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vision missionOrigin and Purpose

The Department of Curriculum design and development (CDD) was established in 2013 and forms the Teaching and Learning heart on the South Campus, the Open & Distance Hub of the University of the Free State (UFS).

CDD leads and works in collaboration with other departments of the South Campus and part time subject specialists, to design and develop curriculum, teaching & learning approaches, study material and assessment for Open & Distance students.

Mission statement

CDD leads a research based Curriculum Design & Development for Open and Distance Learning, integrating excellence in Teaching and Learning, to enrich student experience. At the heart of everything we do is this sacred task of teaching!

Strategic objectives

  • Improve student engagement and success through research based curriculum development for Open and Distance practices.
  • Lead in Open and Distance teaching and learning methodology.
  • Meet the demands of all statutory bodies such as the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
  • Endorse efficient teaching and learning approaches in a distance environment.
  • Cultivate innovative support in language literacy for Open & Distance students.
  • Advance a performance-based approach for assessment to promote success and transformation for Open & Distance students.
  • Provide students with integrated support to reach their full potential.
  • Research and publish on Open and Distance learning methodologies to substantiate the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Challenge students, academics and other stakeholders, to critically reflect, continuously improve and act as agents of change.

Core values:

  • Quality
  • Passion
  • Ownership
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility


Lydia Moilwa
+27 51 505 1201

Applications and Registrations
Lourette Wilson
+27 51 505 1378

Formal Programmes
Lebohang Seseane
+27 51 505 1452

Short Learning Programmes
Charlene Afrika
+27 51 505 1474

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