Service workshops are provided by current
and new partners, other higher education partners (including universities, SALDRU, SAAIR, USAf,
DHET, CHE), international partners (ATD, UIA, Kresge Foundation) and Saide (as the backbone
institution) to support the development of the Siyaphumelela Network. The list below includes
service workshops available to Siyaphumelela Partners and Participants.
Upcoming service workshops available include a date and time in the desciption. To regesiter,
click/tap an active service workshop.
Academic Advising Development Programme (AAPD)
Presented by: (University of Free State)
Objectives: The training provides participants with knowledge, understanding, practice in advising and engaging with students, as well as in the use and dissemination of information and technology.
South African Survey for Student Engagement (SASSE)
Presented by: (University of Free State )
Objectives: SASSE promotes integration of the student voice in institutional planning to allow impact to be measured and to improve student success. It also enables effective use of data to plan and develop high impact institutional practices.
Holistic Student Support (HSS)
Presented by: (Durban University of Technology)
Objectives: Through holistic student support, university services are customised, integrated, and timed to the student’s needs from first time entering and throughout the study period. Participant will learn best practices for providing student centric
Team and Data-based Module Review
Presented by: (University of Pretoria)
Objectives: Introduce participants to team and data based module review approach.
Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT)
Presented by: Alan Amory - Coordinates with Coaches (SAIDE)
Objectives: The ICAT is an online self-assessment tool for universities to assess their strengths and areas for improvement in seven key dimensions. University staff assess the institution’s capacity to identify improvement actions.
Design Based Research
Presented by: Alan Amory (Saide)
Objectives: The workshop introduces participants to the concept of design based research, its use, methodologies and practice. Participants will learn the iterative research process, identify a problem and design a process to find solutions
At Risk Student Identification through Auto Scholar
Presented by: Randhir Rawatlal and Ashton Maherry (UKZN and DUT )
Objectives: At Risk Student Identification through Auto Scholar focusing on performance assessments, gatekeeping courses, registration processes and financial wellness.
Design Based Thinking - Introduction
Presented by: Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking (d-school) (University of Cape Town)
Objectives: To understand the cycles of analysis-exploration, design-construction and evaluation-reflection to develop and improve a solution to solve a particular problem or a number of related problems.
Design and implementation of the Biographical Questionnaire (BQ) online platform to support student success initiatives
Presented by: Mxolisi Masango (University of the Witwatersrand)
Objectives: The objectives of the workshop was to share the types of student data to be collected, the use of data to support institutional student success initiatives and important data points for institutions to collect in the future.
Institutional Student Success Framework
Presented by: Professor Diane Grayson (University of the Witwatersrand)
Objectives: To understand student needs and to develop holistic student support which promotes, customised, integrated university services aligned to the student’s needs.
The Use of Diagnostic Tests to Improve Student Success
Presented by: UCT CETAP (University of Cape Town)
Objectives: To understanding student needs and developing student-centred solutions, identify learning problems experienced by students assess the level of educational attainment and inform changes to be made on an intervention.
Workstreams are discussion forums set up to explore issues related to student success, These may develop into service workshops for the Siyaphumelela Network.
First Year Experience
To develop a service workshop to support the development of a First Year Experience intervention for the Siyaphumelela Network that makes use of data are a driver.
The purpose of the Mental Health Workstream is to explore existing interventions and to better understand the use of data to support students’ mental health challenges as well as to inform innovative solutions. In particular, the primary focus is on mental health interventions aimed at supporting student success.
The objective of the student tracking workstream is to build and use a tracking system for the South African higher education and training environment which will support student success interventions. The tracking system will be aligned to the DHET National Student Data Warehouse. A committee comprising representatives from Siyaphumelela Institutions has been established to lead this initiative.