What is TDP?

The TDP is intended for new lectures. It is a CPUT course intended to assist new lectures to develop their practice in higher teaching, learning and assessment. The TDP is a non-formal program and is offered in two modules that are roughly equivalent to one term of study each.

Who is the TDP for?

All new lectures are invited to enroll for the TDP during their first year of tenure or contract. Preference will be given to full-time academic staff that is contractually required to do the TDP. Only then will applications from other academic staff be considered.

TDP Aims

The TDP has the following course aims:

Enhancement of candidate’s teaching ,learning and assessment practice

Provision of support for innovative teaching ,learning, curriculum and assessment.

Learning through reflection on teaching practice

Mentoring in the development of a teaching portfolio.


Candidates who enroll for the TDP are expected to build a basic and learning portfolio and a basic assessment portfolio (see program below). Candidates would generally work on these portfolios during the TDP semester program, receive feedback on them, and complete them before the end of the year. Upon successful completion of their portfolios, candidates will receive a CPUT certificate.

Venues and time

TDP Workshops are on Wednesday afternoons from 14:00-16:00 (first term on CT campus, and second term on Bellville campus). The Wednesday afternoons comprise lectures, seminars, workshops, and e-learning activities. Mentoring visits and individual consultations are offered in addition to the Wednesday sessions.