Last week (1-5 February) saw the new national group for the PGDip HE offered by CHERTL arrive on campus. Academics from as far away as the University of Mpumalanga, Walter Sisulu University, Central University of Technology and Mangosuthu University of Technology have registered for this qualification. Even though participants were challenged to the extreme in 40 degree heat, the programme ran smoothly. Topics in this first module (Becoming a reflective practitioner in Higher Education) ranged from an exploration of higher education contexts to considering disciplinary differences, using technology in teaching and learning and criticality, reflexivity and praxis as enabling practices in teaching and learning development. Participants indicated the importance of gaining knowledge of HE teaching and learning so to better enable student academic achievement and of being inspirational role models to both students and colleagues. Participant feedback highlights the value of collaborative and critical engagement with challenges brought about by the articulation gap as well as the importance of constructive alignment in teaching, learning and assessment.
By: Dr Mel Skead