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Faculty Development and Support

***NEW*** Short Program Service-Learning and Community Engagement (SPSLCE)

The Office offers different forms of support to academic staff to promote service-learning in the institution. These are:

  • Service-Learning Capacity Building Training Programs
  • Support in developing curricula and finding community sites (under construction)
  • Research Support (under construction)

Service-Learning Capacity Building Training Programs

The capacity building programs aims to train groups of teaching staff who plan to implement their module in order to develop a model of implementation at their university or faculty. The model underscores academically based community interaction that is credit-bearing.

The Office offers at least one Service-Learning Capacity Building Training Program per annum for academic staff (C1) who is interested in restructuring an existing module or design a new service-learning course. The module is offered as:

  • a short basic two day workshop (for Stellenbosch University staff only) or
  • a credit-bearing short program spread over a semester (open to all universities, including Stellenbosch).

Short Basic Program

This program is offered on demand as a two day workshop giving participants the basic information on how to design and implement a service-learning course.  A follow-up workshop of one day is scheduled as support participants to finalize the implementation. The following themes are covered:

  • Policy directives for CE and SL.
  • A Theoretical and conceptual framework for SL
  • A partnership model and partnership-building for SL.
  • Curriculum and programme development to include SL.
  • Quality management and ethical conduct in SL.
  • Reflection and assessment for SL.
  • Risk management strategies for SL.
  • Research into and through SL.

Short Program Service-Learning and Community Engagement (SPSLCE)

The next module

The short learning program earns 24 credits on NQF Level 9 and earns a certificate of competence. The credits may be transferred to a Masters level program in Higher Education Studies. The purpose of the short program is twofold:

  • to equip service-learning practitioners to explore, design, implement and assess a service-learning module in a particular academic program and,
  • to assist staff developers/community engagement managers in designing a service-learning (SL) capacity-building program for implementation at their HE institutions or faculties, based on independent intellectual consideration of key aspects of higher education community engagement. (Read course framework)

How to take part in a Service-Learning Capacity Building Program

A few basic steps are necessary before embarking on a training program.

  • Do some basic reading about service-learning or speak to academic staff members who are already practicing service-learning. View the existing list of service-learning modules.
  • Identify an appropriate module in an academic program: Determine if there is already a practical component included in the module OR it may be a module where the traditional learning activities can be translated into a community interaction (CI) component. - a shift from traditional teaching to community based teaching. (This does not necessarily imply a resubmission of the module unless the content of the course undergoes major changes. The latter is not the aim of service-learning).
  • Discuss the possibilities with the appropriate program coordinator and the department chair.
  • If they agree, fill in an application and obtain the signatures of the department head and/or the Dean of the faculty.

A registration fee of R550 is payable for internal staff members and the course fee for an external participant (other universities) is R6200.

The application form for participation may be completed, signed and sent to: Antoinette Smith-Tolken

The implication for the department is that the staff member who wants to participate, will be committed to study the service-learning concept and attend all scheduled contact sessions. Bridging funding to implement the module for the first time might be applied for from the Office for Service-Learning.