The central responsibility areas of the CTL are:
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- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference (SoTL): This is an annual in-house Teaching and Learning conference, including a full day of pre-conference Teaching and Learning workshops, co-ordinated by the CTL.
- Student feedback system: This is a centrally-administered system to evaluate aspects of teaching and learning at the module and programme level, co-ordinated by the CTL. The CTL remains responsible for the administration of this system, maintenance of the student feedback questionnaires, processing and storage of the data, as well as the compilation and distribution of student feedback reports to faculties.
- Fund for Innovation and Research in Learning and Teaching (FIRLT): This is a centrally administered system, co-ordinated by the CTL, to provide seed funding for small-scale classroom-based research and innovation.
- Annual writing retreats: The CTL facilitates two writing retreats per annum, one in May and one in November. The writing retreats serve two purposes; they provide a space for previous FIRLT recipients to turn their completed research projects into publishable research papers and for potential FIRLT recipients to complete research proposals.
- Fellowship Scheme: 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.
- Auxins: This is a programme of monthly lunchtime sessions aimed at creating opportunities for academics to examine and deepen their knowledge about topics of own interest in the arena of teaching and learning at SU.
- CHEC regional short courses: This is a collaborative programme involving all the universities in the region and co-facilitated and in some cases convened by CTL staff members. This programme is open to all SU staff.
- Post Graduate Diploma (Higher Education – Teaching and Learning): This is a diploma programme open to all SU staff wishing to further their studies in the area of higher education teaching and learning. It is collaboratively facilitated regionally, and the CTL convenes one of the modules.
- Institutional policy development and interpretation in relation to teaching and learning: The CTL plays a core role in the development and interpretation of all SU policies that relate to Teaching and Learning. Towards this end the CTL also convenes and participates in a number of institutional committees as well as task teams.
- Research Projects: The CTL is involved in a number of research projects relating to higher education teaching and learning. One such project is a national NRF project entitled: Structure, Culture and Agency: Contextual Influences on the Professional Development of Academics.
- Faculty-based work of advisors: The nature of the service that each advisor provides to faculties, differs from one faculty to another, and is negotiated in consultation with the deputy dean T&L (or equivalent) in each faculty. One point of commonality across this faculty-based work, however, is the establishing of T&L hubs in faculties. The faculty T&L hub is an important mechanism to promote good teaching and to create a critical mass of academics with a particular focus on the issue of T&L. It has a central focus on teaching that generates interest, energy, guidance and leadership. The T&L hub takes on various forms, depending on the context of the particular faculty. The T&L hubs initiate, coordinate and promote regular activities that foster interest and faculty development in scholarly teaching.