I would like to encourage you to register for the 2020 UCT Teaching and Learning Conference, which is themed “Shifting Academic Identities”.
For most UCT colleagues, TLC2020 is happening during vacation time so your participation is greatly appreciated. The year 2020 has been a really tough one for academics and students with all the challenges posed by emergency remote teaching, so thank you for taking this opportunity to consider recent experiences and what they mean for academic identities and for the future of teaching and learning at UCT. Please feel encouraged to dip in and out of the conference in line with your interests and passions.
The conference features 40 presentations, panels and workshops led by UCT staff and students, including clusters of events focused on course design, learning design, learning communities, learning from emergency remote teaching, learning conversations, engaging with the social, open educational practices, self care for academics, tutoring and assessment. TLC2020 will use a customised Vula site for conference information, resources, and asynchronous interaction while live presentations will take place via Zoom.
Our 2020 conference will be launched at 10:00 on 18 September by UCT Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. In my opening keynote, entitled “De-centring the academic – preliminary reflections on academic identity and the university in the 21st century”, I will speak to the decentering of the role of academics in teaching and learning, which has been accentuated by lockdown and emergency remote teaching. Our other keynote presenter is Associate Professor Maha Bali from the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She will lead a keynote workshop on 23 September entitled “Shifts in academic practices as we rethink the purpose of education”.
Links to the live events will be made available to registered participants. The conference Vula site will be open to registered participants from 14:00 on Thursday, 17 September. You will receive notification from Vula that you have been added to the TLC2020 site. Feel free to pop in on Thursday afternoon and start navigating the site. A friendly team will be there to welcome you and to assist with technical queries.
We are looking forward to having you as part of TLC2020 and have no doubt you will engage in and find all sessions to be meaningful.
Associate Professor Lis Lange
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
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