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Tribute to former SU Centre for Teaching and Learning directorhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5619Tribute to former SU Centre for Teaching and Learning directorCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​​​Stellenbosch University (SU), the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and various academic departments are saddened by passing of a former director of the CTL, Prof Brenda Leibowitz. <br></p><p>Prof Maureen Robinson of the SU Department of Curriculum Studies and a friend and colleague of Prof Leibowitz, writes:​ </p><p><em>I  have known Brenda Leibowitz for over 30 years, both as a friend and colleague. She was a teacher during the turbulent school boycotts of the 1980s in Cape Town and is remembered dearly by many of her former pupils. She worked for some years in the Department of Education with the late Kader Asmal, as Director: Race and Values in Education, later moving into the fields of academic development and teaching and learning, seeing these as vehicles for the transformation of higher education. </em></p><p><em>Between 2004  and 2013  Prof Leibowitz worked at Stellenbosch University as Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The Centre supported the enhancement of all aspects of teaching and learning at the University. Areas of focus of the Centre included: coordination of the University's Extended Degree Programmes, support for tutor programmes, the professional development of academics, student feedback, integrating academic literacy in the curriculum, E-learning, development of teaching and learning policies and strategic documents, the First-year Academy and various research projects. She was concurrently Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies, convened a module in the MPhil in Health Science Education and supervised several PhD and Masters students.</em></p><p><em>In 2014 she moved to the University of Johannesburg, where she was offered a Chair in Teaching and Learning.  This was recently accepted as a new SARCHi Chair, an expression of the high regard in which she was held in the academic community.   </em></p><p><em>From the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa (HELTASA) comes the following words: </em><em>Brenda has been taken from us too soon, when there was still so much more to share and so much still to do in academic development. Rest in peace, Brenda, and be sure that your legacy to higher education in South Africa is enormous and will continue not least in the form of HELTASA</em></p><p><br></p><p><em><strong>Photo: </strong><a href="http://heltasa.org.za/a-tribute-to-brenda-leibowitz/" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">HELTASA</a><br></em></p><p>​<br></p>
SoTL 2018: Registration openhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5609SoTL 2018: Registration openDr JP Bosman <p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>SoTL 2018:</strong><strong>  </strong><strong>Registration open!</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 11<sup>th</sup> annual Stellenbosch University (SU) conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) will take place on 30 and 31 October 2018. Pre-conference workshops will be offered on 29 October 2018.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The conference will again take place at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The purpose of the conference is to offer SU academics the opportunity to participate in conversations about teaching practices and philosophies. This year's conference should once again be an exciting and informative event. The theme of this year's conference is Academic Leadership.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">All are invited to submit abstracts and to register for the conference!</p><p><strong>Please visit the conference website</strong> at <a href="http://www0.sun.ac.za/sotl/"><span lang="EN-ZA" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www0.sun.ac.za/sotl/</span></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Enquiries:</strong>  <a href="mailto:sotl@sun.ac.za"><span lang="EN-ZA" style="text-decoration:underline;">sotl@sun.ac.za</span></a></p>
SU short course on the Scholarship of Educational Leadership (SoEL)https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5607SU short course on the Scholarship of Educational Leadership (SoEL)Nicoline Herman<p><strong></strong> </p><p><strong>SU short course on the Scholarship of Educational Leadership (SoEL)</strong></p><p>This 12 credit short course focuses on leadership <em>in</em> and the Scholarship <em>of </em>Teaching and Learning. The course draws on two bodies of knowledge, namely Academic Leadership (AL) and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and aims to bring conceptual frameworks from these two bodies of knowledge into dialogue with each other. </p><p>The course content is divided into four broad themes: Contextualising Leadership (Term 1), Researching Leadership (Term 2), Curriculum Leadership (Term 3) and Pedagogical Leadership (Term 4). The outcomes of the short course are:</p><p>• To engage academic leaders (e.g. Vice-Deans Teaching and Learning (T&L), programme leaders, departmental Chairs, and T&L-related unit heads) in scholarly approaches to educational leadership practices;</p><p>• To introduce academic leaders to the Scholarship of Educational Leadership (SoEL) literature and its implications for their own educational leadership context;</p><p>• To apply SoEL research skills to own educational leadership context (such as reviewing literature, defining SoEL research problems, designing research methods, disseminating results through a scholarly output);</p><p>• To demonstrate critically reflective practice in the form of a teaching portfolio.</p><p>It is envisaged that the short course will build a critical mass of T&L mentors at Stellenbosch University. Each year a selected cohort of staff members, who are playing a leadership role in the area of T&L, will be invited to register for the short course. Each of these cohorts, on completion of the short course, will in turn become part of a growing community of T&L mentors at the university. </p><p>For 2018, eleven participants are enrolled for the short course. The first two contact sessions took place on 2 February and 6 April. </p>
SU Teaching Excellence Awards 2018https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5608SU Teaching Excellence Awards 2018Karin Cattell-Holden<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>SU Teaching Excellence Awards 2018</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The annual Stellenbosch University Teaching Excellence awards will take place during the second semester of 2018. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The awards were designed in 2017 to acknowledge excellent teaching at institutional level and offer an opportunity to value reflective and contextually-aware teaching. The aims of the awards are:</p><ul><li>to show support at an institutional level for excellence in teaching and learning in higher education; </li><li>to generate a cadre of academics who are able to provide inspiration and leadership in teaching and learning in their disciplines and across the institution;</li><li>to generate debate and public awareness about what constitutes teaching excellence <em>for</em> the world as opposed to <em>in</em> the world; </li><li>to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning;</li><li>to stimulate the growth of professional teachers, and</li><li>to generate appreciation of the value of lessons learnt as opposed to only valuing successes.</li></ul><p>The awards are offered in two categories: the <em>Developing Teacher</em> award and the <em>Distinguished Teacher</em> award. All staff are eligible for these awards. <br><br>The <em>Developing Teacher</em> award is open to all staff with fewer than ten years, but minimum three years, of engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning. The minimum duration of three years can be dated from a point in time, as identified by the individual, when they chose to proactively start developing their scholarship of teaching and learning. The award as <em>Developing Teacher</em> may be received once only.<br><br>The <em>Distinguished Teacher</em> award is open to all staff with ten years or more of engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning. The duration can be calculated from a point in time, as identified by the individual, when they chose to proactively start developing their scholarship of teaching and learning. An individual may receive the award as <em>Distinguished Teacher</em> once in a five-year cycle.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The candidate/s selected by each faculty are required to prepare a teaching portfolio with due attention to the criteria in the guideline document (please see link below). The portfolios should be submitted to the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at <a href="mailto:kcattell@sun.ac.za"><span lang="EN-ZA" style="text-decoration:underline;">kcattell@sun.ac.za</span></a> by <strong>Friday 31 August 2018. </strong>A selection committee will evaluate the portfolios. The successful candidates will be informed of their selection in Term 4 and will receive their awards at a ceremony at the end of that term. For the 2018 SU Awards the award amount is R25 000 each.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">For further enquiries, please contact Dr Karin Cattell-Holden from the CTL (X 3074, <a href="mailto:kcattell@sun.ac.za"><span lang="EN-ZA" style="text-decoration:underline;">kcattell@sun.ac.za</span></a>).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">For additional information:   <a href="/english/learning-teaching/ctl/t-l-resources/teaching-portfolios/su-institutional-excellence-in-teaching-and-learning">http://www.sun.ac.za/english/learning-teaching/ctl/t-l-resources/teaching-portfolios/su-institutional-excellence-in-teaching-and-learning</a></p>
Fund for Innovation and Research into Learning and Teaching (FIRLT) 2018https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5456Fund for Innovation and Research into Learning and Teaching (FIRLT) 2018Mine de Klerk<p>​​</p><h3>Fund for Innovation and Research into Learning and Teaching (FIRLT)<br></h3><p>​​<br><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" style="text-align:justify;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;">In line with its Teaching and Learning policy ( </span><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" style="text-align:justify;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><a href="/english/learning-teaching/ctl/Documents/Learning-and-teaching-policy.pdf" target="_blank" style="color:#666666;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" style="width:16px;margin-top:5px;margin-bottom:5px;max-width:100%;" /><strong>Learning-and-teaching-policy.pdf</strong></span></a></span><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" style="text-align:justify;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;"> ), Stellenbosch University established the Fund for Innovation and Research into Teaching and Learning (FIRLT) in 2005 in order to encourage a culture of innovation and reflection in teaching and learning at the University. The fund provides an opportunity for lecturers to innovate, evaluate effective practices and processes, and to investigate teaching and learning problems, solutions and trends.  It also provides a mechanism for the dissemination of results designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning.  Any lecturer, team of lecturers or Centre responsible for teaching and learning, may apply for an award.</span><br></p><p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">FIRLT awards are made twice a year by a subcommittee of the Committee for Teaching and Learning. Proposals are funded up to a maximum of R45 000. All applications are considered by the FIRLT Committee:</span></p><div align="left" style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><ul style="margin:0px 0px 10px 25px;padding:0px;"><li style="line-height:20px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">Dr Faaiz Gierdien, Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education, </span><a href="mailto:faaiz@sun.ac.za" style="color:#666666;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">faaiz@sun.ac.za</span></a></li><li style="line-height:20px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">Dr Taryn Bernard, Arts and Social Sciences, <a href="mailto:tbernard@sun.ac.za" style="color:#666666;text-decoration-line:underline;">tbernard@sun.ac.za</a></span></li><li style="line-height:20px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">Dr Margaret Blackie, Chemistry and Polymer Science, Faculty of Science, </span><a href="mailto:mblackie@sun.ac.za" style="color:#666666;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">mblackie@sun.ac.za</span></a></li><li style="line-height:20px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">Dr Nicoline Herman, Deputy Director: Centre for Teaching and Learning, </span><a href="mailto:nherman@sun.ac.za" style="color:#666666;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">nherman@sun.ac.za</span></a></li><li style="line-height:20px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">Dr JP Bosman, Head: Centre for Learning Technologies, </span><a href="mailto:jpbosman@sun.ac.za" style="color:#666666;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">jpbosman@sun.ac.za</span></a></li><li style="line-height:20px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">Prof Susan van Schalkwyk, Director: Centre for Health Professions Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, </span><a href="mailto:scvs@sun.ac.za" style="color:#666666;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">scvs@sun.ac.za</span></a></li><li style="line-height:20px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">Mrs Jean Farmer, Advisor: Centre for Teaching and Learning/Centre for Health Professions Education, </span><a href="mailto:jeanlee@sun.ac.za." style="color:#666666;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">jeanlee@sun.ac.za.</span></a></li></ul></div><p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5"><br>Closing date for this year's applications: 25 May and 9 November 2018​.</strong></p><p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5"></span><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-5">For queries, send an email to <a href="mailto:finlo@sun.ac.za" style="color:#666666;"><span lang="EN-ZA" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">finlo@sun.ac.za</span></a> or call Jean Farmer at 021 808 2956 / 021 938 9832.​</span></p><p><br> </p>
First-year Achievement Awardshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5604First-year Achievement AwardsJean Lee Farmer<p>​</p><p>The Vice-Rector Learning and Teaching, Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel, hosted the First-Year Achievement Awards event for the top achieving first-year students of 2017. The event also highlights the role that the lecturer plays in these achievements. The event was held at Lord Neethlingshof wine farm on Wednesday, 11 April 2018. Both Prof Schoonwinkel and Dr Antoinette van der Merwe congratulated the students on their achievements and the lecturers for their dedication to quality teaching. The group of 32 students from across all ten faculties included Extended Degree Programme students who have excelled beyond what their matric results may have indicated.</p><p> </p><p>The evening was graced by the guest-speaker, Educational Psychology Professor Ronelle Carolissen, Vice-dean Teaching and Learning of the Education Faculty. She addressed the students on their social responsibility as citizens in their chosen fields of academia and future careers but also towards the university community to counter social prejudices. Her message iterated that we are all part of a community and that change in our country starts with the individual.</p><p> </p><p>The 90 guests, which included deans and vice-deans from the 10 faculties, enjoyed an evening of conversation and a sit-down 3-course meal. The prestigious event was closed by Dr van der Merwe who thanked everyone present for adding to the success of the evening.</p>
SU Teaching Fellowshipshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5587SU Teaching FellowshipsKarin Cattell<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>SU Teaching Fellowships</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p>A proposal for the creation of teaching fellowships at Stellenbosch University was accepted at a Senate meeting in 2009. The University has successfully awarded ten fellowships to date. This programme is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and extend expertise with regard to teaching and learning at the faculty or departmental level.</p><p><strong>Aims</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>To enhance the stature of teaching and learning at Stellenbosch University</li><li>To provide an opportunity for selected academics to develop their teaching expertise</li><li>To stimulate the growth of the scholarship of teaching and learning at the University</li><li>To provide the opportunity for a systematic, rigorous and reflective approach towards teaching and teaching innovation at the University.</li></ul><p>A University fellowship scheme is intended to convey prestige and provide support for selected academics to focus for a stipulated period of time on the practice and scholarship of teaching. The scheme will make provision for a minimum of one award per annum. The fellowship scheme provides the opportunity for excellent teachers and scholars of teaching and learning to spend more consistent periods of time, with various forms of support, to focus on aspects of renewal, exploration and dissemination of good practice within Departments and Faculties. </p><p>The individual will remain in his or her Department, but will focus on aspects of teaching and learning that will enhance his or her teaching and contribute to the development of the scholarship of teaching and learning in the department and faculty.  The project is managed by the CTL.</p><p>Any questions can be directed to: Karin Cattell (<a href="mailto:kcattell@sun.ac.za"><span lang="EN-ZA" style="text-decoration:underline;">kcattell@sun.ac.za</span></a>) at the Centre for Teaching and Learning.</p><p><strong> Teaching Fellows at SU*</strong></p><h3>We are very proud of the following Teaching Fellows at Stellenbosch University:</h3><p>*Please contact us if the information below is incomplete.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>2018</strong><br><strong> Name:  Dr Michael Schmeisser </strong><br><strong> Department:  Horticultural Science</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  AgriSciences</strong><br><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>2018</strong><br><strong> </strong><strong>Name:  Dr Marianne Unger</strong><br><strong> </strong><strong>Department:</strong><strong>  Physiotherapy</strong></p><p><strong>Faculty:</strong><strong>  Medicine and Health Sciences</strong><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2017</strong><br><strong> Name:  Prof. Ingrid Rewitzky</strong><br><strong> Department:  Mathematical Sciences </strong><br><strong> Faculty:  Science</strong><br><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>2017</strong><br><strong> Name:  Dr Elize Archer</strong><br><strong> Department:  Centre for Health Professions Education</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences</strong><br><strong> </strong><br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>2016 </strong><br><strong> Name:  Marianne McKay </strong><br><strong> Department:  Viticulture and Oenology</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  AgriSciences</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>2016</strong><br><strong> Name:  *Dr Helena Wessels</strong><br><strong> Department:  Curriculum Studies</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  Education</strong></p><p>*Dr Wessels passed away in February 2018.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>2015 </strong><br><strong> Name:  Dr Berna Gerber</strong><br><strong> Department:  Division of Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>2015</strong><br><strong> Name:  Prof. Ian Nell</strong><br><strong> Department:  Practical Theology</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  Theology</strong></p><p><strong> </strong><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>2015 </strong><br><strong> Name:  Dr Nicola Plastow</strong><br><strong> Department:  Division of Occupational Therapy</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>2013</strong></p><p><strong>Name:  Prof. Geo Quinot </strong><br><strong> Department:  Public Law</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  Law</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>2011 </strong><br><strong> Name:  Prof. Juanita Bezuidenhout</strong><br><strong> Department:  Centre for Health Professions Education</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>2011 </strong><br><strong> Name:  Prof. Elmarie Costandius </strong><br><strong> Department:  Visual Arts</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  Arts and Social Sciences</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>2011 </strong><br><strong> Name:  Prof. Dana Niehaus</strong><br><strong> Department:  Psychiatry</strong><br><strong> Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences</strong></p><p><strong> </strong><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong> </strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p>
Prof Magda Fourie-Malherbe: T&L Seminarhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5588Prof Magda Fourie-Malherbe: T&L SeminarMelanie Petersen<p>​The seminar explored how changing international and national contexts are affecting institutional policies and practices, and argued that, as a result, academic leaders have to give more consideration to protecting the integrity of academic work, involving the collective and adopting an ethic of care.  This line of thought was initially introduced at a 2016 Auxin presentation on academic leadership, and subsequently further developed through, amongst others, the deliberations of the Academic Leadership Focused Interest Group (AL FIG). Potential research projects identified by the AL FIG at the end of 2017 will be suggested for consideration and discussion by the seminar participants.</p><p>For a podcast and the power point presentation of the seminar, visit:  <a href="/english/learning-teaching/ctl/t-l-resources/t-l-seminars">http://www.sun.ac.za/english/learning-teaching/ctl/t-l-resources/t-l-seminars</a></p>
Elsabé Daneel Beginners and Advanced Communication Workshopshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5497Elsabé Daneel Beginners and Advanced Communication WorkshopsClaudia Swart<p>​</p><p><strong>ELSABé DANEEL BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATION WORKSHOPS</strong></p><p> </p><p>Elsabé Daneel is a well-known TV presenter, TV & movie actor and have produced and acted in many theatre productions.  She is a producer, director and presenter of corporate videos as well as documentaries for kykNET and M-Net.</p><p> </p><p>As communication and media strategist, she conducts the communication workshop, <em>Communication IQ</em>. These fun filled workshops in communication and projection skills are geared for corporate clients, TV and radio presenters, actors, public speakers, educators, students, academic personnel, etc. </p><p> </p><p>Elsabé will offer two communication workshops for Stellenbosch University academic staff during August.  The beginner's workshop will take place on 23 August and the advanced workshop on 24 August.  (Only participants who have previously completed the beginner's workshop can enrol for the advanced workshop.)</p><p> </p><p><strong>The following topics are discussed during the workshops:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>grasp communication jargon</li><li>discover the ABC of the communication process</li><li>evaluate your strong and weaker points as a communicator</li><li>make communication models work for you</li><li>suss out the technicalities that influence the communication process</li><li>recognize the role of personal style </li><li>thrive on body language </li><li>experiment with vocalics </li><li>indulge in relaxation techniques that work</li><li>package your verbal message</li><li>establish rapport </li><li>recording podcasts and videos for use in your modules.</li></ul><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong><em>When:</em></strong></p><p>Beginner's workshop:  23 August 2018 from 13:00 to 17:00</p><p>Advanced workshop:  24 August 2018 from 13:00 to 17:00<em> </em></p><p><strong><em> </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Where:</em></strong></p><p>Den Bosch, 39 Victoria Street (opposite Skuilhoek and behind the Conservatoire)</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>There are only 10 places available per workshop.</strong></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>Please contact Nothemba Nqayi at nothemban@sun.ac.za or 021 808 3717 to reserve your place.</em></p><p> </p>
New Academics’ Transitions Regional Colloquiumhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5529New Academics’ Transitions Regional ColloquiumClaudia Swart<p>​</p><p><strong>New Academics' Transitions Regional Colloquium</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Thursday 4 May 2017 saw the launch of the very first New Academics' Transitions Regional Colloquium at the University of Cape Town. The Colloquium brought together new academics from UCT, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Stellenbosch University (SU) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC). </p><p> </p><p>Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at UCT Professor Daya Reddy opened the event by expressing how he wished that he had been exposed to the advantages that the respective new academic programmes provide, in a more systematic way than when he started out in academia. If he had he would have been better prepared to deal with the hurdles and mistakes new academics face. On that note he recognised that the higher education environment is much more complex today than before but as academics there is so much that we can learn from one another. </p><p> </p><p>Dr Kasturi Behari-Leak, one of the main organisers of the event and educator on the UCT New Academics Professional Programme (NAPP), reiterated what Professor Reddy had said, “it is my firm belief that new academics' both young and old come in with a rich resource that we can certainly learn from."</p><p> </p><p>As it was the first regional colloquium, representatives from each university including Dr Nicolene Herman (SU), Professor Vivienne Bozalek (UWC), Dr Misiwe Katiya (CPUT) and Dr Behari-Leak all shared the different models of induction practice used at the respective universities. A key theme across the programmes was that of critical reflection on practice.</p><p> </p><p>After a short break delegates were broken up into groups where a number of academics from the various universities shared their specific experiences and innovations in the classroom. </p><p> </p><p>In her presentation Dr Sisa Ngabaza, from the Department of Women and Gender Studies at UWC, shared how she has begun to use a blended learning approach in her classroom by making use of mobile phones. Before attempting to do this Dr Ngabaza surveyed her class and found that 100% of her students had smartphones and 96% were willing to use them for learning. After browsing many applications including Facebook and other social media platforms, she settled on Kahoot!. Kahoot! allows educators to create fun learning games that multiple participants can engage with. This technique proved to stimulate and encourage more participation amongst Dr Ngabaza's students. </p><p> </p><p>“It encouraged me to understand and not just memorise" was an example of feedback Jessica Stander, lecturer in Physiotherapy at SU, received after she too introduced a blended learning approach in her classroom. Recognising that her students were unprepared for their practical classes even though they knew what subject matter was to be covered, Stander took a leap of faith and began to incorporate online learning into her curriculum. She produced a number of videos and online learning materials which she shared with her students. To her relief, this resulted in more and better prepared students in her practical sessions. She emphasised that physiotherapy is “very practical but you need a theoretical base."</p><p> </p><p>A particularly poignant presentation was given by Asanda Ngoasheng from CPUT, a lecturer in Political and Business Reporting as well as Editorial Management who commented on how she  needed her 'ahistorical students' to understand the concept of privilege so they could look at the world with new eyes. She spoke passionately about the need to decolonise the curriculum and more importantly the way of thinking of many of her students, “we need to decolonise the coloniser but also the colonised."</p><p>In order to do this she uses intersectionality theory in her classroom which is actualised by making her students do the Privilege Walk. The Privilege Walk lines students up and asks them a number of questions related to privilege, for example, “If one or both of your parents were "white collar" professionals:  doctors, lawyers, etc. take one step forward" or “if you were raised in an area where there was prostitution, drug activity, etc., take one step back." This experiment put students' own privilege into perspective in a way it never had before. </p><p> </p><p>After the presentations and a quick lunch the delegates reconvened to reflect on the day. The panelists then shared what they felt were the main themes to come out. According to Dr Herman, what stood out for her was the passion the new academics present showed for their students and their discipline. Dr Katiya echoed that sentiment. She believed that the ideas shared that day showed that “we, as academics care and that attitude is what students need." Her remarks that many academics chose to implement strategies in the classroom without asking permission elicited chuckles from the crowd, but she affirmed, that “sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do".</p><p> </p><p>The day rounded off with thank you's to all those involved in the event and the hopes that this would turn into an annual exchange of ideas and knowledge. </p><p> </p><p>See more at: <a href="http://www.cilt.uct.ac.za/cilt/news/NATRC2017#sthash.iwlJKiM4.dpuf"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.cilt.uct.ac.za/cilt/news/NATRC2017#sthash.iwlJKiM4.dpuf</span></a><br> For photos of the event, visit:  <a href="http://www.cilt.uct.ac.za/new-academics-transitions-regional-colloquium-2017-photos"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.cilt.uct.ac.za/new-academics-transitions-regional-colloquium-2017-photos</span></a></p><p> </p>