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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". 

Writing pathways: a network of writing courses and resources
Friday, September 28, 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
Thursday, September 27, 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.

ADP overview 2017
Thursday, May 31, 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. 

 

Negotiating learning and identity in higher education: access, persistence and retention
Friday, November 3, 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
Friday, November 3, 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
Wednesday, September 20, 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). 

Authentic engagement - Patient partner programme
Monday, July 3, 2017 - 12:45

Initiated by Dr Rachel Weiss, the Patient Partner Programme promotes patient-centred communication and authentic engagement.  Dr Natashia Muna is involved in the project and is co-supervising a student with Dr Weiss.  

Read more on the UCT website: https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2017-06-29-becoming-partners-in-care

Radio talk on writing in academic and popular science genres
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 16:30

ADP staff member, Dr Mathilde van Der Merwe recently spoke over Afrikaans radio (RSG), about writing in academic and popular science genres. Here is the link to the podcast:

http://rsg.co.za/images/upload/sound/klanke/20170611_DIE_TALE_WAT_ONS_PRAAT.mp3

The conversation with Dr van Der Merwe starts from 10:24.

: Emmanuel Nxumalo with other participants from the programme (back row, second from the left)
Emmanuel Nxumalo attends Science and Technology programme in Japan
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 09:15

24 February 2017

Emmanuel Nxumalo, a third-year electrical engineering student and ASPECT alumnus, was selected to attend the Meiji University’s Science and Technology programme in Japan. Only five international students were selected to attend. The programme introduced them to various aspects of science and technology and also offered introductory lectures on Japanese society, culture and language.

Thabang Molapo
Commerce EDU's Thabang Molapo excels in SAIGA exams
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 16:15

23 February 2017

Thabang Molapo, a Commerce EDU graduate, is currently serving his second year Audit articles with the Office of the Auditor General in the Western Cape . In a few weeks’ time he will be jetting off to Pretoria to celebrate being among the Top 5 for his SAIGA final qualifying professional board exams (SAIGA is the premium professional body for accountants and auditors in the public sector). Congratulations Thabang, and our very best wishes for the years ahead. Read Thabang’s inspirational letter on the Student Views page.

Academic literacy MOOC
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 16:00

23 February 2017

In 2016 the Language Development Group were selected and awarded funding to offer a gateway MOOC on academic literacy (in collaboration with CILT). The team have been hard at work and have started 2017 in front of the cameras. The four week MOOC will use the topical theme of 'identity and mobility in an ever-changing world' to promote ways of reading and writing in academia.  The course will be directed specifically at students in their gap year, first year students, mature students resuming their studies - and the whole world! 

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