Education Innovation

Teaching and Learning at the University of Pretoria

The culture of excellent teaching is firmly entrenched at UP across all fields of study. It is evident that the 2022 academic year will require the University to pivot to remote teaching and learning, at any stage, depending on the lockdown level. The University is committed to ensuring that all our students complete their academic year successfully. Student success remains a priority. To facilitate this, it is essential that lecturers keep on teaching during scheduled class times to discuss difficult concepts and answer questions. The general guidelines for undergraduate teaching are as follows:

Other important information for academics:

Teaching and Learning related support from other departments (not EI):

Teaching and learning at the University of Pretoria

UP introduced a flipped-learning methodology that requires students to prepare thoroughly for class, complete pre-class assessments and engage in class. 

Study guide templates

Study guide templates

Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Faculty of Theology and Religion
Faculty of Veterinary Science
Mamelodi Campus

Support for academic staff & Self-help guides

The clickUP help site and Blackboard help site contain many resources on how to use all the above-mentioned tools. You may also contact the e-support office, but the response time might be slower during this period due to high volumes of requests. 

  • Academic staff who are new to online instruction or clickUP (Blackboard Learn), can consult the quick start guide.
  • The clickUP lecturer help site provides comprehensive guidelines on the use of the system. 
  • Students can go to the clickUP self-help website if they do not know how to use the UP Portal, student emails, clickUP tools or Turnitin.
  • Students can download the Self-help Manual if they do not know how to use the UP Portal, student emails, clickUP tools or Turnitin.
There is also a team of dedicated Instructional Designers (IDs) and Educational Consultants (ECs) that will support you. Educational consultants can advise you on learning design, didactically sound hybrid teaching and learning, alternative assessment, curriculum, and open educational resources (OER). The Instructional Designers can advise you on eLearning, clickUP, Online assessment (QuestUP, clickUP, Turnitin, Respondus), and in-video assessment.
 
  Educational consultant Instructional designer
EMS Elmien van Amerom Donald Tive
Education Dr Marius Pienaar Jacky Maroga
EBIT Vacant Alastair Smart
Humanities Marena Lotriet Gaby Pretorius
LAW Alfred Hlabane Dennis Kriel
NAS Vacant Mpho Thukane
Theology Dr Marius Pienaar Gretchen Jacobs
HEALTH

Vacant

Dr Hannelie Untiedt

Nomathemba Ngcobo

Erika de Bruyn

VET Dr El-Marie Mostert Velly Nkosi
Mamelodi Faith Mathibedi  Philip Mthembu

TEACH & LEARN The UP Way

In terms of a learning theory, the University beliefs that students actively construct their own knowledge and understandings. This is best done by engaging students in class using inquiry-based teaching. A flipped teaching approach requires students to prepare before class, enabling new teaching to build actively on existing knowledge. In this way, more time is available in class for focusing on inquiry-based activities, such as developing ideas, exploring consequences, justifying solutions, discussions, and solving problems. This is best done by engaging students in class using inquiry-based teaching where lecturers can focus on complex concepts and problems. The inquiry-based flip approach can be used across different instructional modalities.

The University's flipped learning model for full-time students assumes three phases in teaching and learning, namely (a) preparation before class, (b) engagement in class and (c) consolidation after class.

PREPARE before class

At the very least, the Study Guide and your clickUP module should stipulate a clear, weekly work schedule so that students can keep up independently. Quality instruction requires students to come to class prepared, as this enables new teaching to build actively on existing knowledge. Students can prepare for the class using traditional textbooks, eTextbooks, PDF & Word files, videos or publishers learning systems. For more information about creating your own videos, click here. For YouTube videos URLs should be zero-rated please see the guidelines.

Assess before class: Students’ preparedness for each class should be assessed before the online class. These assessments provide valuable information to a lecturer that can be used during contact or virtual sessions to address misconceptions. 

ENGAGE during scheduled class time

Inquiry-based learning (i.e. teaching by questioning and not by telling, following Socrates) enables students to think, communicate and justify their ideas. Some lockdown levels require mainly online teaching during regular scheduled class time to discuss difficult concepts and answer questions (contact or virtually - depending on the lockdown level). This will keep students on track and make them feel safe! 

Some face-to-face teaching with a limited number of students attending their classes physically due to the social distancing requirements. In cases where class sizes exceed the number of students that are allowed in a venue, as prescribed by the national lockdown regulations, students could be divided into smaller groups and allowed to attend classes on a rotational basis. In this case, all lectures should be broadcast live to other students and recorded for later viewing. A small portable USB AVer 340+ camera (provided by the departments) could be used with any laptop to enable the live streaming of classes via Bb Collaborate. For instructions on how to use the Aver 340+ Camera to stream and record Collaborate lectures, click here.

CONSOLIDATE & ASSESS after class

Blackboard Collaborate also provides the opportunity to record sessions and share recording links with students (see video). These videos could be made available to students in clickUP and used for remedial and revision purposes. Assignments and assessments after class provide further opportunities for students to consolidate their knowledge and organise it into meaningful hierarchical patterns. 

Teaching and learning continuity plans:

UP Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grants 2022

All UP academic staff are invited to apply for a grant to undertake research into the teaching of your discipline with the aim of developing your teaching and research capacity and improving student learning and success. The funds are part of the University of Pretoria’s Teaching Development Grant provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training. We have a number of one-year grants available for UP lecturers worth a maximum of R20 000 each. The purpose of the grant is to promote institutional research to improve teaching and student learning and success. Applications by individuals and teams will be considered on merit:

Open educational resources (OER) and OER grants

One of the most important and basic requirements for student success is to ensure that all students have access to essential course materials. It is therefore essential to promote the use of free material. Download the UP Open educational resources (OER) guidelines. We want to invite all UP lecturers to apply for the Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants. We have thirty grants available for UP lecturers, and each grant is worth a maximum of R10 000. To apply, lecturers are required to access the necessary information here: https://tinyurl.com/ydhkdo7v. Contact Dr Marius Pienaar or Dr Sanet Haupt.

 

 

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