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Writing Across Borders - New course in African Studies
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 - 12:00

A new course, AXL 1203S Writing Across Borders, is on offer in the second semester of 2019 in African Studies.  This course has been designed by ADP staff, Gideon Nomdo, Aditi Hunma, Moeain Arend, Catherine Hutchings and Sean Samson, in collaboration with colleagues from the African Studies Section at UCT.  

The meeting point of workplace and academic literacies in the RPL process
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 - 13:30

The RPL process for admission into Adult Education courses at UCT was revisited in 2018 to see how a Portfolio Development Course can facilitate a dialogical process between brought along workplace literacies and the required academic literacies.  ADP staff were invited to offer Academic literacy workshops in October and November 2018, as part of sessions offered by Alan Ralphs, Linda Cooper, Salma Ismail and other Adult Education staff, to help participants articulate their prior professional and personal experiences in ways that would be legitimated by the university.

Teaching in extended programmes in South Africa
Thu, 29 Nov 2018 - 09:00

An edited collection, "Teaching in extended programmes in South Africa: classroom contexts, lecturer identities and teaching practices", due to be published in December 2018, "attempts to offer a window into the daily teaching realities of university lecturers working in the extended curriculum and first year domains at local universities".

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". 

Writing pathways: a network of writing courses and resources
Fri, 28 Sep 2018 - 14:15

The Language Development Group in CHED 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.

Emeritus Professor Bette Davidowitz
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 - 12:00

Last year we saw the retirement of ADP stalwart Associate Professor Bette Davidowitz, fondly known as Dr Dee whose teaching philosophy has been greatly informed by Boyer. Emeritus professor Bette Davidowitz obtained her first degree at UCT in 1973, completing a PhD in chemistry 11 years later.  Being at UCT at the inception of the Academic Development Programme she has been instrumental in shaping the offering in chemistry specifically, and science more broadly.

‘Why do we put theory in the subject position?'
Wed, 26 Sep 2018 - 11:15

This was one of the central questions asked at a CHED presentation entitled ‘Theory as a verb – Working with dilemmas in educational development’. Offered jointly by Lucia Thesen from the Language Development Group, UCT and Lynn Coleman from Fundani, CPUT, the talk focused on the four moments that could bring out the process of turning theory into a verb, and its effects on writing research.  But first, the presenters shared their dilemmas in the current higher education climate.

ADP overview 2017
Thu, 31 May 2018 - 15:30

The completion of our 2017 Annual Report provided an opportunity to create a visual overview of our activities for the year. View our one-pager, which tells you, at a glance, how many enrolments our courses had, the number of publications we produced, consultations we conducted, and much more. 

 

Lecturers reflect on their efforts to ensure no student gets left behind
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 - 10:15

Lynne Coleman, Senior Lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, takes a look at recently published collection, Teaching in Extended Programmes in South Africa, which features reflections by ADP lecturers on classroom practices in extended programmes. 

Negotiating learning and identity in higher education: access, persistence and retention
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 - 11:30

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.

Negotiating learning and identity in higher education
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 - 11:00

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.

Writing Your World MOOC launch
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 - 18:00

‘MOOCs are close to my heart,’ stated UCT’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price at the launch of Writing Your World, on 18 September 2017, as he commended the MOOC design team, and described MOOCs as a priority for VC strategic funding.

Writing Your World is the tenth UCT MOOC designed for learners across the globe.  It is a free online gateway course preparing the students to meet the academic demands at university, particularly in relation to academic writing.  It runs over four weeks on the Coursera platform and has been designed jointly by staff in the Language Development Group (LDG) and the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) in the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED). 

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