ODL Conference

Call for abstracts

The purpose of the conference is to contribute to the knowledge on open, distance and blended learning of Science, Engineering, and Technology disciplines.

Individuals and/or groups are invited to submit proposals for 20 minute research paper presentations in any of the following tracks:

  • Academic student support     
  • Blended learning
  • Changing role of academics in ODL  
  • Innovative assessment in ODL
  • Research designs and methodologies
  • Technology-enhanced learning 
  • Innovations  (NB see the criteria below for this category)

To submit a proposal for a presentation, please submit an extended abstract to the conference organizers.

 Instructions for submitting extended abstracts

 Proposals for presentations should be submitted as extended abstracts.  The abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment, sent to Dr Eeva Rapoo at the email address:  rapooe@unisa.ac.za.

Technical requirements

  • Please send the abstracts as an MSWord document, single spacing.
  • The abstract should be approximately 1000 words long, excluding references.
  • References should be done according to the Harvard style.
  • The abstracts should be written in English.
  • Include the names of all authors with their institutional affiliations and email addresses.
  • Indicate the corresponding author, if there is more than one author.
  • Indicate the track in which the presentation belongs

Review process

All abstracts will go through a peer-review process. The following criteria will be used to assess the abstracts for acceptance:

  • The abstract should make it clear how the suggested presentation contributes to the field of research into open and distance learning.  Presentations which just describe ODL practice with no reference to other research in and/or the theoretical foundations of the field will be rejected.
  • Focus should be on teaching Science, Engineering, and Technology in an ODL or blended environment.
  • Since we acknowledge the role of innovation in teaching and learning, we have included a category “Innovation”. The submissions in this criteria do not need to be research based, but will instead be assessed based on the novelty of the teaching/learning approach. 

For any enquiries, please contact Dr Eeva Rapoo.

Presenters of papers will be notified of acceptance of papers via email as soon as possible. In the event that the paper is accepted, at least one author must register for and attend the conference.  Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference programme.

Important dates:

Extended closing date for submission of abstracts:                21 July 2017
Opening date for registrations:                                               1 June 2017
Closing date for registrations:                                                 1 August 2017   
Conference dates:                                                               14-15 September 2017