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Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



The Faculty's Teaching and Learning Hub aims to provide teaching staff members with the  advice  and support to develop and enhance their teaching practice. The Hub's activities, including this online resource,  should allow you to further explore 'good teaching' and the innovative pedagogical tools available to you. 

Our aim is to provide support for the facilitation of problem-based learning through student-centred teaching practices. A reflective teaching practice requires the sharing of teaching lessons learnt within and across academic departments.  This web page is continually updated with case studies, useful resources and news articles, which we hope will help you build on on your teaching successes.

On this page you can further have a look at what the Hub offers in terms of upcoming teaching and learning events, opportunities for professional development, useful resources, blended learning guidelines, and (most importantly) hands-on lecturer support for the design and implementation of innovative learning activities.


Quote of the Week:

But universities cannot simply mobilise against destructive politics; they also have to protect their mission as beacons of innovation, ideas and equality, without surrendering everything to activism. Ultimately, the convergence between the shift to a new form of economic organisation (Mason 2015), the acceleration of the technological revolution, and the relegitimation of political institutions, has a site in society: higher education. This is why the university is simultaneously a decisive battlefield and our hope for a better future in the midst of the current darkness.eaching in today’s classroom is a challenge of great magnitude. Meeting the challenge calls for a teacher to resist establishing a classroom culture of control and become a reflective practitioner, continuously engaging in critical reflection, consequently remaining fluid in the dynamic environment of the classroom.

Castells in Muller, J., Cloete, N. & Van Schalkwyk, F. (Eds.). 2017. Castells in Africa: Universities and Development. Cape Town: African Minds. (P. 201)

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SoTL 2018:  Abstract submission deadline extended to 24 August 2018


Please note that the abstract submission deadline for the SOTL conference for 2018 has been extended to 24 August 2018.

The 11th annual Stellenbosch University (SU) conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) will take place on 30 and 31 October 2018. Pre-conference workshops will be offered on 29 October 2018. The conference is free for SU academics.

The conference will again take place at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West.

The purpose of the conference is to offer SU academics the opportunity to participate in conversations about teaching practices and philosophies. This year's conference should once again be an exciting and informative event. The theme of this year's conference is Academic Leadership.

Please register for the conference and submit your abstract before 24 August 2018!

Please visit the conference website at

Enquiries: or Karin Cattell-Holden,

Who is the hub?

Dr Karin Cattell-Holden

Senior Advisor, Centre for Teaching and Learning​

Faculty Advisor: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Tel: 021 808 3074


Neil Kramm

Blended Learning Coordinator


Tel: 021 808 9617

Prof. Pieter Fourie

Vice-Dean: Social Sciences / Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Tel: 021 808 2119