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Friday, 21 December 2018

Teaching innovations showcased at conference

AFROCENTRIC: Trustee of the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society, Prof Kwesi Kwaa Prah, delivers the keynote address during the annual Research and Innovation into Teaching and Learning Conference. AFROCENTRIC: Trustee of the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society, Prof Kwesi Kwaa Prah, delivers the keynote address during the annual Research and Innovation into Teaching and Learning Conference.

CPUT lecturers and students discussed the latest trends in teaching at the 6th Annual Research and Innovation into Teaching and Learning (RITAL) Conference recently held by Fundani’s Academic Staff Development on the Bellville Campus.

Prof Anthony Staak, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, said the RITAL conferences provide a wonderful opportunity for staff to showcase their innovations in teaching and learning, share best practices and subject their research to review by their peers. “The conferences also have a capacity development component and will hopefully serve as a stepping stone for staff to submit their papers to national and even international conferences in the future,” added Staak.

He said the RITAL Conference has made a huge contribution to promoting a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at CPUT.

“Not too long ago there was a sense that teaching and research were ‘pulling in opposite directions’. Research was viewed as taking place in a disciplinary research culture, carrying out the job of generating knowledge in the discipline. There was the sense that teaching and research were working in competition with each other for resources, space, time and recognition.”

Prof Lorraine Hassan, Head of Academic Staff Development, added that complexities experienced in the teaching profession include using ICT, decolonisation and trying to enhance the learning experience. “SoTL can help reduce inequalities and solve societal problems,” she said. She asserted that SoTL will improve the university’s research or knowledge outputs.

Trustee of the Cape Town-based Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society, Prof Kwesi Kwaa Prah, delivered the keynote address Language and societal relevance in Teaching and Learning. Prah said all societies which develop in a sustained fashion use their own mother tongue for teaching purposes.

He argued that despite the benefits of mother-tongue education, previously colonised people are “neocolonialist beings or creatures” who want to look and speak like their colonial masters. “They are not serious enough to protest against assimilation into Western culture.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.