Teaching and Learning Office

Innovations in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (iSoTL) Conference 2023

Unleashing the Potential of Education through Innovation

27 September 2023

Mode: Hybrid

Elangeni Hotel
Virtual Access: Zoom

08h00 – 17h00

We are excited to meet you in


Conference Overview​

The innovations in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference is a one-day community of practice convening, dedicated to exploring new and creative approaches to enhancing teaching and learning in higher education.

The hybrid conference provides a critical platform that brings together scholars, educators, and practitioners from various disciplines to share their expertise, exchange ideas, and engage in critical discussions about creativity in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Through this conference, we hope to inspire innovation in this contested, ever-changing educational landscape and ultimately improve student outcomes. The university community, staff, and students are invited to join us as we explore the latest trends, research, and best practices in teaching and learning and discover new ways to enhance the student experience.

Important Dates

Call for Abstract

The iSoTL conference presentation (oral or poster) provides an ideal opportunity for conference participants to learn about new and innovative projects, either completed or in-progress with noteworthy preliminary results. An oral presentation will be a 10mins presentation and 5mins Q&A session. Posters will be displayed for the entire conference, and presenters are encouraged to be present during tea breaks.

Thematic Strands

  • Disruptive teaching approaches
  • Innovative assessment methodologies
  • Student Experiences/Voices
  • Language Matters in teaching and learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Learning Analytics
  • Monitoring and Evaluation in teaching and learning
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education
  • Innovative Academic Support Approaches

Abstract Submission Guideline

  • Abstract of 500 words max (do not use paragraphs).
  • Abstracts must include a clear but brief indication of the purpose of the paper, methodology, major results/findings, and conclusions/implications. The abstract should provide a concise indication of what the audience can expect from the presentation.
  • A Review Panel will review abstracts, and the abstracts that meet the review criteria will be selected. Each abstract will be reviewed for acceptance against the following criteria:
    • Relevance to the overall conference theme
    • Clarity and coherence
    • Appeal to a diverse higher education audience
    • Contribution to scholarship, innovative practice, critical reflection
    • Evidence-based arguments and findings
    • Sound and appropriate methods

The Review Panel may also recommend alternative presentation formats, such as Poster or Oral, as deemed fit. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 26 June 2023. Acceptance of the abstract implies that at least (but not limited to) one of the authors will be presenting at the conference. Abstracts selected for presentation will be published in a book of abstracts, and there will be an opportunity to publish full papers in a special edition of the Alternation Journal.

Registration Information

Registration Process

Request for Invoice Form

  • You are required to pay the registration fee before completing registration form, as you will need to upload proof of payment (POP) at the end of the form.
  • Invoice form: https://forms.office.com/r/BZX2mi7KC6 
  • A Conference Invoice will be sent to you by our Administrator within 48hours. Should you not hear from us, please contact us at utlo@ukzn.ac.za 

Registration Fees

Payment Methods

Interdepartmental Requisition (IDR)

  • Cost center – MC52
  • Department Code – 3865
  • GLA - 30156
  • Invoice Number - According to invoice received 

Should you have queries regarding payment, contact UTLO at utlo@ukzn.ac.za.

Note: We would only be able to accommodate 70 attendees for physical attendance. Hence, physical registration will be based on a first-pay, first-serve basis.

The Conference is Co-funded by