First announcement and call for papers

On behalf of the conference organising committee, we would like to invite you to submit papers for the Open Learning Conference 2018.

Venue: University of South Africa, Pretoria.

Hosts:  Unisa, University of Pretoria, Nadeosa and DEASA

Sub Themes

  • Exploring open learning for higher education and teacher development
  • Exploring open learning for TVET, Adult Education and Training and Schooling
  • Exploring open learning for inclusive access and success
  • Exploring OER, MOOCs and the use of technologies in education
  • Exploring open scholarship of teaching and learning.

Pre-conference workshop

Date:               5 September 2018 (morning session)

Format:           Interactive workshop

Relevant dates

1. Deadline for abstract submissions 31 May 2018
2. Notification of acceptance and feedback 22 June 2018
3. Early bird registration closes 2 July 2018
4. Late registration opens 3 July 2018
5. Deadline for confirmation of presenters’ participation in a conference 30 July 2018

Submission of abstracts

We invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the  Open Learning Conference 2018.

Guidelines for submission of abstracts:

  1. The word count for abstracts is 300-500 words.
  2. Abstracts should be written in Arial 12.
  3. Submit abstracts to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the subject should be Abstract_2018.
  4. Please provide the name and contact details of the author/presenter, the institution and the sub-theme.
  5. Note the dates for submission of abstracts and papers.
  6. Consideration for acceptance of abstracts will be based on the following criteria
    1. Does the abstract address issues/challenges/lessons related to the conference theme and a specific sub-theme?
    2. Does the abstract demonstrate an understanding of the issues and existing scholarship. (Refer to the abovementioned list of sub-themes and related topics.)
  7. Presentation of full papers will be 15 minutes and 5 minutes for questions.

Complete the Cover sheet for contribution to open learning conference 2018 and submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note:

Submitting an abstract does not mean that you are registered for the conference.  The registration process will be opened on the 7 May 2018.

Examples of abstracts

For any enquiries regarding the conference, please contact:

We look forward to seeing you at the Open Learning Conference 2018