Cfp Peak Performances Conference: COVID-19 & HE

By sylviahammond, 19 January, 2021

The University of Johannesburg has issued a call for papers for the teaching and learning conference.
Peak Performances: COVID-19 and the transformation of learning in higher education.

"The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt teaching and learning in higher education in unprecedented ways across the world. While many institutions had already started exploring various ways of delivering online and/or blended learning, albeit at their own deliberate pace, the lockdown measures that were introduced to minimise the impact of the pandemic forced universities to move rapidly to remote/online teaching, learning and

The availability of and access to technology was key to making this possible. In the case of South Africa, a country characterised by deep inequalities, an enabling infrastructure was needed to ensure that this shift did not exacerbate already existing digital and other divides. As a result, ensuring student access to devices and data came to the fore, as did questions around psychosocial, economic, and educational inequalities, as well as environments conducive to learning.

The Covid-19 restrictions regarding social distancing necessitate different ways of teaching and learning in
the shift from face-to-face to online teaching modes. Part of this new challenge is to ensure that teaching
and learning continues in ways that uphold the principles of social justice and engaged pedagogy. Innovative
assessment that supports learning and continues to be authentic also needs to be reimagined."

Abstracts of no more than 250 words must be submitted to [email protected]
by 31 January 2021.
Notification of acceptance of abstracts:
19 February 2021.
Successful authors will be requested to submit full papers by 20 April 2021 for presentation at the online conference on 28 April 2021.
Selected papers presented at the conference will be included in an anticipated peer reviewed journal publication or a book publication.

The “Peak Performances” Conference is proudly organized by the Faculty of Humanities in collaboration with the SARChi Chair: Teaching and Learning and the Department of Academic Planning, Quality Promotion and Professional Academic Staff Development (DAPQPASD).

For details see attached flyer.


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