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. 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

Due to various necessary content additions, the UP study guides became very bulky and unfocused lately. In future, each department will also create its own Departmental Guidelines. This document will contain guidelines pertaining to policies, procedures, rules, regulations, support services, etc.  These could be contextualised by each department where relevant. This generic “Departmental Guidelines” document should be uploaded on all clickUP modules/websites. The module study guides focus on module-specific information only and refer to the Departmental Guidelines by means of a link, without repeating all the details.

Study guide templates

NEW: Departmental Guidelines for students

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 the high volume 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). Your Faculty's Instructional Designers (IDs) will assist you should you need any help with eLearning, clickUP, Online assessment (QuestUP, clickUP, Turnitin, Respondus), and in-video assessment.
  Educational consultant Instructional designer
EMS Elmien van Amerom Kingsley Sebake
Education Dr Marius Pienaar Jacky Maroga
EBIT Gail Barry Alastair Smart
Humanities Marena Lotriet Gaby Pretorius
LAW Alfred Hlabane Dennis Kriel
NAS Dr Ina Louw (NAS appointment) Mpho Thukane
Theology Dr Marius Pienaar Gretchen Jacobs

Anneri Meintjes

Dr Hannelie Untiedt

Nomathemba Ngcobo

Erika de Bruyn

VET Dr El-Marie Mostert Velly Nkosi
Mamelodi Faith Mathibedi  Ciska Snyman

UP Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grants 2023

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grants are part of the University of Pretoria's University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG) provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training. SoTL grants promote institutional research to improve teaching and student learning and success. Applications by individuals and teams will be considered on merit. We have several one-year grants (of a maximum of R20 000) available for 2023. The project should be completed between February 2023 and November 2023. The deadline for applications for a 2023 SoTL grant is 1 December 2022. View the SoTL application procedure here.

The suggested topics are:

  • Teaching excellence
  • AI and learner analytics to support teaching and learning
  • Educational technology to facilitate learning
  • Innovative assessment to support student success
  • Fostering student engagement in hybrid and online teaching
  • Instilling life-long learning skills through expeditionary/ self-directed learning 
  • Effective teaching and learning in large class teaching
  • Transdisciplinary teaching and learning in higher education
  • Curriculum renewal and transformation (including alignment with graduate attributes)

Reminder for the 2022 SoTL grants: Please complete the report before 1 December 2022. 

Open educational resources (OER) and OER grants

One of the most essential and basic requirements for student success is ensuring all students have access to essential course materials. It is therefore vital 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, each worth a maximum of R10 000. To apply, lecturers are required to access the necessary information here: Contact Dr Marius Pienaar or Dr Sanet Haupt.


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