UCT launches first MOOC

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medicine and artIn recent years, MOOCs have become a global phenomenon that, in many ways, has  shifted the landscape of teaching and learning. With universities and academic institutions across the globe hosting these MOOCs, millions of students now have access to free tertiary level courses.  At their core, MOOCs are geared toward mass participation and self-direction and is available to anyone with an internet connection. They allow for features such as interactive online forums that can involve hundreds of students in peer-to-peer discussions, as well as access to video and audio lectures and course materials in online format. (more…)

UCT Summer School

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SummerSchool_550x270This year marks the 65th anniversary of the annual UCT Summer School with short courses on a huge array of subjects. The Summer term will be running from 19 – 30 January 2015 and will encompass diverse courses from fields such as medicine, music, law, language and literature.  See the link below for more information about the 2015 Summer School and what courses will be offered, but hurry… school’s starting soon!

UCT Summer School

Soudien on Libraries and Revolution

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Crain Soudien addressing LISC Conference attendees

It’s crucial for the South African university to bring itself to acknowledge that there is “outstanding business, business that is not even on the agenda” in terms of excluded knowledge systems, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Crain Soudien argued in an address about how a university should position itself in the information age.

Libraries were at the heart of this dilemma, he told delegates at LISC 75, the Library and Information Studies Centre’s 75 years commemoration conference on 27 November.“How you begin to project this information revolution is not only about big data, but also about big data that we’ve lost and never come to terms with. So you, as the frontline in some ways, of how information is come to, are in a pivotal position. I really appeal to you to help us become better at what we are doing.” (more…)

Tuesday 25 November saw the commencement of the much anticipated Wiley author workshop, with attendees streaming inDSC_0516 (2) from across the Cape. Aimed at Researchers, the workshop focused on the dangers and the difficulties of getting published. Associate marketing director, Kate Smith, gave an overview of how Wiley serves the wider research community through the latest innovations to their Online Library. This was followed by Journals Publishing Manager, Peter Creaton, who addressed attendees on the process of publication, providing helpful insights into the publishing world. Finally, Associate Director Jill Hawthorne, spoke about Wiley’s stance with regard to new initiatives in Open Access and Altmetrics.

See the presentations below:

Karen Smith:


Peter Creaton:


Jill Hawthorne:



Thank you for your interest in the Wiley workshop, we have received a huge response from researchers.

The workshop has been fully booked and registration for the event has closed.



University of Cape Town:  25th November,  9:30 – 13:00

Target Audience: The course is aimed at researchers, academics and librarians who wish to publish in international journals.

Charge: The workshop is free to all registrants. Registrations will be taken on a first come, first served, basis.  Seats are limited, so book now!

Certification: On completion of the seminar, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. (more…)

It’s open time again as the Open Book Festival approaches. Taking place at the Fugard theatre and other venues across Cape Town from 17 – 21 September 2014, this year’s festival will see the assemblage of international and local writers joining together to promote a love of literature and to showcase South African writing. Some of my personal highlights include Wilbur Smith launching his new book as part of the festival, as well as Deon Meyer, Raymond E Feist and Andrew Salomon discussing the commonalities that exist between fantasy and crime writing.

Click here for the programme and see which events to add to your “not-to-miss-list”.OPen book

Resources offered through the eResearch Centre

The eResearch team will be providing an overview of resources available through ICTS and the eResearch Centre.  The session will be made up of three parts:

  • A quick overview of the eResearch Centre and how it can support young researchers
  • High performance computing resources at UCT – how to access it and what can you do on it?
  • Online tools to use in your everyday life as young researcher – a discussion

Presenter: Anelda van der Walt

Date: 25 September 2014

Time: 15:00 – 16:30

Venue: Ulwazi Training Room, Knowledge Commons, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.

RSVP:  dumisa.dlodlo@uct.ac.za by Wednesday 24 September 2014

2013/14 Research ReportUCT wants to establish itself as a research-intensive university and hopes to do this through a renewed emphasis on cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration, improved support for researchers, and intensified efforts to integrate postgraduate students into international networks of scholars.




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