The position of College Dean: Teaching and Learning was created as part of the University-wide reorganisation process and launched in January 2012. Combined with the challenges brought about by the reorganisation, developing a character for the position provided new opportunities for Teaching and Learning, enabling the University to impact more directly on improved student progression and graduation. In an effort to promote and support student success, the Teaching and Learning Strategy Group identifies strategic goals through a systematic process of data review, research, discussion, planning and implementation.
The work of the Teaching and Learning Strategy Group is underpinned by the principle that student success is not the result of the implementation of one programme or approach, but rather the result of various initiatives applied in concert. Under the leadership of the DVC: Teaching and Learning, Professor Renuka Vithal, a number of strategic areas have merged as the foci of the group’s work. These include: providing an overall strategic direction for teaching and learning at the University; developing and revising teaching and learning policies; implementing Senate approved policies; and contributing to the promotion of the scholarship of teaching and learning across the University through a variety of scholarly fora and activities.
In addition to key functions of policy development and implementation, the College Dean: Teaching and Learning participates in various strategic initiatives including response to key national policy documents and position papers. In 2012, the Teaching and Learning Strategy Group responded to the revised Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework and the DHET Green Paper on Post-School Education and Training.