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​​​​​The name of the “Auxins” originates from Greek (auxano) and means “to grow”.​

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) started the Auxins to accomplish their task of supporting SU academics in their teaching responsibilities.​ To read more about the Auxins, click here.

The Auxins therefore has as its aim to create the following growth opportunities for SU academics:

  • Windows for innovative teaching and assessment practices on campus
  • Opportunities for academics to examine and deepen their knowledge about topics of own interest in the arena of teaching and learning at SU
  • A Scholarship of teaching and learning route on the growth route of becoming reflective lecturers.

​For resources of previous Auxins, click here.​

​​2021 Auxins​

February 23, 2021
 Prof Susan van Schalkwyk, Professor in Health Professions Education and Director of the Centre for Health Professions Education in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Topic: Scholarship, scholarly teaching and SoTL: implications for the ‘professoriate’.

March 23, 2021
 A/Prof Robbie Pott: Department of Process Engineering

Topic: Balancing SoTL & disciplinary research.​​

April 13, 2021
 Dr Nompilo Tshuma, Lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies & the Centre for Higher and Adult Education​

Topic: Towards humanising online postgraduate supervision: Reflecting on student experiences in lockdown​

May 25, 2021
 Dr Marenet Jordaan, BAHons Journalism convener, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Topic: Developing a knowledge skills module for first years.​​

July 20, 2021
 Dr Margaret Blackie, Senior Lecturer in Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, current SU Teaching Fellow

Topic: Students' Developing Conceptions of Knowledge: Insights from a longitudinal study in Chemistry

August 24, 2021
 Dr Marianne Unger, Senior Lecturer, Division of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Topic: Curriculum Renewal

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October 5, 2021
 Representatives: Programme Renewal Committee, Faculty of Law.

Topic: Curriculum Renewal​


​​2020 Auxins​

September 22
 Prof Geo Quinot

Topic: Higher education in community – collaborative higher education, an ethic and pedagogy of care and Ubuntu.

August 25
 Salisha Maharaj and Dr Christina van der Merwe

Topic: Emergency migration to online teaching in the Covid-19 pandemic: Impact on the mental health and wellness of lecturers and other university staff.​​


28 July 2020
 Prof Karin Baatjes​

Topic: Teaching and learning in the Theory-Practice Nexus​

26 May​ 2020
 Prof Mbulungeni Madiba​

Topic: Implementing multilingualism in South African universities: dilemmas and innovations​


28 April 2020
 Dr Maricel Krügel​

Topic: Designing your teaching online

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  • Auxins take place once a month during lunch time (12:45 – 13:45).
  • Venue: MSTeams during lockdown. When there is no lock-down in place, Auxins will be screened on MSteams and also be held simultaneously face-to-face at Den Bosch (41 Victoria Street opposite House Skuilhoek and directly behind the Conservatoire, on Stellenbosch campus).
  • Enquiries: gdullaart@sun.ac.za​
  • Bookings: Lucy Lucks
  •   llucks@sun.ac.za​
  •   021 808 3717