FYE Workstream Podcasts
The Siyaphumelela First Year Experience workstream has taken a step back and reflected on how the COVID -19 pandemic affected first year experience initiatives at various institutions. This was done in preparation for the workstream webinars that will be run on 29 and 30 March 2021. The purpose of the podcasts and the webinars is to share experiences with a view to strengthening the much-needed support for first entrants into South African universities.
Presenter: Muzomuhle Mhlongo - University of Witwatersrand
Title: Reflections on first year experience programmes at Wits University during the COVID-19 pandemic
Presenter: Ashton Charles Maherry – Durban University of Technology
Title: Reflections on DUT first year experience activities in 2020
Presenter: Lauren Oosthuizen – University of the Free State
Title: The impact of COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown on UFS first year experience activities
Presenter: Subethra Pather – University of the Western Cape
Title: Reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020 academic year at UWC
Presenter: Danny Fontaine-Rainen
Title: Reflections on the first-year experience in the time of COVID
Coaching for student success
Universities worldwide are facing challenging times as the COVID pandemic has upended the traditional operations of the academe. South African universities face an even more arduous trial, compounded by historical inequalities, that hamper an enforced transition to digitally mediated experiences. These factors pose a serious challenge to student success.
Coaching and mentoring that empowers data-enabled leadership to counter these challenges may well be one way to assist institutions navigate these turbulent times and turn the tide, as evidenced by Georgia State University in the US, an institution with similar challenges to most of the SA universities, which has seen an increase in their student pass rate during the pandemic.
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- Siyaphumelela initiative aims to expand use of data-driven approaches to student success
- Siyaphumelela Network 2.0's first virtual convening meeting
- Siyaphumelela Network 2.0 – the next phase of Siyaphumelela’s work
- A global scan of Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT)
- Become a Participant in the Siyaphumelela Network 2020-2022
- Siyaphumelela Initiative Expands
- Looking back and looking forward for purposeful planning
- First Year Experience Research Burgeons
- Blended Learning during #FeesMustFall
- Evaluating the 2018 Siyaphumelela Conference
- Moving to successful Maths Pathways
- The case of a student support initiative by a student success programme at the University of Witwatersrand
- Reflections on Siyaphumelela Conference 2017
- Siyaphumelela Conference 2017 underway
- Invitation to collaborate on research with UMALUSI: NSC Results as Predictors of Success
- Vacancies at SALDRU
- Saide Site visits to Wits and NMMU
- Understanding First-Year Student Success based on School and Home Background
- Ethics Symposium Oct 2016
- Siyaphumelela 2016 goes deeper in Durban
- Feedback from first-year undergraduate students -The Wits experience
- Achieving the Dream support
- Using evidence to improve and support student transitions at the University of the Free State.
- Siyaphumelela Conference 2016 presentations and videos now available
- Resources from the February 2016 visit of the Siyaphumelela partners to GSU and Achieving the Dream conference
- South African Higher Education Dreaming!
- Reconceptualising equality and equity in relation to student success
- Siyaphumelela Conference 2016
- Siyaphumelela Network 2.0 Launch
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- IP Problems
May 19, 2020. Copyright ownership concerns abound in the rapid shift to remote instruction.
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- Student Support through Success Tutoring at the University of the Witwatersrand
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- An ode to the teacher-led writing classroom
Jan 03, 2019.
- #TheModiseNetwork: State of Higher Education in SA – Part 1
Oct 22, 2018.
- Let's Transform Work
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- Academic Advising and the Learning Effectiveness Program
Aug 02, 2018.
- Teaching for Meaning and Purpose
Aug 24, 2018.
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- International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET)
- Open Textbook Library
Boasting 857 textbooks . These open textbooks are licensed by authors and publishers to be freely used and adapted. Download, edit and distribute them at no cost. The Open Textbook Library is supported by the Open Education Network.
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- Learning Analytics Report Card
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- Digital Ethics Lab
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- 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
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