Unity is strength as teams scoop CHED awards

23 January 2008 | Story by Myolisi Gophe

United: Associate Professor Gay Morris and Liz van Breda are among the CHED Award winners

Three academic teams have won the inaugural Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED)'s Award for Collaborative Educational Practice after their projects were found to be "excellent examples of collaborative practice".

The CHED Award was launched last year and three groups each won R40 000.

The winners are Associate Professor Gay Morris and Liz van Breda for their Learning through Drama and Theatre project, a second-semester BA course in the Department of Drama, in which student groups devise theatre-in-education programmes to be performed at schools; Dr David Jacobs and Dr Justin O'Riain for their Field Course in Behavioural Ecology, a three-week field camp involving innovative teaching methods and collaborations across three Western Cape universities; and Professor Saalih Allie and Associate Professor Andy Buffler for producing a Student Work Book to support the teaching of practical first-year physics laboratory skills.

Jeff Jawitz of CHED said they were excited about the quality of the applications and the winners had developed projects that involved not just "nice ideas" but sustainable and effective teaching practices.

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