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Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT)

Berwyn Court, Ground Floor
Steve Biko Campus
031 373 2860
Mariam Bee, 1st Floor
M L Sultan Campus
031 373 6810
Professor Thengani Ngwenya
Director: CELT
Tel:031 373 2248
Ms Kholeka Shangase
Office Administrator
Tel: 031-373 2860

Taking its cue from the strategic directions of the university, the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) has chosen to adopt a holistic approach to academic development (AD). For our purposes, academic development is seen as wide-ranging and multi-pronged but primarily comprising student, curriculum and staff development. The primary goal of the Centre is to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of learning, teaching and assessment across all academic programmes offered by the Durban University of Technology (DUT). It is our hope that this will have a direct and measurable impact on the throughput and progression rates in all academic programmes and qualifications offered by the university.

CELT will balance the need for centralisation of AD management which it considers to be essential for the coordination and monitoring of AD interventions with decentralisation which is equally important for their implementation in faculties and academic departments. To this end, CELT will work closely with faculty management at all levels, from the Office of the Executive Dean to the lecturers or tutors in charge of particular academic programmes and modules. CELT commits itself to an open and collaborative style of managing AD initiatives, whether these are initiated by the faculties, other university support units or by CELT itself.

While CELT will conceptualise, plan and implement most of the academic improvement interventions, some AD initiatives will be initiated by faculties in line with the strategic directions of each faculty. All CELT projects and interventions will be designed in such a way that they will have an integral mechanism for assessing their impact on learning, teaching and assessment. CELT respects the relative autonomy of faculties and the authority of Executive Deans to make decisions regarding academic programmes offered by departments in their respective faculties. In line with this approach, CELT's function is essentially that of a Support Unit.

There are four divisions in CELT, namely:

USEFUL LINKS - Council of Higher Education - Department of Higher Education and Training - South African Qualifications Authority - SAQA level Descriptors - HELTASA 2013 Conference
How Learning Works : Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching
Learning Outcomes - Understanding learning outcomes in the context of NQF implementation