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Assessment and Cognitive Demand in Higher Education Accounting Textbooks - Read more

2017 Digital Literacy Impact Study - Read more

Rethinking Educational Access - Read more

Academic Support at the University of KwaZulu-Natal: A Systematic Review of Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, 2010–2015 - Read more

Teaching Today's Students - How to improve the learning curve - Read more

Engaging Indigenous Knowledge Holders in Teaching Preservice Teachers in IKS Food Production and Practices: Implications for Higher Education - Read more

Language of Learning: Policy, Personal Preference, and Professional Identity - Read more

Women in Senior Positions in South African Higher Education: A Reflection on Voice and Agency - Read more

Policy for Prevention of Sexual Assault on Campus: Higher Education Students’ Perspectives - Read more

Exploring the Educational Engagement Practices of Disadvantaged Students at a South African University - Read more

Innovative Approaches for Enhancing the 21st Century Student Experience - Read more

Assuring the Quality of Teaching at Makerere University in Uganda: Practices and Experiences of Academics and Students - Read more

Taking Stock Thirteen Years Later: An Investigation into the Impact of Mergers on Institutions in the Higher Education Landscape in South Africa - Read more

Can Policy Learn from Practice? - Read more

The gravity of inequality - Read more

Early-career academic support at the University of KwaZulu-Natal: towards a scholarship of teaching - Read more

The taxi industry and transportation for people with disabilities: implications for universal access in a metropolitan municipality - Read more

Performing Problems on the Pavement: An Innovative Approach to Architectural Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa - Read more

Ubiquitous learning could push the term 'online' out of education - Read more

Posthumanist Data Analysis of Mangling Practices - Read more

Post-human Condition - Read more

Beyond an Easy Sense: A Diffractive Analysis - Read more

Researching without representation? Language and Materiality in Postqualitative Methodology - Read more

Plugging One Text Into Another: Thinking With Theory in Qualitative Research - Read more

A Diffractive and Deleuzian Approach to Analysing Interview Data - Read more

Ten Theses In Support of Teaching and Against Learning Outcomes - Read more

Things I Wish My Department Chair Would Say about Teaching - Read more

Teaching criteria that matter in university academic promotions - Read more

Harnessing Students’ Capital to Teach and Learn: Responsive Pedagogies to Implement Change in a Higher Education Lecture-room - Read more

The Teaching of Sexual and Gender Diversity Issues to Pre-service Teachers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal: Lessons from Student Exam Responses - Read more

Making Sense of Mathematical Discourse: Implications for Success in the Learning of Differentiation in a University Classroom - Read more

Gamifying the Educational Experience - read more

‘The forms of our knowing are “moving”’: A Reflexive Lens on the Self-study Supervision Relationship - read more

Professional Accounting Associations’ Influence on Higher Education Accounting Pedagogy - read more

The Advantage of Short Paper Titles - Read more

‘Stretching’ the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Compensatory Response to Curriculum Modelling? - Read more

Responsive and Innovative Pedagogies: Exploring Postgraduate Students’ Insights into the Use of Technology in Mathematics Teaching - Read more

Beyond Active Learning: Transformation of the Learning Space - Read more

Why Technology Will Never Fix Education - Read more

Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions - Read more

Valuing Teaching in University Academic Promotions - Read more

An Analysis of Perceptions of Academics Regarding the Reward for Excellence in Teaching versus the Reward for Excellence in Research Approached through the Lens of Critical Theory - Read more

Service Learning and Community Engagement in South African Universities: Towards an ‘Adaptive Engagement’ Approach - Read more

Food Security Status and Academic Performance of Students on Financial Aid: The Case of University of KwaZulu-Natal - Read more

Harmony and Conflict in a PhD Cohort Supervision Model - Read more

Challenges in Developing and Implementing Strategies to Facilitate Completion of their Research by Postgraduate Students in the Discipline of Public Health Medicine - Read more

The Volatile Issue of Language(s) of Instruction in Foundation Phase Mathematics Teacher Education in a Multilingual Context - Read more

Is Team Teaching Learner-friendly or Teacher-centred? Mode of Delivery in a Postgraduate Module - Read More

Teaching Sensitive Topics: Transformative Pedagogy in a Violent Society - Read more

Students’ Experiences of Learning in a Structured Writing Intensive Tutorial Programme - Read more

The Peer Teaching/Learning Experience Programme: An Analysis of Students’ Feedback - Read more

W/righting Research Capacity Building: A Preliminary Model to Inform Writing Support Activities for African Researchers- Read more

Righting an Inverted Pyramid: Managing a Perfect Storm - Read more

South-South Cooperation in the Internationalisation of African Higher Education - The Case of China - Read more

Higher Education in an Era of Reconstruction, Internationalisation, Competition & Cooperation - Read more


Predatory Journals

Sometimes, scholarly authors take advantage of the easy publishing that predatory journals offer for their own benefit. In many cases, universities base faculty evaluations and promotions only on the number of articles published, and they do not distinguish between high quality and predatory journals. It is pretty easy to write up a scholarly article and get it quickly published in a predatory journal. Here the victims are the honest researchers, those who submit their work to selective scholarly journals, where it is more difficult to publish and the process is slower. Increasingly, there are predatory publishers that specialize in quick, easy, and cheap publishing.- Read more

More Resources on Predatory Journals

Bealls list of Predatory Journal 2016

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal has positioned itself as the premier university of African scholarship and the primary responsibility assigned to the UKZN Teaching & Learning Office (UTLO) is to provide leadership in all areas of teaching and learning and institutional research to realise the University's vision, mission and strategic plan with regard to teaching and learning. In fulfilling its mandate, the UTLO seeks to collaborate with academics, researchers and students to create supportive, adaptable and innovative learning environments in which outstanding teaching at all levels is nurtured, recognized and rewarded. - Read More



UKZN recently hosted a successful 11th Annual Higher Education Conference. The conference, held at Durban’s Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel, attracted local and international delegates and keynote speakers. Decolonisation and transformation of the curriculum was one of the thematic strands under the main theme of Higher Education today: Crisis, Contestations, Contemplations and Futures. 

In his welcome address, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Teaching and Learning, Professor Bala Pillay said Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) must admit that the students’ discontent is legitimate. ‘It is not legitimate to deny talented students from poor communities access to Higher Education Institutions.’ - Read more


To foster dialogue and discussion around curriculum decolonisation and transformation, UKZN’s Teaching and Learning Office (UTLO) recently hosted a seminar and a book launch at the University’s Westville campus.

Intellectual, activist, and founder of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, Professor Gayatri Spivak, presented her talk titled “Curriculum Transformation in Higher Education in Asia and Africa: A Reality Check” - Read more


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Special Edition: Comparative Perspectives on Higher Education Systemic Change, Curriculum Reform, Quality Promotion and Professional Development - Read more
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Notice: Council on Higher Education - Quality Enhancement Project - Read more

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