Posted on November 15, 2017
The Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria recently held a Teaching and Learning Day in the Postgraduate Research Commons on the Groenkloof Campus. The event focused on methodologies in teaching and learning.
Staff had the opportunity to share their teaching and learning experiences. Deputy Dean Prof Salomé Human-Vogel opened the event. She said that in order to ensure student success through teaching and learning, it is important to create a positive environment by forging relationships with them that help them strive for success. To do this, she said, it is necessary to discuss how we teach best, how students learn best, and how we encourage students to participate actively in their own learning.
Ms Anienie Veldsman, from the Department of Early Childhood Education, shared her thoughts on 'Transformation in early mathematics at UP'. Dr Maximus Sefotho, from the Department of Educational Psychology, spoke on 'Inquiry-based learning: Showcasing the OPV 222 hybrid learning model'. Dr Surette van Staden, from the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, shared her ideas on 'Implementing the hybrid model of teaching and learning: A case study of the Foundations of Educational Research Module at UP'. There was an overview of 'Curriculum alignment: Educational modules and methodologies'. Dr Melanie Moen and Prof Ina Joubert, Head of the Department of Early Childhood Education, spoke on 'Curriculum transformation in the Foundation Phase Life Skills programme through the scholarship of teaching and learning'. Dr Lizette de Jager, from the Department of Humanities Education, and Dr Ronel Callaghan, from the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technologies Education, discussed 'E-learning integration – practical implementation of hybrid learning'. Dr Annelize Du Plessis, from the Department of Educational Psychology, gave a presentation on 'Mentoring lecturers'.
The Dean of the Faculty, Prof Chika Sehoole, presented awards for teaching excellence to Dr Lizette de Jager and Dr Thiru Vandeyar, from the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. They each received a certificate and R5 000. Ms Delene Human, from the Department of Humanities Education, received a certificate and award of R5 000 for her outstanding work in community engagement. The Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education submitted the most nominations for teaching and learning excellence. In recognition of this, it also received a certificate and R5 000 towards teaching and learning initiatives to support student success.
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