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Critical digital pedagogies as prerequisite for transformative online learning experienceshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9597Critical digital pedagogies as prerequisite for transformative online learning experiencesDr Sonja Strydom<p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">​During the recent SoTL Conference I suggested the reconsideration of critical digital pedagogies as a prerequisite for transformative online learning experiences.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Based on the general conference theme, I started my argument by confirming that assessment is not limited to students and their learning. Although the former could serve as instigator for student growth via continuous and lifelong learning, it also enables reflective practices on the side of the academic who teaches. By critically reflecting on our own praxes, I argue that the learning of students will be also directly impacted. By becoming a reflective and reflexive practitioner, one is then better positioned to communicate the rationale of any chosen teaching-learning-assessment (T-L-A) practices. One such a way then is to critically reflect on the way in which digital pedagogies are positioned as approaches to mediate transformative learning.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Despite well-documented challenges, higher education institutions (HEIs) still believe that the use of digital technologies could pave the way towards inclusivity and access. Blended learning, as we are all familiar with at SU, is one of the approaches once again foregrounded after the pandemic. For instance, Simbarashe (2021) is of the opinion that blended learning could especially help historically disadvantaged universities to address the digital divide and enable them to draw closer towards historically advantaged universities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Yet, one of the challenges remain to bridge the gap between our theoretical or conceptual ideas and how it would play out in practice. Not only do we need to find practical ways of demonstrating our believes, but we also need to be guided by a robust theoretical framing that provides us with a lens or a way of understanding our practice.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In terms of transformative and inclusive digital pedagogical practices, one such theoretical lens is to explore the views of a renowned critical scholar, Paulo Freire and how his work could potentially be translated and embedded in the digital space. In addition, I will also draw on the work of Zembylas (2014, 2016) where he argues for the inclusion of affect in the learning space.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Embracing the (re)turn to affect</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Increasingly, affect and emotion are foregrounded as important dimensions of interdisciplinary narratives (Athanasiou et al., 2009). When we make way for affect and emotion to also enter the learning space, we start to move away from the often conventional and traditional constructivist notions of learning towards a more nuanced and holistic view of the interconnectivity and dynamic nature of 'cognition, affect and sensual stimulations' (Zembylas, 2016). Furthermore, it is not only “what we feel in particular situations, but [also] why we feel what we feel" (Anwaruddin, 2016, p. 390). </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">What does it imply in the digital classroom? It means that we need to think carefully about the design of learning activities and that academics who teach could consider activities that illustrate how emotions develop and are instituted in the daily experiences of students (Anwaruddin, 2016). Of course, it is not only affect in itself that is important, but also the historical journey of affect by acknowledging the history the preceded the emotions / affect displayed in the classroom (Zembylas, 2014).</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Awareness of power relations</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">When we start to allow affect into our pedagogical spaces and practices, we open ourselves for the consideration of historical and cultural emotions and what it means to allow this into the classroom. Inevitably, the questions would also be asked who is allowed to share their affective responses. It is within this context that power relations are unavoidable since the complex nature of affect is intertwined with our disciplinary epistemologies, our pedagogical orientations, discourse in the classroom and emotional assimilation (Zembylas, 2016, p. 545). </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Power relations are further embodied in physical nature of digital technologies – in other words, the material nature of digital technologies. Feenberg (as cited in Boyd, 2016) argues that digital technology does not operate in isolation from society, but that it rather mirrors the political and/or social systems of its time. In other words, digital technology is not 'neutral' and has an impact also on power relations in the classroom. In a sense, digital technologies become the tool to support the world view of participants. In many cases, it implies the world views of those who teach. As Gairola (2021) argues, universities (and then digital spaces), could be experienced as “sites of alienation". It is especially here, where we often observe the “teacher-student-binary" (p. 23) as well as the material-non-material binary that could create sites of exclusion and further estrangement. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Using dialogue as vehicle to address issues of equality, diversity and inclusivity</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">I would like to argue that we rethink the notion of dialogue in the digital space. Often, when we focus on the affordances of digital tools, we tend to explore the dimensions of the tool in terms of what it can or cannot do. Although this is a necessary practice in order to integrate digital technologies sensibly into T-L-A practices, perhaps it is also time to refocus on the close alignment between the tool (the material) and the intention (the pedagogical approach). From a theoretically supported pedagogical perspective, what is it that we want to achieve with the choice of a particular digital tool? Major, Warwick, Rasmussen, Ludvigsen and Cook (2018, p. 2014), for instance, argue that “affordances only become apparent in the context of developing pedagogy and that the fate for much technology that is 'parachuted' into [the classroom] is that it will be used to support existing pedagogies.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>To conclude, none of the above-mentioned is necessarily new or revolutionary. These are practices that have been employed in education for many years. Yet, perhaps it also becomes time to reconsider these practices specifically within the digital spaces since it is evident that digital inequalities are becoming more complex in HE. Technology is not neutral and “enables, echoes or amplifies existing and unequal power relations" (Czerniewicz, 2022, p. 4). It is only when we as scholars and practitioners continuously reflect and critically assess our choices and intent, that we could gradually move forward in our quest for transformative online learning experiences.​</p>
A visit to the Stellenbosch Library Makerspace: An exceptional, mind-blowing experiencehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9596A visit to the Stellenbosch Library Makerspace: An exceptional, mind-blowing experienceElzette le Roux<p><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">The monthly Centre for Learning Technologies (CLT) staff meeting for October took place in a different space than usual. The CLT staff visited the Stellenbosch Library Makerspace where not only meeting of the minds could take place, but some innovative and stimulating ideas came to life. </span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Makerspace.PNG" alt="Makerspace.PNG" style="margin:5px;" /><br></span></p><p>The Makerspace provides an innovative and stimulating environment to staff and registered students for collaborative prototyping, inventing, and learning. <a href="https://libguides.sun.ac.za/makerspace/home">Norman Hebler</a> guided the CLT staff through the different design workstations that provide an area for 3D modelling and circuit design, including the computers with aided design software. In addition, there are four construction workstations with oscilloscopes and soldering for those interested in putting hand to task to construct something creative. What sparked the most interest amongst the CLT staff was the 3D modelling and printing possibilities and how ideas for 3D printing can be combined with educational ideas. </p><p>According to some of the CLT staff members, there is a fun element to engaging in 3D printing. When students are having fun, they also learn better – the staff can attest to this. The 3D printing process includes a design component where ideas can creatively be transformed into a design while you also develop your creative computer design skills. After designing the idea on the computers, the idea and design are made manifest when being 3D printed. According to staff the printing process made the design a reality and can be used innovatively for teaching props (technology). Some staff experienced the time in the Makerspace as a “whole-brain thinking" experience, “unlocking" the use of one's brain that is not necessarily activated while engaging with specific disciplinary knowledge. Some staff described the experience as mind-blowing since even small, printed objects can have great meaning that stimulates further learning and/or meaningful experiences through a “new-found" creative lens. Another real-life remark was that the 3D experience brought the fun and excitement back into education, affirming the importance of considering more progressive approaches in education. 3D printing could also be used to print prototypes of objects that can assist in students' experiential learning experience. </p><p>The CLT staff did not only learn more about what the Makerspace has to offer, the infinite innovation possibilities and how to manifest creative ideas, but also learned more from one another in a fun way and in a different space.</p><p>For more information on the Makerspace, visit the website <a href="https://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Learning/Pages/Makerspace.aspx">here</a>.<br></p>
SUNLearn 2023 Module Rolloverhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9577SUNLearn 2023 Module RolloverThys Murray<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Dear SUNLearn facilitators (25-11-2022)</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Content from all registered courses has now been transferred to their respective 2023 module spaces and all staff members have been enrolled to the 2023 versions of their current 2022 modules.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Please note the following:<br></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><ul><li>All 2023 modules are set to be available from 1 January to 31 December 2022. This means that until next year the 2023 modules will be listed in the <strong>Future </strong>category of your Dashboard after which it will be moved to your <strong>In progress</strong> category.<br></li><li>To improve the rollover process, all 2023 courses were set to the default <em>Edwiser </em>theme. You can still change your layout to which ever format you prefer by going into the module's settings and choosing the layout of your choice under <strong>Course format</strong>.</li><li>If you are not planning on using 2022 content for 2023, you can delete the content an item or topic at a time.</li><li>All 2023 modules are currently hidden from students, but we will make it visible closer to the start of classes (Health Sciences' modules will be visible for the start of their classes).<br></li><li>2022 modules will be accessible to students untill at least March 2023, though they will be listed in the <strong>Past </strong>category from 1 January 2023.<br></li></ul></div><p style="text-align:justify;">Kind regards<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Learning Technologies Support (SUNLearn) team<br><a href="https://learnhelp.sun.ac.za/" target="_blank">https://learnhelp.sun.ac.za</a><br>​021 808 2222<br></p><p><br></p><p>​​<strong style="text-align:justify;">​​Dear SUNLearn facilitators (12-11-2022)</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is that time of the year again to bring 2021 to completion and to start with the rollover process to activate modules for 2022. As before, all registered 2022 modules will be created on SUNLearn automatically without being requested. Students are then automatically enrolled to these modules during registration and lecturers can decide whether they want to make use of the module space or not.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Regarding the content:<br></p><ul><li><strong>All content</strong> (except Turnitin links) <strong>of all registered 2022 modules will be carried over to their respective 2023 module</strong>. All these modules are hidden from students until the start of classes (Health Sciences' modules will be made visible earlier for when their students start). In case content should remain hidden after the start of classes (e.g. in the case of second semester modules), it can be hidden either by item or by topic / section.<br></li><li><strong>All staff will be enrolled for 2023 modules as they were enrolled for 2022 modules</strong>.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">By approaching the process in this manner, we aim to complete the whole process in the shortest time possible.</p><ul><li>We are aware that not all facilitators want the previous year's content carried over, in this case unwanted content will have to be removed after the fact, be it per item or per topic / section.<br></li><li>If other modules' content is required, e.g. 2021 content, instead of 2022, contact the <span style="text-align:justify;">Learning Technologies helpdesk</span>.<br></li><li>If any facilitators are to be added or removed, contact the <span style="text-align:justify;">Learning Technologies helpdesk.</span><br></li><li>If a module's code has changed, we will be unable to transfer the 2022 content to the new 2023 code. Please contact the <span style="text-align:justify;">Learning Technologies helpdesk</span> to inform us of any code changes.<br></li><li>We will not be rolling over non-registered modules (modules not appearing in the yearbook). Please request the rollover of these modules after the rollover process is complete by contacting the <span style="text-align:justify;">Learning Technologies helpdesk</span>.<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The process will now run as follows:</p><ol><li>We are currently busy transferring all content from 2022 to 2023.</li><li>As soon as this is finished we will enroll all 2022 facilitators to the respective 2023 modules.</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">Each step in this process will be made known on the SUNLearn Dashboard.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kind regards<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Learning Technologies Support (SUNLearn) team<br><a href="https://learnhelp.sun.ac.za/" target="_blank">https://learnhelp.sun.ac.za</a><br>021 808 2222​<br></p>
Centre for Learning Technologies: Alumni Newsletterhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9466Centre for Learning Technologies: Alumni NewsletterElzette le Roux<p>The Centre for Learning Technologies (CLT) is committed to creating professional learning opportunities for staff in their efforts to meaningfully include learning technology into their courses for students. To continue professional learning beyond these formalised opportunities, the CLT is launching a Centre Newsletter with the intention to broaden our alumni network and create new pathways for future collaboration.<br></p><p> </p><p>During each quarter of the year Alumni, and/or other subscribers to the Newsletter, can expect a relevant theme to be unpacked in three sections that include centre news, a scholarly reading and something new in relation to the theme. The first theme in the first edition of the CLT Newsletter will focus on the concept of <a href="/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies/Pages/Modes-of-delivery.aspx"><strong>Blended Learning</strong></a>.</p><p> </p><p>Since 2014 the CLT offered short courses to Stellenbosch University staff members to further develop knowledge in the theoretical and practical aspects of technology-mediated teaching, learning and assessment. From 2022 the CLT expanded on the short course offerings to staff with an Advanced Blended Teaching and Learning short course. This pilot course is designed for the teacher of the future, from new lecturers to more senior academics from all disciplines with a keen interest in teaching and learning at the one hand and digital technologies at the other hand. Alumni who successfully completed the Introduction to Blended Teaching and Learning short course are especially invited to enrol for the Advanced course during our next intake in 2023. </p><p> </p><p>To ensure you receive the quarterly Centre for Learning Technologies Newsletter and become part of new pathways for future collaboration, <a href="mailto:mdev@sun.ac.za"><strong>contact us</strong></a>.<br><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Searching for Artificial Intelligence in Leuvenhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9458Searching for Artificial Intelligence in LeuvenDr Jan Petrus Bosman | Image under license via Freepik.com<p>​<em>​​“We need to dream up what comes next and let our imaginations run wild, so that we begin to anticipate the various potentials of postdigital educational futures, rather than backing into them and hoping that we get it right" </em>- David Kupferman<strong><sup>1</sup></strong></p><p>This powerful sentiment of David Kupferman underlies my academic search for what the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) means for higher education in general and Stellenbosch University (SU) and the Centre for Learning Technologies (CLT) in particular. The search begun towards the end of 2021 in the form of a joint PhD study at KU Leuven and SU with the theme: <em>Academic advising analytics dashboards: Towards artificial intelligence for student success</em>. Through this study I hope to build knowledge of how AI works in higher education so that we as CLT and SU can indeed “dream what comes next" and not be surprised by the developments in 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution) technologies.<br></p><p><img alt="" style="margin:5px;" />​<img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/JP1.png" alt="JP1.png" style="margin:5px;width:287px;height:214px;" /><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/JP2.png" alt="JP2.png" style="margin:5px;width:613px;" /><br></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/lzleroux/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.png" alt="" style="width:210px;margin:5px;" /><img src="file:///C:/Users/lzleroux/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.png" alt="" style="width:327px;margin:5px;" /><p>To this end I had the privilege in May to June this year to do research around AI in higher education at KU Leuven, Belgium's most innovative and also oldest university. KU Leuven has a strong focus on AI research (e.g., <a href="https://ai.kuleuven.be/">Leuven.AI</a>) and innovation (e.g., <a href="https://www.technovationhub.be/english/">Technovation Hub</a>) and I could rub shoulders with some of the best minds, through seminars, conferences, and networking events. As part of my pre-doctoral work, I discovered the foundations of AI through a university-wide course called <em>AI for Everyone</em>. The course gave a general introduction to AI by incorporating a free online course called <a href="https://www.technovationhub.be/english/">Elements of AI</a>, as well as a focused deep dive into how AI is used in different fields like Arts and Social Sciences (e.g., for poetry-creation), health sciences, economics, cyber security and learning analytics to name a few. It is the concept of machine learning in learning analytics and how it is used for advising students on their academic journey towards success that interested me the most as it aligns with my study.</p><p> <img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/JP3.png" alt="JP3.png" style="margin:5px;" /><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/JP4.png" alt="JP4.png" style="margin:5px;width:215px;" /><br><br></p><img src="file:///C:/Users/lzleroux/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image006.png" alt="" style="width:349px;margin:5px;" /><img src="file:///C:/Users/lzleroux/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image008.png" alt="" style="width:211px;margin:5px;" /><p>In moments when I “let my imagination run wild," I try and visualise the future of academic advising. At present academic advising is usually a face-to-face activity between a student and an adviser and the technology (like academic advising analytics dashboards which visualise a student's academic journey by looking at all his/her past academic digital traces) serves to enhance the encounter. To my mind, it is not too far removed from reality to do a thought experiment in which AI-powered EduBots (educational chatbots) provide academic advising services 24/7/365 to students when and where they need them. To that end, I, together with my supervisors, developed a paper with the title <em>EduBots as academic advisers: A speculative social science fiction thought experiment</em> which I presented to the IRC 2022 conference in July in Dortmund, Germany. When I asked the audience to indicate who thinks such an autonomous AI-bot “adviser" was a viable idea, half of them agreed. Of course, the issue of AI systems taking over jobs is very relevant here and so my research is also driving me to seriously look at the ethical, legal, privacy and security aspects of AI systems for higher education.</p><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/JP5.png" alt="JP5.png" style="margin:5px;width:287px;" /><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/JP6.png" alt="JP6.png" style="margin:5px;width:358px;" /><img src="file:///C:/Users/lzleroux/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image010.png" alt="" style="width:195px;margin:5px;" /><img src="file:///C:/Users/lzleroux/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image012.png" alt="" style="width:350px;margin:5px;" /><p>Apart from developing my research project, I also managed to make numerous connections to other aspects and specialisations in higher education (like their student support systems and their new technology in education project) and I also made some wonderful new friends. Finally, I must “confess" that I did manage to sample some of the staple food groups of Belgium cuisine, namely beer, waffles, asparagus and <em>frit</em>, and of course I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and beauty of the city Leuven!</p><p><strong>References</strong></p><p><em><sup>1.</sup></em><em>D. W. Kupferman, “Educational Futures and Postdigital Science," Postdigital Sci. Educ., vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 216–223, 2022.</em><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Centre for Learning Technologies Training and Short Course Offerings for Semester 2 | 2022http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9201Centre for Learning Technologies Training and Short Course Offerings for Semester 2 | 2022Magriet de Villiers<p><br><br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:924px;">The Centre for Learning Technologies is committed to creating professional learning opportunities for staff in their efforts to meaningfully include learning technology into their courses. These learning opportunities are open to SU staff only and are free of charge.</td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Click on any of the offering names below to learn more:</strong></p><p><strong></strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:924px;"><p>1.      <a href="/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies/Pages/Training---Workshops.aspx#1">Introduction to Blended Teaching and Learning Short Course</a></p><p> </p><p>2.     <a href="/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies/Pages/Training---Workshops.aspx#2">Advanced Blended Teaching and Learning Short Course</a><br><br> </p><p>3.     <a href="/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies/Pages/PowerPoint.aspx">PowerPoint: A Self-Help Guide</a></p><p> </p><p>4.     <a href="/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies/Pages/camtasia.aspx">Camtasia: A Self-Help Training Course</a><br></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:924px;">Need more information? Contact Magriet de Villiers <strong>(</strong><a href="mailto:mdev@sun.ac.za"><strong>mdev@sun.ac.za</strong></a><strong>).</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Collaboration further strengthens Telematic Schools Project http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9157Collaboration further strengthens Telematic Schools Project Christina Harvett<p>​​​Ohlange High School is a secondary school in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded by John Langalibalele Dube, who was also the founder and first president of the African National Congress. It was the first school in South Africa started by a black person and in 2007 was amongst several schools recognised as 'historic schools' in South Africa. The school was chosen by former President Nelson Mandela as the place where he would cast his vote in the first racially inclusive election in South Africa in 1994.<br></p><p>The Broadband Infraco CSI (corporate social investment) Project selected Ohlange High School to upgrade the school's information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, to ensure quality education in deep rural areas. They sponsored broadband internet and a classroom equipped with the Telematic Schools satellite equipment as well as air conditioning for the room. Broadband Infraco elected to partner with the Telematic Schools Project, as it provides WCED–approved (Western Cape Education Department), high-quality content for grade 10 to 12 learners, at no cost to the school or the learners.</p><p>The Deputy Director of Operations of the Centre for Learning Technologies: Telematics Services and Projects, Ms Zainab Suliman, attended the launch and presented a workshop on how to incorporate the Telematic Schools Project in the teacher's own lesson plans. This initiative further strengthens the project's intent to support learners, especially in vulnerable communities across the country.</p><p>The Telematics Schools Project (TSP) is a not-for-profit initiative developed jointly by the Western Cape Education Department and Stellenbosch University's Centre for Learning Technologies. The project provides lessons, subject workbooks, and other material for eighteen subjects, in line with the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) and in both Afrikaans and English, to learners in grades 10 to 12. The content is quality assured by WCED senior curriculum planners and is available, at no cost to the learners, on a zero-rated website.​<br></p>
Free, accredited online High School learninghttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9070Free, accredited online High School learningChristina Harvett<p>School learning deficits from two years of pandemic-interrupted teaching make it clear why high school goers should not waste time in using what has become entirely free access for accredited online study. This is the view of Zainab Suliman of Stellenbosch University's Centre for Learning Technologies.<br></p><p> </p><p>As the deputy director of the centre's operations, Telematics Services and Projects, she manages the Telematics Schools Project (TSP), a not-for-profit initiative developed jointly by Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and Stellenbosch University.  The project provides lessons, subject workbooks, and other material for eighteen subjects, in line with the CAPS curriculum, to learners in grades 10 to 12 and in both Afrikaans and English. Content is quality assured by WCED senior curriculum planners and is available, at no cost to the learners, on a zero-rated website.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The start of 2022 also saw the roll-out of the TSP Virtual School, where learners are guided through the curriculum, week by week, with curriculum specific lesson plans, which focus on difficult concepts. It will allow them to catch up on lost teaching and learning time and enhance their chances of academic success. </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The project received an additional boost early in April, with the launch of Broadband Infraco CSI Project at Mhlanganisweni Commercial & Tech Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape and Ohlange Secondary School in KZN. Mhlanganisweni is in a village nicknamed 'Kwamphelamhlaba', which translates to “the end of the world", indicating the extent of its remoteness.  The project aims to use broadband to provide quality education in deep rural areas.   The company also sponsored the installation of the Telematic Schools Project equipment at the school to assist their Grade 10 – 12 learners with free quality tuition.</p><p>This further strengthens the project's intent to support learners, especially in vulnerable communities across the country.<br><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Blended Learning Coordinators: Professional Learning Dayhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8995Blended Learning Coordinators: Professional Learning DayElzette le Roux<p>​The bi-annual CLT Blended Learning Coordinators (BLC) Professional Learning Day took place at STIAS on 9 March 2022. With many of the colleagues meeting each other face-to-face for the first time this year, fruitful conversations and ideas were shared all around. <br></p><p>After introductions, Dr Antoinette van der Merwe, Senior Director at the Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement (DLTE), shared strategic institutional and divisional priorities for the year. Not only are six of the seven identified game changers of the university for this year within the DLTE, but does at least four of these have a direct impact on the work and support provided by the BLCs in the faculties. These include programme renewal, assessment and to an extent hybrid learning and digital transformation. </p><p>A virtual visit from Lars Willner, the CEO of a small Norwegian company called <a href="https://join.differ.chat/community/d6f5c656-95c6-4193-9ff2-f6183b704106/BTLYMP">Differ.Chat</a>, followed Dr Van der Merwe's session. Lars is also coordinating an <a href="https://www.edubots.eu/">Edubots</a> project that consist of a learning community who explores the best practice use of chatbots in higher education with the goal of improving educational attainment. Lars provided some context and background to the project whereafter the possibilities of incorporating artificial intelligence, in the form of Edubots, in teaching and learning and/or student support at SU were discussed amongst the colleagues. For more information and/or participation in the Edubots project, contact <a href="mailto:lzleroux@sun.ac.za">Elzette le Roux</a>, Advisor: Online Learning, at the Centre for Learning Technologies (CLT).</p><p>After the tea break, <a href="mailto:sonjas@sun.ac.za">Dr Sonja Strydom</a>, Deputy-Director Academic Development and Research at the CLT, facilitated a session relating to the contextual scholarly pathway and continuous professional development (CPD) options for BLCs. Some of these options entail professional membership specific pertaining to digital and/or learning technology, publications, academic networking sites, strategic participation in social media platforms and engaging in relevant readings.  </p><p>The after-lunch session, facilitated by <a href="mailto:mdev@sun.ac.za">Magriet de Villiers</a>, Advisor: Learning Technologies at the CLT, was filled with fruitful discussions and sharing of faculty stories and focus group planning afterwards. Best practices were shared from the faculty stories and areas of collaboration between BLCs in different faculties were identified. BLC work in faculties include (but are not limited to) planning, inputs, incorporating digital learning technologies in the curriculum; facilitating workshops and/or in-faculty training sessions; assistance with various aspects on SUNLearn; facilitating teaching and learning HUBs in faculties; research and conceptualisation of gamification in teaching and learning.</p><p>For support and assistance relating to blended teaching and learning in your faculty, please contact your BLC. Herewith more information about the BLCs and their unique support and work in the different faculties. </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Name</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Faculty</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Position<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Description</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:almac@sun.ac.za">Alma Coertzen</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Law</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Legal Education Designer<br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Provides advice, support and administrative service to academic staff with respect to programme renewal initiatives, judicious use of technology and web-based resources in teaching, learning and assessment activities in legal education. Design, implement and administrate professional development short course learning programmes in the faculty. </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:calitzr@sun.ac.za">Amanda Calitz</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Medicine and Health Sciences: Centre for Health Professions Education</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Advisor: Blended Learning & Simulations</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Work with subject matter experts to conceptualise, plan and design interactive instructional materials with the aim to integrate a blended learning approach and better facilitate teaching, learning and assessment at the FMHS. Support the clinical skills lab as well.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:brigittepegado@sun.ac.za">Brigitte Pegado</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Engineering</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Advisor: Blended Learning</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Learning technology specialist supporting lecturers, tutors and students by designing, providing and implementing pedagogically sound strategies relating to blended teaching, learning and assessment.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:deleciad@sun.ac.za">Delecia Davids</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Education</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Blended Learning Coordinator</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Provides technical and professional support to academics by assisting with and developing pedagogically sound strategies for online, hybrid, and blended teaching, learning and assessment initiatives.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:ilser@sun.ac.za">Dr Ilse Rootman-le Grange</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Science </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">BLC: E-Learning Instructional Designer</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Provides support with general SUNLearn queries, SUNLearn training, programme renewal projects, hybrid module development, strategic discussions relating to teaching. learning and assessment projects. Performs research in science teaching, learning and assessment with a specific focus on learning technologies. Support with FINLO project developments and applications, SoTL abstract writing and presentation preparation, first year module coordinator.  </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:foiretjr@sun.ac.za">Jaudon Foiret</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Medicine and Health Sciences: Centre for Health Professions Education</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Advisor: Blended Learning</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Work with subject matter experts to conceptualise, plan and design interactive instructional materials with the aim to integrate a blended learning approach and better facilitate teaching, learning and assessment at the FMHS. Assists in the curriculum renewal process for the MBChB programme.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:ebrits@sun.ac.za">Kanita Brits</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Medicine and Health Sciences: Centre for Health Professions Education</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Advisor: Blended Learning</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Work with subject matter experts to conceptualise, plan and design interactive instructional materials with the aim to integrate a blended learning approach and better facilitate teaching, learning and assessment at the FMHS.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:wirthk@sun.ac.za">Kathryn Wirth</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">AgriSciences</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Blended Learning Coordinator</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">General SunLearn support and training, development of blended learning and hybrid modes of delivery within academic programmes, coordinate and support programme renewal activities, and participate in strategic initiatives within the faculty.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:kristin@sun.ac.za">Kristin van der Merwe</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Military Science: Educational Technology Department</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Educational Technologist</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Provides support for staff and students with the Learning Management System, learning design, blended learning and digital learning in general. Facilitate a Computer Literacy course for Military College students, performs digital learning research and facilitate orientation programmes for students in the faculty.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:lennox@sun.ac.za">Lennox Olivier</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Arts and Social Sciences</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Advisor: Blended Learning</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Provides support for learning and teaching, with a focus on the use of learning technologies (including blended-, online- and hybrid learning), integration of learning technologies in programmes and modules and programme renewal activities. </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:magdabarnard@sun.ac.za">Magda Barnard</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Economic and Management Sciences</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Programme Renewal Coordinator</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Supports and drives curriculum renewal on both module and programme level. This often entails the use of learning technologies.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:mvolschenk@sun.ac.za">Dr Mariette Volschenk</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Medicine and Health Sciences: Centre for Health Professions Education</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lecturer & e-Learning Portfolio Manager</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Manages the learning technologies team at the Centre for Health Professions Education. Key focus areas include learning experience design on the online platform and postgraduate teaching and supervision (MPhil in HPE).</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:khozal@sun.ac.za">Dr Mhaka Khoza</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Military Science</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Educational Technologist</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Provides support for staff and students with the Learning Management System, learning design, blended learning and digital learning in general. Facilitate a Computer Literacy course for Military College students, performs digital learning research and facilitate orientation programmes for students in the faculty.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><a href="mailto:simbapondani@sun.ac.za">Simbarashe Pondani</a></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Theology</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Blended Learning Coordinator</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Technical and SUNLearn support to staff and students relating to the use of learning technologies in teaching and learning. Technical support with the hybrid programme, provide support with online design and support programme renewal activities.<br><br></td></tr></tbody></table><p>​<br></p>
CLT: Training and Short Course Offerings for 2022http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8967CLT: Training and Short Course Offerings for 2022Magriet de Villiers<p>​<br></p><p>​​<br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:924.039px;">The Centre for Learning ​​Technologies is committed to creating professional learning opportunities for staff in their efforts to meaningfully include learning technology into their courses. These learning opportunities are open to SU staff only and are free of charge.<br></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Click on any of the offering names below to learn more:</strong></p><p><strong></strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:924.039px;"><p>1.      <a href="/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies/Pages/Training---Workshops.aspx#1">Introduction to Blended Teaching and Learning Short Course</a></p><p> ​<br></p><p>2.     <a href="/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies/Pages/Training---Workshops.aspx#2">Advanced Blended Teaching and Learning Short Course</a><br><br> </p><p>3.     <a href="/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies/Pages/PowerPoint.aspx">PowerPoint: A Self-Help Guide</a></p><p> </p><p>4.     <a href="/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies/Pages/camtasia.aspx">Camtasia: A Self-Help Training Course</a><br></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p><p>​<br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:924.039px;">Need more information? Contact Magriet de Villiers <strong>(</strong><a href="mailto:mdev@sun.ac.za"><strong>mdev@sun.ac.za</strong></a><strong>).</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p>​<br></p>