• Background


    The conference is organised by the University of Pretoria. Consolidating the experience from previous Flexible Futures conferences, we extend invitations to researchers, practitioners, and industry professionals interested in the field of teaching innovation, with a particular focus on learning with technology. This conference provides a forum to address critical issues and challenges confronting the education sector today.

    We seek contribution focusing on understanding and improving teaching, learning, assessment and student success strategies through innovative implementation of teaching with technology.

  • Presentation Types


    Abstracts (see proposal form for requirements) may be submitted for papers, panels, posters (printed or powered), practitioner presentations, technology showcases, demonstrations or vendor sessions.

    Full papers with a research orientation would include a clearly explained conceptual framework. The paper would focus on a completed project. It would briefly explore the current state of the field. Data should be clearly set out, an analysis given and findings and actionable recommendations proposed. The uniqueness of the contribution should be clear.

    Short papers would address on-going work, which may include a short conceptual framework, challenges, lessons learnt, preliminary results and the trajectory of the work.

    Practitioner Presentations would give details of an innovation implemented (module/ programme in which it was used, the type of technology chosen and why, how it was used, the resources and support needed to make it work, students’ reactions, lessons learnt), its impact and its potential scalability. Any evaluation results should be included (including feedback from lecturers, students, administrators and data on impact on student learning).

    Posters would depict work-in-progress using text and graphics. They would be concise and thought-provoking. Presenters should prepare a one-page handout for the poster session.

    Technology Showcase/ Expo/ Demonstration would showcase the actual use of an innovation. A live demonstration is a powerful way to communicate ideas and concepts. Vendor presentations may not be direct sales pitches.

    An award will be made for Best Paper. Nominees for Best Paper will be on the basis of reviewers’ scores based on the abstract. A panel will be constituted to evaluate the actual presentations during the conference.

  • At the Conference


    1. Authors of full research or practitioner papers will have 25 minutes to present their contribution, followed by 5 minutes for questions.
    2. Authors of short papers will have 10 minutes to present their contribution.
    3. Vendor presentations and demonstrations will be allocated 50 minutes.
    4. Practitioner demonstrations will be allocated 50 minutes.
    5. Printed Posters will need to fit within the dimensions of the boards provided (3ft wide x 4ft tall) with the layout to be determined by authors.
  • Topics


    Applying Artificial Intelligence to Education

    This could include:

    1. Readily available programmes based on artificial intelligence and evidence of impact
    2. Pilots with artificial intelligence and results of evaluations
    3. What is being predicted for artificial intelligence and education and likelihood of realization

    Learning Science and Pedagogy for Online

    This could include:

    1. Influence of technological advances on professional teaching development of academic staff: how AD practitioners are reconceptualising their task
    2. How online pedagogy differs from face-to-face pedagogy and the impact of using the appropriate approach
    3. What learning science says and examples of how that has influenced practice and student learning outcomes

    Achieving Teaching and Learning Outcomes Supported by Technology

    This could include:

    1. In-class and online use of technology for teaching or assessment
    2. Apps
    3. Mobile developments

    Innovative Student Success Strategies with Technology

    This could include:

    1. Tracking systems and learning analytics
    2. Advising systems
    3. E-tutoring
    4. E-mentoring
    5. E-counselling
    6. Students with disabilities

    Technology and Graduateness

    This could include:

    1. Technology and work readiness
    2. Technology and entrepreneurship
  • Review Process


    Each submission will be single blind reviewed by a member of a review panel designated by the conference organizers and then by the conference chair. A submission may be returned to the person who submitted it to effect changes. Submissions with the highest evaluations will be accepted for presentation in the conference. The review committee reserves the right to recommend that a poster be submitted instead of a paper or that people with similar themes present a series of short papers as a panel rather than individual papers.

    Three to five submissions with the highest rankings provided by the reviewers will be nominated for the ‘Best Paper Award’. A review committee will evaluate each presentation during the conference. The award will be made public towards the end of the conference. The Best Paper nominees will be flagged in the proceedings

  • How to Submit


    All conference submissions are done via an on-line submission system, following these steps:

    Prepare a submission by:

    Downloading the abstract submission instructions document by clicking here

    Downloading the abstract submission template in a Micosoft Word (.docx) format by clicking here.

    Access the Flexible Futures submission system and register.

    To register on the Flexible Futures abstract submission system please click here.

    A detailed e-mail will be sent, after successfull registration, with login details, instructions to access the system and a brief guideline how to upload abstracts.

  • Relevant Dates


    18 June 2018: Deadline for abstract submissions.

    31 July 2018: Notification of acceptance.

    All deadlines at 23:59 SAST - (Extensions will not be considered.)