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  • WS 11 Creating learning materials using Screencast-O-Matic

    • Facilitators: Bronwyn Swartz, Engineering Date and location:  8th of June 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT centre, Bellville Workshop description This workshop will introduce Screencast-O-Matic, a free, web-based app to create screencasts. It allows you to record on-screen activity for short tutorials, visual presentations, or lectures. You can prerecord your lectures or record your lectures while you present. Screen-O-Matic allows ...more
  • WS10 Towards Open Educational Practices at CPUT

    • Facilitators: Daniela Gachago, CIET, Bronwyn Swartz, Engineering and Janine Lockart, Library Date and location:  1st of June 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for eLearning, Cape Town Workshop description Openness is a key concern in recent times in higher education; experiences such as open access, open educational resources, massive online courses, etc. are ‘hot topics’ globally but also increasingly in the South. ...more
  • The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program: Deadline - 31 July 2017

    • The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries around the world to the United States at a mid-point in their careers for a year of practical professional development experiences and non-degree academic study. WHO SHOULD BE APPLY: The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of ...more
  • EXCITING SENSORY ANALYSIS DEVELOPMENTS

    • As projects are completed and as new work is taken on, we are often confronted with new technical challenges, some big, some small. This is what makes working with the Station exciting and refreshing. There is always a degree of same old, same old…..but, there are always new challenges to keep us alive and young ...more
  • Enhancing disciplinary literacy: problem-solving in introductory physics

    • The ECP Unit will host distinguished ECP researchers, Dr Honjiswa Conana and Prof Delia Marshall from UWC on 6 June 2017 as part of our on-going Teaching and Learning in ECP Seminar Series. Delia Marshall Honjiswa Conana While the presentation offer specific insights in the disciplinary area of Physic education, the pedagogic practices and theoretical tools used ...more
  • Move For Health: Thandi Nkibi

    • MOVE FOR HEALTH Move for Health Day is an international event created in 2002 by the World Health Organization to promote physical activity.This day forms part of the development of global and national strategies on nutrition, physical activity and overall health. The initiative encourages all South Africans to take responsibility for their health, by engaging in ...more
  • Emotional intelligence (EQ)– do I need it?

    •   The answer is a resounding yes, definitely! Automatically the next question would be what exactly is it and why is it so important for me? Daniel Goleman (1995) says, emotional intelligence is “The capacity for recognising our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our ...more
  • Metals Technology Laboratory launched

    • Through technology transfer and the diffusion of innovative technologies, the Metals Technology Laboratory (METL) will facilitate strategic projects that will contribute towards the growth of a sustainable South African and more closely the Western Cape foundry industry. Launched recently at CPUT, the METL is a highly specialized unit that is based in the TIA Adaptronics Advanced ...more
  • McDonald’s has been forced to make a U-turn on battery eggs. Here’s how

    • South Africans have been known to be an activist bunch – in recent times there have been a number of high profile campaigns, often with varying degrees of success. These include the #feesmustfall protests against high tuition fees on the country’s campuses, protests against toll roads and ongoing service delivery demonstrations. But protesters – even successful ...more
  • Sandy solution for wastewater

    • Gravity, solar power and sand may be the solution to treating wastewater that is produced by the South Africa’s wine industry. Civil Engineering student, Gareth Holtman, has installed and is operating a pilot-system, which relies on these three factors to treat winery wastewater at a winery in Stellenbosch. The research, which forms part of his masters, builds ...more
  • Changing the world

    • Steve Pachan is changing the world, one classroom at a time. A globe-trotter, Pachan has taught in Australia, Sinpagapore, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and now finds himself teaching education students at the Wellington Campus. His travels is part of an outreach programme run by the United States Consulate and Georgetown University, which sees American teachers ...more
  • Young judge represents CPUT

    • A fleeting mention on radio has resulted in a CPUT alumnus nabbing a sought after spot in the Young Judging Panel of the 20th PRISM Awards. Lukhanyo Mpumela heard the nationwide call for young Public Relations professionals to apply on Radio 702 and instantly knew he was a deserving candidate. PRISM awards are the most sought after ...more
  • Sailing the seas

    • Conducting scientific experiments during a raging storm or having to deploy equipment in extreme weather conditions, proved to be a good learning opportunity for students Tanja Hanekom and Stefan van der Merwe. Both enrolled in the Marine Science course, each had the coveted opportunity to hone their skills at sea after being selected to participate in ...more
  • Innovative leak detecting system

    • A final year engineering project could save thousands of litres of water by helping municipalities to detect leaks in their water distribution lines. Jean-Pierre Mostert, who recently graduated with his BTech in Electrical Engineering: Control Systems, developed a low-cost water leak detection system, an innovative project that helped him secure the coveted spot as the best ...more
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle

    • Reduce, reuse and recycle is the buzz words in the Department of Chemistry. First years following the extended curriculum programme have launched a recycling programme in a bid to ensure CPUT becomes an environmentally friendly campus. The launch, which took place on the Bellville Campus, coincided with Earth Day celebrations, an international event that supports environmental ...more
  • CPUT Rugby Team inspires little ones

    • The importance of sport and higher education was the focus of a recent visit to a shelter for abused children by CPUT’s Rugby team. This year the CPUT team participated in the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International tournament for the first time and part of its involvement included a social awareness programme which required the sportsmen ...more
  • Transplant Athlete needs a sporting chance

    • This first year Management student looks the picture of health but one glance at his toned stomach reveals the scars of over 25 operations. Martinique Du Preez was once dubbed the Miracle Boy by surgeons at Groote Schuur Hospital because he beat the odds to receive not one but two kidneys. His miraculous story is even ...more
  • Developing young researchers

    • A lecturer in the Information Technology Department is currently flying the CPUT flag high in Sweden where she is conducting her PhD research at Chalmers University of Technology. Nelisa Freitas, who lectures quantitative techniques and accounting at CPUT, is the first PhD guest from the African continent at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This move became ...more
  • Decolonization and universities

    • The Faculty of Education recently hosted CPUT students and their European counterparts at an International Student Conference on International Competences for Decolonization. The conference forms part of the faculty’s exchange programme with the HAN University (Netherlands) and the UCLL (Belgium). “The aim of these student conferences which started last year is to cement Internationalization at Home (I@H). ...more
  • WS 9 Designing professional conference presentations using Canva

    • Facilitators: Linda Manashe, CIET Date and location:  18thof May 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT centre, Bellville 25th of May 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for eLearning, Cape Town Workshop description The conference season is starting and colleagues have to prepare conference presentations. This workshop will help you design professional looking presentations using a free web-based application called canva.org. Please bring an ...more
  • Caro Wiese awards now open

    • Applications for one of the most generous student funding opportunities is open and CPUT students are being urged to apply. The Caro Wiese award is sponsored by SA business tycoon and CPUT Honorary Doctorate recipient Christo Wiese and his wife Caro. Worth R70 000 each the Caro Wiese awards are bestowed on two students (one male and one ...more
  • Update from the HELTASA Foundation Special Interest Group (SIG)

    • In November 2015, CPUT became the HELTASA Foundation SIG convenor. As convenor institution we have been responsible for helping to build the profile of the SIG and encourage continued dialogue, practice sharing and research into extended and foundation provisions. At the recent HELTASA conference in November 2016, the SIG facilitated an interesting dialogue session with ...more
  • WS 8 Making the Grade Centre and Retention Centre work for you

    • Facilitators: Antoinette van Deventer and Jody Boltney, CIET Date and location:  4th of May 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for e-Learning, Cape Town 11th of May 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT centre, Bellville Workshop description During this workshop we will focus on two tools in Blackboard: The Grade Centre and the Retention Centre. You will learn how to create, organise and ...more
  • ECP classroom Fikas kick-off

    • Often the most productive and stimulating professional conversations take place in informal and casual ways. The ECP classroom Fika is an attempt to capitalise on this dynamic and create a space where productive, interesting and stimulation conversations and discussions about topics which affect ECP lecturers directly can be discussed. These sessions have been taking place ...more
  • Exciting events for ECP lecturers in term two

    • Summer appears to have made a surprised appearance in mid-April although I don't think anyone is complaining. The good weather could also signal a positive start to our academic term and encourage enthusiastic participation in the various teaching and learning support activities planned for Term Two. Below is a quick overview of some of the anticipated ...more
  • MEXT Scholarships for 2018: Deadline - 9 June 2017

    • Dear Valuable Stakeholders and Colleagues, We would like to share with you the announcement of the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Japan) Scholarship for 2018. Every year, MEXT offers scholarships to South Africans who wish to study at Japanese universities under the Japanese Government Scholarship program through the Embassy of Japan in Pretoria. ...more
  • Born into revolution: reflections on a radical teacher’s life

    • ­ Alie Fataar was a teacher. Perhaps that doesn’t seem glamorous and very important. But Fataar, who would have turned 100 this month, is one of the many South African unknowns whose life and work can point the country today in a direction it ought to follow. Fataar and his comrades developed an unparalleled educational project during the ...more
  • Clinic expands its footprint

    • CPUT Campus Health Clinics has expanded its footprint with the recent opening of clinics on the university’s satellite campuses. Students on campuses such as Athlone, George and Worcester are now enjoying the services of fully-equipped and fully-stocked Campus Health Clinics. The Campus Health Clinics offer a wide range of primary health care and reproductive health services, as ...more
  • Photography exhibition a dream come true

    • When photography student Justin Smidt attended a prestigious photographic exhibition last year he hoped that his work would be featured in the exhibition one day. And just one year later his dream has been realised - Smidt’s work was selected to be showcased during the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) Duotone Photographic Exhibition. The exhibition displays ...more