Welcome to the website of the Centre for Teaching and Learning
The primary role of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is the professional learning of academics at Stellenbosch University (SU), with regard to their teaching role. To read more about our vision and mission, click here. Should you require information about services for students: click here.
ERT: Teaching, Learning and Assessment support for academics during COVID-19
The onset of COVID-19 has necessitated us to replace our face-to-face interaction with students with preparing and instituting “Emergency Remote Teaching, Learning and Assessment” (ERT).
The purpose of ERT is “not to re-create a robust educational ecosystem but rather to provide temporary access to instruction and instructional supports in a manner that is quick to set up and is reliably available during an emergency or crisis” (Hodges, Moore, Lockee, Trust & Bond, 2020). ERT requires the re-thinking and adaptation of our face-to-face (F2F) T&L&A for delivery via the SUNLearn platform. However, the principles of good T&L&A in a F2F environment also apply to the online space - it is only the mode of delivery that is different.
The point of departure for this process of adaptation is to rethink the outcomes, assessment and learning opportunities of your module for the online environment. It is important to design for the active involvement of students and to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning. Keep it simple, especially if you are new to the online T&L&A environment.
During Semester 1, a range of resources were collated to guide lecturers and students through the adaptation to ERT. A SUNLearn module on “Lecturer Support for Online Teaching” was developed to assist you step-by-step with the move from face-to-face to remote online teaching. You can also listen to the recordings of previously presented webinars on T&L&A during ERT available on the SUNLearn Lecturer Support for Online Teaching site or register for one of the upcoming sessions. You can also make contact with the CTL advisor in your faculty.
You can also contact us on 021 808 3717 or at email@example.com - w will either answer your question or direct you to the appropriate person or resource.
Take care and be safe!
SU Teaching Excellence Awards 2020
Applications are currently awaited for the Stellenbosch University Teaching Excellence Awards 2020.
The awards acknowledge teaching of outstanding merit at Stellenbosch University. All teaching staff – permanent as well as contract appointments – are eligible for these awards.
The awards are offered in two categories, namely Developing Teacher and Distinguished Teacher. For more information, click here. For enquiries, please contact Dr Karin Cattell-Holden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a direct link to our Student Feedback page: click here.
For more information about FIRLT / FINLO: click here.
Important information regarding 2020 FIRLT applications can be found here.
SU Teaching Fellow 2020
Dr Margaret Blackie, Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, has been appointed as SU Teaching Fellow from 2020
Dr Blackie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science. She has been at SU since January 2010. She holds a PhD in synthetic chemistry from the University of Cape Town.
Dr Blackie's research interests include medicinal chemistry, higher education and Ignatian spirituality. She has published academic papers in all three disciplines. She teaches courses and has supervised postgraduate students in both chemistry and theology.
Her interest in education stems from doing a postdoctoral fellowship under Prof Jenni Case at the Centre for Research in Engineering Education at the University of Cape Town in 2009. She is currently working on a major international collaboration following chemistry and chemical engineering students through their degrees in South Africa, the UK and the USA.
Dr Blackie will hold a teaching fellowship from 2020 to 2022. The primary aim of her research project is to give academic staff in STEM disciplines access to the analytical resources available in the suite of tools that comprises Legitimation Code Theory (LCT).
The SU teaching fellowships provide excellent teachers and scholars of teaching and learning with the opportunity to spend more consistent periods of time, with various forms of support, to focus on aspects of curriculum renewal, the exploration of teaching and learning, and the dissemination of good teaching and learning practice in departments and faculties.
Please click here for more information as well as academics who have completed teaching fellowships at SU. More information about the Teaching Fellowships is available from Dr Karin Cattell-Holden, email@example.com or X 3074.
For information about CTL projects and activities during previous years, please click on the links below:
SU SoTL conference 2019
SU Teaching Excellence Awards 2019
Overview of CTL events in 2018
CTL community outreach project