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"Pedagogically sound uses of emerging technologies leverage the broader context of existing practices... to design activities that transform both teaching and learning practices." - Dick Ng'ambi

The conference focuses on Authentic Learning in Higher Vocational Education, drawing together diverse fields and complex debates. It not only treads in the fields of cognitive, social and cultural studies, but brings together debates surrounding authentic learning, pedagogy and emerging technologies within the context of vocational higher education. Against this background the conference provides a platform to discuss contextualized pedagogies within authentic learning environments that prepare higher education students to face the challenges and complexities of an extremely demanding workplace that is neither well-defined nor equal.

The Conference takes place from 31 August - 3 September 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa at the UCT Graduate School of Business in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

The theme of the conference is: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN AUTHENTIC LEARNING CONTEXTS WITHIN HIGHER VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. Welcoming international researchers, educators, policy makers and leaders from the private sector, the conference provides a forum to share and discuss research, trends and implications of developments in emerging technologies on higher vocational education and contextualized pedagogies.

An additional Creative Design Thinking workshop day has been included on 3 September 2015. Participants will be introduced to the process of design thinking as an alternative to traditional problem solving techniques. From contextually embedded situational analysis to ethical considerations, participants will experience the real-world design process in a hands-on environment.

Guest Speakers

Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz is the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT)


Director, Conation Technologies Limited and Editor of the British Journal of Educational Technologies (BJET)



Professor of Education at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia




Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education Innovation at the University of Western Australia



President of the Board of Trustees of The ICT University and Houston Alumnae Endowed Professor at Southern Universities and A&M



Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology, & Fulbright Scholar




The conference is made possible by the collaboration and financial support of the following instituations

Conference Organisers

Associate Professor of Educational Technology, PhD Co-ordinator and Founder & Project Director of the ETILAB (Educational Technology Inquiry Lab)

Dick Ng’ambi is an Associate Professor and a leading researcher in emerging technologies and digital practices in resource constrained environments.  He is the pioneer and stream leader of the postgraduate programme in Educational Technology at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Currently he convenes the UCT School of Education doctoral programme, is Africa’s corresponding editor of the British Journal of the Educational Technology (BJET), and founder of a Sandpit for Educators (ETILAB), the only such lab in Africa. He has published widely in journals, peer reviewed conferences, delivered keynotes and invited talks at several conferences and higher education institutions. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from UCT, a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham, UK, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Zambia.


Professor of Social Work and the Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of the Western Cape (UWC)

Prior to this she was Chairperson of the Department of Social Work, University of Western Cape. Her areas of research, publications and expertise include the use of post-structural, social justice and the political ethics of care perspectives, critical family studies, innovative pedagogical approaches in Higher Education, and feminist and participatory research methodologies. She has co-edited three books – one entitled Community, Self and Identity: Educating South African Students for Citizenship with Brenda Leibowitz, Ronelle Carolissen and other colleagues, another volume entitled Discerning Hope in Educational Practices with Brenda Leibowitz, Ronelle Carolissen and Megan Boler and a third entitled Activity Theory, Authentic Learning and Emerging Technologies: Towards a Transformative Higher Education Pedagogy with Dick Ng’ambi, Jan Herrington, Joanne Hardman, Denise Wood and Alan Amory.


Professor of Education and Chair, Centre for Leadership and Enterprise, Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich, London. Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and Principal Investigator, ESRC Higher Vocational Education and Pedagogy (HIVE-PED) Research Seminar Series

Convenor of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Educational Technology SIG, and won the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Award for Leadership and Management Achievement, 2011. She was Invited Keynote Speaker at EdMedia World Conference 2014 in Tampere, Finland, Guest Editor of the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET) Special Edition on e-Leadership in 2013 and Guest Editor of BJET's Special Edition on Collaborative e-Support for Lifelong Learning in 2006 with Professor Sara de Freitas.