Teaching & Learning

Staff Development Programmes

This function promotes academic staff development and research in teaching and learning programmes and services that are intended to empower both staff and undergraduate students to participate successfully in the research in teaching and learning that will lend to increased student success. The following are the functions:

  • Develop a profile of staff competencies for improved learning facilitation
  • Coordinate and support faculties in curriculum transformation which is aligned with national trends
  • Train staff on the modalities of career-focused education
  • Spearhead professional development programmes for academic staff
  • Review and implement all existing Teaching and Learning policies and procedures
  • Oversee the implementation and refinement of the staff Peer Mentoring Programme
  • Develop systems to reward teaching and learning initiatives and innovation
  • Implement the new academic induction programme
  • Manage the evaluation of teaching and modules
  • Develop and roll out a Programme for Academic Portfolio Development for Academics
  • Research and support the development of academic programmes that are relevant to local, regional and national needs
  • Provide staff support for programme development and compliance with HEQSF requirements (for example, workshops on the alignment of qualifications with the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF)
  • Provide support for academic planning activities that advance WSU’s Strategic Plan
  • Ensure that WSU provides academic programmes of the highest possible standards through evaluations, reviews and benchmarking with other universities
  • Update faculties on new developments in higher education
  • Promote research into key issues of teaching and learning and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Collaborate with Institutional Research Development to enhance research and its output for WSU
  • Conduct research on higher education trends to support the institution’s Teaching and Learning Strategy and strategic goals
  • Research on the impact of T&L interventions done as a result of SoLT, towards improving learning and teaching
  • Train staff on writing publishable research-writing workshop conducted in this unit, developing and expanding SoLT research output at WSU.