Campus hosts teaching and learning conference

John Nchoe -- Wed, 11/05/2014 - 23:06

Campus hosts teaching and learning conference 

Academics from the three campuses of the North-West University got together at the Mafikeng Campus for the fourth Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference. 

With the theme “Negotiating the interface between the curriculum and graduateness”, academics debated on graduateness, the curriculum, employability of graduates and student preparedness.  Discussions also included what kind of world we are preparing graduates for and to articulate the qualities that will enable graduates to lead productive lives as citizens and as professionals.

During the plenary sessions four renowned higher education specialists shared their knowledge with the academics. Prof Ian Scott, an expert in teaching and learning in higher education, gave an overview of the scope and significance of graduateness in the contemporary world.  Prof Jenny Clarence-Fincham, who has 25 years’ experience in all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment, talked about education in the super-complex world.

The thought-provoking topic on the implication of professional curriculum design presented by Prof Brenda Leibowitz from University of Johannesburg was well received by the delegates.  This was followed by an address by Prof Heather Nel, senior director of institutional planning at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, on graduate attributes and employability.

In order to give a balanced view, alumni were also invited to share how they experienced the curriculum while studying.  They also shared the impact the curriculum has on the corporate world and the limitations thereto, which gave academics much to think about on how to improve the curriculum.

During her closing remarks, the Institutional Director for Teaching and Learning, Dr Muki Moeng, stressed that the conference debate doesn’t end when the conference ends, saying that “it aims to contribute towards the on-going conversation on conceptual teaching and learning issues that are not only classroom bound, but also societal, as well as global."