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Learning and Teaching Enhancement Seminar: 12 March 2020
Author: CTL
Published: 10/03/2020

​You are invited to the first of the four 2020 quarterly Teaching and Learning Seminars under the auspices of the Vice-Rector (L&T), Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel, and the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Division.

Topic: Shifting pedagogical practices and identities: Lessons learned from the virtual classroom

Presenters: Jan Botha, Miné de Klerk, and Nompilo Tshuma

Short biographies: Jan Botha is a professor in the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Stellenbosch. He is the course leader for the DIES/CREST Online Course for Doctoral Supervisors at African Universities. Miné de Klerk is the advisor for online and hybrid learning at the Centre for Learning Technologies and managed the online learning design of the above-mentioned course. Dr Nompilo Tshuma is currently a Lecturer in the Centre for Higher and Adult Education (Department of Curriculum Studies). Her role in this course included being an online tutor, training remote online tutors and contributing to the design of this online short course.

Blurb: Stellenbosch University (SU) is in the process of expanding its academic offering to include more flexible learning models that can reach students beyond our physical campus. The recent initiation of hybrid learning* and the proliferation of fully or partly online short courses ask for improved awareness of the challenges and opportunities associated with the virtual classroom. The presenters of this seminar learned valuable lessons through the design and implementation of multiple rounds of a fully online short programme for doctoral supervisors. The notion of academic identity serves as an overarching theme as they share their reflections on the (shifting) roles of lecturers and professional academic support staff throughout this collaborative project.

In this seminar, we will focus on the following:

a. Contextualizing the case study, the DIES/CREST Online Course for Doctoral Supervisors at African Universities, within the continuum of academic offerings at SU;

b. Reflecting on online facilitation and how this relates to academic identity;

c. Discussing the potential for transformative learning, as well as the practical and educational challenges that online learners experienced

d. Critically investigating a number of key assumptions about the relationship between the lecturer, learning design practices and digital technology.

* Hybrid Mode Learning refers to a combination of contact and fully online learning. Students meet with learning facilitators for block contact sessions in a physical learning space, which can be geographically distributed beyond SU's current campuses. A large part of the learning, however, is facilitated online via the Internet.

Time: 13:00-13:45 on 12 March 2020

Place: Room 3008, Faculty of Education

Refreshments will be served from 12:45.

Inquiries: JP Bosman (

RSVP by 10 March 2020

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