HELTASA Festival
Ke Nako! - HELTASA Festival - 2022

Day 1
5 December

09:00 – 12:00

Digital Learning and Teaching

The Digital Learning and Teaching session focus will be around the shifts, options and decisions taken in 2022 around incorporating various technologies in learning and teaching. Presenters will share some of their lessons learned this year via digital posters, followed by collective discussions. Join us in the conversations and share ideas and insights that can inform your thinking for learning and teaching in 2023.

Creating a communal digital garden

Part 1: Welcome and Introductory Activity (09:00 – 09:30)

Part 2: Poster Presentations and Harvesting Activity (09:30 – 10:10)

  • Dr Shalini Dukhan (WITS)
  • Prof Karen Ferreira-Meyers (University of Eswatini)
  • Mia Beyleveld (Eduvos)
  • Gabriel Darong (RU)

​Break | 10:10 – 10:20

Part 3: Poster Presentations and Harvesting Activity (10:20 – 11:00)

  • Dr Carin Stoltz-Urban (Inscape)
  • Thaiurie Govender (IIE Varsity College)
  • Nancy Barber (WITS)
  • Dr Frikkie George (CPUT)

Part 4: Poster Presentations and Harvesting Activity (11:00 – 11:30)

  • Matshidiso Pooe (UNISA)
  • Fazlyn Petersen (UWC)
  • Dr Kershree Padayachee (WITS)

Part 5: Closing Discussion – Preparing for the Future (11:30 – 12:00)

​Break | 12:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 17:00

National University Teaching Awards

“Excellence” in university teaching awards

Part 1: Perceptions and equitable application of university teaching awards (14:00 – 15:00)

  • Provocateur presentation: The perceived inequities of teaching awards by Prof Mlamuli Hltashwayo (UKZN)
  • Invited response to the presentation by Dr Sanele Nene (CHE)
  • Plenary discussion: Teaching Awards in South African Higher Education

​Break | 15:00 – 15:10

Part 2: The New Framework for National University Teaching Awards (NUTA) (15:10 – 17:00)

  • Presentation: The National University Teaching Awards (NUTA) Framework by Prof Lizette De Jager (UP) and Prof Desiree Scholtz (CPUT)
  • Presentation: The National University Teaching Awards Mentorship Programme by Prof Fayth Ruffin (UKZN) and Dr Bongiwe Hobolobo (CHE)
  • Closing plenary discussion

Day 2
6 December

09:00 – 12:00

Professional Learning

Mosaic of reflections on Professional Learning

Part 1: Provocateur Presentation: Enablers, tensions and constraints in professional learning in higher education by Dr Jean Farmer (SUN) (Facilitator: Dr Anthea Jacobs (SUN)) (09:00 – 10:15)

​Break | 10:15 – 10:25

Part 2: Chapter Reflections (Facilitator: Dr Salosh Govender (UNISA)) (10:25 – 10:55)

  • Presentation: Teachers reflecting on their emotions during lockdown by Shannon Bishop-Swart (SUN)
  • Poster: Reflecting on faculty academic professional learning support during the Covid-19 pandemic by Dr Greig Krull, Danie de Klerk & Fiona MacAlister (WITS)
  • Poem: Partners in Learning by Dr Rosaline Govender & Dr Nereshnee Govender (DUT)
  • Reflecting on the online teaching space as a ‘Boundary Object’ in pandemic times: Making the invisible visible in an academic literacy course by Dr Moeain Arend, Dr Gideon Nomdo & Dr Aditi Hunma (UCT)

Part 3: Chapter Reflections (Facilitator: Prof Dan Maposa (UL)) (10:55 – 11:25)

  • Video: Transformative pedagogies in teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) during the Covid-19 crisis by Dr Anthea Jacobs (SUN)
  • Poster: Can mega classes be engaged online? What we learned by Mianda Erasmus (NWU), Dr Christiaan Bekker (NWU, OPTENTIA) & Hershel Meyerowitz (NWU, COMPRES)
  • Video: I am still here: Lessons learned from incorporating social presence in remote teaching by Marike Kluyts (WITS)
  • Video: Collaboration: Narrowing the Geographical Divide by Dr Danny Fontaine-Rainen (UCT) & Danie De Klerk (WITS)

Part 4: Chapter Reflections (Facilitator: Dr Rosaline Govender (DUT)) (11:25 – 12:00)

  • Poem: The mists of changing times by Prof Logamurthie Athiemoolam (NMU)
  • Song: Transition to online pedagogy during Covid-19 pandemic: Reflecting on experiences and perceptions of lecturers and students by Dr Frikkie George & Ekaterina Rzyankina (CPUT)
  • Dress a page: Writing Centres as Transformational Learning Spaces by Dr Nonhlanhla Khumalo & Dr Denver Naidoo (DUT)
  • Video: Ungalahli imbo yakho ngophoyiyana by Dr Benita Bobo & Zandile Masango-Muzindutsi (DUT)

​Break | 12:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 17:00

The Covid-19 pandemic put a spotlight on existing inequalities in SAHE and highlighted the need for agile leadership within Academic Development Centres nationally.  Hence a focus on Re-imagining AD Leadership in the changing HE sector. The discussions on the role of Academic Development leaders in the evolving HE sector will be directed by leaders in the HE sector, DVC and AD Directors. The main points in this session will be how academic development can be used to enhance teaching, learning, and student success in the HE sector and how is this work recognized institutionally.  A focus on challenges that confront Academic Development. And proactive approaches which Academic Developer leaders are implementing amidst the current challenges in HE and the need for relevance in the changing landscape of the HE sector.

Re-imagining AD Leadership in the changing HE sector

Part 1: Plenary Presentations (14:00 – 15:20) (Facilitator: Luyanda Marhaya (UFS))

  • Prof Sandile Songca (DVC T&L: UKZN): How is academic development used to enhance teaching, learning, and student success in the HE sector and how is this work recognised?
  • Dr Britta Ziwada (CHE): What are the challenges that confront Academic Development?
  • Prof Clever Ndebele (AD Leader: WSU) and Prof Emmanuel Mgqwashu (AD Leader: NWU): What proactive approaches can Academic Developer leaders take amidst the current challenges in HE and how can we remain relevant in the changing landscape of the HE sector?

​Break | 15:20 – 15:30

Part 2: Breakout Room Discussions: The envisioned future and future role of AD leaders in line with the social justice imperative in HE and at your institution. (15:30 – 16:15)

  • Room 1: Sectoral conversation (Facilitator: Eunice Champion (NMU), Panel: Dr Britta Zawada (CHE))
  • Room 2: DVC Conversations (Facilitator: Muntu Chili (VUT), Panel: Prof Sandile Songca (UKZN))
  • Room 3: ADL conversations (Facilitator: Siya Sabata (UWC), Panel: Prof Clever Ndebele (WSU) and Prof Emmanuel Mgqwashu (NWU))

Part 3: Plenary Discussion and Closure (16:15 – 17:00)

Day 3
7 December

09:00 – 12:00

Curricula are not neutral or context-free because they represent and enact academic identities that can enable or constrain students’ epistemological access to disciplinary, professional or privileged knowledge, foster or hinder student learning, and create inclusive or exclusionary pedagogic spaces. Therefore, it is essential to know how academic identities intersect, shape curricula intentions and practices, and develop and strengthen reflective practitioner capacities. Participants will engage in this capacity-building workshop in an interactive, hands-on manner to critically reflect on how academic identities shape and influence curriculum intentions and activities. Such reflection involves drawing on their textual (written or oral), visual or multimodal artefact to collaboratively reflect on how their academic identities shape and influence their curriculum intentions and activities.

Academic Identity in Flux

Part 1: Identity and curriculum: learning, reflecting and transforming ourselves (led by Dr Lynn Coleman, Lauren Davids (CPUT) and Charlene Geduld (CUT)) (09:00 – 10:45)

​Break | 10:45 – 10:55

Part 2: Digging deeper, finding the gold within our own identities and curriculum (led by Dr Lynn Coleman​, Dr Patricia Muhuro (UFH) and Anthea Adams (RU)) (10:55 – 11:45)

Part 3: Collective Harvesting (led by Dr Lynn Coleman and Marike Kluyts (WITS)) (11:45 – 12:00)

​Break | 12:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 16:00


​Debating the fourth turn in Academic Development: who does it serve?

Part 1: Provocateur Presentations (14:00 – 14:30)

  • Prof Michael Samuel (UKZN)
  • Prof Kasturi Behari-Leak (UCT)

Part 2: PhD Student Debate: What is the relevance of AD in the current context and what is the next turn for AD? (14:30 – 15:40)

  • Lauren Davids (CPUT)
  • Arthi Ramrung (MUT)
  • Wendy Adams (DHET)
  • Vanessa Rademeyer (UM)
  • Dorris Mnengi-Gweva (WSU)
  • Tarisai Mpofu (WSU)
  • Mashaba Mashala (UNISA)
  • Abdul Hamid- Carrim (WITS)
  • Evelyn Chia (UL)

Part 3: Group Discussions and Conclusion (15:40 – 16:00)

Day 4
8 December

09:00 – 11:00

Student Learning

The threads that weave the South African students learning experience

Part 1: Reflections regarding student support focusing on what was previously done (then) and what is currently being done (the now) (09:00 – 9:45)

Part 2: Provocateur Presentation: An holistic approach to student support systems by Dr Mzwandile Khumalo (DUT) (9:45 – 10:15)

Part 3: Discussion around holistic student support and how this will impact what we do in the future (10:15 – 11:00)

​Break | 11:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 16:00


​Decolonial supervision

Part 1: Supervision Panel Discussion (14:00 – 15:15)

  • Prof Labby Ramrathan (UKZN)
  • Prof Moyra Keane (UJ)
  • Prof Kasturi Behari-Leak (UCT)

Part 2: Group Discussions and Conclusion (15:15 – 16:00)

Day 5
9 December

09:00 – 12:30


Join the HELTASA Carousel

Part 1: Opening (09:00 – 09:15)

Part 2: Strategic Partners Panel Discussion: Quality Assurance Framework (09:15 – 10:15)

  • Dr Whitfield Green (CHE)
  • Dr Manyane Makua (SAUT)
  • Dr Oliver Seale (USAF)

Part 3: Collective Engagement and Harvesting (10:15 – 10:40)

​Break | 10:40 – 11:00

Part 4: Closing the loop: Shifts, Options, Decisions: Transforming and Transformative Action (11:00 – 12:30)

  • HELTASAFEST Artwork Gallery
  • Breakouts: Emerging ideas, questions, possible actions
  • Harvesting
  • Closure

​Break | 12:30 – 13:00

13:00 – 14:00


Annual General Meeting

Join the HELTASA leadership, for the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).