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Transforming Journeys: Adapting blended postgraduate writing courses for socially just knowledge practices

(Principal Investigator: Lucia Thesen)

Left to right: Mathilde van der Merwe; Aditi Hunma; Lucia Thesen; Sean Samson; Catherine Hutchings

This project will use a design-based research (DBR) approach to investigate how blended learning writing courses in two strategic sites at UCT may be collaboratively designed to contribute to the development of socially just knowledge-making practices.

The study will derive its initial design principles from experiences of an existing online writing course in CHED. This course will then be further developed in collaboration with participants in two UCT sites that have engaged in social transformation dialogues. The sites are the Mellon Mays equity programme (MMUF) and ‘block release’ courses in the Health Sciences. The courses will be monitored and evaluated over three years in collaborative processes with colleagues and students in the sites, with a view to extending our knowledge about writing courses, blended learning and social justice at UCT. 

Core Team:

Mathilde van der Merwe; Aditi Hunma; Lucia Thesen; Sean Samson; Catherine Hutchings; Taahira Goolam Hoosen