Stellenbosch Seboka: 25-26 March 2014

Four universities on four continents have decided to build a global platform for collaboration and interchange on web-based learning. Starting in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in March, continuing in Guelph, Canada, in May, Malmö, Sweden, in September and ending at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, in November, these Universities will be hosting a world series of conferences.

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Live streaming and archives of sessions: The whole Seboka will be streamed live and the recordings will be available at the ComDevSU YouTube Channel  (

Venue: Wallenberg Research Centre (STIAS), Stellenbosch University

Physical participation in the conference is limited to 130 persons, but an unlimited number of participants can join the proceedings and interact online. This project forms part of the Stellenbosch University projects HOPE International and Hope@Africa.

The four conferences, hosted by each university, will serve as the backbone of the project, sharing overall strategic trends and best practice examples of pedagogical experimentation and innovation. Stellenbosch University is the first to host a conference with the theme Transforming education through technological innovation.

The Day 1 pre-conference workshop on 25 March on Stellenbosch campus will include:
Panel discussions and presentations of the application of various technologies in teaching and learning.
Critical reflection on the application of these technologies in teaching and learning.
Remote participation and presentation from partner universities.

Day 2 on 26 March will focus on the themes of Innovation and Transformation with three different foci on the main themes:
Keynote speakers focusing on examples of innovation and transformation of various industries through the utilization of Information and Communication Technologies.
Panels consisting of university senior management members as respondents focusing on how the integration of ICTs has potential for innovation and transformation of their particular universities.
Case studies focusing on best practice examples of the pedagogical applications of ICTs in teaching and learning that have led to innovation and transformation of the curriculum.

The conference will be streamed live and you can choose to participate physically or virtually. Physical participation at the conference is limited to 100 participants on invitation only, but an unlimited number of participants can join and interact online.

This project further forms part of the Stellenbosch University HOPE International project, in collaboration with the Universities of Malmö, Dalarna, Gävle and Linköping.

Some thoughts from Prof H Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University.

Important information
No conference fees will be payable.

This invitation is not transferable. However, you are encouraged to provide us with the contact details of other stakeholders within your organisation who you reckon might be valuable participants. Unfortunately, because of limited physical space, we cannot guarantee that we shall be able to accommodate all stakeholders.

  • Accommodation and travel costs and bookings will be your own responsibility.
  • Transfer to and from the airport is your own responsibility.
  • Stellenbosch University will provide transport between Stellenbosch Lodge and the Wallenberg Centre on 25 and 26 March.
  • If you want to stay at Stellenbosch Lodge, please contact them directly on
    +27 21 888 0100 or at
  • Hotel reservation has to be completed by 17 March

Please RSVP by 5 March 2014, by completing the online registration form. Please do so, even if you are planning on attending the event virtually.

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