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ONLINE: Teaching & Learning series 2: Understanding student learning

 

About this workshop

While you are almost certainly an expert in your discipline and you may even know a lot about how you learn, you probably have very little formal training in how people learn. But when you step into a classroom at UCT in an educator or tutor role, you’re expected to understand something about how humans learn in a higher education context. This workshop will introduce you to key theories of learning as an analytic tool for understanding the kind of learning that occurs in classrooms, and provide participants with a language for making explicit how they expect students to learn in their class. 

It is recommended that participants attend all five weekly sessions in this seminar/workshop series, but drop-ins for specific sessions are also welcome.

*Although the Teaching Skills & Knowledge Series sessions are intended to create opportunities for learning and support for newcomers to teaching in higher education, anyone may attend.

 

What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • "I love the making sure people are in a safe, clear mind frame - the meditation. The specific approaches/tiles to how students learn and the hierarchy of facilitation, and their networked, dynamic relationship."
  • "A tremendous thank you."
  • "Thank you - great session!"

 

About the presenters

Ms Janine Carlse, Capacity Development Specialist, Office of Postgraduate Studies and Researcher Development

From 2020 to 2022, Janine Carlse was a lecturer on the Global Citizenship Programme at the University of Cape Town. In her current role as Capacity Development Specialist, Janine’s primary responsibility is to conceptualise, implement and ensure successful delivery of postgraduate development and academic transformation initiatives in line with certain strategic goals, and in partnership with various departments across the University of Cape Town.

Janine’s experience within the higher education sector includes a combination of research, project management and administration, stakeholder engagement and partnerships, working with civil society organisations, student academic support, tutoring, facilitation and lecturing.

 

Ms Shanali Govender, Lecturer, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching

Shanali is a lecturer within the Staff Development unit at CILT. Although Shanali’s teaching experience began in secondary education, a return to higher education to pursue her own studies prompted a shift to an interest in the higher education landscape. She has worked (in varying capacities) in three South African institutions of higher education, and has strong interests in the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Her particular brief in the staff development team is to support part-time and non-permanent teaching staff. She currently teaches on the Postgraduate diploma in educational technologies, co-convening the Online Learning Design module. She has designed several online staff development short courses, and teaches on Core Concepts in Learning and Teaching, and An online introduction to Assessment. While continuing to work in the field of staff development at UCT, she is working towards her PhD, exploring the experiences of non-permanent staff who teach in higher education.

 

What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma

By request

Honours

By request

Masters

Yes

PhD

Yes

Postdoctoral Fellow

Yes

Junior Research Fellow

Yes

 

Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?

Humanities

Yes

Commerce (including GSB)

Yes

Law

Yes

EBE

Yes

Science

Yes

Health Sciences

Yes

CHED

Yes

 

While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.

 

Requirements

Preparation for the workshop

This project imagines two broad categories of participants.

In the first instance, we imagine a newcomer to the teaching or tutoring role in a higher education context.  This person probably has some undergraduate experience with tutoring, but has seldom had primary responsibility for a larger group of learners or for an extended period. This participant is also unlikely to have the authority to make sweeping or substantial changes to the bigger shape of a course but will be able to make changes at the level of the lecture or tutorial that change student experiences. They might also be considering a career in academia. The Teaching Skills & Knowledge Series is designed with this participant in mind.

Secondly, we imagine a participant who has had or is moving into a “full-control” educator role, co-teaching, or relief teaching a course. While this person may or may not have much actual classroom experience, they would be holding, or fairly close to holding, the position of a lecturer.  Additionally, they are fairly committed to a career in academia.

Level of participation at the workshop

Teaching Skills & Knowledge Series: “Navigating your tutoring and lecturing practice at UCT”

This interactive series of events will focus on supporting the tutoring and lecturing practices of postgraduate students (PGs). This activity seeks to address two common development needs in this group:

(1) the support of teaching and tutoring activities currently undertaken by this group; and

(2) addressing the teaching development needs of this group in relation to knowledge building, capacity development and mentoring.

This project offers the identified group an opportunity to strengthen their skills and identities as educators in a higher education environment.

Although the Teaching Skills & Knowledge Series sessions are intended to create opportunities for newcomers to teaching in higher education (Masters and PhD students), anyone may attend. These sessions are particularly suited to those who are tutoring or have limited classroom responsibilities to build or strengthen knowledge and skills on which they can draw in their current teaching context and in the future.  The plan is to run five workshops in the first semester.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.

 

Date:
Thursday, April 4, 2024
Time:
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Presenter:
Ms. Janine Carlse & Ms. Shanali Govender
Audience:
Masters & PhD Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
Categories:
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 93 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Amanda Bessick

 

Contact:

Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700

 

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Social media:

@UCTpostgrads

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