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TDG

Participants taking part in an activity at the Mont Fleur TDG Writing Retreat, April 2016

Participants taking part in an activity at the Mont Fleur TDG Writing Retreat, April 2016

Currently 29 participants are working on 19 articles on Tutoring and Mentoring, 13 are engaged in 11 papers on the First Year Experience, and 8 writers are working on 6 papers on the Effectiveness of Writing Retreats for Publication.

The following TDG project papers were presented at submitted for the 2nd Annual Conference – South African National Resource Centre – First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Conference, 19-21 May 2015 Johannesburg, South Africa:

  • Dr Nosisana Mkonto, (CPUT). First Year Co-ordinators role in engaging academics in the transitions of first year students
  • Dr Ina Louw (UP). Tutor support to turn tutorials into learning spaces
  • Dr Subretha Pather (CPUT). First year teacher education students’ expectations of academic integration
  • Ms Siyanda Ntlabathi (UFH). Transitions in technological skills: From high school to university
  • Ms Razia Mayet (UJ). At Risk Science students’ perceptions of their poor performance. Why student engagement matters
  • Mr Edgar Samkange (MUT). Toward developing a first-year experience (FYE) for Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • Ms Cheri Hugo (CPUT). Graphic Design students uncover cultural contextual South African resources that support mentoring
  • Mr Emmanuel Esambe (CPUT). Before the gates of the university: Repositioning learning support for first year students
  • Mr Nkosinathi Sithole and Dr Mumthaz Banoobhai (TUT). The effectiveness of outside classroom orientation programs in a multi-campus university

 These papers and others are being developed for submission to peer-reviewed journals, with the support of the TDG’s writing coaches/mentors.

In addition, eleven papers have been accepted for the Joint ICED/HELTASA Conference, Ethics, Care and Quality in Educational Development to be held 22-25 November 2016, in Cape Town, South Africa:

  • Dr Nosisana Mkonto, (CPUT): First Year Co-ordinators role in engaging academics in the transitions of first year students
  • Dr Ina Louw (UP): Tutor support to turn tutorials into learning spaces
  • Dr Su Pather (UWC): First year teacher education students’ expectations of academic integration
  • Ms Siyanda Ntlabathi (UFH): Transitions in technological skills: From high school to university
  • Ms Razia Mayet (UJ): At Risk Science students’ perceptions of their poor performance. Why student engagement matters
  • Mr Edgar Samkange (MUT): Toward developing a first-year experience (FYE) for Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • Ms Cheri Hugo (CPUT): Graphic Design students uncover cultural contextual South African resources that support mentoring
  • Mr Emmanuel Esambe (CPUT): Before the gates of the university: Repositioning learning support for first year students
  • Mr Nkosinathi Sithole and Dr Mumthaz Banoobhai (TUT): The effectiveness of outside classroom orientation programs in a multi-campus university.

The following participants will present their papers at international conferences:

In addition, some of the TDG participants have presented their studies at Institutional Faculty Seminars

Ms Mianda Erasmus, SoTL Lekgotla, NWU, October 2016.
Dr Mpho Jama, Faculty of Medicine, UFS
Dr Ina Louw, Science Faculty, UP to HOD meeting of the Faculty which could result in invitations to other departments.
Ms Razia Mayet, Learning Development, UJ, At Risk Learners at the UJ Academic Development Centre Colloquium

TDG Project Participants and working titles of their abstracts

Tutoring and Mentoring (1)

WRITERS IN THE AREA OF TUTORING AND MENTORING TITLES OF PAPERS
Dr Mpho Jama, Lecturer: Office of the Dean: Division Student Learning and Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, UFS Undergraduate medical students’ perceptions of a peer tutorial programme
Mr Qonda Makala, Teaching Development Specialist, Learning & Teaching Development, Walter Sisulu University, Butterworth Campus Peer Assisted Learning Programme: Supporting At-Risk Students at the Mechanical Engineering Department at Walter Sisulu University, Butterworth
Ms Xena Cupido & Ms Najwa Norodien-Fataar, Academic Development Lecturers, Fundani CHED, Student Learning Unit, Cape Peninsula University of Technology Teaching Assistants: A Hit or a Miss

 

Mrs Priscalia Khosa, Tutor, Ms Roshini Pillay, Lecturer, & Mr Nkosiyazi Dube, Tutor, Department of Social Work, University of the Witwatersrand Inducting first year Social Work students: Reflections on a discipline-specific approach to academic development
Ms Arthi Ramrung, Lecturer, Maths and Science Education Unit, Teaching and Learning Development Centre, Mangosuthu University of Technology Peer Mentorship as an academic support programme
Ms Mianda Erasmus, Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Psychology Programme, Mafikeng Campus, University of the North-West From Inky Pinky Ponky to understanding A, B, C: exploring the value of Supplemental Instruction in improving the assessment process in a large first year class
Dr Ina Louw, Education Consultant,
Department for Education Innovation,University of Pretoria
Reclaiming Tutorials as Learning Spaces in the Sciences
Ms Anita Campbell, Academic Development Lecturer, First Year Mathematics for Engineering Students in 5-year Programme & Ms Tandie Nkosi, Research Assistant (UCT) What should be considered when developing peer tutoring groups for mathematics learning on WhatsApp?

 

Ms Frances de Klerk & Ms Anthea Adams, Communication Skills lecturers, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, seconded to Fundani Centre, CPUT Analysing the perceptions of Teaching Assistants through the lens of Activity Theory
Ms Razia Mayet, Learning Development Facilitator/Academic Counsellor, University of Johannesburg Striking a balance between Performativity and Supporting at Risk Learners at University of Johannesburg
Ms Evodia Motsokobi, Chief Officer, Student Learning and Development, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of the Free State Addressing Student Transition, Success and Equity Through a Hybrid SI Model: UFS Case Study
Ms Danelle Hess, Associate Lecturer, Department of Physiotherapy, University of the Western Cape Tutors’/Mentors’ and Students’ Perceptions of Tutorial Programmes in the Community and Health Sciences Faculty at UWC in the Department of Physiotherapy
Dr Precious Tanyanyiwa, Postdoctoral Fellow, Rhodes University What works, for whom, in what circumstances and in what respects? The role and efficacy of peer-led tutorial programmes
Mr Edgar Samkange, Peer Assisted Learning and Foundational Provision Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Development Centre, Mangosuthu University of Technology Student Perception of the Effectiveness of Remedial Mathematics Tutorials in Diploma in Accounting: A Mangosuthu University of Technology Case Study
Ms Jolanda Morkel, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architectural Technology and Interior Design, Faculty of Informatics and Design, CPUT Tutor contribution and student experience of tutor support provided in the different learning spaces associated with a blended learning approach in an undergraduate programme in Architecture
Dr Moeain Arend , Dr Aditi Hunma , Dr Gideon Nomdo  & Dr Catherine Hutchings  (1) Lecturers in Language Development, Academic Development Programme, CHED, UCT; (2) Convenor of the LITH course, UCT Messiness of meaning making: What is the analytical mode post the digital turn, on an academic literacy course?
Dr Aditi Hunma, Ms Ashleigh Edden & Mr Idriss Kallon, lecturers in Language Development, Academic Development Programme, CHED, UCT Online Reading Hubs: Surfacing academic reading practices as an ethical imperative
Ms Toni Gottlieb, consultant at UCT Law Faculty from 2014 to 2016 Teaching Legal Reasoning and Writing Across the Law Curriculum: A Descriptive Analysis of a Legal Writing Project in the Law Faculty of the University of Cape Town
Dr Nelia Frade, Senior Coordinator, Tutor Development, Academic Development Centre, UJ and Dr Jenni Underhill, Senior Research Consultant, UJ Developing senior tutors to allow for a discipline specific tutor training and development at University of Johannesburg

first year experience (1)

WRITERS IN THE AREA OF FYE TITLES
Ms Siyanda Ntlabathi, Consultant
Teaching and Learning Centre,
University of Fort Hare
Transitions in Technological Skills: From High School to University
Ms Cheri Hugo, Junior Lecturer, Graphic Design Department, CPUT A Mentor’s Perspective on Mentoring Graphic Design ECP/ First Year Students
Dr Nelia Frade, Senior Coordinator, Tutor Development, Academic Development Centre, University of Johannesburg & Ms Gugu Khanye, SANRC International Survey of Peer Leadership (ISPL): Emerging Snapshots of the Status of Peer Leadership in South Africa
Mr Emmanuel Esambe, Dr Nosisana Mkonto, HoD: Student Learning Unit, Fundani CHED, CPUT & Dr Subretha Pather, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Institutional Tutor  Coordinator, Office of the DVC: Academic, University of Western Cape Before the gates of the university: Repositioning learning support for first year students
Dr Subethra Pather, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Institutional Tutor  Coordinator, Office of the DVC: Academic, University of Western Cape, Mr Emmanuel Esambe and Dr Nosisana Mkonto, HoD: Student Learning Unit, Fundani CHED, CPUT Exploring Grade 12 learners’ expectations of first year university study across a spectrum of schools in Cape
Dr Nosisana Mkonto, HoD: Student Learning Unit, Fundani CHED, CPUT First Year Coordinators’ role in engaging academics in the transitions of first year students: A case study of CPUT
Dr Subethra Pather, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Institutional Tutor  Coordinator, Office of the DVC: Academic, University of Western Cape First-year teacher education students’ expectations of academic integration using data from a pre-entry university expectation survey
Mr Tosin Popoola, Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) Coordinator/Facilitator, Department of Nursing, Durban University of Technology Providing Holistic Services in the Extended Curriculum Programme: Insights from the Reflection of Nursing Students

 

Mr Nkosinathi Sithole, Directorate of Quality Promotion, Tshwane University of Technology, Dr Mumthaz Banoobhai, Co-ordinator and Senior Lecturer: Department of Primary Education, School of Education & Dr Caroline Selepe, Director, Directorate of Quality Promotion Tshwane University of Technology Understanding First Year Expectations at a University of Technology: A Qualitative Study
Mr Moses Kebalepile, Research Officer Department for Education Innovation, University of Pretoria

 

Using Motivational Factors, Integration and Support Indicators, Academic Involvement Indicators and Self-Reported Skills Support Needs to Evaluate University First Year Experience
Prof Alfred Msomi, HoD: Mathematical Sciences, Mangosuthu University of Technology Transforming teaching and learning to accommodate first year Mathematics classroom at a University of Technology

WRITING RETREATS TITLES OF PAPERS
Writing at the Edge: ‘Retreating’ academics (Note: Authors names will be added soon)
Quiet writing: retreat as pedagogy
“If I were starting my thesis again…” The benefits of free writing for academic staff engaged in a writing retreat.

 

Building knowledge and knowers in writing retreats: Towards developing the field of higher education teaching and learning

 

Writing Retreats as Third Spaces