HELTASA Foundation SIG knowledge sharing strategy for national best practice transfer in ECP provisions in Southern Africa

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Presenter: Dylan Cromhout

Representing: Heltasa Foundation SIG

Designation: Foundation SIG Co-convener (2016-2017)

Institution: Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Contact: cromhoutd@cput.ac.za

Conference: presented at the 2016 Foundation Provisioning Colloquium in Bloemfontien

Host: Central University of Technology (CUT)


Mr. Dylan Cromhout

HELTASA Foundation SIG knowledge sharing strategy for national best practice transfer in ECP provisions in Southern Africa

In this presentation I will describe the purpose of the HELTASA SIG and highlight the current strategic plans to enhance its function and reach within the ECP community of practice in South Africa. The presentation will cover a two year roll-out plan designed to establish a sustainable method for national knowledge sharing, as well as how ECP researchers and educators can get involved.

The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) Foundation special interest group (SIG) brings together academic lecturers and academic developers with an interest and experience in working in the many Foundational and extended curriculum programme (ECP) provisions across the different higher education institutions in South Africa.

The main focus for the SIG over the next two year period is to stimulate and promote a culture of practice sharing amongst institutional partners. Such practice sharing initiatives should operate at individual institutions (department, faculty and institution wide platforms), but also traverse regional and national levels. The idea is to encourage ECP units and staff at different institutions to create practice sharing platforms at their institutions and also between their regional partners. Common ways such practice sharing activities might be facilitated is through sharing-circles and hosting regional seminars, symposia or colloquia. National practice sharing will be facilitated at the annual HELTASA conference, where ECP staff and units will be invited to lead/facilitate practice sharing circles focused on particular themes such as students learning, curriculum innovation, policy, administration and governance, and student development.

In addition, an online knowledge sharing platform will be created to facilitate national internal benchmarking in order to identify, capture, and leverage best practice knowledge in ECP provisions (O’Dell & Grayson, 1998:154). The hope is that by leveraging the work of educators and researchers in the field of ECP provisions and making it readily available to the broader ECP community, the greater purpose of ECP will be more effectively achieved on a national and institutional level.


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