thinking beyond

5th Annual International Conference on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Higher Education

Thursday, October 8, 2020

8:00 AM

To be confirmed

8 – 9 October 2020 Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Host: Central University of Technology, Free state

Conference Theme

 Promoting new pedagogies and teaching practices in higher education

Call for papers

The Scholarship of teaching and Learning (SoTL) invites the submission of papers for its 5th Annual SoTL conference on 8 – 9 October 2020.

Conference focus

The large numbers of students entering Higher Education and their state of readiness and preparedness for this level compels universities to revisit their pedagogies and practices in order to accommodate students from different educational backgrounds. Since the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is about reflection and improving one’s practice, the proposed Theme for the 5th 2020 Annual SoTL conference at CUT is:

Promoting new pedagogies and teaching practices in higher education.

The aim of this conference is to stimulate debate on higher education policies regarding access and success and explore opportunities and challenges related to 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

  • Teaching across disciplines and different learning environments
  • Innovative approaches in dealing with diversity in large classes.
  • Using differentiated instruction to improve teaching and learning.
  • Promoting student learning in inclusive learning environments.
  • Using educational technology to promote teaching and learning

Paper submissions

Papers are invited 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). 


Time frame for submission of abstracts and papers

01 May 2020Abstracts submission opened
03 August 2020 (extended 25 August 2020)Closing date for abstracts
25 August 2020 - 07 September 2020Review period
10 September 2020Notification of acceptance of abstracts

Presentation format

Paper presentation20 minutes presentations for scholarly papers with 10 minutes for discussions (2 presenters per one-hour session
PostersA2 posters (Displayed throughout the conference with presenters in attendance periodically



Conference registration opens

04 May 2020

Early-bird registration

04 May – 30 June 2020

Regular registration

30 June to 15 September 2020

Late registration

15 September 2020 – 31 September 2020


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 ( and via e-mail on or before 30 June 2020.

Online registration

Register online to attend

  1. Payment Information is on the registration form
  2. Invoices are available on request. When registering online, please specify that you require an invoice to be issued in the comment/remark section. Please note that once an invoice is issued, the invoices is liable for payment regardless of attendance.


Contact us

Prof. SN Matoti
Tel.: +27(0) 51 507 3636 | E-mail:

Ms Dineo Mopeli
Tel.: +27(0) 51 507 3027 E- mail:  

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