You may want to share your experiences of trying out something new or innovative in your teaching or assessment practice. Did it work or not? Perhaps you’ve conducted a large-scale needs analysis related to your teaching or you’ve discovered something interesting when analysing the results of your students’ assessment! Have you conducted research on your teaching or assessment or perhaps you have some new ideas that you would like to discuss?

Come and share your passion, your news and your results with us in a presentation, a panel or as a poster, so that we can all learn together and make teaching at SU the best it can be.

Criteria for abstracts

  • Structure of abstract: Background/rationale/objectives; method/work done; conclusions from findings; implications (take home messages, e.g. how the work adds to the field, might be relevant/useful in another context or opens additional areas for further exploration)
  • Originality or significance of research/innovation
  • Importance and relevance of research/innovation
  • Theoretical framing/links to similar work
  • Length: Minimum 220 words and maximum 250 words

We distinguish between “significance” and “importance” as follows: under “significant” we understand “meaningful” or “having a noticeable effect”, and under “important” “of high relevance” or “salient”.

Topics for abstracts (please mark the most appropriate topic for your abstract on the abstract submission form)

  • Academic literacies
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Community engagement/Service learning/Work-integrated learning
  • Curriculum design
  • Evaluation
  • Focus on first years
  • Graduate attributes
  • Innovative teaching
  • Interdisciplinary teaching
  • Mentoring and tutoring
  • Postgraduate teaching
  • Reflection
  • Student success factors
  • Technology in education
  • Other

Should you want guidance when preparing your abstract, staff at the Centre for Teaching and Learning will gladly assist you. Please contact dr. Karin Cattell at (021) 808 3074 or kcattell@sun.ac.za.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the following panel:

  • Dr Antoinette van der Merwe, Senior Director: Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr. Cecilia Jacobs, Director: Centre for Teaching and Learning, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr. JP Bosman, Head: Centre for Learning Technologies, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr. Antoinette Smith-Tolken, Acting head: Community Interaction, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr. Suzanne Ross, Coordinator: Unit for Afrikaans and English, Language Centre, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof. Julia Blitz, Associate Professor, Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof. Ingrid Rewitzky, Deputy Dean Science, Stellenbosch University
  • Ms. Sharifa Daniels, Head: Writing Laboratory (Afrikaans), Language Centre, Stellenbosch University
  • Mr. John Ruiters, Lecturer: Curriculum Studies, Stellenbosch University

As academic professionals, we value participation in scholarship, not because it is required or expected of us, but because it is a vital part of how we come to understand our world.
Jeffrey L. Buller, 2015. Change Leadership in Higher Education: A Practical Guide to Academic Transformation.