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Auxin: Developing a knowledge skills module for first years
Start: 25/05/2021, 12:45
End: 25/05/2021, 13:45
Contact:Lucy Lucks - 021 808 3717
Location: MSTeams during lockdown.

​The Topic

From accessing information to actually using it: The development of a Knowledge Skills module for first years

This presentation will take the form of an autoethnographic reflection on the development of a Knowledge Skills module. Key points of reflection include:

  • The need for participatory curriculum design
  • The points of agreement and divergence between academic literacy, information literacy and digital literacy
  • The move from a focus on information-sharing to knowledge-building​

Marenet will share reflection on the experience of redesigning a curriculum in the Department of Journalism, to include knowledge skills.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) initiated a large-scale programme renewal project a few years ago. One of the key discussion points of the programme renewal reference group was the need for a reinvigoration of the current compulsory first-year module titled “Information Skills".

The Department of Journalism has taken the lead on redesigning the curriculum for this module, which includes the proposed name change to “Knowledge Skills".

​​​The Spea​ker

Dr Marenet Jordaan is a lecturer in the Department of Journalism, with a research focus on media ethics, newsroom ethnography, and the interplay between professional journalism and societal narratives. She also has a keen interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning and received the SU Teaching Excellence Award as developing teacher in 2020. She previously taught at the University of Pretoria. Her career started as journalist for Die Burger and Rapport – after she completed her honours degree in the very department where she now works.

Time: 25 May 2021,  12.45 – 13.45

Venue: MSTeams – click on the link below.

Bookings: Lucy Lucks
 021 808 3717
It is not essential to RSVP or book –  you can do so, or you can just click on the MSTeams link and join us.


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