TAU 3 steams ahead
Since July 2021, the 52 TAU 3 participants from 24 of South Africa’s public universities have been working in 10 enquiry groups together with their TAU advisors to implement their institutional projects. The projects span across six areas, namely curriculum development, staff development, student support, online teaching and learning, data analytics and tutoring. In the current version of TAU the individual TAU institutional projects are collectively intended to strengthen the teaching and learning environment for students and staff by advancing social justice and challenging the legacies of inequality inherited from the past.
The first TAU 3 intensive session was held fully online in July 2021. We are now preparing for the second TAU 3 intensive session in January 2022. This will be a contact session at a hotel in Cape Town with adherence to all COVID 19 protocols. This second TAU 3 session will focus on critically reflecting on the progress with the institutional projects. The final session will take place in Kwazulu–Natal in June 2022. Once participants have completed the tasks required they will be conferred the title of TAU fellow and join the ranks of almost 100 TAU fellows spread across South African universities.
Preparing for TAU 4
The recent UCDP grant awarded to TAU requires that we deliver the TAU programme twice in the course of three years (2021-2023). We have therefore issued a call for nominations to all public universities for the fourth cycle of the programme (TAU 4) starting in 2022 with the first contact session in July 2022.
Institutions are asked to nominate their TAU participants and to link their nomination to one or more of their UCDP funded or strategic Teaching and Learning projects. In this way, we hope, TAU participants and their projects will become part of their institutional strategic planning around Teaching and Learning and contribute to their institutional goals.
Nominees should be employed at a South African public higher education institution (permanent and full time), with academic or professional status;
- Nominees should preferably be Faculty-based middle or senior level academics, but may also be based in middle or senior level academic support or development positions;
- Nominees should have 10 years or more experience of teaching in higher education;
- They should preferably have been involved in the development and implementation of an educational project addressing shortcomings in teaching in some way;
- They should be willing to share their experiences and engage in capacity building.