3rd Annual International Conference

on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

in Higher Education

25-26 October 2017 | Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Conference Theme

Pushing boundaries of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in the changing higher education contexts

About the Conference

There has been over the last 25 years increasing recognition of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a meaningful academic activity which may enhance student learning experience through scholarly research-based teaching. Recently however, there has been a growing need to locate SoTL narrative in the South; SoTL in the context of decoloniality and social justice; the place of SoTL in the changing higher education contexts; the impact of SoTL in teaching and learning; and, how through scholarly research-based teaching, scholars could better reflect on their practices and enhance student learning experiences. The Conference on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in higher education provides space for the international gathering of academics and researchers who are seeking to display investigations made, or are making in aspects of their teaching. The Conference is intended to provide an opportunity for scholars to engage in SoTL in order to reflect on their teaching practice, seek evidence of their own effectiveness and find opportunities to make their findings public and open to feedback from other academics and researchers.  Accordingly, this conference is such an opportunity as it will enable delegates and presenters to explore scholarly work in an open and collegial arena.

Conference Details

Thematic Strands


Innovative and transformative teaching to fit various demographic profiles of students Professor James Swart and Prof Pierre Hertzog
The role of educational technology in scholarly teaching Professor Alexander Gregg and Professor James Swart
Teaching for social justice Professor Mike Mhlolo and Dr Wendy Setlalentoa
Collaborative learning communities in SoTL Dr Rambe and Professor Hesta Friedrich-Nel
Addressing student’s academic writing challenges in SoTL contexts Dr JR Maimane and Professor Hesta Friedrich-Nel
Exploring the research-teaching nexus through SoTL Prof Jo Badenhorst and Professor Sheila Matoti

Keynote Speakers

Speaker Short Biography


Dr Chrissie Boughey
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic & Student Affairs
Rhodes University

Chrissie Boughey is Dean of Teaching and Learning at Rhodes University. Chrissie came to South Africa in 1999 after spending many years teaching English as a second/foreign language in places such as Spain, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. She worked in Academic Development at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Zululand before taking up the post of Director of the CHERTL at Rhodes in 1999. Since then, she has been involved in a number of national initiatives directed at the assurance of quality and the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. She supervises widely at doctoral level and, in 2005, was awarded a fellowship by the South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education because of her work in Academic Development. Visit her web-page at http://www.ru.ac.za/chertl/chertl/staff.

Dr Helen Bond

Dr Helen Bond
Associate Professor
Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education
Howard University

Dr Helen Bond is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at Howard University. Dr Bond received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from the Ohio State University, a Master’s Degree in Communication from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Human Development from Virginia Tech. Dr Bond has been the recipient of many awards while at Howard. In 2007 she was selected as Sloane-C-Scholar to attend the 13th International Sloane C-Conference on Technology and Innovation.  In 2008, she was a featured teacher on CETLA’s website and a participant in the Holocaust Institute for Teacher Education (HITE) program with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2009, she was a recipient of the Teaching with Technology Award awarded by CETLA. In 2011-2012, Dr Bond and Dr Alem Hailu were awarded the Inspirational Interdisciplinary Award by the Faculty Senate for their work in social media and African Studies and for their presentation at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. In 2012, she was selected as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India. In 2014 she received a Research Fellowship from the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig Germany.  She is researching how the U.S. Civil Rights Movement is represented in textbooks worldwide.Dr Bond has conducted many presentations and authored several major publications. She was the keynote speaker at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh and presented at the e-Learning Africa conference in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and UNESCO’s Global Citizenship Conference in Paris, France in 2015. She co-authored a book on youth in four countries entitled Through Children’s Eyes:  President Obama and the Future Generation and was one of the authors of a new book on human rights education entitled, Teaching Respect for All: Implementation Guide published by UNESCO in 2014.  Currently, Dr Bond is using her extensive knowledge of human development, and curriculum, instruction and assessment to help developing countries. During the EBOLA epidemic in West Africa, Dr Bond assisted the United Nations UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) in developing curriculum for children who were affected by the EBOLA crisis that closed schools in many of the affected regions.


Registration Dates

Conference Registration Opens

January 2017

Early-Bird Registration

January 2017 – 30 April 2017

Regular Registration

1 May 2017 – 30 July 2017

Late Registration

30 July 2017 – 31 August 2017

Registration Fees

Delegate Type

Early-Bird Registration

Regular Registration

Late Registration

CUT  delegates

ZAR 1200.00

ZAR 1500.00

ZAR 2000.00

External delegates

ZAR 1500.00

ZAR 1750.00

ZAR 2500.00

Note: In order to qualify for the Early-Bird Registration rate, Proof of Payment must reach Mmatsaoana Leeuw (mleeuw@cut.ac.za) or Mpho Mokhomo (imokhomo@cut.ac.za) via email on or before 30 April 2017.

Payment Information

Address to: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Bank name: Standard Bank

Account name: Central University of Technology, Free State

Branch: Brandwag

Branch code: 055534

Account no.: 240453751

Reference: SoTL_YourSurname

Swift code: SBZAZAJJ

Register to attend: SoTL Conference Registration


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 invoicee is liable for payment regardless of attendance.

Accommodation and Tourism




Abstract Submissions

Presentation Formats

Abstract submissions are invited for the following presentation formats:

Paper Presentations 20 minute presentations for scholarly papers with 10 minutes for discussion (2 presenters per 1 hour session)
Posters A2 posters (Displayed throughout the conference with presenters in attendance periodically)

Abstract Length

We welcome abstracts of not more than 500 words in English. 

Download: Abstract Template (MS Word)

 Abstract Submission Dates

Abstract Submissions Open

25 January 2017

Closing Date for Abstract Submissions

31 May 2017

Abstract Submission

All abstracts and papers should be submitted online no later than 30 April 2017. Submit Abstract here

Full-paper Submissions

Download: Full-paper Template (MS Word)

Full-paper Submission Dates

Full paper Submissions open

01 May 2017

Closing date for Full papers

31 August 2017

Contact us

Prof. MLE Monnapula-Mapesela Tel: +27(0) 51 507 3463 | E-mail: lmapesela@cut.ac.za

Prof. IM Ntshoe Tel: +27(0) 51 507 3027   | E-mail: intshoe@cut.ac.za

Mr Mpho Mokhomo Tel: +27(0) 51 507 3027 | E-mail: imokhomo@cut.ac.za

Ms Mmatsaoana Leeuw Tel: +27(0) 51 507 3027 | E-mail: mleeuw@cut.ac.za


Updated: 04 May 2017

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