Successful student tutoring
The South African higher education sector has experienced turmoil in recent years. The reasons are many and varied, ranging from a national funding crisis, subsequent protests against exorbitant university fees, and underprepared students entering the system after high school, to calls for curriculum reform and decolonisation, accessibility issues, and a higher education system that seems to be perpetuating student marginalisation. As a result, the University of the Witwatersrand has committed through its Learning and Teaching Plan (2015/2019) to broaden the participation of rural, black, female, disabled, and mature students, and to provide them with appropriate support for achieving greater success with access.
This case study serves to determine the effectiveness of a non-academic student support and success programme in one of the faculties at the university, by linking 2015/2016 programme attendance data with student biographical information (collected with a biographical questionnaire) for the same period.
- Ethical use of student data: narrative, guidelines and templates
Jan 19, 2018. The zip includes Guidelines on the Ethical Use of Student Data: A Narrative Framework, Ethical use of analytics in South African education, and assocaited policy templates
- Ethical use of Analytics in South African Higher Education
Jan 19, 2018. A narrative report describing the processes involved in the development of the guidelines on the ethical use of student data.
- Guidelines on the Ethical Use of Student Data: A Narrative Framework
Jan 19, 2018. A framework aimed at considering the different aspects and proposed guiding principles as basis for developing context-appropriate ethical approaches to the use of student data.
- Education, Training and Work under Neoliberalism in South Africa: Toward Alternatives
Dec 18, 2017. This article conceptualises the overall relationship between a democratic society, socially useful labour and its implications for education and training and unemployment, particularly youth unemployment.
- Operation Phakisa Education: Why a secret? Mass surveillance, inequality and race..
Dec 04, 2017. This paper investigates several human rights concerns with respect to the South African government’s secretive plan to transform basic education, Operation Phakisa Education
- Big Brother set to watch each pupil
Dec 11, 2017. This article casts a spotlight on Operation Phakisa for Education (OPE), an implementation model to fast-track education technology into the public school system which may also serve other aims such as electronic surveillance.
- The Potential of MOOCs for Learning at Scale in the Global South
Dec 15, 2017. This paper explores the relationship between the MOOC phenomenon and the context of global HE before examining the possibility of achieving equity, quality and efficiency in online higher education at scale.
- Engaging Students: Using Evidence to Promote Student Success
Dec 05, 2017. The first comprehensive manuscript on research into student engagement in South African higher education. Each of the chapters has a clear, distinguishable focus and makes an original contribution in and of itself.
- Would Public Universities Benefit From a Central Innovation Unit?
Nov 26, 2017. Steven Mintz, a Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, and prev Executive Director of the UT System's Institute for Transformational Learning argues for an internal structure in forging ahead.
- 12 higher education trends to empower student success in 2018
Nov 28, 2017. Student success is set to be a big focus for 2018 in higher education. Unit4’s Otmar Zewald outlines 12 trends that will empower students to achieve more
- Learning Analytics Report Card
This project asks: ‘How can University teaching teams develop critical and participatory approaches to educational data analysis?’ It seeks to develop ways of involving students as research partners and active participants in their own data
- Digital Ethics Lab
Based at Oxford University, the lab seeks to tackle the ethical challenges posed by digital innovation. The goal is to identify the benefits and enhance the positive opportunities of digital innovation as a force for good, and avoid or mitigate its risks and shortcomings.
- Carnegie Maths Pathways
A website dedicated to the Carnegie Math Pathways which allows one to sign up as an Explorer to learn more about their approach and impact, review their curriculum and instructor resources, and more.
- Higher Education Data Analyser
HEMIS Data presented through a dashboard
- 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.