28 – 30 June 2016
2nd Siyaphumelela Conference and Workshops
Protea Hotel Edward, 149 OR Tambo Parade, Durban, South Africa
Promising practices towards systemic interventions for student success
This year's conference builds on the highly successful inaugural conference in May 2015 and will feature a number of international speakers as well as key role players,including students, in the field from South Africa. While the work of the five Siyaphumelela grantees will be profiled, we are keen to hear of promising practices from a cross-section of universities in South Africa.
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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.
Equality - Equity
"Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets" (Paul Batalden) gave the delegates - including 25 South Africans attendees - of the Achieving the Dream conference opportunity to pause for reflection. The conference took place during a week of protest at several South African higher education institutions which were to some extent a continuation of the #FeesMustFall campaign.
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.
- Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning
Jul 20, 2016. The latest blog by George Siemens on focussing on process attributes and not product skills.
- Integrating and building our data for effective student support
Jun 30, 2016. Paper narrated by Dr Consuelo Boronat from Florida International University explores how we might build a data warehouse and analytics system to enable an effective South African data-driven student support approach.
- The Inception of a National Conversation about the First-Year Experience (FYE)
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Nyar, A from the South African National Resource Centre
- National Career Development Services - Coordination and Implementation
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Mokeki,L. DHET
- Understanding students "as people in the world" through analytics.
Jun 30, 2016. Promising practices: University of the Witwatersrand. Paper presented by Masango, M. & Mapatagane, N.
- Anatomy of A_STEP: Moving towards a sophisticated tutorial system
Jun 30, 2016. Promising practices: University of the Free State. Paper presented by Motsokobi, E.R. & Henn, M.
- Rethinking the student experience: a systematic approach to student success
Jun 30, 2016. Presentation by Dr. Tim Renick from Georgia State University
- Academic Advising Informed by Data Analytics: Linking High Tech with High Touch
Jun 28, 2016. Presentation by Dr. Allison Calhoun-Brown from Georgia State University.
- Integrating and building our data for effective student support: a SA perspective by Prof Murray Leibbrandt
Jun 30, 2016. This presentation by Prof Murray Leibbrandt was presented at the workshop on the 28th June and as a Keynote address on the 30th June during the 14:15 - 15:20 session.
- Anti-democratic element in student movements holds warnings for South Africa
Jun 30, 2016. The author provides an analysis of the student movement and highlights a particularly authoritarian element within the movement , with its tendency to violent means as the only method of resistance, its concomitant race essentialist argument along with other strands that conspire to entrench this stance.
- Student Success Plan (SSP)
SSP is designed to improve retention, academic performance, persistence, graduation rates, and time to degree. The open source SSP case management software supports a holistic coaching and counseling model which expedites proactive interventions for stude
- Council on Higher Education (CHE)
The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body established in May 1998 in terms of the Higher Education Act (Act No 101 of 1997),and it functions as the Quality Council for Higher Education in South Africa.
- Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
The Department of Higher Education was created in 2009 and is responsible for tertiary education, post-schooling and skills development in South Africa.
- Data Analysis and Data Visualisation Resources (OER Commons)
ISKME created OER Commons, launched in 2007, to support and build a knowledge base around the use and reuse of open educational resources (OER). As a network for teaching and learning materials, the site offers engagement with resources for curriculum ali
- Next Generation Learning - Resources on Learning Analytics
Next Generation Learning Challenges is a collaborative, multi-year initiative created to address the barriers to educational innovation and tap the potential of technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. This
- Learning and Knowledge Analytics Course Site
This site is devoted to learning and knowledge analytics – a growing area of interest to educators, administrators, and entrepreneurs.
- EDUCAUSE Learning Analytics Library
The EDUCAUSE Library is the preeminent clearing house for information about timely topics and research supporting the use and management of technology in higher education.
- Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards (CETIS) Analytics Series
The CETIS Analytics Series explores a number of key issues around the potential strategic advantages and insights which the increased attention on, and use of, analytics is bringing to the education sector.
- Journal of Learning Analytics
The Journal of Learning Analytics is one mechanism used by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) to showcase quality research and practice in the rapidly emerging learning analytics field.
- Civitas Learning
By building a community of forward-thinking higher education institutions, Civitas Learning brings together the best of leading-edge technology, design thinking, and data science in its mission to help a million more college students learn well and complete their studies.