Market forces and technology are changing the landscape of higher education. This course, a unique collaboration between two leading universities, explores one of the key changes in the context of global inequality: the unbundling of higher education.
Based on the premise that inclusive education is only possible if teachers are supported and empowered to make the curriculum accessible to all learners, a new University of Cape Town Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offers insight into how education systems can support and promote equity, equal access and dignity for learners with disabilities.
Now extended to three weeks, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Summer School from 7 to 25 January 2019 offers a bumper programme of 113 lectures (up from 70 in 2018) and a focus on Africa and “issues of consequence”.
These include land reform, corruption, ethical governance, and the 2019 elections.
“We’re concentrating on courses that are more politically and socially relevant, ‘issues of consequence’,”said Medee Rall, director of the Centre for Extramural Studies (EMS), which coordinates the Summer School.
“There’s also a big focus on decolonisation and Africa – everything from African dinosaurs to African writers and philosophers.”
Participants at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) 2019 Summer School, an annual two-week programme run by the Centre for Extra Mural Studies (EMS), spent three days delving into the lives of some of South Africa’s infamous apartheid-era spies.
CHED’s mission is to promote equity of access, effectiveness of teaching and learning, and the enhancement of curriculum, with the aim of improving student success and developing UCT graduates who are locally relevant, socially responsive, globally competitive and representative of South Africa’s diverse population. Headed by the Dean of Higher Education Development, CHED’s organisational structure consists of a Dean’s Office and six departments: • Academic Development Programme
• Careers Service • Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement • Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching • Centre for Extra-Mural Studies • UCT School of Design Thinking (d-school).
CHED aspires to be a significant contributor to innovative educational development, practice and scholarship in teaching and learning, in order to champion and advance social justice and transformation within CHED, UCT, the higher education sector and the broader society.
CHED’s values reflect an aspiration to put students at the centre of all that we do, realised through the foundational principles of transformation and collaboration. Key values are:
A commitment to social justice and transformation;
Students as influential agents of change and one of UCT’s greatest assets;
Educational development work informed by research based on ethical principles;
Partnership with faculties to achieve common goals of access and success
CHED’s mission and vision are reflected in a wide range of services which recognize two important realities about UCT’s students: Firstly, they are amazing, being some of the most talented and academically capable students in the country and from across the continent. Secondly, many of these very same students arrive at UCT, against great odds given the ongoing legacy of unequal provision of education. By providing ‘enabling pathways’ for students to flourish and contribute to UCT’s excellence, CHED realises its commitment to social justice and transformation that underpins all its work. Suellen Shay Former Dean of Centre for Higher Education Development