In 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…)
This 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!
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…)
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”.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 24 September 2014
UCT 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.