On 28 September 2015, a workshop was hosted for Special Interest Group (SIG) Convenors by CHERTL at Rhodes University. In order to strengthen the activities of the various SIGs, the HELTASA Executive tasked Dr Mel Skead (SIG Liaison portfolio) to facilitate the event. The workshop was well supported by a very enthusiastic and dynamic team of convenors representing established as well as new groups: Foundation (Siyanda Ntlabathi UFH); Tutor / Mentor / SI (Liesl Smith NMMU); Writing Centres (Jacques du Toit UNISA), Professional Development (Jo-Anne Vorster Rhodes), First Year Experience / South African National Resource Centre (Annsilla Nyar UJ); Technology Enhanced Learning (Alanna Riley UFH / Anne Olsen NMMU); Southern African Universities Teaching and Learning Forum (Brenda Leibowitz UJ), Transformative Education/al Studies (Delysia Timm DUT) and Action Research (Pieter du Toit UP).
During the workshop there was consensus that, in its role as Professional Association for Educators in Higher Education, HELTASA is in a strong position to promote networking and scholarship across the various SIGs. Attendees at the 2015 HELTASA Conference, to be hosted at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) from 17 – 20 November, will have the opportunity to join two Special Interest Groups of their choice and to participate in information sharing sessions included in the conference programme. Interested academics are encouraged to become active SIG members and to make themselves available to serve on the various organising committees. Contact information is available on the HELTASA website www.heltasa.org.za