TAU 1 (2015/2016)
Grand Finalé of the TAU 1 Fellowships Programme

14 – 19 July saw the grand finale of TAU 1 which took place at the Karridene Hotel, Durban.

The 50 candidates – academics committed to teaching and learning at 20 South African higher education institutions – engaged with each other about the scholarship of teaching and learning, teaching excellence and change and transformation over a period of 13 months. They have all achieved the requirements of the programme:

  • managed an individual project
  • participated in all the face to face and online learning activities
  • contributed to an enquiry group process and report
  • and are now officially “TAU Fellows”

The reports of their individual investigations and more details about the cohort are available on this site. The next TAU programme should be advertised via Deputy Vice Chancellors at all South African public higher education institutions during the first half of 2017. Here are some comments on the TAU experience by TAU Fellows:

It has changed the way I view Higher Education, and I finally view myself as an academic and a professional.
… as individual I have started to critically question my perspectives and beliefs and … started a transformative journey.
…these discussions were a source of inspiration for me and incredibly valuable.
By suspending discipline, hierarchy, power relations, and spaces that usually frame my professional identity…. placed me in a different context premised on a commitment to effective and responsible teaching and learning in contemporary South Africa. This was a very liberating experience and eventually one of deep reflection and learning . … We have learnt to shed aside institutional bias , our discipline masks and the importance of our titles and look at the one thing we all have in common – a passion for teaching.

TAU 1 Engagements: Unearthing Tinkerbell: Cultivating reflective practice in SITU

Professor Liqhwa Siziba from the North-West University Mafikeng Campus and TAU 2015 – 2016 Fellow delivered a keynote address at the NWU SOTL Conference on 22 September 2017. The title of her interactive and inspiring talk was: Unearthing Tinkerbell: Cultivating reflective practice in SITU.

TAU Fellows and Advisors, July 2016, Karridene Beach Hotel, Durban

TAU 2015/2016 Fellows
Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Bernie-MillarTAUDept. of Clothing & Textile Technology

Passed Away

Critical Realism; post-graduate epistemological and ontological access and pedagogy; multilingualism in Higher Education; threshold concepts; concept-mapping for epistemological access; teaching and learning in Higher Education; teaching and learning in Emergency Medical Sciences.

TAU Project Report

Nomakhaya Mashiyi TAU Faculty Language Coordinator (Faculty of Education)

Moved to University of Fort Hare

Teaching- Learning in HE
Language Education
Education Policy Implementation
Professional Development of academic staff

TAU Project Report

Central University of Technology

Belinda-van-der-Merwe-TAU Dept. Clinical Sciences

Research interest is the conversion of a recently developed student guide into an interactive E book or mobile application.
Radiography students spend weeks off campus at hospitals during work place learning and to have information regarding radiation safety requirements at hand will deepen learning and have the potential to engage the student to master the radiation safety requirements.

TAU Project Report

Brenton-Grant-Fredericks-TAU Dept. of Communication Sciences

Academic literacy, Organisational Communication and learner achievement.

TAU Project Report

Noluntu-Mpekoa-TAU Dept. of Information Technology

Moved to University of Johannesburg

Advancement in mobile technologies, Internet of Things, Communication Networks, as well as Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

TAU Project Report

Durban University of Technology

Anisa-Vahed-TAU Dept. of Dental Sciences

Moved to Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China

Metallographic structure of newly developed dental materials, and the teaching and learning through discipline-specific games to enable students’ access to, and acquisition of, knowledge.

TAU Project Report

Prof.-Ashley-Ross Dept. of Homoeopathy

Homoeopathic pathogenetic trails.

TAU Project Report

Paulene-Naidoo-TAU Dept. of Public Relations Management

Teaching, Learning and Assessments (Community Engagement, Graduate attributes, Student preparedness)
Enhancing student success Student Access
E-learning Public Relations

TAU Project Report

Mangosuthu University of Technology

Alex-Nabbi-TAU Dept. of Accounting


The value and influence of foundational provisioning as a strategy to facilitate student success and address the issues of social redress.
How can we broaden the concept of quality education to include citizenry, social justice and redress.

TAU Project Report

Alfred-Msomi-TAU Dept. of Maths and Sciences

Solution of Differential using the method of Lie symmetries. Impact on the use of technology in the teaching and learning of engineering mathematics at a University of Technology (E-Learning platform).

TAU Project Report

Sandiso-Ngcobo-TAU Dept. of Communications

Multilingualism in education and society, and management studies.

TAU Project Report

Nelson Mandela University

Andre-du-Plessis-TAU Faculty of Education

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Primary School Mathematics Education with special reference to ICT implementation and integration in education.

TAU Project Report

rita-kizito Teaching and Learning Specialist

Moved to University of Twente, Netherlands

I am interested in learning activity design research, with a particular focus on how technologies can be used to facilitate meaning-making.

TAU Project Report

North West University

Lida-Holtzhausen-TAU School of Communication Studies

Corporate communication: reputation, branding, marketing and marketing communication in both the profit and not-for-profit sector.

TAU Project Report

Liqhwa-Siziba-TAU Dept. of Academic Literacy

TAU Advisor

Action Research, Reflective practice, Innovative and Transformative teaching approaches, Identity and Discourse analysis.

TAU Project Report

Dr.-Santisa-Viljoen School of Music


The relationship between texts, contexts and identity formation.
Voice pathology.
The use of technology in practical music education.

TAU Project Report

Rhodes University

Dr.-Candice-Christie Dept. of Human Kinetics & Ergonomics

Exercise interventions for cardiovascular health promotion in female populations and understanding fatigue mechanisms in intermittent sports such as cricket.

TAU Project Report

Mic-Halse-TAU Dept. of Computer Science


ICTs in education, Advanced Learning Technologies (ALTs) and their relationship to learning styles/gender/culture, E-Learning, early learning, gender, critical sexualities.

TAU Project Report

Undine-Weber-TAU Dept. of German Studies

20th century German literature, academic aspects of teaching, theory and practice of translation.

TAU Project Report

Stellenbosch University

Elmarie-Costandius-TAU Dept. of Visual Art

Passed Away

Critical citizenship and social justice education.

TAU Project Report

Prof-Geo-Quinot Dept. of Public Law

Administrative law
Public procurement regulation
Legal education

TAU Project Report

Ian-Couper-TAU Director, Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Stellenbosch University

Health service development; health professions education; rural medical education; community-based education; human resources for rural health; family medicine.

TAU Project Report

Tswane University of Technology

Janine-Lewis-TAU Dept. of Drama and Film

TAU Advisor

Post-dramatic theatre, theatre-making and devising practice, physical theatre and performance art.

TAU Project Report

University of Cape Town

Andy-Buffler-TAU Radiation detection and applications, and tertiary physics education.

TAU Project Report

Ilse-Lubbe-TAU Dept. of Accounting

Accounting Education, including:

  • Challenges when educating professionals, educating for professional qualifications
  • Curriculum development, including new programme development
  • Accounting knowledge production and principle-based learning strategies
  • Pedagogy relating to large class teaching and e-learning strategies

TAU Project Report

Vanessa-Burch-TAU Chair of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Medicine

Workplace-based learning, generic learning skills, diagnostic reasoning, clinical bedside teaching.

TAU Project Report

University of Fort Hare

Mr-Actor-Katurura Dept. of Law

Curriculum Development; Legal Education; Environmental Law, Customary Law, Jurisprudence.

TAU Project Report

Dr.-Drusilla-Yekela Dept. of History


The 19th century interaction of colonial authorities, traditional rulers and the Christian missionaries, Wars of Resistance that punctuated most of the 19th century history of the North and South East Cape, and Nguni chieftainships with specific interest in the vicissitudes of abaThembu chieftainship.

TAU Project Report

Dr.-Roxanne-Piderit Dept. of Information Systems

Teaching-related Research Interests:
• Factors impacting on Student Success
• Adjusting Assessment to Enhance Student Learning
• Plagiarism Awareness and Improving Student Writing
• Establishing Realistic Systems Development Project Environments

Discipline-specific Research Interests:
• Enhancing Citizen Participation in e-Government (Thuthuka-funded Project)
• Technology Trust Management for Business Improvement/Competitiveness
• Social Media and Privacy
• Green IT Policy Development

TAU Project Report

University of Free State

Corlia-Jansen-van-vuuren-TAU Teaching and learning manager for Economic and Management Science

Higher Education, Teaching and Learning.

TAU Project Report

Joey-SerokoaneTAU Dept. of Anthropology

TAU Team

Transformative education, community engagement, culture and health.

TAU Project Report

University of Johannesburg

Joyce-Sibeko-TAU Dept. Business Management

Service learning and collaboration

TAU Project Report

Sibusiso-Mdletshe-TAU Dept. of Radiography

Moved to University of Auckland, New Zealand

Role extension in Medical Imaging; Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Use of Technology in Teaching; Student Engagement.

TAU Project Report

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Fatima-SulemanTAU Dept. Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical Policy and Systems; Health Education.

TAU Project Report


School of Social Sciences

Moved to University of Chester, United Kingdom

TAU Project Report

University of Limpopo

Oliver-Mtapuri-TAU Academic Leader for Research, School of Built Environment and Development Studies

Moved to University of Kwa Zulu Natal

My research interests include the nature, extent and measurement and conceptions of poverty and inequality. I also look at the environment, anthropocene, climate change; community-based tourism, livelihoods and well-being; social protection and development management; project management and financial management.

TAU Project Report

Suresh-Singh-TAU Dept. of Science Education

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Science Education
Nature of Science
Implementation Of CAPS
Teacher Education

TAU Project Report

Prof-Tom-Netshisaulu Dept. of Physics

Computer modelling of materials
Energy efficiency projects
Physics Education
Issues in higher education

TAU Project Report

University of South Africa

Mokgadi-Matlakala-TAU Dept. of Health Studies

Course and curriculum design.

TAU Project Report

Sarah-Jane-Johnston-TAU Dept. of Mathematical Sciences

Orthogonal polynomials; quasi-orthogonal polynomials; special functions: Hypergeometric polynomials.

TAU Project Report

University of Pretoria

Dr.-Alecia-Samuels Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Early Childhood intervention, disability, participation and engagement, blended learning.

TAU Project Report

Corner-Postma-TAU Dept. of Dental Management Sciences

Dental education (teaching and learning especially)
Self-regulated learning
Clinical reasoning
Bridging the gap between school and university
Health services research

TAU Project Report

Dr.-Lynne-Pilcher Dept. of Chemistry

The application of organic synthesis for solving biological problems. I am involved in research collaborations with Biochemists where I can apply a chemical viewpoint in the interpretation of biochemical results. The ability to propose mechanisms to explain organic reactions is what I enjoy most about organic chemistry. I am excited about collaborative ventures to combine physical chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry to solve biochemical reaction mechanisms. I am a keen teacher of organic chemistry and want to apply the best education research and practice in my teaching.

TAU Project Report

University of Venda

Makondelele-makatu-TAU Dept. of Psychology

Widows’ bereavement and related rituals, siblings of mentally retarded children, coping with special health care needs and parental support towards adolescents’ pregnancy, and adolescents and financial stress in the family.

TAU Project Report

University of Western Cape

Prof-Lindsay-Clowes Faculty of Arts

TAU Advisor

Current research explores ways in which subject locations structured around biological sex, gender, sexuality, race, class and other salient identities mediate and shape the possibilities for both teaching and learning.

TAU Project Report

Prof.-Vuyokazi-Nomlomo Language Education

Moved to University of Zulu Land

Language and Literacy Education for basic and higher education, especially Teacher Education, with a special focus on multilingualism and multiliteracies and the development and intellectualisation of African languages, particularly for mathematics and science teaching and learning.

TAU Project Report

University of Witwatersrand

Prof.-Ugash-Subramaney-1 Dept. of Psychiatry

Medical: Traumatic Stress and related disorders, Forensic Psychiatry, (particularly female offenders), Psychotherapy (particularly CBT). Teaching and training/education: Resilience, self efficacy and self regulation aspects of teaching and learning.

TAU Project Report

Vaal University of Technology

Annie-MoletsaneTAU Director of Work Integrated Learning

TAU Project Report

Walter Sisulu University

Jogymol-ALex-TAU Faculty of Educational Sciences, Walter Sisulu University

Learning and Teaching of Secondary School Mathematics and Mathematics Teacher Education.

TAU Project Report

thozama Dept. of Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition

Working with Indigenous communities – health issues relating to indigenous edible vegetables and herbs and how their views (IKS) can inform nutrition education and food product development as well as how the university and indigenous communities can pollinate each other in terms of sharing information and collaboration in issues of poverty alleviation/Food security.

TAU Project Report

TAU 2015/2016 Advisors

TAURhodes University

Lecturer: Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL)


TAUNorth-West University

Faculty of Education


TAUUniversity of Johannesburg



TAUUniversity of Cape Town

Centre For Innovation in Learning and Teaching


TAUUniversity of Venda

Teaching Facilitator: Staff Development


TAU University of Cape Town

Language Development Group

TAUUniversity of the Witwatersrand

Head: Evaluation Services Unit (focused on evaluation of teaching and courses) at the Center for Learning, Teaching and Development, Witwatersrand.


TAU University of KwaZulu-Natal

Director: Teaching & Learning


TAUUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal

Higher Education


TAUUniversity of Johannesburg

Senior Coordinator: Professional Academic Staff Development


TAUUniversity of the Western Cape

Director of Teaching and Learning


TAU 2015/2016 Enquiry Group Posters