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Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education

 (for academic developers)

The third cohort of students on the PGDip (Higher Education) for academic developers commenced in January 2015. The aim of this Diploma, offered at honours level, is to enhance the knowledge and competencies of staff in Teaching and Learning units/centres at universities all over South Africa whose role it is to offer professional development for academic staff as educators in higher education institutions. The purpose of this Diploma is to advance academic developers’ knowledge of higher education as a field of study and to enable them to conceptualise, design and implement formal and informal academic development initiatives appropriate to their specific contexts.

The course runs over two years with the participants attending week long block contact sessions on Rhodes campus three or four times a year. 

In 2014 CHERTL secured R2.4 million funding from the DHET to offer the PGDip (HE) for the current cohort of between 20 and 25 academic developers from a ten South African higher education institutions in 2015 and 2016.Candidates who are enrolled for the qualification receive a scholarship of R40 000 per annum to enable them to travel to Rhodes three times a year. The aim is to increase the capacity of the sector by inducting academic developers into the field in more systematic ways. 

Over the last decade or so CHERTL staff members at Rhodes have developed considerable knowledge and expertise in the field of academic development and particularly academic staff development. A way of sharing this experience is to offer a course for academic developers which will enable them to offer appropriate staff development opportunities for academic staff in their institutions.

Feedback from participants indicates that the course is meeting its objective of impacting on the work of academic developers through enhancing their theoretical knowledge of the field as well as their practical ability to transform teaching and learning at their respective institutions.

For more information please contact Prof Lynn Quinn (l.quinn@ru.ac.za) or Dr Jo-Anne Vorster j.vorster@ru.ac.za)

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