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  • Happiness

    • Happiness World Happiness Day was celebrated on the 20th of March. This day was first celebrated in 2012 together with a World Happiness Report which looks at 155 countries and ranks them according to their level of happiness. The World Happiness Report is a measure of happiness published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. ...more
  • WS6 Increasing in-class participation using clickers

    • Facilitators: Daniela Gachago, CIET & Sharhidd Taliep, Education Date and location: 30th of March 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for e-Learning, Cape Town Workshop description: Increasing student participation and engagement in large classrooms remains a challenge for many of our lecturers. (Virtual) classroom response systems can be used during a lecture to improve student participation & engagement but also to ...more
  • Feverish pace of NBT activities for the 2017 ECP cohort

    • Janine Lange New ECP students at CPUT were actively involved in undertaking the National Benchmark Test (NBTs) this past week, as Janine Lange, Research Associate at the ECP Unit in Fundani, and logistics coordinator of the testing, explains.   Over 800 new ECP students participated in the NBT testing that was arranged by the ECP Unit at ...more
  • WS7 Gamification in Teaching and Learning

    • Facilitators: Kayla Lawson, Microbiology, Sam Adams, Industrial Psychology, Stellenbosch University and Simone Titus, Sports Sciences, University of Western Cape Date and location: 20th of April 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab303, IT Centre, Bellville Seminar description: Globally and locally the term ‘gamification’ has been discussed for a number of years now. ‘Gamification’ refers to process of taking something that already exists ...more
  • The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme second Call for proposals published: Deadline - 2 May 2017

    • The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission published on 28 January 2017 the second Call for proposals under the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme. The Agency is responsible for managing the programme in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and under the supervision of the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and ...more
  • FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT 2018: Deadline - 17 April 2017

    • Grants for S.A. university graduates to pursue a Master’s or Doctoral degree at an accredited U.S. university (excludes studies that require contact with patients). Students are selected through a rigorous application and interview process. Fulbright Foreign Student Application call ...more
  • SOUTH AFRICA / OMAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COLLABORATION: Deadline - 28 April 2017

    • South Africa, through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) completed and signed an agreement with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, appointing the NRF and the Sultan Qaboos University of Oman (SQU) as implementing agencies for this partnership. Following the positive outcomes of the 2009 call for expressions of interest in joint research ...more
  • Korean Government Scholarship Program For Graduate Degrees: Deadline - 7 April 2017

    • The Korean Government Scholarships Programme id designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students with the aim of promoting international exchange in education, As well as mutual friendship amongst the participating countries. Guidline to SoonChunHyuang University KGSP-G Application ...more
  • Towards (ethical) open educational practices

    • This is our presentation at this year's Open Education Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. We would love to get your feedback/comments/suggestions! Please use the comment box below.   Link to ...more
  • Korean Government Scholarship Program (Graduate Program) KNU: Deadline - 21 March 2017

    • The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students with the aim of promoting international exchange in education, as well as mutual friendship amongst the participating ...more
  • MASTERS SCHOLARSHIPS IN FRANCE: Deadline - 24 March 2017

    • The Embassy of France in invites student who wish to continue their tertiary education at Masters level in France to apply for its Bursary programme for the academic year September 2017 - 2018. This programme forms part of the commitment between France and South Africa  to establish fruitful partnerships between their university while building a vast ...more
  • National Benchmark Testing with the 2017 ECP cohort

    • James Garraway, Institutional ECP Co-ordinator , shares his insights on the recent information sharing session on the National Benchmarking Tests. On 7 March, the ECP Unit at Fundani hosted, Robert Prince from the Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement (CETAP) at UCT, on our Bellville and Cape Town campuses. Robert conducted an introductory presentation on the ...more
  • SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDIES IN CHINA & HUNGARY

    • The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) would like to inform you that applications for the Chinese Government Scholarship and the Hungarian Government Scholarship are now open. It would be appreciated if you could information about these opportunities with your students and staff. More information is attached and can also be viewed on our ...more
  • WS5 Using Respondus to create online assessments

    • Facilitators: Antoinette Van Deventer & Jody Boltney, CIET Date and location: 16th of March 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for e-Learning, Cape Town 23rd of March 2017, 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 published directly to Blackboard Learn. Exams can ...more
  • WS4 Practical implications of BYOD at CPUT

    • Facilitators: Sakkie Smit, CIET and Suzaan LeRoux, Business Date and location: 9th of March 2017, 13.30-15.30, Lab303, IT centre, Bellville Workshop description: The 2017 NMC  Horizon report on the use and impact of technology in Higher Education still references the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). What can and should BYOD mean for CPUT? Should we expect ...more
  • 15 February 2017, Sally Baker and Jackie Tuck

    • Risky regimes: the assessment of student writing in institutional contexts Dr Sally Baker (University of Newcastle, Australia)- profile Dr Jackie Tuck (The Open University, UK) - profile SBaker and JTuck_presentation_Feb2017 Abstract Sally Baker and Jackie Tuck Although empirical attention to the complex web of issues that constitute ‘students’ literacies in higher education’ has grown, little has changed in terms ...more
  • Welcome to the 2017 academic year - even if somewhat belated

    • Our blog has been offline and we were unable to post this Welcome message in January as intended. Instead we sent a email flyer which we have integrated here. 2017 - the year of the ECP Student Most university lecturers and academics would agree that 2016 presented us with unique challenges and forced us all to revisit ...more
  • Players that rock

    • CPUT students and staff members came out in force to #backourboytjies for the university’s inaugural match in the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International. Students, in their blue supporters T-shirts, travelled from far and wide for the Cape Derby to support the team as they squared off against our neighbours UWC yesterday. The match was broadcast ...more
  • Funding for your classroom-based research project available

    • The CPUT Research and Innovation Fund for Teaching and Learning (RIFTAL) offers classroom-researchers and teachers-as-researcher with a great opportunity to formalise their often serendipitous research undertakings. A successful fund application will give busy teachers a way to prioritize their research and the allocation of money to appoint a research assistant, pay for transcription services or ...more
  • WS3 Mastering Online Assignments: commenting, marking, rubrics and originality reports (hands-on)

    • Facilitators: Jody Boltney and Antoinette Van Deventer, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology Dates and location: 23rd of Feb, 13.30-15.30, IT center, Bellville campus 2nd of March, 13.30-15.30, e-Learning Centre, Cape Town campus (repeat)  Workshop description: In this workshop we will focus on 2 main areas on our LMS Blackboard: Online Assignments and the Plagiarism prevention tool, Safe Assign. ...more
  • WS2 Designing Online Assessment

    • Facilitator: Daniela Gachago, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology Date, time and venue: 16th ofFebruary, 13.30-15.30,  e-Learning, Cape Town Campus  (repeat) Workshop description: Online assessment or e-Assessment is a broad and rapidly growing field, with a strong theoretical and empirical base. However, you don’t have to be an assessment expert to employ sound practices to guide your teaching. In this seminar we will ...more
  • WS1 Designing a learning module on Blackboard (hands-on)

    • Facilitators: Jody Boltney and Antoinette Van Deventer, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology Date, time and venue: 2nd of February, 13.30-15.30, Lab 303IT Centre, Bellville Campus 13th of March, 13.30-15.30,  e-Learning Centre, Cape Town Campus  (repeat) Workshop description: In this workshop we will focus on two main areas: proper file management within your Blackboard Subject and the Designing of a Learning Module. The ...more
  • Teaching at its best

    • A professor in the Media Department has been honoured with a national accolade for teaching excellence. Prof Nic Theo recently won one of the five National Teaching Excellence Awards - a joint project by the Council on Higher Education and the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa. The aim of the awards are to ...more
  • Mr SA working for change

    • CPUT lecturer Habib Noorbhai, who holds the title of Mr South Africa 2016, is hoping to make a difference in the areas of health, education, sport, youth development and poverty. Noorbhai, a biokineticist and researcher in the Department of Sport Management, won the sought after title in November, following in the footsteps of well-known TV personalities ...more
  • Design Garage invites emerging talent

    • CPUT’s Design Garage has officially re-opened its doors to the public and several exciting plans for this hip and happening space are in the pipeline. The Design Garage, which is situated on Roeland Street, was launched last year and provides a space for students, alumni and other emerging designers to showcase and sell their work. Manager Pieter ...more
  • Athlete shines at university games

    •   Siboniso Soldaka won a silver medal in steeplechase during the recent Confederation of Universities and College Sports Association (CUCSA) Games. An Office Management and Technology student,  Soldaka was part of the University Sports South Africa team which competed in the 18th  CUCSA Games which were held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. “I feel very excited about winning the medal. ...more
  • New broom sweeps clean

    • Having spent more than three decades in the higher education sector, Prof Stephen Hosking is tasked with steering CPUT towards the establishment of its Graduate School of Business Management. Hosking has been appointed as the Head of the Graduate Centre for Management (GCM), after having worked at Rhodes University, University of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan ...more
  • Graduate Centre for Management moves house

    • The Graduate Centre for Management (GCM) has welcomed the new year with a bang. The centre, which was previously located on the ground floor of the Commerce building, has now moved up to the fourth floor of the Engineering Building on the Cape Town Campus. It is also no doubt that the move comes with bigger and ...more
  • How to stop high drop-out rate of first-year students?

    • The opening up of South Africa’s universities after the end of apartheid has proved to be a double-edged sword. Enrolment figures have doubled from close to 500,000 in 1993 to 938,201 in 2011, which means that far more people have had the chance to earn a university degree. But universities have been largely unprepared for this astonishing growth. ...more
  • Dr Raji comes out tops

    • Dr Atanda Raji was born to be an educator. Lecturing for more than two decades across South Africa, for Raji there is no greater elation than unravelling the untapped potential of students and empowering and equipping them to make a success of their lives. “My aim as an educator is to foster in each student a desire ...more