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Celebrating Teaching & Learning @ SU in 2020https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7899Celebrating Teaching & Learning @ SU in 2020Dr Karin Cattell-Holden<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​Celebrating Teaching & Learning @ SU in 2020</strong><br><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Teaching and learning at Stellenbosch University (SU) during 2020 was celebrated virtually on 3 December. The annual SU Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony was expanded beyond the Teaching Excellence Awards to include the awarding of the SU Teaching Fellowships, the national TAU Fellowships, and the SoTL Conference prize-winners. This year the 2019 SoEL short course participants as well as the PREDAC 2020 participants were also included.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Opening the proceedings, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Wim de Villiers, described both the challenges and the opportunities that emergency remote teaching, learning and assessment held during 2020. He expressed his appreciation of all SU lecturers, but especially congratulated the “teaching champions" who would be receiving awards, prizes or certificates during the event.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his official address, Prof. Arnold Schoonwinkel, outgoing Vice-Rector: Learning and Teaching, outlined the prominent position of excellence in teaching and learning at SU. Describing the opportunities available to lecturers to enhance their professional learning, such as the annual SoTL conference, the FINLO/FIRLT grants and the Scholarship of Educational Leadership (SoEL) course, Prof. Schoonwinkel emphasised the presence of a teaching trajectory at the University. This trajectory could culminate in an academic becoming a leaderly teaching scholar, taking their knowledge and experience of teaching and learning beyond SU to contribute to the national and international scholarship of teaching and learning.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Presenting the awards and certificates, Prof. Schoonwinkel stressed the importance of celebrating lecturers' “outstanding achievements" despite the exceptional challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. He congratulated three new national <strong>TAU (Teaching Advancement at University) Fellows</strong> at SU: Prof. Faadiel Essop (Department of Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Science), Prof. Ashraf Kagee (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) and Dr Marianne McKay (Department of Viticulture and Oenology, Faculty of AgriSciences). These three academics will attend the TAU Fellowship Programme from 2021 to 2022.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prof. Schoonwinkel also announced four new <strong>SU Teaching Fellows</strong>: Dr Taryn Bernard (Extended Degree Programme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Prof. Debby Blaine (Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering), Ms Gretha Steenkamp (School of Accountancy, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences), and Prof. Susan van Schalkwyk (Director: Centre for Health Professions Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences). These Fellows, who are excellent teachers and scholars of teaching and learning, will have the opportunity to spend a consistent period of time, with various forms of support, to focus on a research project in teaching and learning in their field of interest.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>SU Teaching Excellence Awards</strong> for 2020 were received by eight lecturers. Dr Margaret Blackie (Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, Faculty of Science) received an award in the category 'Distinguished Teacher'. In the 'Developing Teacher' category the following seven lecturers were awarded:<br>·       Dr Alexander Andrason (Department of Ancient Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences),<br>·       Dr Marenet Jordaan (Department of Journalism, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences),<br>·       Dr Tobi Louw (Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering),<br>·       Mr Juan Ontong (School of Accountancy, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences),<br>·       Dr Ilse Rootman-le Grange (Faculty of Science),<br>·       Dr Martin Venter (Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering), and<br>·       Dr Shantelle Weber (Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following papers, presented at the <strong>SoTL Conference 2020</strong>, judged the best in various categories, were also announced:<br>·       Research track: “Strategies to teach graduate attributes – a scoping review" – by the late Dr Alwyn Louw and Dr Tiana Schultz<br>·       Innovation track: “Class recordings in a post-graduate financial accounting course: Student perceptions" – by Ms Gretha Steenkamp and Mr Alwyn Visser<br>·       Reflection Track: “Unintended benefits of an e-block toward clinical competence in physiotherapy" – by Ms AMS Schmutz, Dr Alison Lupton-Smith and Dr Marianne Unger.<br>·       Delegates' Choice: “Institutional obstacles to authentic transformation at Stellenbosch University" – by Dr Anita Jonker<br>·       Best PREDAC Poster (as voted by the conference delegates): “<a href="file:///C:/Users/claudias2/Documents/Virtual%20TL%20event/Communication%20Eng%20CTL%20website%20Ceremony%202020.docx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Twenty-first-century learning: Keeping up with Gen Z</span></a>" by Dr Marlon le Roux & Dr Ethel Phiri</p><p>Nine leaderly teaching scholars in the SoEL (Scholarship of Educational Leadership) short course 2019 were awarded certificates. Prof. Mary-Ann Plaatjies van Huffel will receive her certificate posthumously.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Lastly, 62 academics who completed the <strong>PREDAC short course in 2020</strong> were awarded certificates and encouraged to <span style="background:white;margin:0px;color:#333333;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:10.5pt;">continue with their teaching journeys, aiming at receiving a teaching excellence award in future</span>.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">More information about the TAU Fellowships, the SU Teaching Fellowships and the SU Teaching Excellence Awards is available from Dr Karin Cattell-Holden, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">kcattell@sun.ac.za</span>. Information about the SoTL conference and the PREDAC short course is available from Dr Anthea Jacobs, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">jacobsa@sun.ac.za</span>, and Charmaine van der Merwe (<span style="text-decoration:underline;">cvandermerwe@sun.ac.za</span>), respectively. Further details of the SoEL short course can be requested from Dr Nicoline Herman (<span style="text-decoration:underline;">nherman@sun.ac.za</span>) or Dr JP Bosman (<span style="text-decoration:underline;">jpbosman@sun.ac.za</span>).   <br><br><strong>Photographs:</strong><br>Top row from left to right:  Prof Alexander Andrason, Dr Marenet Jordaan, Dr Tobi Louw, Mr Juan Ontong, Dr Ilse Rootman-le Grange<br>Middle row from left to right:  Dr Martin Venter, Dr Shantelle Weber, Dr Margaret Blackie, Prof. Faadiel Essop, Prof. Ashraf Kagee<br>Bottom row from left to right:  Dr Marianne McKay, Prof. Susan van Schalkwyk, Prof. Debby Blaine, Dr Taryn Bernard, Ms Gretha Steenkamp<br></p>
SoTL Virtual Conference 2020https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7818SoTL Virtual Conference 2020Anthea Jacobs<p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><strong style="margin:0px;line-height:20.8px;">​​SoTL Virtual Conference 2020: Giving and receiving care should be at the heart of our efforts to create an institutional landscape of care</strong></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">“At SU, thanks to your complete dedication and hard work on the academic project, we stopped nothing. You responded to the challenges with agility, resilience and innovation, as the papers at this conference will testify.”<br style="margin:0px;line-height:20.8px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">This was the message of Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel, Vice-Rector: Learning and Teaching at Stellenbosch University (SU), during the opening session of the 13th annual and first ever virtual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) conference, on Wednesday 04 November 2020.<br style="margin:0px;line-height:20.8px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Against the background of an extremely challenging year, Schoonwinkel emphasised how important this conference was in demonstrating institutional care for all role players in the teaching and learning (T&L) project, thereby aligning to the theme of the conference - “Celebrate, Appreciate and Reflect on our COVID-19 experiences in the e-environment”, abbreviated as CARe. Schoonwinkel also reminded conference delegates that the conference theme appears to relate to learning and teaching functionalities, but it of course also underscores how we live out SU’s core values of excellence, compassion, accountability, respect and equity, known by a very similar acronym, ECARE.<br style="margin:0px;line-height:20.8px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Scholars and teachers from various faculties at SU had an opportunity to present their research, innovations and reflections, educate one another and inspire emerging scholars at the event, which is organised annually by the Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement, and coordinated by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.<br style="margin:0px;line-height:20.8px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Every year, the SoTL conference provides a platform where academics share and celebrate teaching and learning practices and research. It also aims to address all aspects of teaching and learning at the University in an open, supportive and intellectually stimulating atmosphere.<br style="margin:0px;line-height:20.8px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Participation has grown exponentially since its inception in 2007, with 53 presentations and 299 registered participants attending this year, all in the online space for the very first time.<br style="margin:0px;line-height:20.8px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Instead of the customary conference keynote speaker, there was a CARe-note panel this year, to align with the conference theme. The purpose of the CARe-note was to create a shared and reflective space where the voices of management, lecturers, professional support staff and students could be heard. These were presented in the form of most authentic and sincere digital stories. Professors Koopman and Rewitzky, representing University Management, discussed how management responded to the care needs of staff and students, and showed compassion in many different and diverse ways. Representatives from the Professional Academic Support Staff Environment reflected on the challenging but enormously rewarding care work done, highlighting the central position of team work. The student voices spoke to the positive, open and caring responses from the university to the needs of students, which enabled them to “function effectively and survive”.<br style="margin:0px;line-height:20.8px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">During the closing session of the conference, delegates had the opportunity to participate in brainstorming activities about the future actions of care giving and care receiving at the structural and cultural levels of the university. These conversations chartered a way forward as we endeavour to create an institutional landscape of care.<br style="margin:0px;line-height:20.8px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">A definite highlight of the closing of the conference was the announcement of the winners of the best presentations. The following papers were adjudged the best in various categories:<br style="margin:0px;line-height:20.8px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">·       Research track: “Strategies to teach graduate attributes – a scoping review” – by the late Dr Alwyn Louw and Dr Tiana Schultz</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">·       Innovation track: “Class recordings in a post-graduate financial accounting course: Student perceptions” – by Ms Gretha Steenkamp and Mr Alwyn Visser</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">·       Reflection Track: “Unintended benefits of an e-block toward clinical competence in physiotherapy” – by Ms AMS Schmutz, Dr Alison Lupton-Smith and Dr Marianne Unger.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">·       Delegates’ Choice: “Institutional obstacles to authentic transformation at Stellenbosch University” – by Dr Anita Jonker</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">·       Best PREDAC Poster (as voted by the conference delegates): “Twenty-first-century learning: Keeping up with Gen Z” by Dr Marlon le Roux & Dr Ethel Phiri</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:20.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">All the conference sessions and presentations were recorded and are available on the <a href="https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19:4551c73cef864d61a69433aea03def37%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=f5a800c2-4962-4621-9d75-1d429c262178&tenantId=a6fa3b03-0a3c-4258-8433-a120dffcd348" target="_blank" style="color:#0072c6;text-decoration:none;">SoTL Conference MS Teams Platform</a>. Also visit the conference website at <a href="http://www0.sun.ac.za/sotl/" target="_blank" style="color:#0072c6;text-decoration:none;">http://www0.sun.ac.za/sotl/</a> for more information about the rest of the conference programme and to access abstracts from all the presentations. <br><br></p>
Book launch: Responding to the necessity for change: HE voices from the South during the COVID-19 crisishttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7811Book launch: Responding to the necessity for change: HE voices from the South during the COVID-19 crisisNicoline Herman​<strong>​Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement Book Launch: Responding to the necessity for change: Higher Education voices from the South during the COVID-19 crisis</strong><p><br>During the closing session of the <a href="http://www0.sun.ac.za/sotl/" target="_blank">Stellenbosch University virtual 2020 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) conference</a>, Dr Antoinette van der Merwe (Snr Director Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement) introduced delegates to a recently published online book entitled <a href="/english/learning-teaching/ctl/Pages/Short-online-publications.aspx" target="_blank">Respondingto the necessity for change: Higher Education voices from the South during the ​COVID-19 crisi</a>s edited by Drs Sonja Strydom, Nicoline Herman, Hanelie Adendorff and Ms Mine de Klerk from the Centre for Learning Technologies and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. </p><p>The chapters in the book are authored by professional academic support staff and teaching academics and describe their experiences around educational challenges and opportunities during the first semester of the COVID-19 period.  The book attempts to offer honest, reflective insights into the scholarly and practical activities of a proportion of staff members involved in the continuous support of sound teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) practices during this period of emergency remote teaching (ERT). The authors celebrate lessons learned, but also aim to build on identified opportunities for change and further critical reflection.</p><p>Authors were invited to reflect on their contextualized experiences during the first semester by asking the following questions based on the framework of Rolfe, Freshwater and Jasper (2001): What, So-What and Now-What? It was furthermore suggested to the authors that they align their chapters with the <a href="/english/learning-teaching/ctl/Documents/7Oct2020.DeLTA%20Framework.pdf" target="_blank">Designing Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DeLTA) framework</a>. The framework was conceptualized by the CTL in its mandate of supporting lecturers with their teaching function. ‘DeLTA’ is the acronym for this process and framework, but ‘DeLTA’ is also the mathematical symbol for change and is represented by Δ. </p><p>Two overarching themes serve as key threads across all the chapters. Firstly, a reframing of the notion of change can be observed – from merely a disruption to an invitation to adapt and respond to emerging and discomforting conditions in the context of TLA. Each chapter illustrates how the COVID-19 crisis in some way triggered a necessary change, whether this manifested as a new perspective, a developed professional practice or the implementation of a new TLA approach.</p><p>Secondly, the notion of ‘care’ underpins the narrative of nearly every chapter. The authors reflect on highly collaborative and iterative processes of finding new and practical solutions in the ERT period whilst ensuring that they maintain their awareness of sound pedagogical principles and compassion for peers, students and themselves.</p><p>Institutional role-players who may not have worked closely together prior to the pandemic describe how they became increasingly dependent on one another’s professional expertise and knowledge domains. They had to invite a larger number of voices and consider other staff members’ and students’ lived experiences more attentively in order to balance the  implementation of practical solutions with the shared objective to maintain the quality of SU’s academic offering. </p><p>Consequently, the chapters reveal a heightened awareness of the need at SU for a professional academic support approach that is firmly rooted in empathy and a TLA philosophy that draws on a pedagogy of care. </p><p>The book is published under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/" target="_blank">Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License</a> and is freely available. Click on the picture of the cover page below to access the book: <br><a href="/english/learning-teaching/ctl/Pages/Short-online-publications.aspx" target="_blank"><img alt="Responding.jpg" src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Responding.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:154px;" />​</a><br></p><p>Reference:<br></p><p>Rolfe, G., Freshwater, D. & Jasper, M. (2001). Critical reflection in nursing and the helping professions: A user’s guide. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.<br></p>
Tribute to Dr Alwyn Louwhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7783Tribute to Dr Alwyn LouwCTL colleagues<p>Tribute to Dr Alwyn Louw </p><p><span lang="EN-US">We at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), along with the rest of the Stellenbosch University (SU) student and staff community, mourn the loss of our colleague Dr Alwyn Louw.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">Alwyn had a keen interest in and a significant influence on learning and teaching research and innovation aimed at enhancing students’ learning experiences. He was passionate about students and an exceptional teacher, as is evidenced by his having received the First-year Achievement Award numerous times over the years. First-year students in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences nominate for recognition the lecturer who has influenced their academic success the most during the often challenging first year of study. Dr Louw’s passion, insight and experience changed and touched the lives of many students in the extended degree programme.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">Over the years he had received several grants from the Fund for Innovation and Research in Learning and Teaching (FIRLT), which attests to his dedication to this calling. He often partnered with colleagues and was eagerly invited to participate in research, as his knowledge, expertise and generosity were highly appreciated. As a result of his successful FIRLT projects he often presented at the annual SU Scholarship for Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference, and was again scheduled to co-present a paper – which has been shortlisted as a potential prizewinning presentation – at this year’s virtual SoTL Conference.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">While these academic accolades are noteworthy, what most of us will remember Alwyn for is his warm-hearted, friendly, kind, generous and approachable personality. Meeting Alwyn in lecture halls, passages or his office, one would be greeted with a ready laugh, an open smile and an inviting nature. We will miss him dearly.​</span></p>
SU Teaching Fellowship 2021https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7732SU Teaching Fellowship 2021Karin Cattell-Holden<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​​SU Teaching Fellowship 2021</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Teaching fellowships were initiated at Stellenbosch University (SU) in 2009 with the aim of, <em>inter alia</em>, providing an opportunity for selected academics to develop their teaching expertise and stimulating the growth of the scholarship of teaching and learning at the University. The University has awarded 14 fellowships since then.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>The University Capacity Development Grants (UCDG) will be funding <strong>another (one) fellowship from January 2021</strong>. The fellowships provide excellent teachers and scholars of teaching and learning<a href="file:///C:/Users/claudias2/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/IO3DFDCO/Communication%20CTL%20Website%207%20Oct%202020%20E%20+%20A.docx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">[1]</span></a> with the opportunity to spend more consistent periods of time (one to three years), with various forms of support, to focus on aspects of curriculum renewal, the exploration of teaching and learning, and the dissemination of good teaching and learning practice in departments and faculties. <br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Recipients of an SU teaching fellowship include:<br>·       Dr Elize Archer (Centre for Health Professions Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)<br>·       Dr Margaret Blackie (Department Chemistry and Polymer Science, Faculty of Science)<br>·       Prof. Elmarie Costandius (Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) <br>·       Dr Marianne McKay (Department of Viticulture & Oenology, Faculty of AgriSciences) <br>·       Prof. Ian Nell (Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology)<br>·       Prof. Geo Quinot (Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law)<br>·       Prof. Ingrid Rewitzky (Vice-Dean: Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Science)<br>·       Dr Michael Schmeisser (Department of Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of AgriSciences)<br>·       Dr Marianne Unger (Division of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The call for applications for the Teaching Fellowship 2021 is now open. The closing date for applications is <strong>31 October 2020</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, including the stipulations of the fellowships and the application guidelines, please contact Dr Karin Cattell-Holden, <span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">kcattell@sun.ac.za</span>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="file:///C:/Users/claudias2/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/IO3DFDCO/Communication%20CTL%20Website%207%20Oct%202020%20E%20+%20A.docx"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">[1]</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> “[E]xcellent teachers and scholars of teaching and learning" refer to lecturers who research their teaching practice, drawing on educational literature, and contribute to the body of teaching and learning knowledge through publishing their findings.</span> </p>
COVID-19 ‘holds significant possibilities for renewal’ https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7709COVID-19 ‘holds significant possibilities for renewal’ Corporate Communication/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie [Rozanne Engel]<p>​</p><p>“We need to create favourable conditions for meaningful change not only in spite of, but also because of this crisis moment. The COVID-19 moment will impact on future agency and holds significant possibilities for renewal. We might, for example, emerge beyond COVID-19 with deepened compassion, humanity and wisdom and our University could be shaped anew as a place where hope and humanity flourish."</p><p>This was the positive message brought by Dr Melanie Skead, Director of Stellenbosch University's (SU) Centre for Teaching and Learning, at the University's recent quarterly Learning and Teaching Enhancement Seminar, which focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on academics and students at the University. </p><p>The seminar was hosted by SU's Vice-Rector: Learning and Teaching, Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel, and the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Division. Skead was the speaker at the seminar and spoke on the notions of academic agency and how its achievement opens up possibilities for thinking and doing things differently beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.</p><p>According to Skead, the impact of the pandemic and the changes to learning and teaching has had a significant impact on lecturers and students, with some “easily adapting to change" while others “felt constrained" with all the changes that took place.</p><p>“Over the last six months we have experienced an unprecedented time and watershed moment where the unthinkable has happened. We have seen that the pandemic has exacerbated inequalities and it really has undoubtedly confronted us with a completely new spectrum of exclusion. So this is also a moment for transformation and the possibilities of being opened up for resetting resilience and rethinking the way we've been doing things," said Skead.</p><p>Skead believes that in the midst of this crisis, people are challenged to see the possibilities for a renewed “pedagogy of hope" and to not “succumb to fatalism" but rather be open-minded and “muster the strength" that is needed to change society and re-create the world for the better and the next generation.</p><p>Since March this year, SU has been focusing on how to keep the academic activities going amidst the constraints of the various COVID-19 risk levels. By the beginning of the second semester, it was evident that for the most, staff and students had settled into the new mode of learning and teaching. Months later the University has successfully been able to adapt to a new norm of remote learning and teaching, and students are about to embark on the first exam opportunity in November.</p><p>According to Skead, this crisis moment has allowed the University to reflect on its learning and teaching and has given the opportunity for academic agency, which can continue to help enrich students' experiences and the learning environment at SU beyond COVID-19.</p><p><br></p>
Dr Margaret Blackie (SU Teaching Fellow 2020) recognised for her contribution to chemical educationhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7657Dr Margaret Blackie (SU Teaching Fellow 2020) recognised for her contribution to chemical educationClaudia Swart<p>​​​Dr Margaret Blackie, Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science and SU Teaching Fellow, was recognised by the South African Chemical Institute (SACI)​ for her outstanding contribution to chemical education over the past five years.  </p><p>She is the recipient of the Institute's Chemical Education Medal.</p><div><p>Dr Blackie says she appreciates the fact that SACI recognises contributions to education in chemistry and science: “It is a tremendous privilege to be the recipient of this award. And I am deeply grateful to my mentors and collaborators. I have learnt so much along the way from working with others."<br></p><p>Dr Blackie recently co-authored two chapters in a book <a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7543">Building Knowledge in Higher Education</a>, covering topics such as the decolonisation of the science curriculum and the gap between first year students' theoretical understanding of key concepts in chemistry and their ability to transfer that knowledge into other domains, such as medicine and engineering.</p><p>​Dr Blackie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science. She has been at SU since January 2010. She holds a PhD in synthetic chemistry from the University of Cape Town.<br></p></div><p>Dr Blackie's research interests include medicinal chemistry, higher education and Ignatian spirituality. She has published academic papers in all three disciplines. She teaches courses and has supervised postgraduate students in both chemistry and theology. </p><p>Her interest in education stems from doing a postdoctoral fellowship under Prof Jenni Case at the Centre for Research in Engineering Education at the University of Cape Town in 2009. She is currently working on a major international collaboration following chemistry and chemical engineering students through their degrees in South Africa, the UK and the USA. </p><p>Dr Blackie holds a teaching fellowship (2020 to 2022). The primary aim of her research project is to give academic staff in STEM disciplines access to the analytical resources available in the suite of tools that comprises Legitimation Code Theory (LCT).</p><p>An article written by Dr Blackie and Dr Hanelie Adendorff (Senior Advisor, Centre for Teaching and Learning) was recently published in the Mail and Guardian:<br><a href="https://mg.co.za/education/2020-08-31-it-is-possible-to-decolonise-science/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>It is possible to decolonise science</strong></a>.<br></p>
SoTL conference 2020: 4 November 2020https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7482SoTL conference 2020: 4 November 2020Anthea Jacobs<p><span lang="EN-US">​Introducing the first ever virtual Stellenbosch University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">We cordially invite you to join our 2020 virtual conference from the comfort of your own home, office or comfortable space on Wednesday 04 November, on Microsoft Teams.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">To view the conference announcement video, click <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://youtu.be/AOBlZ0qHaVc&data=02%7c01%7c%7c3ffd1c515b8a40d786c608d823269748%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c637297995946257653&sdata=PPJTD4GMuL%2BzO3WiSUGsK0cDQisjJZ6i8uOtoHV%2BPgk%3D&reserved=0" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>here</strong></a>.<br>Please visit the <a href="/sotl" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SoTL website</strong>​</a> for more information or to register.<br></span></p> <font face="Calibri"></font><font size="3"></font><font color="#000000"></font><font face="Times New Roman"></font><p><img alt="SoTL announcement.jpg" src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/SoTL%20announcement.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br> </p>
Academics reflections on the shift to Emergency Remote Teaching during Semester 1https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7487Academics reflections on the shift to Emergency Remote Teaching during Semester 1Claudia Swart<p>​During a recent webinar, which formed part of supporting lecturers as they prepare for Emergency Remote Teaching in the second semester, we had the privilege of listening to four lecturer reflections on the first semester of ERT. We received so many positive responses that we decided to write it up and share on our Website.<br></p><p>Below is a transcription of the reflections shared by four lecturers during the webinar as well as an overview of the responses from 115 lecturers who answered the question, '<strong>What advice would you give to a lecturer starting with emergency remote teaching in the second semester?' </strong>in<strong> </strong>an electronic survey.</p><p>You can also listen to a podcast of the webinar and download the PowerPoint used during the webinar:  <a href="https://learn.sun.ac.za/mod/book/view.php?id=1014770&chapterid=49925"><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>click here</strong></span></a>.</p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Opening by Dr Anthea Jacobs</strong></span><br>Not too long ago, lecturers were asked to provide feedback on the first webinar series. Amongst others, lecturers were asked what advice they would give to a lecturer starting with emergency remote teaching in the second semester. We received the most amazing and interesting responses, and well done and thank you to everyone who has submitted responses. We got a sense that lecturers find great value in listening to colleagues' experiences. This consideration gave birth to the conceptualisation of today's webinar. </p><p>We invited a few lecturers along who have been doing great work with regard to emergency remote teaching, to share their experiences with us this afternoon. So on this note, I would like to extend a special word of welcome to those colleagues who will doing a short input this afternoon. Firstly Dr Michael Owen from the Faculty of Engineering, Dr Marianne McKay from the Faculty of AgriSciences, Dr Marianne Unger from the Department of Physiotherapy at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and also Dr Manfred Spocter from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. </p><p>We will have the honour of listening to these lecturers later on, in the webinar this afternoon. So let me give you a brief overview of the structure of the webinar today. We will start off with some theory behind reflection for transformation, and this will be led by my colleague, Karin Cattell-Holden. After that, we will delve into the lecturer survey that I mentioned previously, and Claudia will be taking us through the results of that survey. And then we come to the highlight of this afternoon, where we will be listening to our colleagues sharing their experiences. </p><p>Thereafter, it will be back to Karin for pulling it all together. </p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Introduction by Dr Karin Cattell-Holden</strong></span><br>On the slide you may recognise that picture. That is the Nile Delta that was used on the webinar on designing, learning, teaching and assessment in emergency remote teaching, this last Tuesday. The picture reflects the DELTA framework, DELTA as in Design for Learning, Teaching and Assessment that we use to approach curriculum renewal, and this framework consists of five streams. So the main teaching 'river', in other words, can be divided into five 'streams' to facilitate the redesign of curricula, and those five streams would be context, outcomes, assessment, learning opportunities and reflection, which we will be looking at today. </p><p>But a river delta is also a place of change. The river divides into different branches, it widens, and the soil in the delta is rich and fertile as a result of those changes. So if we apply this to our situation of emergency remote teaching, we could concur with Ravitch 2020 that we are feeling individually and collectively vulnerable, which, while difficult, brings possibilities for societal transformation, as well as new connections and creativity in teaching and learning. </p><p>You can see that we're moving in the direction of an appreciative enquiry approach to this webinar. So in the past three months of radical and continuing uncertainty in teaching and learning, we have had to cope with incisive and far-reaching change. According to de Caluwe and Vermaak 2004, managing change involves learning new behaviours and creating new ways of thinking. Change therefore can provide opportunities to develop new skills, it can positively impact work performance, and it can build self-esteem. </p><p>So the question we would like to focus on today is how can we use this fertile context of change during the last three months, to transform our teaching in the second semester. </p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Overview of survey results by Claudia Swart</strong></span><br>Thank you very much to those of you who completed our survey. We really appreciate and value your input. As part of our reflection on emergency remote teaching today, we are going to share with you what lecturers answered when asked, what advice would do you give a lecturer starting with emergency remote teaching in the second semester. After working through the feedback, it was actually amazing to see how themes emerged from the answers, with so many lecturers sharing the same advice. </p><p>We have included some of the comments under each theme on the slides. I'm only going to give you a very quick overview, but we have shared a copy of this presentation with you.  Please take time to read through the feedback on your own. It's incredibly valuable. The lecturers who will be sharing their experience with us today however, will elaborate on this advice after I have shared with you a few slides. </p><p>So, in answering the question, what advice would you give to a lecturer starting with emergency remote teaching in the second semester, the following themes emerged. First of all, use the support available. You are not alone in this. You only need to ask. The CTL advisors, the BLCs, colleagues working with you that are available, and you are in this webinar already attending it, so there's lots of support available. You need to start preparing for emergency remote teaching early, as it takes a significant amount of time.</p><p>Several lecturers commented, keep it simple. Start small, take it one step at a time.</p><p>Carefully plan your semester. Take time to think about the online teaching, learning and assessment of your module. </p><p>Lecturers shared that they quickly realised, you will have to rethink your module outcomes. What is actually achievable in the online space, and then carefully think about how to align your learning opportunities to that. </p><p>Many comments about rethinking your assessment strategy, to include more formative assessment, and also to test your online assessment methods. </p><p>Organise your SUNLearn page to include clear, simple instructions, and also ensure you have good internet access and lots of data.</p><p>Put yourself in your students' shoes. Communicate your expectations clearly, and regularly, and ask the students for feedback. </p><p>Show your students that you care, by asking them how they are doing, following up on those who are not active on SUNLearn, and remembering that they have very different circumstances at home, that might impact their learning.</p><p>And lastly, and to me the most important, is to take care of yourself. Be kind to yourself, and take time to rest.  So the lecturers sharing with us today will now elaborate on this. Thank you once again for those of you who completed this survey. We so appreciate it. </p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Dr Michael Owen</strong></span><br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering</strong></span><br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Faculty of Engineering</strong></span></p><p>I think a lot of what I have to say will echo the results of that survey. One thing I would like to recommend to everyone that really helped me, was a paper that was circulated in our department, or in our Faculty, called the difference between emergency remote teaching and online learning, which is on the screen in front of you now. And that really helped me understand expectations of this emergency remote teaching space and how that differs from the expectations of a module that's dedicated to online learning, or designed specifically for online learning, and kind of locate myself in the space and calibrated my expectations. </p><p>So if you aren't aware of that, if you haven't read it, I really think it's a valuable thing for anyone going into teaching in this emergency remote space. So I have tried to, or perhaps to start off my context a little bit on the next slide, I teach a final year engineering module. So fourth year, relatively large class for our Faculty of 260 students or so. We have several outcomes assessed in this module, graduate outcomes specifically. So that's something to keep in mind when you listen to what I have to say, because I think how you deal with this emergency remote teaching is quite context specific. What you might need to do for a first year student and a fourth year student could be quite different. </p><p>So that's just something to keep in mind as I go forward. So I have tried to summarise my reflection or my experience in terms of the acronym, COVID. The first C in that acronym is for communication, and this for me was sort of the cornerstone of the entire emergency remote teaching scenario, that communication was absolutely essential and specifically that the communication of expectations. So what one communicates, you know, what you expect from your students on a weekly almost daily level, is really important to communicate, and what your students expect from you, or can expect from you in terms of how to communicate with you, when things will be available, etc, is absolutely essential. And definitely make sure that any communication is carefully considered, because the students that I spoke to during the first semester reported being completely overwhelmed from e-communication.</p><p>They're getting emails from institutional level, all the way down to individual lecturers and communication amongst students in various groups and sub-groups within classes, and there is a lot of broken telephone that happens along that chain, particularly towards the individual lecturer and lower range. So being very careful with what you do communicate and when you communicate it is important to prevent this feeling of anxiety and confusion that kind of permeates the emergency remote teaching space. Linked to communication is the next point, O for organisation. And really, in emergency remote teaching I think organisation is absolutely essential. Here your SUNLearn page kind of transitions from probably a bit of a supporting role under normal circumstances, to the primary teaching and learning role, or as the primary teaching and learning tool almost. </p><p>So keeping that page really well organised, and specifically simple and easy to work through, was very important for my module, and specifically and in discussions with my students and other colleagues in my Faculty or department, the use of forums was very useful for me specifically. But I was very careful to keep forms very, very specific in their target content. So I had split forums. Each topic would have its own forum, and that worked relatively well to allow students to find information about a specific topic, rather than in some circumstances where colleagues had a very general forum. it became so overwhelmingly full of information about a vast variety of topics, that it became almost useless in terms of helping the students access information. </p><p>So that was something that I thought was important to communicate. Then V is for vulnerability, and I think in any teaching scenario, establishing a rapport with your cohort is important, and it facilitates and assists in teaching. And particularly in this emergency remote teaching, I found it very useful to communicate my sense of vulnerability to my students to tell them, you know, I'm also unsure about what to do here, and I'm worried about if what I am doing is okay, and how they are finding it. I asked a lot for feedback, and I got some very useful feedback, including very long emails from students with step by step instructions about how to organise certain assessments. </p><p>It was actually very useful in helping me understand the practicality of how the students are working at home. So communicating vulnerability and being open to your students as a support mechanism as well, I think was important for me. then I is for integrity, and obviously in the space I think the integrity of assessment is a major issue, and I don't have a good solution for that. I make use of a take-home exam, open book. But what I can say is that we've just finished marking that exam and that the class average was ever so slightly below normal, which gives me a sense that the students really were honest in how they tackled that assessment. </p><p>I think we shouldn't underestimate the fact that the integrity of our students, particularly in this situation, because they really want a valid assessment, and they really want their degree to mean something. And so they are really trying to do things the right way. The final point then is D for difficulties, and I think we're all aware of, and sensitive to the fact that our students are facing extreme and quite a variety of difficulties. But my experience was that the students in my group who experienced the greatest difficulties were the ones who were the least likely to speak up about that. So I had many students saying that they had this problem or that problem. But the guys who really struggled, they didn't have access to computers or tools that they needed in order to complete my  modules successfully. </p><p>They didn't speak up, despite my attempts to sort of elicit that kind of information from them. So one needs to be really proactive in finding out which students are really in trouble here, and being flexible to try and accommodate them within the program, and to achieve the outcomes of whatever module it is that you teach. So that is pretty much my reflection then on the emergency remote teaching in semester one. </p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Dr Marianne McKay </strong></span><br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Department of Viticulture and Oenology</strong></span><br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Faculty of AgriSciences</strong></span></p><p>If you look at what we did previously with the blue headings, and you compare them to the emergency remote activity and assessment, you can see that there's a hang of a lot more involved in doing it remotely, and in doing it online. I was completely unprepared for that. I really worked hard to scaffold and to set up little learning exercises to do what I would have done in class, but in an engaged way online. And in the end, I got told by the students, this is all too much, please just load your slides on with voice notes, and just give us an MCQ. </p><p>I was very deflated, so a lot of the work that I did was actually – it was too much. It was too much for them, and in the end, it was too much for me. That was a hard lesson that I learnt. One of the other lessons that I learnt, where the red arrow is pointing, is to the health and safety legislation. Legislation is a nightmare at the best of times. But this particular exercise, what I did with them, was to get them to actually draft a health and safety plan for a small winery. Actually, it's been remarkably successful in terms of the student learning. They got completely hysterical about it and contacted me every five minutes about what they were supposed to do, and where they find this, and what must they include and how does it hang together. </p><p>I ended up feeding back a lot to them individually about what they needed to do. But in the end, the learning that I am getting back, or the evidence that I'm getting back in terms of what they have produced is really, really nice. So despite the level of work that was involved, I feel it worked quite well as an exercise. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it worked better than what we normally did in class. If you could move onto the next slide please. Okay, well, I will keep working while it's not moving on. </p><p>What went right, for me, the organisation of space. I was very careful about that. You can read down the list. I'm not going to go through them all because I will come back to some of these in the next slide in a different context. I could not use chatrooms and forums. I don't know why, but they did not work for me. I know that they worked extremely well for other people, and I sat jealously listening to other people saying how marvellously they'd managed to get the students to engage, when I got cricket silence throughout the entire thing. So for me, that was also a big learning lesson, and comparing my own teaching to other people and what other people were doing, was not a useful exercise for me, because in the end, the feedback that I got from the students was that I did manage to make it work, despite everything. But I didn't use any of the functionalities. </p><p>That actually brings me to the next slide, which is on the left hand side, you can see me, and that's what I know about SUNLearn, and on the right hand side, you can see what functionalities you actually have in SUNLearn. SUNLearn is an incredibly powerful and potent platform, and we are really, really lucky to have it. I can tell you that feedback that I am getting from colleagues who are in France and England, they are really struggling because they don't have something like SUNLearn. But, in order to keep flying, you really only need a few simple tools. So you need to find the tools that suit you, and this what I am taking from it. Chatrooms and forums, not my thing. Worked brilliantly for other people, wonderful. </p><p>So use what works for you from the flight deck to keep yourself flying, scaffold your learning with concise, doable exercises. They do take time to set up, but do it just – do what works for you and do it as concisely as possible. And then one thing that I found really useful and worked for me, was I fed back personally to the students via email. I wrote personal rubrics for each of them. It took a hang of a lot of time, but they really, really appreciated it and they engaged with me about that. Load instructions once, at one time. Don't muck around with the instructions and issue new instructions on the chatroom, and issue new instructions in WhatsApp, and then go back. </p><p>It confuses them so much, and what's worse, is it confuses you. So I loaded instructions once on Sunday evening, it opened on Monday morning. That was it for the week, and I always had a submission time on Friday afternoon at five o'clock, and for everything. The students knew that, and I never had any problems with submission, I have to say. Then the last but not least, don't compare yourself to what other people are doing, because the chances are, you are doing it right. And try some experiments, but don't hold yourself up against other people, because at the end of the day, we're all different. We all have different ways of doing things, and your way is probably exactly what works best for you. So, that's my advice.</p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Dr Marianne Unger</strong></span><br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Department of Physiotherapy</strong></span><br><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences</strong></span><br><br>Karen had a quote in one of her slides from Sharon Ravitch, I'm not sure how many of you  have read about her work, and I'm also not sure if this is from the same paper or blog in which she advocates for us to consider flux pedagogy in this time of COVID. I think it's relevant to the opportunity for sharing. She said “that while the work of socially transformative teaching requires considerable focus and energy, our freedom, born of growth, is truly what is at stake here. We are in this together, and the teachers of the world need to teach that way and to support each other". </p><p>Then just to say that I think what we have heard from both the previous speakers, we can all identify with. I think we all have had the same experiences in more or less the same – similar, but not necessarily the same. In physiotherapy, I think one of the added challenges is that we have excessively large credit bearing modules, on which 10 to 12 or more lecturers sometimes teach. So already pre-COVID, this was a problem in terms of how we teach, and COVID to some extent has widened that gap, and while diversity is good, within one module it's not always the best from the students' perspective, or for student learning. </p><p>   <br>Some of us are more tech savvy than others, so in the beginning that was a serious challenge for us. But now, three months later, we're in fact getting it right to narrow that bridge, and more of us are jumping onto the same page and beginning to see a bigger picture than just that little bit that I am responsible for. </p><p>So in the beginning, one of the other things we had to do was relook our exit level outcomes. And it's amazing when you look at your slides and you've got to condense your two hour presentation into a ten minute voiceover PowerPoint, how much unnecessary – well, unnecessary may be the wrong word, but how much nice to know information we tend to share. </p><p>While it is good and enriching is, is it really necessary? It's amazing how much we could quite comfortably accept that we're not going to teach now without not being able to reach the outcomes. Obviously, we also had to change our assessments to align with these new ways of thinking and of course, it had major timetable implications. I think for me, and I speak for me here, because I don't think this is true for all my colleagues in physio, lockdown has actually provided a forced opportunity to fast forward what we have already been planning for, for our renewed curriculum in physiotherapy. Here I'm talking specifically to understanding all the accordance SUNLearn offers us for doing things better and also more efficiently. </p><p>So, what are the lessons learnt? I think this slide summarises it in a nutshell. Nothing is really impossible. Physio is very much a hands-on practical skills activity, so we really stressed in the beginning re how the hell are we going to do this– we can't just wait for us to return before we teach practical skills. We have to begin the process online, and this is where sharing really stuck its neck out for us. Colleagues from all over the world, who already have a lot of online material, and  I'm talking specifically about practical techniques, were unbelievable, came to the party, made everything freely available for students and lecturers. </p><p>So that was a significant help to us, but it also helped us realise that we can do a lot more than what we are currently doing online. Aligned to that of course, as I mentioned earlier, was our assessment practices that had to change. One of the things that we're considering was replacing the highly stressful sort of OSCE examination process for practical skills competency to adopting a portfolio of evidence. Which  means that students get the techniques, they can practice it as many times as they want, and once they think they are ready, they self-record themselves, they upload it onto the workshop function on SUNLearn. That has added benefits in that we can provide them at that point with a benchmark video, which they can use to reflect on their own performance, and they can self-asses. We used peer assessment to reduce the workload on us to mark all of these videos, which we have kept a close eye on and moderated. And so far, there is a strong correlation between our marks and their marks. So that's something we are quite positive about. </p><p>In clinical physiotherapy, and this is a bit ironic, one would think in this time of COVID and where there is a shortage of hands, it wouldn't be difficult to get our students back onto the clinical platform. It's proving to be really difficult, and there again, our regulatory authority, the Health Professions Council, have granted a little bit of leniency. 10% of the required minimum hours, they have granted to alternative clinical activity. This again has been such a WOW, eye-opening experience. We have had completely next-level opportunities for next-level thinking and discussions for promoting development of clinical reasoning. We have had ethical debates. We have had students develop material for information. Physio carries on in the home and patients should take on the responsibility for carrying on with their programs and exercises. The material that they have developed and the tools that they've used is as I said, mind blowing. </p><p>I don't think we ever recognised this potential in our students, and that's great. I think the students, when they go back to clinical now, are going to be way better prepared for clinical than ever before. Then the last thing, in applied physiotherapy, were we do problem-based learning, the spin-off there during this time, is that we were forced to, or we actually exploited the lesson function on SUNLearn. The benefit of that was the improvement in the quality of the case documents at the end. Again a really a positive experience for us. </p><p>Other big lessons learnt is that having now developed a lot more material online, it's creating space for us to deal with all the things that previously we thought we didn't have time for. So there is more time for student support at the one end of the spectrum, and for the higher level functioning students, we now have time to have more in-depth engagement with them. The third big lesson, and that was reiterated by Mike, was that communication and kindness is key. Right in the beginning, getting the students to understand that we also didn't sign up for this, really went a long way to get their cooperation and to get them to help us when we were developing stuff online. </p><p>At one stage, halfway through when I noticed there was a decline in engagement online, I did with the students what I termed the lockdown diaries. It was synchronous, where they weren't allowed to talk about work or their classes. They were only allowed to mention one thing that was positive, anything good, or what has changed in their lives because of COVID and lockdown. Apart from again discovering their amazing talents and things that they get up to outside of the classroom, it significantly improved their engagement post that activity. Just knowing that we actually care, goes a long way in encouraging them and motivating them to engage online. </p><p>Then I think the last thing, and that has also been said before – keep it simple. It's baby steps, and as we better understand, then it becomes more creative. And instruction, good clear instruction is clear. Thank you, the last slide. While I can only really speak for myself, I do believe that for physiotherapy, COVID was a necessary evil to kick-start change that was needed in physiotherapy education. Here is hoping, holding thumbs, that the future is looking a lot brighter for it. Thank you for this opportunity.</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Dr Manfred Spocter</strong><br><strong>Department of Geography and Environmental</strong><br><strong>Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences</strong></p><p>My experiences overlap a lot with what the previous speakers have touched on, so I don't want to repeat things, or repeat what was said. However, there are a few things that I'd like to share and just highlight. Just the brief lecturing context, I taught the first year module with approximately 300 students, and that module was completed just before lockdown. But the predicate test of the module was set for a Saturday, the 23<sup>rd</sup> of May. So I'd like to say a few words about my experience with that online predicate test. </p><p>The other module that was teaching is a second year module, with 80 students. Now, I think the key word in emergency remote teaching is the word emergency. Very often one is caught unawares in an emergency situation. We are not prepared. You must remember, my lectures and assessment, like all of us, was already set up for class-based teaching by mid-January. So when the lockdown was announced, it obviously and definitely required a retuning and a rethink of lectures and assessments. Nevertheless, my overall experience was positive. The one thing that I did miss was the class interaction, especially debates on specific topics. </p><p>So in my opinion, online teaching has a place and a space, but I don't think it's a substitute for the class-based experience. However, the exercise of creating audio based PowerPoint slides for example presented a perfect opportunity to update the learning material, particularly new self-learning activity posts. In terms of lessons that I've learnt during ERT, be prepared for a lot of student uncertainty and a whole lot of questions. If I can just touch on one or two experiences during the time of emergency remote teaching, experience one, just to get back to the first year online test. So that predicate test was set for a Saturday morning, as per the revised timetable. So I elicited the help of the learning technologies advisor, and together we set up the SUNLearn based test. </p><p>However, on the morning of the test, there was a gremlin – let's call it a gremlin that crept in. There was no helpline, and there was no advisor available for assistance. It wasn't a very situation for both the students and myself, students started emailing me once they encountered the problem. It goes without saying, that I went from total panic mode, then okay, settled down, troubleshoot the problem, and eventually solving it. But I must admit, it did shake my faith in the online testing system. So here is what I would suggest. This is what I would have done differently. </p><p>If possible, I would have a dry run of the first year predicate test before the actual test, test the system, and I would recommend that for everybody. You don't want any issues during an online test. The second experience, and this was mentioned before by one of the speakers, this is with regard to the second year class. They had a WhatsApp group before lockdown, but not all students were on the group. So just after lockdown was announced, the class rep and myself, we contacted the students who were not on the group, and after a few days, we managed to get everybody together on the WhatsApp group. I wasn't part of the group. It was a student group, with the class rep as the administrator. </p><p>So the group chat platform helped to maintain, in my mind, a certain level of what I'd call virtual class cohesion. Students could interact with one another, as they were permanently connected to the WhatsApp platform. There was no logging in, like with SUNLearn. Now, I know many other lecturers did the same, and I would recommend it during a period of online teaching. </p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Closing by Dr Karin Cattell-Holden</strong></span><br>I am bowled over by what these four lecturers shared with us. I want to thank you, not only for sharing the lessons you've learnt and the affordances of ERT as well, but for your authenticity in doing so, and saying what you struggled with and what worked for you, and for your students. So thank you for your honesty and for your openness, and I think you provided us with a lot of very helpful information, looking at semester two coming. </p><p>I think you actually confirmed the themes of the survey, because a lot of the things you had in common that you mentioned, also came out from the survey. For example, that communication is key. That one needs to keep it simple. That there are always opportunities for renewal and for change; even when the difficulties looked insurmountable, there is support available, and the importance of care in this time of emergency, as Manfred also reminded us. So that fits in very well with the Ravitch flux pedagogy that Marianne Unger also referred to, where one looks at the online teaching and learning and you look at the goal of successful learning of course, but always through the lens of compassion. Its also called a humanising pedagogy.  </p><p>I think within this context, we have also seen now the possibilities that one can find in a fertile place of change. Just to go back to where we started today, there are many opportunities for growth and for transformation, really giving one new eyes to observe the teaching and learning landscape around us. Teaching online brings us new resources, new tools, new ways of being together, and new ways of thinking about teaching and learning, as McQuiggan 2012 says. We can't really afford to miss this opportunity to look at education through new eyes, to envision new possibilities, deeper and more effective learning, personalised learning, enriched and meaningful teaching experiences, and of course, to provide wider access to learning. <br></p>
It’s possible to decolonise sciencehttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7646It’s possible to decolonise scienceMargaret Blackie & Hanelie Adendorff<p>The decolonisation of science is possible, but then we must begin to recognise the influence of cultural heritage and Western modernity on the way science is being taught, write Drs Margaret Blackie (Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science) and Hanelie Adendorff (Centre for Teaching and Learning) in an opinion piece for <em>Mail & Guardian</em> (31 August).<br></p><ul><li>Read the article below or click <a href="https://mg.co.za/education/2020-08-31-it-is-possible-to-decolonise-science/"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="">here</strong></a> for the piece as published.</li></ul><p><strong>Margaret Blackie & Hanelie Adendorff*</strong><br></p><p>The call for decolonisation has caused much angst and much debate in academic circles in South Africa. It is important to recognise that this call is not limited to South Africa. Nonetheless, with our history and the continued economic disparity it has a particular urgency in our country. <br></p><p>Where one can see relatively easily how one might go about such a task in the humanities, the call to decolonise science was largely met with derision. For the most part, science gently ignored the call for decolonisation until the #ScienceMustFall video went viral. Tempers flared and the debate quickly shifted to two intractable positions. On the one hand a call to equate indigenous knowledge systems with science and on the other a complete lack of recognition that science is embedded in and infused with Western individualism.</p><p>Our curiosity was to find a way to facilitate a conversation between these two positions. The major challenge was that the grounds on which the debate was considered valid was itself contested because of the difference in the way in which legitimate knowledge is built in science and in the humanities. <br></p><p>In science, method is independent of the person. Once a method has been described clearly, a second person performing the same experiment can be reasonably expected to obtain the same result. This reproducibility is the deep strength of science. In the social sciences, one learns an orientation to knowledge which is built on theory, but the manner in which one interprets data will be influenced by one's own history. Part of the beauty of the social sciences is making explicit the ways in which personal experience infuse and influence one's gaze. <br></p><p>So science prides itself on being objective and frequently dismisses the relatively 'soft' approach of the social sciences. Alas in so doing scientists fail to recognise an important distinction. Scientific knowledge is objective, but scientists are not. They are also profoundly influenced by their cultural heritage. <br></p><p>There is no escaping the fact that science as we know it today has deep roots in Western Europe and much of the development of science and technology coincided with the emergence of the colonial era. The technological advances made by those societies at that time allowed for the possibility of exploration. This was inextricably linked with the development of refined measuring instruments. For example, chemistry, as a science, only really emerged once we had sufficiently accurate balances. We cannot separate the development of scientific knowledge from that history. <br></p><p>In developing a decolonised scientific curriculum, we are not going to start again. We will still teach Newton's laws, and the structure of the atom and the theory of evolution. These ideas are far too powerful as explanatory tools to lay them to one side. But what we can do is begin to recognise the practice of science by scientists has been profoundly influenced by Western modernity. The obsession with the individual is highly problematic. Is there a way in which we can begin to recognise that all knowledge is built on the work of those who have gone before and contribute not only to those who follow but to our contemporaries? Can we build a valuation system of recognition of contribution that accounts for the deep web of relationships rather than trying to carve out the individual?<br></p><p>A decolonised scientific curriculum will also have implications for teaching and learning as well as how we perceive and interact with information.  When we use an example to aid the teaching of a concept we have to ask whether that example is actually experientially accessible to everyone in the class. In other words does the example lower the barrier to learning or create yet another obstacle? <br></p><p>In a diverse science class, it is unlikely that any one example will be accessible to all, so one of the strategies we use is to offer one example, and then ask the class to discuss other possible examples in small groups. These examples can then be discussed in the large class to show which examples work and which don't and why. This way there is less bias towards just one kind of life experience – that of the academic.  </p><p>In the end our challenge is to make more visible the working of culture in academic science. To aim to help academic scientists understand that although their science may be objective, rigorous and potentially groundbreaking, they may be unconsciously perpetuating a culture which is alienating to many students. Both of these things may be simultaneously true. To ameliorate this doesn't require substituting scientific content with commentary on society, but it does require taking students seriously when they either say they feel like they do not belong or they simply vote with their feet.  <br></p><p><strong>*Dr Margaret Blackie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science and Dr Hanelie Adendorff a senior advisor at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Stellenbosch University. This article is based on their chapter in </strong><strong><em>Building knowledge in Higher Education:</em></strong><strong><em> </em></strong><strong><em>Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Legitimation Code Theory</em></strong><strong> (2020).</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><br></p>