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A CPUT lecturer is the first person in South Africa to test a new Higher Education Policy on evaluating creative works.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Research Ethics under the spotlight

Challenges, controversies and emerging issues within research ethics came under the spotlight during the institution’s Annual Research Ethics Day.

Integrity is embedded in the graduate attributes of the National Diploma in Events Management and forms the basis of good business practice among youth entering the tourism sector.

This is according to Event Management senior lecturer, Esti Venske, who spearheaded the Integrity Workshop with Crystal Kasselman from Centeq Events, and Celebrity Psychologist and Integrity Leadership Expert, Charissa Bloomberg.

Bloomberg and Kasselman officially launched the Integrity Lapse Event endorsed by Stellenbosch University’s Prof Thuli Madonsela in November 2018.

Third-year students recently participated in a Business Events Integrity Day at the Cape Town Hotel School. They were proud to become the first cohort of youth in South Africa to participate in the national Integrity Forum as part of their industry engagement education, said Venske. 

“Integrity is doing the right thing all the time, even if no one else is watching or there is no prospect of a reward. In other words, integrity is doing what you believe to be right, at all costs,” Bloomberg told the students during the workshop.

“People with integrity are guided by a set of core principles that empower them to behave consistently to high standards.”

The accredited Emotional Intelligence facilitator added that the core values of integrity are compassion, dependability, generosity, honesty, kindness and loyalty. People living with integrity follow moral and ethical ways in everything they do as well as perform actions that do not demean themselves or others.

She defined Business Practice Integrity as how an organisation goes about its business. This has to do with whether it treat its employees with dignity and respect, does it treat its customers fairly or whether it pays its suppliers on time?

“A reputation takes years to build, but can be lost overnight following an ethical lapse; yet integrity is not often practiced,” observed the media activist.  

The students discussed several topics pertinent to integrity which included the following:

Why is integrity important in our industry?

Examples where you did or didn’t act with integrity and how did it make you feel?

How to spread integrity?

How do we become integrity role models?

How to make integrity current?

How do we learn to forgive ourselves after integrity lapse?

Bloomberg wants to challenge other CPUT departments to host similar workshops in the near future.

New frontiers in digital transformation were explored during the 2019 IEEE Open Innovations Conference hosted by CPUT.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Voyage to explore Antarctic Peninsula

Two Department of Conservation and Marine Science research groups have embarked on a seven-week research cruise to the Antarctic on the SA Agulhas II.

A Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, who fuses technology into his teaching, has earned himself a National Excellence in Teaching Awards Commendation from the Council on Higher Education/Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (CHE/HELTASA).

After bagging a CPUT Institutional Teaching Excellence Award earlier this year, Dr Zayd Waghid, entered the national awards and walked away with a commendation for his contribution to teaching and learning in the country’s higher education.

“The CHE/HELTASA Committee commends you for a portfolio demonstrating a rich and diverse teaching approach and a clearly articulated philosophy,” reads a letter from the Awards Committee. “We invite you to join us at the HELTASA Conference on 27-29 November 2019 in Grahamstown.”

Waghid says the commendation is a validation of his teaching excellence at national level and that his achievement shows that CPUT is serious about teaching.

“My teaching excellence stems from developing myself academically and having strong relations with my students,” says the former teacher at South Peninsula High.

Having grown up in a family of academics, he asserts his ambition to become a professor one day. His father Yusef is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Education at Stellenbosch University, while his brother, Dr Faiq Waghid, is an academic at CPUT’s Centre for Innovative Educational Technology.

Despite the commendation, Waghid says he feels the need to grow himself academically as well as further strengthen his student relations and collaborations with international universities.

He observed that when teaching their learners, his students’ teaching methods are similar to his as they also make use of technology in their classes.

Waghid, who joined CPUT four years ago, developed a teaching philosophy and innovative pedagogies which included the use of gamification, film and online group blogs.

His philosophy helps disadvantaged students who enter CPUT to transition into higher education through the use of technology.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Putting Vision First

The Department of Ophthalmic Sciences marked World Sight Day with a range of activities aimed at highlighting the cause.