Organizing committee members

SIG Convener:  Liesl Smith, NMMU (

SIG Co-convener:  Dr Gillian Arendse, University of Stellenbosch (

Purpose: The Tutoring, Mentoring and Supplemental Instruction SIG focuses on peer support initiatives in South African Higher Education institutions.  These include tutor/mentor/SI Leader training and development as well as professional development initiatives for staff working with tutors/mentors/SI Leaders. The aim of the SIG is to promote collegiality, resource development and research with relation to peer support programmes.

Activities planned for 2015

Create SIG online networking and discussion forums

Clarify definitions related to tutoring, mentoring and SI to create national reference list to facilitate understanding

Where possible share training programmes and materials

Aim to improve research and collaboration

Market professional development initiatives for tutoring, mentoring and practitioners

Initiate planning for 2016 Mentoring, Tutoring and SI Colloquium

Call for Abstracts

As a strategy to strengthen student learning in higher education, especially amongst “students at risk”, we are inviting academics to reflect critically on issues relevant to the effectiveness of their tutoring or mentoring practices and to share their findings through writing and publication. This is a call for abstracts which you may want to submit to the 2016 ICED/HELTASA conference (to be held 23 – 25 2016 at V&A Waterfront, Cape Town), or to other conferences or journals concerned with the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoTL). Through this process, we hope to build and share understanding of effective tutoring and mentoring practices. Derived from this, a Good Practice Guide will eventually be developed, to be shared through HELTASA and across higher education institutions; participants’ input will be fully acknowledged.

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