2018 ECP/Foundation Colloquium – Call for Papers!!!

The dispensation of the advocation for free higher education as well as the massification of students in the South African Universities opens itself to a wide range of burning questions related to the future of Extended Curriculum Programmes (ECP). Initially and fundamentally, the ECP’s genesis in South Africa, was and still is rooted in the DHET’s quest to equip students who are at risk because of their disadvantaged educational backgrounds, to support them academically with knowledge, skills and competencies in their first years to strive through and successfully complete their studies. However, the biggest question is: What is next in the future of Extended Curriculum Programmes?

The 2018 National Extended Curriculum Programmes/ Foundation Colloquium will be hosted by the University of Venda, Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province, 22nd – 23rd August 2018 at Khoroni Hotel in Thohoyandou, Limpopo

This is an annual Colloquium held at various universities to provide an ideal platform for academics and other stakeholders in higher education institutions to share ideas, research findings about various aspects of Extended Curriculum Programmes, and discuss the challenges experienced and possible solutions. The 2018 Colloquium is designed to thoughtfully engage with ways of reclaiming education in the light of the future of Extended Curriculum Programmes.

Accordingly, we invite you to submit Abstracts of not more than 250-300 words in line with but not limited to the main theme and the following sub themes


  • Curriculum alignment between ECP and the main stream
  • Improving Information Literacy Education skills in ECP
  • Thinking beyond ECP traditional to technological advancement teaching and learning techniques
  • Putting equal emphasis and accountability to ‘access’, ‘participation’, ‘retention’, and ‘success’ of Foundation/ECP students
  • Teaching and learning with Emerging Technologies (TLET)
  • The impact of mentoring and tutoring in increasing the throughput rates of ECP students
  • Capacity building by uplifting the skills and leadership levels of ECP academic staff

Criteria for selection of abstracts:

  • Linked to the conference theme
  • Clear focus on one or more of the subthemes
  • Underpinned by theory

Adherence to the following technical criteria:

  • Arial 12pt in MS Word format
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • Abstract heading Arial 14pt bold
  • Maximum of 5 key words

Abstract submission must be made online at:

Important Dates

  • 30 May 2018 Abstract submission deadline
  • 15 June 2018 Notification of acceptance of abstract
  • 1 August 2018 Registration Closes



2018 ECP Call


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