Academic practice development programme

All lecturers have to pursue excellence in several directions, most notably in teaching, research and scholarship, supervision of research students, and academic administration. Academic practice is a term that encompasses all these facets. This 4-day course is designed to provide lecturers with a unique opportunity to develop the different facets of their academic roles comprehensively and thereby enhance the skills they require to perform their roles with greater competence and confidence.  Due to its comprehensive nature, the course is delivered over four days with the main focus areas being on teaching and learning in higher education, research and scholarship, supervising research students, and academic administration. We encourage higher education institutions to provide their lecturers, especially those in the early stages of their career, with an all-round opportunity to develop and enhance their academic practice skills through the provision of this course.



Module 1 (1.5 days)

Teaching and learning in higher education

Module 2 (1.5 days)

Research and academic writing for publication

Module 3 (1 day)

Academic administration and management

Teaching and learning theories in higher education

Understanding research philosophy and paradigms

Nature of academic administration roles and responsibilities

Planning teaching and learning to achieve constructive alignment between learning outcomes, content, learning activities, assessment and evaluation

Research design and execution – the scientific research process

Essential elements and style of academic writing

Strategies for academic workload management

Achieving balance between different facets of the academic’s position

Curriculum and course design strategies

Designing learning outcomes and activities

Assessment strategies in higher education

Strategies for teaching large classes

Writing a research article for publication – dealing with aspects of structure, theory, methodology, data, results, discussion, and contribution

Business communication in the context of higher education institutions

Evaluating courses and developing your teaching role

E-learning systems and approaches

Publication strategy

Strategies for supervising research students – UG and PG

Maintaining academic reputation and citizenship



Further information

Prof Sam Laryea, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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