Conversations about Teaching, Assessment and Learning

The CATALyst course is designed to support the enhancement of teaching, assessment and learning in higher education. The course encourages academic staff to critically examine the broader context of higher education and to find ways to respond to the calls for transformation and decolonisation that contribute to academic success for the majority of students. Although there is engagement with a range of teaching practices, the courses focuses particularly on encouraging a principled approach to assessment. Assessment is deliberated as a process, not only of learning but also for learning. Assessment is worked with as a fundamental and integral aspect of teaching and learning towards transformation. The course is designed to provide a deliberative space in which academic practice and experience are drawn on as key resources in the development of more effective teaching and learning practices across the disciplines. It is also designed to support lecturers in meeting the requirements of the Rhodes Policy on the Assessment of Student Learning

Since 2004, all new members of the Rhodes permanent academic staff have been required to show that they have met a set of outcomes related to the assessment of student learning during the three years of their probation. This requirement was introduced as a result of growing international and national understanding of the central role of assessment to student learning in higher education. The CATALyst course replaces what was originally called the Assessors' Course. The CATALYst is offered each semester, in a block-teaching format, to assist academics in meeting these outcomes. 

The course is accredited as a module (Assessment of and for student learning) of the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education for lecturers offered by CHERTL.

If you would like any further information regarding CATALyst please contact Prof Lynn Quinn (


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