UCT’s Teaching & Learning Conference on 21–22 November

15 November 2023

Dear colleagues and students

As we gear up for the 2023 UCT Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC) on 21 and 22 November, we are excited to share a glimpse of the thought-provoking sessions that await you. The conference is set to offer rich discussions and insights into the future of education, centered around “Assessment Entangled: Rethinking for Excellence, Transformation and Sustainability”. This year’s TLC will explore current and future-orientated approaches to assessment in higher education, engaging educators, scholars and students in a critical dialogue that shapes the landscape of learning at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Day 1 highlights

Welcome and opening panel (09:00–11:00)
UCT Vice-Chancellor (interim), Emer Prof Daya Reddy, will welcome conference attendees, followed by an opening panel led by acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Emer Prof Linda Ronnie who will be joined by Associate Professors Shannon Morreira and Adheesh Budree, Professor Michelle Kuttel and Dr Kyle Abrahams. The topic of the panel discussion is “Assessment just got more complicated”.

Keynote address (09:00–11:00)
Don’t miss Dr Jan McArthur, senior lecturer in education and social justice at Lancaster University, UK, discussing “Holistic and Authentic Assessment”. Dr McArthur is also the head of Department of Educational Research.

Parallel sessions (11:30–16:30)
Dive into a range of topics from “Assessment in a University of the Future” to intriguing show and tell sessions like “The Educational Value of ChatGPT” and “Unlocking Student Success with Academic Analytics”.

Day 2 highlights

The second day will kick off with a keynote address, followed by parallel sessions and a closing plenary that recognises teaching excellence at UCT.

Keynote address (08:00–08:45)
A thought-provoking session on “AI Through a Humanising Pedagogy Lens” will be delivered by Associate Professor Kasturi Behari-Leak, the Dean of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED).

Morning sessions (09:00–11:30)
Explore diverse themes including the impact of AI-generated content on research-led curricula and innovative strategies in health professions education.

Closing plenary (12:00–13:30)
The conference concludes with insights into “The Growth of Open Textbooks at UCT” followed by Emer Prof Ronnie’s recognition of Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA) recipients.

For a full view of the exciting two-day schedule, see UCT’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2023 programme.

We encourage all students, educators and staff to be a part of this transformative experience.


The TLC Organising Team

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