About Conference 2016
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.
According to Montgomery and Hirth (2011), transition is a point at which students move from one phase of the education process to the next. Transition programmes are of particular importance in supporting students who are minorities or disadvantaged, students with disabilities, first-generation students, and provide services that include academic enrichment such as tutoring or supplemental instruction, as well as academic advising, information sharing, mentoring, career guidance, and social enrichment (U.
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.
- Learner Analytics; The Need for User-Centred Design in
Aug 23, 2016. The authors propose that the only way of truly creating a personalised, supportive system of education is to place the learner at the centre, giving them control of their own Learner Analytics.
- Data, Technology and the Great Unbundling of Higher Education
Aug 02, 2015. An article by the author of the book "College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education" i.e Ryan Craig and Allison Williams
- What Colleges Can Do Right Now to Help Low-Income Students Succeed
Aug 28, 2016. The article describe five lessons learnt from a study conducted in 2008 on about 3,000 Pell Grant recipients and which then went on to trace the journey of about 50 students throughout their campus days.
- Learning Analytics Roadmap: Where Can SmartKlass Take Your Moodle? [LAR Series #1]
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.
- Universities may fall before fees do
Aug 10, 2016.
- Wits submits report on higher education funding
Aug 10, 2016. The University today made its submission to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education Funding.
- 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
- 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.