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  • The Making of a Scholar – A RITAL Throwback

    • In this post I chat to Dr Najwa Norodien-Fataar, chair of the RITAL (Research in Innovation Teaching and Learning) organising committee and Head of Department at Fundani CHED’s Curriculum Development Unit. She shares snippets of her academic journey and reveals the integral role that RITAL and RIFTAL – the fund that makes research in this ...more
  • Call for Abstracts: RITAL 2021

    • 9th Annual Research in Teaching and Learning (RITAL) Conference Call for Papers Date: Thursday 25 November 2021 Time: 9h00–16h00 Online virtual conference: Microsoft Teams The RITAL conference will bring together academics across the disciplines who are interested in discussing institutional, curriculum and pedagogical adaptations during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Theme: Post-pandemic challenges in higher education: Integrating pedagogy and technology-enhanced teaching ...more
  • We are Creating Giants

    • We are creating giants | Sikhulisa iinganga | Ons skep reuse Have you, like so many of us, gotten used to the fact that English is the default language of academia? Do you have knowledge of another language, perhaps even more knowledge and fluency in that language than English? Even if you consider yourself monolingual, can ...more
  • First Year Students, we want to hear from you

    • BUSSE-STUDENT-SURVEY-2Download Have your say by completing the BUSSE survey. Make your voice count. Take the Survey ...more
  • CIET Webinars for Term 1 / 2021

    • We hope you are well and looking forward to the 2021 academic year. To support you in preparing your courses, CIET will offer a range of webinars. Please find the descriptions below. You can register for these webinars using our online booking form: https://forms.gle/8kp5YN7qdsPJX9mt6 Blackboard assignment tool and Safeassign Date: 25th of Feb 2021, 14.00-15.30 Facilitators: Janine Lockhart, Library Services, Sonwabo Jongile and Dr Faig Waghid, CIET In this ...more
  • Advancing inclusion: The heart of who we are

    • 21 February is one of the days we look forward to every year as the Language Working Group (LWG) because it is a celebration speaking the language(s) you grew up with. Our goals for a more inclusive and multilingual academic space lines up with those of UNESCO and their observance of International Mother Language Day. ...more
  • Fostering multilingualism at CPUT: A space for sharing

    • In celebration of International Mother Language Day 2021, Dr Ignatius Ticha, a member of the Language Working Group and Faculty Language Coordinator of Applied Sciences, is hosting a virtual event aimed at sharing multilingual practices in CPUT classrooms. The event will feature praise singing, a student discussion panel and presentations from our own scholars and ...more
  • 8th Annual RITAL CONFERENCE

    • 2nd Call for Papers 2 and 3 December 2020 Time: 9h00 -12h00 Fundani CHED will be hosting its first Online RITAL conference via Microsoft Teams. Theme: Institutional adaptations during the COVID 19 pandemic: Exploring staff experiences with Remote Teaching and Learning The RITAL conference will bring together academics across the disciplines who are interested in discussing institutional, curriculum and pedagogical ...more
  • Register for the 2020 Teaching and Learning with Technology Day

    • You can now register for the 2020 Teaching and Learning with Technology Day Date: Thursday, 26th of November 2020, 9.00-15.30Location: online Theme: Staff and student experiences of Remote Teaching and Learning during times of disruption – lessons learnt for an unknown future COVID-19 has challenged institutions of higher learning to rethink the way they teach and how their ...more
  • The characteristics of ethical teaching during Remote Teaching and Learning contexts

    • Introduction The shift to Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning (RTL) during the COVID 19 pandemic has forced lecturers to use online platforms such as Blackboard, Teams and other Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) such as WhatsApp.  The rapid change has been unsettling as lecturers anxiously tried to reach their students online. Lecturers had to revisit their teaching ...more
  • 3RD ANNUAL FUNDANI CHED STUDENT LEARNING UNIT 12 November 2020 9:00 – 15:30

    • Theme: Vulnerabilities, Disruptions and Possibilities for the Future Beyond Covid-19 Call for Abstracts Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book I. Never before, in ...more
  • Learn more about Student VPN for Blackboard

    • CPUT will be introducing a new VPN solution (Global Protect VPN) which will replace the current student data allocations, provided by the university. The new VPN solution will allow students to securely access CPUT network resources, at no cost, when off campus. This solution has been successfully implemented within universities both locally and internationally with ...more
  • Resources

    • Student Learning Brochure Blackboard Student Guide Student Learning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Academic Survival Kit - ...more
  • Student Learning Unit goes ONLINE...

    • As the countdown begins to the 1 June 2020 start, the Student Learning Unit has been preparing for an online roll-out. We have developed a few guidelines to help you access our services, hopefully this will help you navigate your way through this new territory. If you wish to access information a Frequently ...more
  • WS2: Blended learning Course Design

    • Facilitators: Ass. Prof. Daniela Gachago & Dr. Faiq Waghid, CIET, CPUT Date and location:  7th of March 2019, 12.30-15.00, D6 campus (room 3128 in the  library) 14th of March 2019, 13.00-15.30, Bellville campus Workshop description This workshop will introduce CPUTs vision for blended learning, framed by Laurillard's book 'Teaching as a Design Science'. Starting off with focusing on your ...more
  • WS1: Theoretical foundations of blended learning

    • Facilitators: Ass. Prof. Daniela Gachago & Dr. Faiq Waghid, CIET, CPUT Date and location:  21st of February 2019, 13.30-15.30, Bellville campus, Library, venue 1 28th of February 2019, 13.00-15.00, D6 campus, Library 3rd floor, Room 3.128 Workshop description This workshop will unpack some of the theoretical assumptions driving teaching and learning practices. Starting from  your vision of how a CPUT ...more
  • Is ATS good at communicating science?

    • Before we answer this question, let’s first contextualize the structure, mandate and operating procedures of the Agrifood Technology Station. The Station consists of seven technical staff members, an Administrator and a Finance Officer. Our mandate is innovation support to SMEs in the food industry and also technology transfer and training. In our set of Standard ...more
  • Stitching together career development

    • The Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles recently celebrated their most recent crop of short course graduates. Acting Dean of the Engineering Faculty, Prof Mellet Moll, was on hand to award certificates to the nine learners who successfully completed four short learning programmes. Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles (TSCT) Manager Shamil Isaacs said it was important to recognise the ...more
  • Megan Alexander: extra(ordinary) academic in ECP who is 'supporting students as they transition into and through the university'

    • In our final segment of the (extra)ordinary academics in ECP series for 2018, we shine the spotlight on Megan Alexander. Megan is a Communications lecturer in the PAG Foundation and Tourism and Entrepreneurship extended programmes in the Business Faculty. We sat down with Megan to find out more about her interests in education more generally, ...more
  • Amanda Morris: an extra(ordinary) academic in ECP who is 'creating a space in the world for the student to flourish’

    • In our second installment of the (extra)ordinary academic in ECP series, we profile Amanda Morris, currently a lecturer in the Design Foundation and previously ECP coordinator for the Graphic Design Foundation. Recently we caught up with Amanda and learnt more about her deep passion for design education, love for teaching and commitment to improving the ...more
  • New Dean of Students appointed

    • The new Dean of Students says her passion for student affairs led her to CPUT. Prem Coopoo, a seasoned student developer with a master’s degree in social work, joined CPUT last month. She intends to develop a holistic student development plan and that starts with coming up with a framework that will guide each of the departments ...more
  • Staak conquers Athens Marathon

    • It was a question of mind over matter when Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Prof Anthony Staak, joined thousands of runners from across the world to take on the Athens Marathon. Staak and his wife Wendy recently conquered the historic marathon, known as The Authentic, and said it proved to be one of their toughest marathons yet. “But it ...more
  • Farewell founding fathers

    • The Engineering Faculty said goodbye to six staff members this year, some of whom were described as founding fathers of the faculty. Hosting a lunch for the retirees, acting Dean of Engineering Prof Mellet Moll spoke warmly about his colleagues, praising not only their work ethic and research capacity but also their ability to bring humanity ...more
  • Simulating reality to skill future nurses

    • The Nursing Science Department is staying ahead of the curve in terms of training staff in the latest treatments and technologies. Students are already reaping the rewards after lecturer Suveena Singh recently attended a simulation course at the University of the Free State. The department’s Clinical Skills Laboratory also recently received a multi-million rand upgrade. Singh said participants ...more
  • CPUT’s green efforts awarded

    • CPUT’s efforts to green its campuses was awarded during the 7th Annual Green Campus Initiative (GCI) Conference. The conference was organised by the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (Acuho-i) and was held at UKZN. CPUT was awarded the Green Award – Diamond for the Most Innovative University. The SARETEC building and the composition of its ...more
  • Tech-ing it up a notch

    • Staff members and students can look forward to enjoying the benefits of a recent major network upgrade when they return in the new academic year. CTS Network Manager Sam Bimray said all buildings were being linked to the IT centre and Admin centre with new fibre cables, which will increase the speed and result in a ...more
  • Hello brave new world

    • The Design building on the Bellville campus has a new Communication and Language Centre. Situated on the first floor of the building, the Language Centre contains 30 computers equipped with language programmes, several language book resources and tutors on hand to help with computer and language needs. Opened earlier this year with the help of the Financial ...more
  • Stitching together career development

    • The Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles recently celebrated their most recent crop of short course graduates. Acting Dean of the Engineering Faculty, Prof Mellet Moll, was on hand to award certificates to the nine learners who successfully completed four short learning programmes. Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles (TSCT) Manager Shamil Isaacs said it was important to recognise ...more
  • Paralegal studies degree hailed

    • The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation lauded CPUT’s Bachelor of Paralegal Studies degree, as significant for the professionalisation of the paralegal field. CPUT is the only institution in the country which offers this degree. The foundation recently visited the Unit for Applied Law to learn more about the new degree programme and interacted with lecturers and students. Lorenzo Wakefield, ...more