and the second day (Thursday, 27 October) will be virtual. The keynote address for the first day will be delivered by Associate Professor Kasturi Behari-Leak, dean of the Centre for Higher Education Development, and the keynote for the virtual programme will be delivered by Professor Mpine Makoe, Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Education Resources/Practices and Research Professor in Open Distance eLearning at the University of South Africa.

The in-person conference will be held at the Wilfred and Jules Kramer Law Building on Middle Campus.

This event is open only to UCT staff and students. We encourage all UCT staff and students researching higher education or education contexts to attend. Support will be provided to assist the development of select presentations into research articles.

Please note the following important dates:

9 September: Submissions close

31 August: Registration opens

23 September: Presenters are notified

30 September: Draft programme is released

25 & 27 October: Conference days

We look forward to meeting you at the 2022 Teaching and Learning Conference.

If you have any further queries, please contact cilt.events@uct.ac.za and a team member will get back to you.


Professor Harsha Kathard
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning

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