Staff Training

The Department for Education Innovation (EI) provides institution-wide workshops and priority courses to develop the teaching, assessment and e-learning skills of academic staff members.

As an academic at the University of Pretoria, you have the opportunity to continuously enhance your teaching skills. Our continuing professional development programme improves the expertise of academic staff by providing resources that not only help to build your current skill set but also help you advance your career. By making use of continuing professional development, you will increase your teaching knowledge, acquire new teaching and facilitation skills, and find adapting to changing circumstances in the working environment much easier. 

The aim of continuing the professional development programme is to develop a combination of Technological and Pedagogical Knowledge and skills. This is the kind of knowledge required to integrate appropriate technology into teaching while addressing the complex nature of your academic knowledge. 
In order to support academics as teachers, we provide a hybrid mode of delivery related to teaching, facilitation, learning, and assessment.  

Academic induction for newly appointed lecturers

As part of the teaching and learning requirements, newly appointed staff are required to complete the UP Teaching and Learning Induction process during the probation period (first year). The first opportunity to attend the academic induction is 9 - 11 February 2022 and the second is 26 - 28 July 2022 (course code 530). For more information please download the Brochure, 'Registration guide, and Programme. For more information contact Ms Faith Mathibedi at x5177 or email: [email protected] It is also essential for all newly appointed lecturers and teaching assistants to attend the clickUP Overview course (link). See the detailed information about the outcomes and topics addressed in this document to determine if the course will address your expectations. Registration is in PeopleSoft.

The aim of the Academic Induction Programme is to introduce newly appointed lecturers to the different aspects of their teaching role in higher education and at UP in particular. The programme:
  • offer participants several opportunities to explore various features (pedagogical competencies) of teaching and learning.
  • ensure that participants are aware of the regulatory environment around research and innovation at UP and the university’s strategic research priorities. 
  • introduce participants to the teaching and research infrastructures and support mechanisms available to enhance the university’s research productivity and teaching excellence.
As part of the permanent appointment process, newly appointed academic staff members are obliged to complete the Academic Induction Programme during their probation period. The process consists of the following: 
  1. Attend the Academic Induction Programme (two days) that follows the UP’s teaching model of “prepare, engage and consolidate”.
  2. Complete any three professional development courses presented by the Department for Education Innovation’s Education Consultancy section. 
  3. Conduct two lectures for evaluation by an Education Consultant and a peer. 
  4. Submit the certificate of attendance for probation requirements to HR.
Participants will be made aware of the various professional development opportunities available to them. For more information please contact Dr Sanet Haupt (Head:  Education Consultancy) at [email protected] 

Professional development courses

The Education Consultancy Unit provides institution-wide priority courses to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. See the detailed information about the outcomes and topics addressed in this document to determine if the course will address your expectations. For more information regarding the courses, contact Dr Sanet Haupt. Please remember to register in the UP portal Human Capital Management System (HCM) Portlet (click here). 

By enrolling for continuing professional development courses, you as a lecturer will develop teaching, facilitation and assessment skills which will increase student engagement and ultimately lead to student success.  The professional development programme (CPD) is tailor-made to support and develop academics at different career stages, which include:
  • An emerging scholar with an interest in following an academic career 
  • A newly appointed academic or someone in the early stages of their career
  • Alternatively, you might already be established in your role and have developed a significant teaching and research capacity 
  • Or you could be an academic leader, no longer teaching directly but holding a professional leadership position.
Regardless of the level, CPD allows you to continue growing in different areas of your career and achieve prominent distinction both locally and internationally with the University of Pretoria. Visit the UP Portal and find out more about how you can enhance your academic career.
Course Code Date Duration Format Advert
Academic Induction Program 530 9-11 February; 26-28 July 2 days Virtual link & how to register
Accountable assessment  A21AAS 3 March; 17 August 8:30-13:00 Virtual link
Effective and smart marking A21ESM 24 Feb; 12 Aug 8:30-11:30 Virtual link
Feedback to students T21FDB 24 Feb; 12 Aug 8:30-10:30 Virtual  
Inquiry-based learning T21IBL 26 April, 30 Aug 8:30-11:30 Virtual link
It’s all about learning
10 May;  9 Sept 8:30-10:30 Virtual  
Learning theories for the digital age T21LTD 5 April; 28 Sept  8:30-10:30 Virtual link
Objective Assessment A21OBA 9 March; 18 May; 23 Aug; 27 Sept 8:30-13:00 Virtual link
Project-based learning T21PJL 4 May; 13 Sept 8:30-11:30 Virtual link
Purposeful Questioning T21PQU 8 April; 5 Aug 8:30-11:30 Virtual link
Rubric Design A21RUD 30 March; 25 May; 31 August 8:30-12:30 Virtual link
Study Guides T21STG 16 Feb; 2 Aug 08:30-11:00 Virtual link
Teaching Portfolio D22TPO 23 Feb; 7 June; 5 Oct 08:30-11:00 Virtual link
Videos for effective teaching and assessment T21VID Self-paced online n/a Online  
The following online courses allow you to learn at your own pace, as experts in their field guide you through essential higher education topics: Monday Morning Mentor

Professional development course descriptions

  • Academic Induction Programme: The purpose of the Academic Induction Programme is to introduce newly appointed lecturers to the university and different aspects of their teaching role in higher education at UP in particular.
  • Study Guides: The purpose of this course is to provide structural guidance in the compilation and quality evaluation of an effective Study Guide that promotes the student learning process.
  • Inquiry-based Learning (IBL): The purpose of this workshop is to enable you to explore Inquiry-based Learning (IBL) as a teaching and assessment strategy and its implications for your curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment practice.
  • Videos for effective teaching and assessment: To introduce lecturers to the various uses and different types of videos that can be created and/or repurposed to create authentic teaching and assessment experiences for students
  • Learning theories for the digital age: To introduce the four top learning theories for the digital age and demonstrate how they can inform and be integrated into your hybrid teaching and learning practice.
  • Career portfolio: To empower lecturers who need to hand in a portfolio at the end of their probation or when applying for promotion. The elements and structure of the UP portfolio is shared.
  • How learning works: To share the 7 research-based principles on how learning work and explain how lecturers can incorporate it to improve learning
  • Open Education Resources (OER): Participants will be able to effectively apply knowledge of copyright, open licensing and license remix compatibility utilising open education practices to support their tertiary teaching and learning in a global digital context.
  • Project-based learning: To empower lecturers in implementing project-based learning as a teaching strategy in class.
  • Curriculum mapping and alignment: The purpose of this course is to guide academics in a curriculum mapping reflective process so that they can develop a graphical illustration (table, matrix, infographic, etc.) of a programme’s coherent curriculum.
  • Planning a learning opportunity: The purpose of this course is to provide an awareness of who the students are with regard to different aspects of diversity and how to teach - plan and implement a variety of activities according to best educational practice with regard to pre-class, in-class and after-class activities.
  • Rubric Design: The aim of this course is to upskill lecturers in designing, interpreting and evaluating effective rubrics for formative/summative assessment purposes at the module level.
  • Purposeful questioning: The aim of this course is to upskill lecturers in developing effective questions to promote deep learning during a teaching/learning event.
  • Effective but smart marking: The aim of this course is to upskill teaching support staff in the principles and procedure of effective marking, specifically when marking constructed response questions for formative and/or summative assessment purposes.
  • Accountable Assessment: This entry-level course is meant to provide context to lecturers and academic line managers in terms of the place of assessment in the academic project in general.  Participants will be introduced to basic concepts, principles and practices, with a view of reflecting on their current practices, as well as planning accountable assessment opportunities in their own contexts.
  • Objective assessment: The aim of this course is to provide lecturers with the necessary skills to write good objective items, within the requirements of the UP policy on assessment.
  • Feedback to students: To share some theory and different feedback techniques with lecturers. See the YouTube video recording of the brown bag lunch session was presented by Dr Ina Louw on 30 September 2021. 

E-learning (clickUP) courses

The contact training that usually takes place on the Hatfield campus in the Maroon lab in the Informatorium Building will be presented virtually via Bb Collaborate during the times listed below. See the detailed information about the outcomes and topics addressed in this document to determine if the course will address your expectations. For more information contact Detken Scheepers. For extra help, download the self-help guide: 'A Quick Guide to clickUP'.

Course Code Date  Time
clickUP OVERVIEW* 2621 04-Feb; 06-Jun; 07-Nov 08:00 – 13:00
clickUP CONTENT 2620 07-Feb; 07-Jun; 08-Nov 08:00 – 13:00
clickUP ASSESSMENT 2619 08-Feb; 08-Jun; 09-Nov 08:00 – 13:00
clickUP Modalities for Participation E21CMP 10-Feb; 09-Jun; 10-Nov 08:00 – 13:00
clickUP METRICAL 2623 11-Feb; 10-Jun; 11-Nov 08:00 – 13:00
clickUP for Administrators E21CFA 15-Feb; 10-May 08:00 – 12:30
Trendy Tools for cool lectures 2700 26-Jan; 02-Jun; 31-Aug 09:00 – 13:00
clickUP Grade Center 1910 04-Mar; 04-May; 21-Jun; 07-Sep 08:00 – 13:00
Turnitin 2671 22-Feb; 17-May; 17-Aug; 25-Oct 08:00 – 12:00
Turnitin Grading and Feedback 2672 24-Feb; 19-May; 19 Aug; 27-Oct 08:00 – 12:00
In-Video Assessment (H5P) 2020E4 18-Feb; 12-May; 18-Aug 09:00 - 13:00
Narrated PowerPoints 47 17-Feb; 05-May; 16-Aug 09:00 - 13:00
Blackboard Collaborate E21BBC 01-Feb; 24-May; 27-Jul 09:00 - 13:00
QuestUP 2.0 (Cirrus) 3012 16-Feb; 23-Feb; 25-Feb; 03-Jun  08:30 -15:45
E-Learning for Academics 467 2 Days: 2 Feb to 3 Feb
 (+ & 3 weeks online at own time)
08:00 -16:00

* Fundamental course 

Please register for the following courses via PeopleSoft. Follow the instructions below to register for the workshop(s) through the UP Portal:

  1. Log in to the UP portal you experience problems with the login, please contact the IT Helpdesk at Tel: 012 420-3051 Email: [email protected]). 
  2. Scroll to the Human Resources Management System Portlet and click on Human Resources Self Services.
  3. Click on the Development and Careers option (block) on the next page.
  4. Click on Development Request.
  5. Select In-house programmes (free of charge) from the pull-down list next to Learning Strategy.
  6. Click on Search by Course Name, type in clickUP and/or click on Search.
  7. Click on View Available Sessions.
  8. Select the session that you would like to attend by clicking on the session number- make sure you book for the correct date and campus.
  9. Read the applicable information and click on Continue.
  10. Complete the comments field if necessary and click on Submit – all your personal details will be captured automatically.
  11. For manual registrations/cancellations of courses contact:   [email protected]

E-learning (clickUP) course descriptions

  • clickUP Overview (Fundamental course): After this workshop, participants will be able to identify possible ways to apply the clickUP environment for hybrid learning, create a menu within a clickUP module and send announcements from the system.
  • clickUP Content: In this workshop, participants create a resource-led clickUP course that supports active learning.
  • clickUP Assessment: After this workshop, participants will be able to assess and provide feedback to students through clickUP assessment tools.
  • clickUP Modalities for Participation: After this workshop participants will be able to aid students to interact with and learn from each other with the support of clickUP collaboration tools. After this workshop participants will be able to aid students to interact with and learn from each other with the support of clickUP collaboration tools.
  • clickUP Grades: After this course, participants will be able to use the Grade Centre to manage student marks, identify students at risk of failing, and enhance lecturer efficiency.
  • clickUP for Administrators: After this course, participants (administrative assistants) will be able to customize a module in the clickUP environment, load resources into clickUP and send announcements from the system.
  • clickUP Metrical (Data and student success): After this workshop, participants will be able to use various clickUP tools to measure, track and report on student activity in a clickUP course to early identify students at risk or who are high performing.
  • Turnitin Grading and Feedback: By the end of this workshop participants will be able to use all the feedback functions in Turnitin to use rubrics, Quickmarks, GradeMark and PeerMark to assess Turnitin assignments.
  • Turnitin: On completion, participants will be able to create Turnitin assignments that suit the level of the students, appropriately use the repositories and settings in Turnitin so that students may improve their academic writing skills by perusing the similarity reports.
  • QuestUP 2.0 (Cirrus): After this course, participants will be able to apply the principles of objective assessment to develop objective items within their own QMLive topic structures, using the correct question types available.
  • In-video assessment and other tools: On completion, participants will be able to promote engagement and active learning by using embedded questions within videos (in-video assessment), as well as use interactive assessment and content tools.
  • Narrated powerpoints: After this workshop, participants will be able to use the appropriate software to record synchronous/asynchronous audio interventions, and distribute these recordings through clickUP.
  • Blackboard Collaborate: After this workshop, you should be able to add the Collaborate tool to your clickUP course and present a Collaborate session using the functionalities available. Also to facilitate effective interaction with the students to increase engagement.
  • Trendy tools for cool lectures: This workshop will enable participants to explore and evaluate different technologies that can be used for effective teaching and learning, including interactive assessment and presentation tools to increase the engagement of students.
  • E-learning for academics: Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to implement and facilitate an e-learning course through a variety of online facilitation skills, strategies, and activities that will address the needs of students.

Proctorio training

Proctorio ensures online assessment integrity through advanced technologies and data security processes. You can watch this video or register here for one of the following sessions to learn how to use Proctorio in clickUP:
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM. 
  • Friday, April 9, 2021, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM. 
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM.
The workshops will offer guidance on how to setup Proctorio in clickUP tests focussing on:
  • How to support students in using the software; 
  • Proctorio features (Recordings, Lockdown options, verification options);
  • Proctorio Gradebook (Behaviour settings and metrics, abnormalities, grade book functionalities)
For more information about Proctorio, please visit the Proctorio official website


Attend one of the free, fortnightly Gradscope workshops at 16:00 on 19 May, 2 June, 16 June or 30 June. To sign up, click here. In these workshops, you will learn how to:
  • Set up assignments where students can submit freeform work (no printers or templates needed)
  • Grade your existing exams and homework on Gradescope
  • Make rubric changes as you grade - changes apply to previously graded work to maintain consistency
  • Write each comment only once - apply previously used comments with a click
  • Use 'assignment analytics' to gain insight into student learning

Gradescope is a feedback and assessment tool that dramatically reduces the pain and time associated with grading exams, homework, and other assignments. Gradescope is widely used to deliver assessments remotely. It enables instructors and graders to give better and more timely feedback, resulting in improved learning outcomes. Dynamic rubrics help streamline the tedious parts of Grading while increasing grading consistency. AI-assisted Grading allows instructors to automatically group similar answers and grade all the answers in each group at once. Gradescope also helps with grading programming assignments at scale and can automatically grade printed bubble sheets. You can learn more and create an account at The Gradescope team is happy to help, so please let them know if you have any questions: [email protected] 

Self-paced online course

We can now enrol for an online course and complete it on your own time. On completion of a course, you will receive a letter of participation. You do not need to register on PeopleSoft for these courses, just make sure you are logged into clickUP, then click on the link

When the page opens, click on the Submit button to gain access to it. On the new page that opens, scroll down and click OK. You will then have access to a collection of online courses that we normally present face-to-face. 

Tutor training

To ensure that tutors and demonstrators are trained and equipped to tutor face-to-face and online in 2021 they should complete the self-enrol online course: UP Tutor Training:  

The course takes about 4 hours to complete and consists of two parts: the basics of tutoring (2 hours) and online tutoring (2 hours). The course will require tutors to watch videos and do quizzes and activities online. Upon successful completion of the online course, tutors receive an automated letter of participation.

  • Part 1 of the course covers the basics of tutoring:
    • Theme 1: Roles and responsibilities, characteristics of a successful tutor, creating a constructive learning environment and managing diversity.
    • Theme 2: The growth mindset, motivation and difficult student types.
    • Theme 3: The 7 principles of how learning works, questioning techniques for tutors and study tips for students.
  • Part 2 of the course covers the use of clickUP tools such as quizzes, discussion tools, and Collaborate.​

Pyramid data dashboards workshops

We are embarking on an exciting new initiative that should foster an evidence-based approach to improve teaching and learning and to support student success. In order to achieve this, we have created two Pyramid dashboards that are targeted toward deputy deans and heads of departments. Below you will find links to the recordings of the training sessions:

Institutional virtual lunch hour sessions (1 hour sessions)

  • 1st Semester: 
    • 15 April 2021: Keeping track of student activity in clickUP
    • 19 May 2021: Increasing your online teaching efficiency in clickUP presented by Detken Scheepers on 19 May 2021 (recording link)
    • 15 June: Preparation for online examinations
  • Second semester:   
    • 27 July: Good practice to communicate and enhance student engagement in a remote teaching environment
    • 17 Aug: Good practice for creating videos and using Bb Collaborate
    • 16 Nov: Preparation for online examinations

Blackboard Ally (Digital Accessibility)

We are looking forward to the implementation of Blackboard Ally, as an award-winning accessibility solution in 2022.  Ally is a revolutionary solution that integrates seamlessly into clickUP, making digital course content accessible to a greater diversity of students. It automatically checks digital files for accessibility issues and generates alternative formats, including HTML, ePUB, audio and electronic braille, which are engineered to work better with assistive mobile devices. Ally also provides feedback to instructors so they can improve the accessibility of their course material. 

We invite lecturers to enrol in the Digital Accessibility course. The link for enrollment is available on the Institution Page in clickUP.  The course aims to create awareness of the need for designing accessible digital materials and give you the skills to make your digital content more accessible. Lecturers can also receive more information about Blackboard Ally in the course.


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