Congratulations to the multidisciplinary team, with members in departments across the Humanities and in the Centre for Higher Education Development, who are developing new teaching tools and materials, with the specific aim of strengthening teaching and shifting curriculum content, such that it supports students and validates their place within the university.
This innovative two-week 'summer school' style programme, run in Cape Town by staff from both the London School of Economics and UCT, provides an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today across diverse subject areas.Click here to apply for the 2018 school.
Summer School is an excellent opportunity for UCT students to sample the many disciplines available at the university, which may inform further study, said Medee Rall, the director of the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS). Moreover, students pay just one quarter of the registration fees.
Negotiating learning and identity in higher education by Dr Bongi Bangeni and A/Prof Rochelle Kapp, is the latest addition to the collaborative books produced jointly by CHED and other faculties at UCT. The book addresses the issue of students’ multiple transitions in and out of the higher education system, and uniquely documents the agency they display as they negotiate the constraints of multiple contexts over time.
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 Dean of Higher Education Development