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2nd Call for Papers

2 and 3 December 2020

Time: 9h00 -12h00

Fundani CHED will be hosting its first Online RITAL conference via Microsoft Teams.

Theme: Institutional adaptations during the COVID 19 pandemic: Exploring staff experiences with Remote Teaching and Learning

The RITAL conference will bring together academics across the disciplines who are interested in discussing institutional, curriculum and pedagogical adaptations during the COVID 19 pandemic. The online platform will enable academics to explore how the rapid shift to online learning affected their teaching, including:

  • how remote teaching and learning impact on student learning and the social relationships of learning;
  • how the shift from blended learning to fully online learning changed lecturers’ teaching approaches;
  • how institutional responsiveness and strategies influenced teaching and learning; and
  • how lecturers dealt with the social inequities of our socio-cultural and educational landscape when they were confronted with students from challenging environments who lack the basic resources such as food and electricity.

Empirical studies, as well as reflected work, will be considered. Academic staff and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts that explore educational adaptations during remote teaching and learning under any of the following conference sub-themes:

  • Assessments
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Research on teaching and learning
  • Remote teaching and learning
  • Academic development
  • Decolonisation and transformation of the curriculum
  • Technology-enhanced teaching and learning
  • Language and the curriculum
  • Enhancing student learning and success
  • Student engagement
  • Curriculum development
  • Institutional transformation

Academic support staff are also encouraged to participate, e.g. the Student Counselling Unit, The Disability Unit, HIV\ AIDS Unit, and the Community Engagement Unit.


  • Submission of abstracts:  13 November 2020.
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 17 November 2020.
  • Abstracts of 200-250 words for online presentations.

Please complete the form below by 6 November 2020.


For questions, please contact: norodien-fataarn@cput.ac.za and februaryd@cput.ac.za

Kind regards

Dr Najwa Norodien-Fataar

Senior Lecturer: Academic Staff Development Unit 

7th Annual Research and Innovation into Teaching and Learning Conference 5th December 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Call for Abstracts


5th December 2019


The 7th Annual RITAL conference will be hosted by the Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development on the 5th December 2019.

Theme of the Conference:

Reimagining teaching and learning practices in the context of higher education transformation

The conference will bring together academics from across the disciplines who are interested in addressing issues of decolonisation of the curriculum, academic staff development, student engagement, language and multilingualism. It will provide a platform for academic staff to explore issues with regard to restructuring and reimagining teaching and learning practices within higher education institutions. The conference provides a platform for academic and support staff to present innovations, theorise policy and practice and explore opportunities and challenges associated with teaching and learning in higher education.

Abstracts should describe how educational transformation and decolonising teaching and learning practices were developed under any of the following conference sub-themes:

•            Research on teaching and learning

•            Decolonisation and transformation of the curriculum:

•            Research-based learning involving undergraduate students in research projects

•            Technology-enhanced teaching and learning

•            Language and the curriculum

•            Enhancing student learning and success

•            Student engagement

•            Curriculum development

•            Gender pedagogy

•            Institutional transformation

•            Blended learning


Submission of abstracts and workshop proposals: 4 October 2019

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 31 October 2019


Abstracts of 150 -200 words for paper and poster presentations, and 250 to 400 words for workshop presentations

All abstracts must be submitted to Dr Najwa Norodien-Fataar at norodien-fataarn@cput.ac.za, using the following template: 




Abstracts that meet the following conference formats will be considered:

·      Oral presentation (20 minutes)

·      Workshops (30 minutes)

·      Poster presentations

Call for Abstracts: RITAL 2018

Guidelines for preparation and submission of abstracts

  1. Abstracts may only be submitted online.
  2. The presenting author of an accepted abstract must register and attend the conference.
  3. Poster presenters must be present and stand by their poster during their assigned poster session.
  4. The title may not exceed 25 words. The abstract text may not be longer than 300 words
    • Poster presentation only
    • Oral or poster presentation
    • Authors should indicate their presentation type preference: Please make sure to state your correct e-mail address.

RITAL 2017: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS- 10 March 2017


Welcome to Research and Innovation into Teaching and Learning Conference

SARETEC BELLVILLE 10 March 2017 9:00-16:00

RITAL 2017 will be hosted by the First Year Experience and Student Learning Unit: Fundani CHED. The focus of the 2017 conference is on:

Transitioning In and Transitioning Out: The Context of Transforming HE landscape

RITAL 2017 Conference is both an empirical and intellectual platform created by our universities to focus our attention on a very complex and sensitive question of ‘Student Transitions’ in the context of vocational higher education in South Africa. It is believed that new students in higher education are unable to draw upon the social networks of support, thus making transition more difficult (Leese, 2010). An improved transition can potentially enable students to be independent and self-directed. Increased self-reliance must be made one of the aims of a successful transition from school to higher education (Beaumont, Moscrop & Canning, 2016).

Who Should Attend?

We are calling on the CPUT community to submit abstracts on research done on teaching and learning. All presentations will require a 150- 200 (max 300) word abstract. Please submit abstracts by the to Ms Siphokazi Mboxela (mboxelaS@cput.ac.za) using the abstract submission template below.

Click Here to submit an Abstract: