Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education
(for academic developers)
The aim of this Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education for academic developers, registered on the higher education national qualifications sub-framework at honours level (HEQSF level 8), is to enhance the knowledge and competencies of staff in teaching and learning units/centres whose role it is to contribute to the transformation of higher education in a range of ways, including offering professional development for academic staff as educators in higher education institutions. Due to the current low pass rate of the increasingly diverse South African higher education student body it has become crucial to ensure greater success for more students. To achieve this, effective academic development initiatives, including professional development for academic staff, is a priority for the sector. The purpose of of the Diploma is thus 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 was introduced in 2011 with a new cohort of participants being enrolled each year. The course runs over two years with the participants attending week-long block contact sessions on Rhodes campus three times a year.
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, and sharing a range of instiutional practices is to offer a course for academic developers which will enable them to offer appropriate academic development 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 the co-ordinator of the PGDip(HE) for academic developers Prof Lynn Quinn (email@example.com)
Last Modified: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:06:37 SAST