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2nd iSoTL Student Essay Competition

Title: The critical role of technological advancement in shaping education


The University Teaching and Learning Office (UTLO) is proud to announce the annual student essay competition in conjunction with the 2nd Innovations in the Science of Teaching and Learning Conference. This prestigious competition invites all registered UKZN undergraduate and postgraduate students to submit essays on the theme “The Critical Role of Technological Advancement in Shaping Education.”

Deadline: 15 July 2024

Rules and Guidelines for all submissions​

Rules and guidelines for undergraduate students (includes Honours level)

  • Essays should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words (excluding references and title page).
  • Essays should focus on practical applications of technology in education, such as:
    • The technologies you are currently using for learning at UKZN and identify their strength and weaknesses.
    • How can these technologies improve student engagement and learning outcomes?
    • Case studies of successful adoption of technology in the classroom.
    • Strategies for overcoming barriers to adopting technology in education
    • The role of technology in promoting equity and accessibility in education
  • Essays should include a personal reflection on your own experiences with technology in education and its impact on learning.
  • Essays should include subheadings to organise the content and improve readability.

Rules and guidelines for postgraduate students

  • Essays should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words (excluding references and title page).
  • Essays should focus on theoretical and conceptual considerations of technology in education, such as:
    • The philosophical implications of technology for the nature and purpose of education
    • The potential long-term impact of technology on pedagogy and curriculum design
    • Ethical considerations for the use of technology in education (e.g. privacy, algorithmic bias)
    • The role of technology in shaping the future of higher education and research
  • Essays should demonstrate an understanding of the topic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (e.g., education, psychology, sociology, computer science).
  • Essays should include an abstract (150-200 words) summarising the main arguments and conclusions of the essay.

To submit your essay, click this link: Essay submission portal. Complete the form, attach your essay in Word document format, and click the “Submit Essay” button.

Do not miss this exciting opportunity to present your ideas and insights on the role of technological advancement in education! We look forward to reading your thought-provoking essays.

If you have any queries, please contact the essay competition coordinator at

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