Centre for Learning Technologies
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

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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 for students. The Centre offers two accredited short courses in Blended Learning which provides a community of practice in which staff members can further develop knowledge in the theoretical and practical aspects of technology-mediated teaching, learning and assessment. These short courses are offered free to staff members.

The Learning Technology Support team in the Centre also provides basic training session on the use of SUNLearn and/or other University-supported software.

Click on any of the courses, training or support available to find out more. ​​

Introduction to Blended Teaching and Learning
This short course is aimed at teaching academics and professional support staff that are actively involved in the delivery of HE courses, accredited short courses or staff training and development. The course is designed in a hybrid modality that consists of two contact sessions and four modules that are completed online.
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Advanced Blended Teaching and Learning
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. This fully online course will include presentations of theoretical evidence-based concepts, models and frameworks, good practices, inspiring examples, practical illustrations, and interesting (open) resources, combined with hands-on exercises.
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Facilitator training

Basic training sessions on the use of SUNLearn and other University-supported software (like Camtasia, PowerPoint and MS Teams) are provided to staff on a regular basis. These sessions are often of a generic nature however, departmental training is also an option we offer. In departmental training sessions, training takes on a more needs-specific nature, moving away from the generic to a personalised format.
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SUNLearn User Guide

Due to the pivotal role that the learning management system, SUNLearn, plays in many of the courses across the various campuses, a user guide was developed to provide lecturers with support in using the activities and tools provided for in SUNLearn.
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Introduction to Blended Teaching and Lea​rning

This short course is aimed at teaching academics and professional support staff that are actively involved in the delivery of HE courses, accredited short courses or staff training and development. The course is designed in a hybrid modality that consists of two contact sessions (on 2 August and 7 September 2022 respectively for the second semester) and four modules that are completed online.

A formal assignment needs to be successfully completed in order to obtain a certificate of completion for the course. 

Course outcomes

After completion of the course, the participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe the field of educational technology; 
  2. Apply the theoretical grounding in terms of the key aspects associated with blended learning; 
  3. Apply their developed practical and context-specific skills in the integration of learning technologies in the curriculum; 
  4. ​Consider future self-directed practices in the future development of lifelong skills in the field of educational technology.

Topics

Topic 1: Understanding Blended Learning

Topic 2: Creating & integrating multimedia 

Topic 3: Online engagement and collaboration

Topic 4: E-Assessment 

Topic 5: Professional learning in the field 

Topic 6: Final Assignment 

Notional hours

The average hours that a participant could expect to spend on the course is 24 hours (four hours per week for six weeks).

Dates

The course will be offered from 12 April 2022 to 19 May 2022 for a Semester 1 intake and 2 August 2022 to 7 September 2022 for a Semester 2 intake.

Enroll for the course

Stellenbosch University staff who are interested to enroll for this course can click on this link to enroll. Enrollments for Semester 2 close on 22 July​ 2022.  


Advanced Blended Teaching a​nd Learning

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. This fully online course will include presentations of theoretical evidence-based concepts, models and frameworks, good practices, inspiring examples, practical illustrations, and interesting (open) resources, combined with hands-on exercises. 

Course outcomes

The course format includes self-paced, self-directed fully online learning with virtual (online) presentations, hands-on practical activities, group discussions, and an individual project such as designing a digital active learning intervention. The course will also be supported by Teams channels for developing a community of practice and social learning.

After completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamentals of active and blended learning and apply them into a classroom, a fully online and a blended learning environment; 
  2. Search, assess and use up-to-date learning technologies in order to improve their own teaching; 
  3. Design, develop and implement meaningful learning experiences in order to activate learners; 
  4. Apply action research for reflection on their own practice as a teacher in the digital world.

Topics

Topic 1: Introduction

Topic 2: Read-watch-listen 

Topic 3: Investigate

Topic 4: Produce 

Topic 5: Discuss 

Topic 6: Collaborate

Topic 7: Practice

Topic 8: Reflection  

Notional hours and assessment

The average hours that a participant could expect to spend on the course is 40 hours (five hours per week for eight weeks). Participants will engage in assessment quizzes and a final video project to obtain a certificate of competence.

Dates

The course will be open from 1 March 2022 to 30 June 2022 for a Semester 1 intake and 1 August 2022 to 30​ November 2022 for a Semester 2 intake.

Enroll for the course

Stellenbosch University staff who are interested in enrolling for this course​ can click on this link to enroll. Enrollments for Semester 2 close on 25 July 2022. 


Facilitator traini​ng 

Basic training sessions on the use of SUNLearn and other University-supported software (like Camtasia, PowerPoint and MS Teams) are provided to staff on a regular basis. These sessions are often of a generic nature however, departmental training is also an option we offer. In departmental training sessions, training takes on a more needs-specific nature, moving away from the generic to a personalised format. 

All training is directed to academic and administrative staff, and where necessary, staff are advised and supported in how to provide students with basic instructions on the use of these tools.

The support team and advisors in the Centre provide the follow-up support for staff once these tools are implemented into teaching practice through telephonic, email or face-to-face consultation. User-guides and training manuals are being created and updated on a regular basis as further support. Currently, there are blended learning coordinators within a number of the faculties who are also available for this support.

Contact Magriet de Villiers for more information on facilitator training. ​


SUNLearn User Gui​​de

Due to the pivotal role that the learning management system, SUNLearn, plays in many of the courses across the various campuses, a user guide was developed to provide lecturers with support in using the activities and tools provided for in SUNLearn.​ 

Training and support queries can be sent to the SunLearn support desk: learn@sun.ac.za or call the helpdesk on 021 808 2222

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Contact

For workshop and short course queries, please contact:

General course information

Ms Magriet de Villiers

Advisor:
Learning Technologies

Email
+27 21 808 9905
+27 21 808 3565

​Short course registrations

Ms Elzette Le

Roux

Advisor:
Online Learning

Email
+27 21 808 3563
+27 21 808 3565​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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