It was a phenomenal experience (un)conferencing with you all. We are happy to have hosted, through the Remo platform, a series of important conversations about transforming higher education and being resilient, responsive and relevant in our ever-evolving Higher Education (HE) context. These conversations included inputs from a range of richly diverse voices, in line with our new model of conferencing.
Through workshops, poetry, videos, posters and a various other modes, our presenters engaged us all in compelling dialogues about decolonial love, accessibility, ubuntu, transformative pedagogies, collective agency and more. Our keynote provocateurs challenged our thinking and stirred us with their inspiring words that served as a powerful reminder that with every setback comes an opportunity to come back stronger. Participants also made excellent use of the event space to re-connect with former colleagues, forge new connections, contribute enthusiastically to collective harvesting sessions, and openly share their insights, ideas, research and first-hand experiences.
Transformation begins with us, and we all have the potential to be agents of real change in HE. Let us not confine our discussions to our conferences, webinars, and the like. Instead, may we take this into our institutions and engagements with all stakeholders in the sector. Keep the fire burning on the robust deliberations that took place at #HELTASA21 and continue connecting with one another. We look forward to implementing these ideas and embarking on exciting projects in the new year.
We are proud that we could achieve our aim of giving a platform to more diverse perspectives during the workshops, multi-modal presentations and, of course, our keynote provocation panels at #HELTASA21. It was an incredible online (un)conference experience filled with rich exchange, heart-felt sharing and camaraderie amongst participants.