To help UNIZULU become a learning organization not an organization about learning.
The AD Unit will provide leadership, support, and access to appropriate resources, to assist the University, its staff and its students to develop their capacity to undertake teaching-and-learning, research, and community engagement as befits a comprehensive institution.
In pursuit of this mission, AD offers the following:
- The organisation and delivery of high quality, relevant, efficiently managed, events (e.g. institutional tasks, workshops, seminars and training sessions) for staff and for students.
- The knowledge and interpersonal skills to engage staff and students, both in small and large numbers, in training, advocacy or discussion mode.
- The competence and dedication to provide high quality backup and support skills of a secretarial and organisational nature for committees, task teams and working groups.
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Responsibilities and Activities
- Overall co-ordination and administration of the DHET’s Teaching Development Grant (TDG).
- Chairing the University’s e-learning working group
- Administration of TDG-funded work-integrated learning (WIL) and service-learning (SL) activities.
- Administration of the Tutorial programme. (There are currently x departments, deploying x student tutors assisting students in undergraduate programmes at the KwaDlangezwa and Richards Bay campuses).
- Facilitation of orientation and capacity-building workshops on a variety of topics including: strategic planning; OBE in higher education; curriculum design; student tutor training; language across the curriculum; the inclusion of community engagement (particularly service-learning) in the curriculum.
- Organisation of externally facilitated workshops and courses, (e.g. Assessor/Moderator Training facilitated by Rhodes University).
- Maintenance of an Academic Development Resource Centre containing books and journals on teaching and learning, assessment, organisational development and research in higher education.
In addition to the above, the Academic Development Unit is also responsible for Community Engagement in general and the Community-University Partnership Programme (CUPP) in particular. The latter is a DST-funded, NRF-administered pilot project in South Africa’s rural-based higher education institutions based on the belief that they are well placed to promote economic development in their own locales. In this capacity, the Director AD serves as:
- Team Leader and Grant Holder: Community-University Partnership Programme (CUPP)
- Institutional representative and Executive member of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF)
- UNIZULU representative on the Uthungulu District Municipality Local Economic Development (LED) Forum
- UNIZULU representative on the Uthungulu District Municipality SMME Forum