I am inviting academics and departments to put forward an expression of interest for support and seed funding in developing formal credit-bearing online courses or programmes at the University of Cape Town. Submissions are due on 20 April 2018.
In September 2017, UCT adopted a new Online Education Policy linked to goal four of the new strategic plan: to renew and innovate in learning and teaching, and to increase access to and success in quality education. The policy recognises that “higher education in general is moving towards flexible forms of provision, and increasingly includes mixes of blended and fully online provision in various configurations”. It commits us to strengthening our capacity to support online delivery of courses and programmes.
The policy reaffirms UCT’s orientation towards residential undergraduate teaching, while also encouraging experimentation with the use of technology to enhance learning. Fully online provision at postgraduate level is particularly suitable for working professionals or those requiring flexibility for participation in higher education.
This policy enables the UCT Formal Online Education Project, which provides an opportunity to innovate in online learning and to strengthen capacity. We are committed to improving access and reach, and using online methods to address key teaching and learning challenges. This project is not in anticipation of disruption, nor is it simply about changing the teaching mode.
The expression of interest should be a brief description of the online programme or course you want create. Viable expressions of interest will be offered support in the following ways:
The following criteria will be applied when evaluating the expressions of interest:
If the expression of interest is supported, you will be invited to collaborate with the Institutional Planning Department and the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) to develop a proposal (including a budget), before a final decision will be made to proceed with formal steps (such as programme accreditation).
If you have any questions, please contact Sukaina Walji, the Online Education Project Manager at CILT.
A/Professor Lis Lange
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching & Learning
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