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Questions academics can ask to decolonise their classrooms
Thu, 18 Oct 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
Tue, 16 Oct 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
Mon, 08 Oct 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
Mon, 01 Oct 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
Mon, 01 Oct 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
Fri, 07 Sep 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
Tue, 28 Aug 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
Tue, 14 Aug 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
Fri, 03 Aug 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
Mon, 23 Jul 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.’

Programmes at the HPI d-school at UCT
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 16:15

The d-school’s training and capacity-building programmes fall into two streams: Student and Professional Programmes.

In addition, we offer a Coaching Training Programme through which we develop local coaching capacity for our programmes, as well as for organisations requiring key personnel skilled in leading their internal design thinking approach to innovation.Take a look at our courses and get involved in a new way of thinking! You can also look at our website for application deadline dates, where applicable.

Translanguaging: Facilitating multilingual teaching
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 - 14:45

A new emphasis on multilingualism in South African universities is gaining momentum through a translanguaging project currently under way at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

The project, led by Professor Mbulungeni Madiba at the Multilingualism Education Project (MEP) in the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), is aimed at bringing students’ multilingual resources into the classroom.