The University of the Western Cape (UWC), is aligned to critical discourse that has emerged from national and institutional policies, specifically expanding the successful integration of ICTs; increased participation for student development; and expansion of research.
CIECT’s deliverables and practices, in collaboration with lecturers across Faculties, include the creation of blended learning environments to support student participation, which are research-led projects. This aligned to the Institutional Operating Plan (Green Paper, 2015), Goal Area 2: Teaching and Learning: “New skills and kinds of knowledge are also needed in the world of work where graduates are expected to possess a level of skilfulness…”.
NB: The following table reflects the number of online modules per Faculty, created to-date (14 August, 2015, 11:23 am) – within the iKamva platform (for the period, January – August 2015). **If you cannot view the table, click on ‘View’ in the menu-bar on top; and select HTML.
The training and support by the CIECT team, contributing to the application of innovative learning-and-teaching practices across disciplines are inseparable from research, and vice versa. Hence, CIECT’s research has focused on the measurability; impact of emerging technologies within a higher education setting; pedagogical affordances; and the development of frameworks. This is aligned to the Institutional Operating Plan (Green Paper, 2015), Goal Area 3: Research and Innovation: “…Develop identified areas of research strength across the university”. This is showcased in recent collaborative projects and related publications, at: http://tinyurl.com/p9sfjyg.
Browne’s (1915:108) states that it is imperative to “be not merely a distributor or disseminator, but also a producer or discoverer of the truth”.