Join the SIG network and be invigorated by vibrant, dynamic communities of practice across a range of theoretical and practical foci. Participants may look forward to constructive engagement and collaboration around critical issues in Southern African Higher Education. SIGs are enabling spaces in which to share understanding, knowledge, practices and scholarly responses to vital higher education concerns. HELTASA members are encouraged to actively participate in TWO SIGs of choice.
Wednesday, 15:15 – 17:00
Purpose: A network of academics and academic developers interested in sharing knowledge, resources and strategies for the development of academics as teachers in higher education as well as for the continuing professional learning of academic developers who work in the field of academic staff development.
Contact: Jo-Anne Vorster firstname.lastname@example.org
Purpose: A network of academics and academic developers from Southern African Higher Education Institutions who share teaching and learning experiences and knowledge. It provides a platform where academics working in the field of foundation provisioning/extended programmes can share scholarship and innovative teaching and learning practices.
Contact: Siyanda Ntlabathi email@example.com
Purpose: To focus on peer collaborative initiatives in Southern African Higher Education institutions. These include tutor/mentor/Supplemental Instruction Leader training and development as well as professional development initiatives for staff working with tutors/mentors/SI Leaders. The aim is to promote collegiality, resource development and research with relation to peer support programmes.
Contact: Liesl Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTRE FOR THE FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE AND STUDENTS IN TRANSITION (SANRC)
Purpose: To improve student success in South Africa by developing and disseminating research in the field of student transitions, with a special focus on the transition from school to University.
Contact: Annsilla Nyar email@example.com
Wednesday, 17:15 – 18:45
Purpose: To respond to learning needs in Higher Education Institutions by providing academic and cognitive support through connectivity and dialogue. Writing Centres equally focus on enabling academic literacies and cultivating cultures of scholarship, community and transformation.
Contact: Jacques du Toit firstname.lastname@example.org
TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING
Purpose: To actively engage with the challenges of introducing effective ways of engaging with technology for learning in a collaborative space. It promotes a personal learning network (PLN) for the advancement and adoption of technology enhanced teaching and learning practices whilst enabling academic development in Higher Education.
Contact: Anne Olsen or Alanna Riley Anne-Mart.Olsen2@nmmu.ac.za or email@example.com
SOUTHERN AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES LEARNING AND TEACHING FORUM (SAULT)
Purpose: To build a regional network in Southern Africa that will support professional development activities for the existing faculty in the target countries. Academics in developed countries working within educational/faculty development units have experience and resources which can be used in partnership with academics and institutions in the target countries to support development in teaching and learning in higher education in the Southern African region. Academics and Academic Developers from Southern African countries are encouraged and invited to attend.
Contact: Brenda Leibowitz Brendal@uj.ac.za
Purpose: To enhance and study reflexive pedagogic, research and supervision practices and to develop collaborative research and supervision capacity through self-study. It promotes practitioner (action) research; scholarship of teaching, learning and postgraduate supervision and selfregulated professional learning.
Contact: Delysia Timm or Pieter du Toit firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com