Centre for Teaching and Learning
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Institutional Policies and Guidelines

 

Stellenbosch University strives to contribute to society at large, through teaching. Excellence is the underlying value in all undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning programmes at the University. In the Strategic Framework (April 2000), the University's vision for the field of teaching is formulated as follows:

A university characterised by quality teaching, by the constant renewal of teaching and learning programmes, and by the creation of effective opportunities for learning and ​study.

 

This vision is complemented by one of the main aims of the University's Strategy for Teaching and Learning 2014 -2018:

…to give direction in achieving the aims set for this University to remain one of the leading universities in South Africa – also in the domain of teaching and learning.

 

Policy documents and reports that provide institutional guidance:

For the latest SU strategy documents, please visit:  http://www.sun.ac.za/english/about-us/strategic-documents
For the latest SU policy documents, please visit:   http://www.sun.ac.za/english/policy
For the latest​ SU language policy, please visit:  http://www​.sun.ac.za/english/about-us/language


The SU Teaching & Learning Policy:

SU Teaching  Learning Policy.jpg

Open this link for an infographic of the Teaching and Learning policy , with links to key paragraphs: SU Teaching Learning Policy with links.pdf

The following table contains a variety of institutional policy documents and reports, focusing on teaching and learning:

POLICY / GUIDELINE / REGLEMENTPURPOSE/BRIEFLAST APPROVEDREVISION DATECURATOR
TEACHING AND LEARNING POLICY
Teaching & Learning Policy (2018).pdf


​To promote an enabling institutional environment where quality teaching and learning can flourish across the student body, the academic staff cohort, support services divisions and management bodies.
​26 September 2018
​The Policy must be reviewed during its fifth year of operation. It may be reviewed earlier, or more than once during its period of operation, if the owner of the Policy considers it necessary
​Senior Director: Learning and Teaching Enhancement 

ASSESSMENT POLICY
Assessment Policy.pdf

 



Implementation Plan for Flexible Assessment
IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR FLEXIBLE ASSESSMENT.pdf

To provide a framework within which assessment practices can be valid, reliable and justifiable, and can be directed and evaluated within faculties based on clear criteria.

 

To describe the proposed SU assessment approach, which will allow for the current three systems to be kept under the umbrella of two main assessment systems, as well as the roll-out of this plan in terms of implementation dates, roles and responsibilities.

2012

 

 

 

 

11 March 2016

Currently under reviewCENTRE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

Early Assessment: Protocol
Vroeë assessering protokol_Eng.pdf

​To explain the early assessment (EA) system, and to answer some of the questions about this initiative.  EA is described in the First-year Academy report as tests or any other method of assessment that can give a good indication of which students might be high-risk cases in certain modules, to ensure that the required help and support is provided early enough. This description thus also explains the purpose of the early assessment process.​2008/2009​2017​DIVISION STUDENT AFFAIRS

Fund for Innovation and Research into Learning and Teaching
5_FIRLT_Reglement.pdf

To provide guidelines for FIRLT funding allocation and management. FIRLT is aimed at providing financial assistance to promote innovation in T&L, to promote effective teaching, to demonstrate the value of teaching, and to promote a research-based approach to T&L. NOV 2004Ongoing approval at the Committee for Learning and Teaching.CENTRE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

GUIDELINES RELATING TO SU'S EXTENDED DEGREE  PROGRAMMES (EDP)

To conceptualise, operationalise and manage EDP programmes in alignment with the University's mission.2010STUDENT AFFAIRS

Guideline Document for Academic Literacy at SU
Guideline for Advancing Academic Literacy at SU 24 July 2012 ABK.pdf

​To provide an inclusive working definition of academic literacy which will aid the University and programme designers to plan for the realization of this aspect of the SU Graduate Attributes; to suggest guidelines for how academic literacy could be fostered in the University’s teaching and learning programmes; and to indicate where and how this approach should be supported.

​2012​Currently under revision.​VR(L&T)

INFORMATION LITERACY

Info literacy training framewrk (30 Sept 2014) - trackd changes accepted.pdf


 

To describe the development of different levels of students' information literacy competency.  To articulate broad principles and ways of integrating information skills into teaching and learning. The collaboration by the library with academic- and support services staff fosters innovative programs for expanding information skills. SEP 2014 
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICE

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL MODERATION AND THE PROCESSING OF RESULTS

9_Regulation 2014_Internal and external moderation.pdf

To ensure that standard practices are followed about peer evaluation (via internal and/or moderation) in all modules and programmes.AUG/SEP 20142019INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND PLANNING

LEARNING MATERIALS
Policy-on-teaching-and-Learning-materials.pdf

To champion the use of teaching and learning materials in such a way that quality learning, as envisioned in the Learning and Teaching Policy (2006), is promoted at Stellenbosch University.
To ensure that adequate and appropriate measures exist to support lecturers in the achievement of the ideals embodied in this policy.
To ensure that the University meets national regulatory requirements, including those of the Higher Education Quality Committee.
JUNE 2007 Currently under revision.CENTRE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

PLAGIARISM
SU Plagiarism Policy_2016.pdf

SU Procedure for the investigation and management of allegations of plagiarism_2016.pdf

To ensure that mechanisms are in place to enable staff and students to promote academic integrity and eliminate plagiarism. 
To ensure that plagiarism cases are dealt with consistently and fairly.
2016

 2021

 

RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT

REGULATION FOR THE RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) AND CREDIT ACCUMULATION AND TRANSFER (CAT)
Regulation for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT).pdf

To provide a quality assurance framework for the recognition of prior informal and non-formal learning within RPL, as well as of formal learning within CAT​​​​.

​2017​Every five years​Vice-Rector (Learning and Teaching)

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PROGRAMME COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND COORDINATORS
3_Duties Programme Chairs and Coordinators_Aug 2004.pdf

To provide guidelines for the management of the quality assurance of T&L programmes at faculty level.AUG 2004​Under revision.INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND PLANNING

STRATEGY FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
SU TL Strategy.pdf

To formulate the SU graduate attributes and to provide for operationalising the vision and strategic priorities for teaching and learning.20172021CENTRE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

STRATEGY FOR USING ICT IN TEACHING AND LEARNING
ICT in Teaching and Learning.pdf

To formulate a vision and strategy for the effective and efficient utilisation of ICTs in teaching and learning.2013CENTRE FOR LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

STUDENT FEEDBACK
Student-Feedback-Policy.pdf

Rules for obtaining and utilising student feedback about programmes, modules and lecturers
STV REGLEMENT SFB.pdf

To provide detailed regulations about obtaining and utilising student feedback.  Student feedback is aimed at the support and promotion of quality teaching at SU. 2008Currently under revision.CENTRE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

SUCCESS OF TOP ATHLETES
REGULATION RE TOP ATHLETES_Eng.pdf

To establish principles and provisions for the formal acknowledgement of the performance of top student-athletes in the co-curriculum and to offer academic support.2016

 

 

MATIES SPORT

​REGULATION FOR THE COMMITTEE FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING
REGLEMENT KLO REGULATION CLT.pdf

To provide Senate with oversight, advice and promotion on matters of teaching and learning, promotion of student success, student assessment, examinations & promotions, professional development & support to lecturers and First-year Academy. JUNE 2017
VICE RECTOR (Learning and Teaching)