UFH hosts 3 Teaching and Learning Colloquium

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The 3rd Teaching and Learning Colloquium, hosted by the UFH Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) was held at the East London ICC on 9-10th October, The gathering enables robust dialogue about key issues in the higher education sector.
Themed: Quality of Teaching and Learning in the context of Free Higher Education: Should we be worried? the two-day colloquium is in its third year of running. It provides a forum for scholars and academics to initiate discussions and stimulate ideas on the subject at hand.
Researchers from the UFH, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Walter Sisulu University, North West and the Vaal University of Technology engaged in intense dialogue on the critical issue of Fee-Free Education. Delivering the opening remarks, Prof Buhlungu (Vice-Chancellor) commended the organisers for choosing an intriguing theme. “The theme tries to draw us out and makes us think of the challenges outside the obvious question. Many people believed free education would produce only positive outcomes, and many believed that now that there is free higher education everything would be fine. On the face of it sounds very nice and simple, but when we drill down and look under the surface, there are questions”, said the VC, posing a challenge to participants. According to Professor Renuka Vithal (DVC-Academic Affairs), the purpose of the day could be summed up in one sentence: “to develop a scholarship of teaching and learning.”  Commenting on the quality of the papers, she said, “the papers are thought-provoking just by reading the abstracts.” Altogether, 16 research papers were presented. The keynote address on day one was delivered by Dr William Mpofu, a researcher at the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies.  He is a founding member of the Africa Decolonial Research Network. His address was based on his research study titled: Epistemologies of the South: A Decolonial Approach to Curriculum Change in Africa. The programme concluded on Wednesday 10th October.