Today’s students are technology intelligent students and their use of technology and mobile devices is ubiquitous. They appreciate the innovative adoption of technology in the lecture room for teaching, learning and assessment purposes. Academics need to engage with technology even more if they want to enhance their own teaching practice and to ensure the students are actively engaged in deep learning. At the TAU/SoTL seminar, Dr Lizette de Jager (Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria) and Prof Leung Wai Sze (University of Johannesburg) shared their experiences as TAU Fellows in their individual projects on integrating Apps for English teaching and using an Agile framework as action research to reflect on teaching and learning practices. Dr de Jager also shared their TAU Fellowship enquiry group project on advancing technology assisted learning in Higher Education. Dr de Jager presented a framework for technology integration into programmes, modules and units based on relevant pedagogical principles and theories that will assist in developing the 21st century graduate attributes required from University of Pretoria students and thus prepare them for the world of work. These sustainable projects are transdisciplinary and inter-departmental. Colleagues were invited to become involved in future cycles of the projects which have collaboration in place across three institutions in South Africa. Some of the information about the projects are available at www.etau.co.za. Dr de Jager can be contacted at [email protected].
Dr Lizette de Jager (University of Pretoria)
Dr Lizette J. de Jager is a senior lecturer in English literature and language, and English methodology in the Department of Humanities Education, Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria. She is a Fulbright scholar for SETI, 2006 and a Teaching Advancement at Universities (TAU) Fellow (2019). Her research interests and publications are in the field of English education; applied language studies and pragmatics; instructional design and pedagogy; and technology integration in language teaching.