Delegates involved in institutional management and implementation of Extended Curriculum Programmes (ECPs) are invited to attend this workshop which will be presented by Prof Ian Scott of UCT, well-known by higher education colleagues involved in Extended Curriculum policy, management and implementation.

Title of the workshop: Who should be on an ECP? Towards a framework for institutional placement policy.

The workshop will focus on the following questions and issues:

  • What should be the end-goal of the educational mission of South African universities?
  • Who belongs in higher education in South Africa? What is the need for and possibility of successful growth in participation?
  • What are the implications of the answers to these questions for the ‘mainstream’ teaching-and-learning process?
  • What is the particular role of ECPs in the teaching-and-learning process as a whole, and, consequently, what categories of students would benefit from them?

There is always debate about which students should actually be admitted to ECP’s. It involves key issues, including:

  • What is meant by ‘placement’ and ‘placement policy’?
  • What principles should underlie the placement of students on ECPs?
  • What different mechanisms and assessment instruments can be utilised for placement?
  • Staffing, funding and affordability.

This workshop will provide input and structured discussion on a selection of these topics, with a view to enabling participants to contribute to the principled development of institutional placement policy, and to take account of the implications of this in ECP design and delivery.

As soon as the Conference Programme is finalised, registration to the pre-conference workshops will be opened.