• 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.

    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.

    To register on the Flexible Futures abstract submission system please click here.
    (Note that this is for Abstract Submissions only and NOT Conference registration.)

  • Presentation Types


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

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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).
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
  • 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 15 minutes to present their contribution, followed by 5 minutes for questions.
    3. Vendor presentations and demonstrations will be allocated 25 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions.
    4. Practitioner demonstrations will be allocated 25 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions.
    5. Printed Posters will need to fit within the dimensions of the boards provided with the layout to be determined by authors.
  • Topics


    1. Technology-enhanced learning, e.g. chatbots
    2. Innovative learning and teaching methodologies, e.g. flipped learning, inquiry-led learning, collaborative learning, teaching large classes
    3. Assessment and learning, e.g. Clickers, video assessment
    4. Personal learning environments 
    5. Open educational resources
    6. Learning analytics
    7. Curriculum design and development


  • 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.

  • Relevant Dates


    • 22 May 2020: Deadline for abstract submissions
    • 10 June 2020: Notification of acceptance
    • 1 July 2020: Provisional programme available

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