Teaching & Learning Conferences

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CTL hosts the NWU Teaching and Learning (T&L) Conference (formerly Campus Seminar) annually. The NWU T&L Conference is a conference for general teaching and learning in higher education, and workshops and presentations are aimed at a multidisciplinary audience. NWU academic staff are invited to attend this interactive two-day event (no conference fee). The annual theme stems from the national drive for teaching and learning, as well as trends in higher education.

Teaching & Learning Conference 2022

The 5th Annual T&L Conference 2022 (Blended - Virtual & F2F)

Theme: Digital Transformation in Higher Education
Date: 27-29 September 2022
Venue: Virtual on 3D Platform and F2F at Emerald Casino Hotel and Resort, Vanderbijlpark
Pre-workshop facilitators: HELTASA Digital Learning and Teaching Project Team - Dr Greig Krull, Wits; Prof Daniela Gachago, UCT; Dr Nicola Pallitt, Rhodes; Prof Simone Titus, UWC; and Ms Shanali Govender, UCT on “Digital Transformation @NWU: Conversations around where we are now and where we are going?”
Guest speaker: Mr Andile Swartbooi, Digital Strategy Officer, NWU on “From Digitisation, Digitalisation to Digital Transformation”.
Keynote: Dr Gerhard du Plessis, Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Director: Centralised Teaching and Learning Functions (CTLF), NWU on “Towards Digital Transformation”.




Teaching & Learning Conference 2021

The 4th Annual T&L Conference 2021 (Blended - Virtual & F2F)

Theme: Transformative pedagogies towards transformation in Higher Education
Date: 19-21 October 2021
Venue: Virtual on MS Teams and F2F on each campus
Keynote 1: Prof. Paul Prinsloo, Research Professor in Open Distance Learning (University of South Africa) on “Who owns the future? Re-considering the narratives informing ‘transforming pedagogy’ in higher education”.
Keynote 2: Ms Gloria Castrillón, Director: Centre for Academic Planning and Quality Promotion (University of Johannesburg) & Dr Kirti Menon, Senior Director of the Division for Academic Planning, Quality Promotion and Academic Staff
Development (University of Johannesburg) on “Quality Assuring the Unknown”.

View the Conference app for the programme (sent via email to delegates).


Teaching & Learning Conference 2019

The 2nd Annual T&L Conference 2019

Theme: Teaching and learning excellence in an age of uncertainty
Date: 28–30 May 2019
Venue: The Roots, Potchefstroom
Pre-workshop presenters: Dr Jacqui De Matos-Ala, Senior Lecturer (University of the Witwatersrand) on “The challenge and potential of large class teaching” and Dr Melanie Skead, Director: Centre for Teaching and Learning (Stellenbosch University) on "(Curriculum) Transformation in an age of pressure and possibility".
Keynote 1: Prof. Louis C. H. Fourie, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Knowledge and Information Technology Services (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) on “The fourth industrial revolution and the age of uncertainty”.
Keynote 2: Dr Kasturi Behari-Leak, Chairperson: Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) on “Teaching and learning excellence in an age of uncertainty”.

View the programme here.


Teaching & Learning Conference 2018

The 1st Annual T&L Conference 2018

Theme: Embracing institutional change: responsiveness, collaboration and success
Date: 29–31 May 2018
Venue: The Roots, Potchefstroom
Pre-workshop presenter: Ms Brenda Mallinson, OER Africa, Learning Technologies and OER Consultant on “Academic Professional Development in a Digital Age: Exploring Aspects of Digital Fluency for Blended Teaching and Learning”
Keynote 1: Dr Wayne Mackintosh, Founding Director of the OER Foundation and the UNESCO, Commonwealth of Learning and ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic and the Foundation on “The OERu: From Vision to Reality”.
Keynote 2: Dr Tony Mays, Manager: Unit for Distance Education University of Pretoria (Groenkloof) on “Curriculum Transformation: Taking Time to Design”.
Keynote 3: Prof Paul Prinsloo, Research Professor in Open Distance Learning (ODL), College of Economic and Management Sciences, Unisa on “Faculty as Quantified, Measured and Tried: The Lure of the Red Shoes”.

View the programme here.


Teaching & Learning Conference 2017


The 7th CTL T&L Conference 2017

Theme: Going Places: Let’s Invent the Future
Date: 6 and 7 June 2017
Venue: Riverside Sun, Vanderbijlpark
Keynote Day 1: Prof Paul Prinsloo, Research Professor in Open Distance Learning (ODL), College of Economic and Management Sciences, Unisa on “Curriculum-as-contested-space”.
Keynote Day 2: Mr Willie Maritz, Founder and Managing Director, Kalleo People Group on “The Death of the Course”.

Photos from the day




Conference Coordination Team


Dr Manuela Fernandes-Martins
Senior Academic Developer
016 910 3315
Building A14, Office SL307
Vanderbijlpark Campus

Ms Memory Smit
Administrative Assistant
016 910 3312
Building A14, Office SL318
Vanderbijlpark Campus