4th Annual International Conference

on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

in Higher Education

24-25 October 2018 | Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Host: Central University of Technology, Free state

Conference Theme

Transforming teaching and learning through a culture of research in higher education

Call for papers

Scholarship of teaching and Learning (SoTL) invites the submission of papers for its 4th Annual SoTL on Transforming teaching and learning through a culture of research in higher education’.


Conference Details

  1. Conference focus
  2. Conference sub-themes
  3. Paper submissions
  4. Timeframe for submission of abstracts and papers
  5. Registration dates
  6. Registration fees
  7. Register online to attend
  8. Accommodation
  9. Contact us

Conference focus

The relation between Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), research, and community engagement components of a university is key in conceptualising and developing a transformative quality of teaching and learning in higher education in the contexts of decolonisation environment. Significantly, SoTL in higher education is often conceptualised as distinct from teaching and learning component, and from research component of a university. The proposed Theme for the 4th 2018 Annual SoTL conference at CUT is ‘Transforming teaching and learning through a culture of research in higher education’. Some of the issues of the Theme include: the growing interest to central SoTL as a strategy to promote research-based quality teaching and learning of transformative universities, SoTL in global, national and local contexts of higher education, students contexts, advancing teaching-research nexus through SoTL,  SoTL for student success; transformative teaching and learning in the decolonised contexts; how research into one’s teaching and learning through SoTL could enrich quality teaching and learning in different contexts.

The aim of this conference is to generate debate, theorise policy and practice, and explore opportunities and challenges associated with teaching and learning in Higher Education. This conference presents such an opportunity, as it will enable delegates and presenters to explore scholarly work in an open and collegial arena.

Conference sub-themes

  • Bridging the teaching and research nexus in higher education through SoTL
  • Researching teaching for improved learning and student success
  • Using evidence-based teaching and learning to improve practice
  • Teaching and learning in a decolonised environment
  • Researching the use of technologies in teaching and learning

Paper submissions

Papers are invited on SoTL on any of the identified subthemes.  Papers may be of empirical, theoretical, or philosophical nature on any of the subthemes.

Submission information

We welcome extended abstract of not more than 500 words.  Submissions must be sent electronically to the email address supplied below. All abstracts will be internally peer reviewed. The extended abstracts should include the authors’ name and affiliations, contact details of the author/s email address.  The following elements of the paper should be indicated in the abstract. Aim/purpose/objective of the paper, thrust/focus of paper, methodology if necessary, or theoretical and conceptual frames, preliminary findings and conclusion

Evaluation of papers

  • Reviewers for the SoTL conference will consider all abstracts received by the submission deadline (see dates below) to ensure that the proposed abstract is relevant to the Conference.
  • The authors of abstracts will receive a notification of their reviewed abstracts and recommended amendments if necessary.
  • Full papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed by members of the Scientific Conference Committee to ensure an adequate standard, that the proposed subject of their abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate and the paper is appropriately referenced.
  • The SoTL Conference does not have peer-reviewed conference proceeding. Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings provided that at least one author registers and presents the paper at the Conference (see the registration section of the conference website for more information about registration).

Timeframe for submission of abstracts and papers

21 February 2018 Abstracts submission opened
26 April 2018 Closing date for abstracts – date extended
30 April to 21 May 2018 Review period
28 May 2018 Notification of acceptance of abstracts

Presentation format

Paper presentation 20 minutes presentations for scholarly papers with 10 minutes of discussions (2 presenters per one-hour session
Posters A2 posters (Displayed throughout the conference with presenters in attendance periodically

Registration Dates

Conference registration opens

21 February 2018

Early-bird registration

21 February – 16 March 2018

Regular registration

17 March 2018 – 30 July 2018

Late registration

30 July 2018 – 31 August 2018

Registration Fees

Delegate Type

Early-bird registration

Regular registration

Late registration

CUT  delegates

ZAR 1 200.00

ZAR 1 500.00

ZAR 2 000.00

External delegates

ZAR 1 500.00

ZAR 1 750.00

ZAR 2 500.00

Note: In order to qualify for the early-bird registration rate, proof of payment must reach our office (intshoe@cut.ac.za) via e-mail on or before 16 March 2018.

Payment Information

Bank: First National Bank
Account name: Central University of Technology FS
Account number: 62538533531
Account type: Cheque account
Branch name: Bloemfontein
Branch Code: 230134
Reference: SoTL your surname and initials


Invoices are available on request. When registering online, please specify that you require an invoice to be issued. Please note that once an invoice is issued, the invoices are liable for payment regardless of attendance.




Contact us

Prof Ntshoe
Tel.: +27(0) 51 507 3636 | E-mail: intshoe@cut.ac.za

Ms Dineo Mopeli
Tel.: +27(0) 51 507 3027 | E-mail: dmopeli@cut.ac.za


Updated: 13 June 2018

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