Scholarship of Teaching and Learning  
Dr Rosaline Sebolao

Introduction by Dr Rosaline Sebolao, Teaching and Learning Manager

From Good Teaching to Scholarly Teaching

I am excited to share this brief reflection on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project offered by the Faculty of the Humanities. I titled this piece From Good Teaching to Scholarly Teaching as our SoTL project aims to aid academics in progressing from good to scholarly teaching. The goal is to increase the research output and promote the culture of research in teaching to enhance good teaching and improve student learning. The more we engage in scholarly teaching, the closer we will move towards the scholarship of teaching and learning. Subsequently, we will focus on publishing our research and presenting at national and international conferences.

With the establishment of the project, some academics showed interest and commitment, which made this project come alive in the Faculty. The previous Dean, Prof Heidi Hudson, supported the project, encouraging staff to participate and learn.

Since its inception, four groups of communities of practice (GCOPs) have been established to facilitate conversations in smaller groups. The key focus areas of these groups are curriculum design and renewal, classroom practice, academic advising, as well as interdisciplinary innovation in learning and teaching. Participants in these groups are mainly those who completed the Curriculum Renewal Programme (CRP) offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), another empowering initiative to enhance scholarly teaching.

The GCOPs are facilitated by colleagues who volunteered their time and will work with their teams to create lively conversations within the Faculty. This year, we look forward to welcoming more academics to get involved in one of these groups of communities of practice, sharing ideas and learning from other colleagues in our endeavour to enhance scholarly teaching in the Faculty. Dates of upcoming events will be communicated via emails and this blog.




T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Neliswa Emeni-Tientcheu: +27 51 401 2536
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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