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  • THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE........

    • Written by Dr Melleta Louw, Student Counsellor, Wellington campus THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE……. The 21st century is experiencing increasing rates of violence, depression and addiction. Chaos, uncertainty and a feeling of dehumanization forms the backdrop to a consumer-driven society characterized by cut-throat “survival-of-the-fittest” competition in nearly all spheres of life. There is even talk of a 3rd world ...more
  • Call for abstracts for the 2018 CPUT Teaching and Learning with Technology Day

    • The Centre for Innovative Educational Technology is pleased to announce a call for abstracts/proposals for this year's CPUT Teaching and Learning with Technology Day. Date: Thursday, 30th of August 2018, 9.00-16.00 Location: To be Confirmed Theme: Blended Learning at CPUT Conference theme Blending teaching, learning and assessment is a complex process that involves  the development and delivery of engaging learning material, the creation ...more
  • WS18: Self and Peer Assessment- promoting student engagement and active learning

    • Facilitator: Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET) Date and venue 24th of May 2018, 13.30-15.30, lab 303 IT Centre, Bellville campus Description of workshop During this workshop we will focus on the Peer Assessment tool in Blackboard. According to the Oxford dictionary, peer assessment refers to the “evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others in the ...more
  • Writing across borders: using technology to support authors

    • The writing development for the edited collection entitled Reflecting on teaching in ECP (see Call for contributions_ECP lecturers) started in earnest this month when the final chapter submissions were selected for inclusion in the book. A total of 18 submissions were received from colleagues across the regional universities in the Western Cape and nine chapter proposals were finally accepted. ...more
  • WHY DO RETAILERS COOL BEVERAGES?

    • It was 2008, that wonderful time when your electricity supply was cut under the name of load shedding! Cold evening meals, darker nights with a degree of romanticism for some, or downright fear for the achluophobic (you guessed it, the name for people scared of the dark). and also unscheduled braais. It had struck me at ...more
  • WS3 Mastering Online Assignments: commenting, marking, rubrics and originality reports (hands-on)

    • Facilitators: Antoinette Van Deventer, Mavie Mavela and Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology Dates and location: 10th of May 2018, 13.oo-15.00, e-Learning Centre, District Six campus 17th of May 2018, 13.30-15.30, IT center, Bellville campus (repeat)  Workshop description: In this workshop we will focus on two main areas on our LMS Blackboard: Online Assignments and the Plagiarism prevention tool, Safe ...more
  • What is Autism?

    • Written by Dr Charlene Petersen World Autism Awareness Month  What is Autism spectrum disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. ASD is a developmental disability and people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The ...more
  • Remembering Brenda Leibowitz

    • Brenda Leibowitz The academic development community in South Africa was saddened to hear of the untimely death of Brenda Leibowitz, last week. Brenda was Professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Johannesburg and worked in the academic development sector for much of her career in higher education. She was seen as one of the ...more
  • Academic attends prestigious leadership program

    • Journalism lecturer Asanda Ngoasheng recently joined leading decision makers from around the world in Austria for the ninth edition of the prestigious Austrian Leadership Programs (ALPS). The program, which is run by Austria’s Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, gives participants the opportunity to establish a strong long-term network while spending a unique week ...more
  • New Director for Institutional Planning

    • Anele Magwentshu says stepping into the role of Director for Institutional Planning at CPUT is his ideal position because all of his new responsibilities encompass roles he has undertaken at various institutions over the years. “In the past I worked in a similar unit but I have never before been given the opportunity to actually lead ...more
  • A first for internationalisation at CPUT

    • International Relations Officer Matome Mokoena is the first South African ever to be selected for a sought after training course on management of internationalisation. Mokoena said he was part of the third cohort of the DAAD DIES Training Course on Management of Internationalisation, which saw only 30 applicants selected from more than one hundred applications. The DAAD ...more
  • Facilitating change through design

    • BTech Architectural Technology students are gaining valuable work experience and life skills while working with an NGO to design a public gathering space for a Philippi community. Senior lecturer and BTech coordinator, Jolanda Morkel, said students are working with NGO Ubuhle Bakha Ubuhle, to come up with a design proposal for an existing site in Sweet ...more
  • Engineering excellence awarded

    • In between autumn graduation ceremonies the Faculty of Engineering gathered its top students at the SARETEC building for the Dean’s Excellence Awards. Parents and family members were also invited to honour the top students in each department by Prof Edward Snyders, head of the Department of Maritime Studies: “Today we celebrate academic excellence despite the myriad ...more
  • Beating the odds to graduate

    • Sive Mfanase was born in a rural village outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and into a life of subsistence farming, which saw him growing up as herd boy. From the tender age of eight Sive would walk barefoot to school - a 12 kilometre round trip on dirt roads. “During rainy seasons when the creeks rose, I would ...more
  • FID celebrates MTech graduates

    • The hard work and dedication of five MTech graduates in the Faculty of Informatics and Design were celebrated during a special robing ceremony. The graduates and their supervisors reflected on the journey they had shared on their way to graduation before family members and other loved ones were given the opportunity to ceremoniously “robe” the graduates. Supervisor ...more
  • Teaching students the fine art of arguing

    • CPUT was well represented by two committed teams named Enigma and Eksplisit at this year’s Dink of Sink debating competition in Pretoria. An Afrikaans debating competition for high school students and universities, Dink of Sink’s (think or sink) university finals were held earlier this month. Though neither of the two teams from the Wellington campus placed in ...more
  • Food for Thought

    • The Agrifood Technology Station takes on all manner of projects, but sometimes guests remind them just how lucky the students are to have access to state of the art equipment. Situated at the Food Technology building, the ATS provides a range of scientific, commercial and technical services to support innovation and technology transfer in the food ...more
  • Ubuntu Global Network learns from university service learning projects

    • CPUT’s Civic Engagement Unit recently hosted an international delegation from the Ubuntu Global Network which is spearheaded by former CPUT Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr John Volmink. The Ubuntu Global Network gathers together organisations and social-minded projects that use the Ubuntu philosophy as core values to guide their work. The network has chapters all over the globe including ...more
  • Stroke workshop benefits health professionals

    • The Emergency Medical Sciences Department’s immersive simulation laboratory took centre stage during the recent Northern Suburbs Stroke Workshop. Lecturer Ryan Matthews said the workshop focused on interdisciplinary acute stroke care and rehabilitation and was a collaborative effort between the EMS Department, The Angels Initiative and the Tygerberg Stroke Unit at Tygerberg Hospital. “It was aimed at teaching ...more
  • Virtual Testing

    • It is a challenge to teach and conduct research with live electrical power systems. To address issues of safety, inaccurate results and costly delays, the Centre for Distributed Power and Electronic Systems in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering has developed a state of the art Real-Time Simulation Laboratory for Teaching and Academic Research. Using ...more
  • What’s in a name?

    • Did you know that the Library is running a competition to name our Institutional Data Repository? Figshare is the digital data management repository for institutions where users can make their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. The platform helps academic researchers to store, share and discover research and manage all their research ...more
  • FID hosts successful transdisciplinary course

    • Students, academics and a community organisation are reaping the rewards of a successful transdisciplinary course recently hosted by CPUT. A total of 21 participants attended the Sustainable Product Service Systems (S.PSS) course, which was entitled: Methods and tools for community based research projects: Distributed design and distributed information for volunteer organisations in SA. Ephias Ruhode, Associate Professor: ...more
  • Yebo to Internationalisation

    • The Yebo! Programme on the development of the internationalisation of PhD Studies in South Africa is an Erasmus+ funded project focused on further developing the internationalisation of doctoral education in South African universities. The Yebo! Project is carried out by a consortium of 15 European and South African partners and is coordinated by the University of ...more
  • CPUT signs MOU with University of Toulouse

    • CPUT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with one of the world’s oldest universities - the University of Toulouse, France (UT). The partnership was cemented recently when a delegation from UT, including Prof Didier Marty-Dessus, Vice-Rector for International Relations, visited the Bellville campus. Among other things, the partnership will encourage collaboration between researchers from the two ...more
  • Campus health clinic remembers Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

    • Staff members at the Student Health Clinics commemorated the passing of anti-apartheid struggle veteran, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The Student Health Clinic on the Bellville Campus lit a candle against the backdrop of a photograph of the icon and the South African national flag. The candle was lit for the two weeks leading up to the funeral day. “The ...more
  • TTO workshop benefits researchers

    • Researchers from across the university recently attended an insightful two-day workshop organised by the Technology Transfer Office (TTO). The workshop was presented by the TTO’s Dr Revel Iyer (Director), Marlin Fransman and Halimah Rabiu and focused on TTO processes and funding. Some of the topics covered included intellectual property rights and commercialisation, the process of formal disclosure ...more
  • AGRIFOOD INTERNSHIPS - POLISHING THE DIAMONDS OF THE FUTURE

    • What is an Internship? I suppose it depends on who you ask and in what industry sector placements happen. In the case of the Agrifood Technology Station, an Intern is a recently qualified graduate, preferably in Food Science & Technology (or Analytical Chemistry or other field as required). Our Internship programme has been running for more ...more
  • Celebrating our successes - DTech graduation of committed ECP lecturer

    • Moses Basitere, ECP lecturer in Chemical Engineering graduated this week with his DTech degree. Moses has consistently been an active and committed member of the ECP academic community at CPUT. This significant academic achievement also reflects positively on the entire ECP community, helping to showcase not only this community's commitment towards teaching excellence but also it's scholarly achievements. ...more
  • WS5 Using Respondus to create online assessments

    • Facilitators: WS1: Antoinette Van Deventer & Donna Lewis, CIET WS 2: Mavi Mavela and Sonwabo Jongile, CIET Date and location: 12th of April 2018, 13.00-15.00, Centre for e-Learning, Cape Town - (note the change in starting time!) 19th of April 2018, 13.30-15.30, Lab303, IT centre, Bellville (repeat) Workshop description: Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or ...more
  • Jump-Start Your Future

    • With an SAP ERP Qualification!    Are you thinking about your future career direction?  Do you want to make an impact in the world? Then join CPUT University Alliances student network and give your future a jump ...more