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Unbundling and Rebundling Higher Education in an Age of Inequality
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 14:30

The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching's (CILT) Laura Czerniewicz wrote for the Educause Review about "Unbundling and Rebundling Higher Education in an Age of Inequality":

"Unbundling and rebundling are terms that have become more widespread in the last few years, in articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, Huffington Post, and EDUCAUSE Review.1 But these terms do not come from higher education; their original source is the banking industry. An online search for unbundling and rebundling today will lead to results not only in banking but also in the computer industry, legal services, and of course, the music industry. Relatively recently, these concepts have become realities in higher education—at a time when state funding for education is decreasing, higher education tuitions are increasing in many parts of the world, and student numbers and demographics are changing as well."

Opening up access to knowledge
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:45

The University of Cape Town (UCT) joined institutions around the world in celebrating Open Access Week, which focuses on promoting open knowledge sharing, from 22 to 28 October. The event theme this year was “Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge”.

“What open access enables is a freer exchange of how learning and teaching materials are developed and shared,” said Dr Glenda Cox, of UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT).

Questions academics can ask to decolonise their classrooms
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 08:30

"...we’ve come up with a series of questions to encourage academics across faculties to unearth some of the norms, assumptions and everyday practices that are taken for granted and which may be entangled in the “hidden curriculum”. This might help us to think through the “how” as well as the “what”, as a first practical step towards “decolonising” our teaching."

Humanities Education Development Unit's Shannon Morreira and Associate Professor, Kathy Luckett report on the work of a working group called "Decolonising Pedagogy in the Humanities". 

Gearing up for exams
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 13:45

First Year Experience Project Director, Dr Fontaine-Rainen, offers some advice to students on how to prepare for the upcoming exams.

Rethinking university rankings: we need to talk about quality (and inequality) of teaching
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 12:30

Associate Professor, Suellen Shay, wrote for The Conversation about whether there is a relationship between university rankings and quality of teaching. 

Mini Summer School primes future students
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 08:45

There was loud applause from Kramer Lecture Theatre 2 last Saturday morning. Inside, Devin Finaughty and Chandra Thurgood were introducing the grade 11s of the IkamvaYouth Programme to the wonders of forensic science. And yes, there was crime scene investigation involved, just like in the movies.

It’s not often you’ll find learners “in school” over a long weekend, but this is learning of a different kind. Mini versions of UCT’s evergreen Summer School are introducing grade 11 and 12s to a menu of new subjects – and possible study and career choices.

Writing pathways: a network of writing courses and resources
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 08:45

CHED's Language Development Group has developed a suite of writing options for postgraduates. These writing pathways are assemblages of courses and resources students can access during their time at university.

Finuala Dowling on tour
Friday, September 7, 2018 - 14:30

Finuala Dowling, Senior Lecturer in CHED's Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS), has published a new book of poetry, Pretend you don't know me: new and selected poems. She will be launching the book in a series of readings at literary festivals in the UK in October. 

So long, but not goodbye
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 15:15

Associate Professor Suellen Shay may be stepping down from her position as dean of the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), but she will remain within the department. Her colleagues – past and present – celebrated the invaluable role she has played over the past five years during a special tea in the ZK Matthews Gallery.

Epic opportunities at Job Expo
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 09:30

This year’s Epic Job Expo, organised by the Careers Service, was the largest of its kind held at the University of Cape Town, combining five expos into one and giving students a unique opportunity to meet multiple possible future employers on a single day.

Academics conflicted by blended learning during protests
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 09:00

UCT academics expressed mixed feelings about blended learning, which was one of the strategies adopted to complete the academic programme during the 2016/17 student protests, researcher Genevieve Haupt said at the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference.

Adopt Mbembe’s ‘pedagogies of presence’ – Lis Lange
Monday, July 23, 2018 - 09:30

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor Lis Lange, has called on the university community to build a collective sense and common purpose around student success and experience at the University of Cape Town (UCT). This, she said, is imperative if UCT is to achieve the same level of academic excellence as its research enterprise.

Lange was speaking at the opening of the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference on 17 July, with its theme ‘Care. Connect. Create.’

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