Alternation Special Edition No 16 (2015)
Comparative Perspectives on Higher Education Systemic Change, Curriculum Reform, Quality Promotion and Professional Development

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Featured Articles

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

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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


Three interns from the University Teaching and Learning Office (UTLO) recently won the Best Presentation Award at the 4th Academic Monitoring and Support (AMS) Research Colloquium hosted by the College of Humanities and UTLO.

Mr Abdulbaqi Badru, Mrs Barbara Mutula-Kabange and Ms Laurien Freeman’s paper was entitled “Early Career Academics: Developmental Lecturers’ Perspectives of Moodle at the University of KwaZulu-Natal”.

Their study formed part of an ongoing research project on Early Career Academics by UTLO. The rationale behind the study stemmed from the mandatory phasing in of Moodle from 2016 to 2018. The study sought to - read more


Towards a vision for growing and sharing knowledge - Research and knowledge gathered in the field was worthless if it did not become community property – and that did not necessarily happen via journal publications. This was among several points raised in the keynote address by Stanford University Emeritus Professor of Education Lee Shulman at the 10th annual University of KwaZulu-Natal Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference held in Durban, South Africa in late September - Read more

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Publishing in academic journals is a universally recognised mechanism that provides academics and researchers with opportunities to disseminate their research and scholarly work. Additionally, research productivity is a crucial component of academics’ professional obligation. However, publishing can be a daunting endeavour, especially for developing and early career academics - Read more


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