Siyaphumelela Conference 2016 presentations and videos now available.
The 2nd Siyaphumelela Conference was held in Durban at the Protea Hotel Edward on the 29th-30th June 2016 and boasted a registration of more than 150 delegates, with 28 SA Higher Education institutions represented as well as representatives of organisations such as SANRC , Sahela, Inyathelo , DHET , USAf and CHE also in attendance.
The conference was preceded by 3 pre-conference workshops, from which emerged recommendations that were then carried through, for wider dissemination and engagement, to the actual conference in the respective sessions.
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From 23 to 26 February 2016 a South African delegation, sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, participated in DREAM 2016, the Achieving the Dream’s Annual Institute on Student Success, in Atlanta (USA).
“Started in 2004 by a group of founding partners and national and regional philanthropic investors, Achieving the Dream was revolutionary at that moment, catalysing a national conversation around student success and completion.
Resources from Georgia State University (GSU) visit
In Feb 2016 , 25 members of our South African academic community, sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, attended the Achieving the Dream conference in Atlanta and also visited Georgia State University(GSU) to learn more about how the university has used data analytics, along with a host of other endeavours, to promote student success. Read more about the visit Read more
The development of the UP Career App·tizer was one of the Kresge projects of the University of Pretoria in 2015. The Career App·tizer is a career exploration tool aimed at high school learners and first year students. As the name suggests it aims to get high school learners to start exploring different courses and careers offered by the University of Pretoria.
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Aug 23, 2016. A Moodle plugin that calculates basic activity and engagement metrics of students enrolled in a Moodle class or an institutional Moodle setup.
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- Video: Student Insights on Promoting Student Success
Jun 30, 2016. A panel discussion of students from the participating universities of the Siyaphumelela project , sharing their insights on student success initiatives at their respective institutions . The discussants are as follows : Mr Lichaba Mooko, SRC (NMMU); Ms Kgalalelo Leeuw, Directorate of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (UFS); Mr Percy Phakathi, Student Affairs (UP) Mr Siphephelo Mthembu ,SRC Education and Transformation DUT; Mr Wayne Swart Student Representative (WITS) The session was facilitated by Mr Angelo Fick. Date: 30 June 2016
- Video: Perspectives from the USA's University Alliance, a SAn university & Siyaphumelela
Jun 30, 2016. The last keynote address on Day 2 of the Siyaphumelela Conference on the 30th June. This session on 'Building communities around student success' was facilitated by Mr William Moses and included the follwing speakers: Dr Matete Madiba Director: Student Affairs University of Pretoria; Ms Bridget Burns Founding Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance and Ms Jenny Glennie Executive Director Saide
- Video: Effective Academic Advising Informed by Data Analytics
Jun 30, 2016. Day 2 of the Siyaphumeleala conference (30th June 2016) opens with Dr.Allison Calhoun Brown from the Georgia State University and Prof. Francois Strydom from UFS describing the US perspective and the South African perspective, respectively, on academic advising and highlighting the recommendations that emerged from the workshop held on the 28th June 2016.
- Video: Leading Systemic Approaches to Enhance Student Support
Jun 29, 2016. The VCs' and DVC's of the participating institutions of the Siyaphumelela programme respond to questions on systemic approaches aimed at fostering student success. This session occurred on Day 1 ,at 16h40 on the 29th June at the 2nd Siyaphumelela 2016 Conference
- Video: Overcoming socio-cultural challenges to students' success
Jun 29, 2016. 2nd Keynote address on Day 1 of the 2nd Siyaphumelela Conference. Dr. Shaun Harper from the University of Pennysylvania provides a US perspective on the matter of socio cultural challenges impacting on student success which is followed by the South African perspective, delivered by Prof Yunus Ballim from Sol Plaatje University. This session occurred on day 2 of the Siyaphumelela Conference on the 29th June 2016.
- Video: Welcome and Context : 2nd Siyaphumelela Conference 2016
Jun 29, 2016. Day 1 Opening session Mr William Moses : Managing Director: Education,The Kresge Foundation and Ms Jenny Glennie, Executive Director, Saide open the 2nd Siyaphumelela Conference 2016
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