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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference 4th and 5th October 2017 at AKU Karachi

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)  Conference 4th and 5th October  2017 at AKU Karachi


Network of Teaching & Learning
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

Active Learning in Higher Education
October 4-5, 2017



The Network of Teaching and Learning (TL_ net) is pleased to announce that it will be holding its second biennial Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) conference at Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME), AKU-Karachi on October 4-5, 2017. The conference provides a platform for conversations and collaborations on SoTL across AKU, AKDN and its partners.

The main goal of the conference is to raise the profile of teaching at AKU by bringing together AKU faculty and faculty developers as well as those interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning within AKDN and AKU partners. Therefore, the objectives of the conference are to:

        Create a shared understanding of engaged learning and teaching at AKU using the AKU TL framework
        Identify and acknowledge examples of SoTL at AKU;
        Contribute to the development of communities of practice and enquiry around teaching and learning including opportunities for funding for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
        Communicate the role of TL_net in service and support for teaching excellence at AKU
        Build capacity of faculty on engaged learning and teaching at AKU
        Recognise and reward teaching excellence; and
        Highlight AKU’s strategic partnership with the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) and opportunities for faculty to gain recognition to internationally benchmarked standards of  teaching practices through HEA Fellowship


1.     Professor Geraldine Van Gyn is a retired professor from the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is currently volunteering at AKU-IED in East Africa with Academics without Borders (AWB).  

2.     Professor Brenda Leibowitz is the Chair of Teaching and Learning in the Education Faculty at the University of Johannesburg. Previously, she was Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Stellenbosch University.


Abstracts for papers and posters are invited that address the following strands:

1.     Innovative Pedagogies for Empowered Learner and Effective Learning:

Evidence-based teaching pedagogies are celebrated in Higher Education for promoting learning approaches that result in students’ deeper engagement and positive experiences. There is also growing appreciation of empowering learners by using interactive and learner-centered pedagogies for improved learning outcomes. Whilst teaching pedagogies may vary across contexts and cultures, certain teaching principles and pedagogies, as described in AKU’s Teaching and Learning Framework, are valued across disciplines. This strand invites paper presentations and posters of researches and reflective accounts that examine innovative and empowering learning and teaching practices across disciplines in Higher Education. These may include students’ and teachers’ narratives highlighting successes, challenges and dilemmas around scholarship of teaching and learning.

2.     Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning:
Globally, new technologies are being used across all tiers of higher education. Faculty members have an obligation to keep themselves updated with the possibilities of maximizing student engagement and make informed-decisions to adopt technology in their teaching. Teaching with technology encompasses using digital tools in a face-to-face classroom, flipped classroom, blended/ hybrid learning, or offering fully online courses. This strand calls for posters/presentations related to classroom-based inquiry and research studies on the use of technology. Papers related to effective pedagogy in terms of using learning technologies and issues  in using technology in teaching and learning, such as faculty and student readiness, access to technology, students’ experiences of using technology in out-of-class learning activities, institutional barriers and enablers, can be submitted as a part of this strand. Faculty members who have completed the Blended Learning Faculty Development Programme are encouraged to share their reflections, success stories and classroom research experiences.

3.     Creating a Quality Culture:

AKU has begun to roll out its university wide Academic Quality Framework in line with regulatory requirements and best practices. These have raised issues around the need for regular curriculum reviews; stakeholders’ inputs to ensure relevancy; defining, aligning and assessing learning outcomes. This theme calls for posters/presentations on reflections on how QA processes have influenced teaching quality, curricula, program learning outcomes, students’ voice, and highlighted challenges associated therewith. It encourages participants to contribute papers and posters that analyse, reflect and provide strategies to bring reforms in quality of curriculum, program and policies in the context of Higher Education. In addition, it may discuss how language and English as a Medium of Instruction plays a role in enabling access and engagement in the learning process.

All presenters and participants are required to register.

Please direct any queries to conference committee on