College of Agriculture, Engineering
and Science (CAES)

Teaching and Learning Unit

The Teaching and Learning (T&L) unit is headed by Prof Naven Chetty who has a vision for enhancing teaching and learning in the College that can heighten the academic experience for both the academic staff and the students. 

The unit works towards monitoring the academic performance of students in the college and providing timely academic interventions to ensure that they are equipped with important skills that are needed for success in higher education.

The unit will also promote continued professional development of academic staff especially in areas such as providing training that sensitises lecturers to cultural, language and gender issues, sparks ideas about how to improve the teaching experience and encourages staff to work as a team.

Under the leadership of Prof Chetty, the overall goal of the unit is to move towards a strategic vision to drive initiatives such as blended learning, technological learning and curriculum reform within the College space to improve throughput

Visionary teaching and learning strategies not only enhance the student experience but also enrich the teaching and learning strategy of the institution while at the same time maintaining the high academic standards associated with UKZN. As an institution, collectively there are numerous measures now in place that seek to partially respond to this.

In addition to Academic Monitoring and Support, an informed approach to teaching pedagogy are key to improving graduate quality, reducing attrition rates and thus makes Universities more sustainable in these tough economic times.

Developing a streamlined curricula in line with meeting the needs of the job market, including emphasising core and analytical skills so that graduates contribute meaningfully to their sectors has become the need of the hour.

Message from the dean

“Visionary teaching and learning strategies not only enhance the student experience but also enrich the teaching and learning strategy of the institution while at the same time maintaining the high academic standards associated with UKZN.”

- Prof Naven Chetty, Dean of Teaching & Learning

Massification of higher education institutions has resulted in a multitude of serious challenges that impact on the quality of graduates, throughput rates and overall time taken to complete degrees, and the overall teaching and learning experience in higher education institutions. Another aspect that this impacts on is the high attrition rate of students due to their underperformance and the slow response of higher education institutions to respond to the need for enhancing the learning experience for the students. The support measures offered must transcend the realm of purely academic support and include significant socio-psychological support as well. This then directly speaks to the need for teaching and learning to be streamlined, student-centered, palliative and inclusionary.

Visionary teaching and learning strategies not only enhance the student experience but also enrich the teaching and learning strategy of the institution while at the same time maintaining the high academic standards associated with UKZN. As an institution, collectively there are numerous measures now in place that seek to partially respond to this. In addition to Academic Monitoring and Support, an informed approach to teaching pedagogy are key to improving graduate quality, reducing attrition rates and thus makes Universities more sustainable in these tough economic times. Developing a streamlined curricula in line with meeting the needs of the job market, including emphasising core and analytical skills so that graduates contribute meaningfully to their sectors has become the need of the hour.

Latest news

COVID-19 pandemic as a result of coronavirus infection has resulted in unprecedented changes in various sectors in the whole world. Higher education in South Africa in general and University of KwaZulu-Natal in particular is no exception. However, it is the vision of the leadership of the University and College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science that the teaching and learning activities should go on in the best way possible. This will not only help the students to have uninterrupted learning but also keep them motivated and occupied during this time of lockdown, isolation and quarantine. Various training programmes for staff and students, moving to various online platforms for teaching and learning and academic monitoring and support are few of such interventions. The college T&L Unit together with the various stake holders is committed to providing quality learning experience for students even during these uncertain times.

Professor Naven Chetty, has been appointed Dean of Teaching and Learning at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) after acting in the position since 2017.

‘During his time acting in this role, Professor Chetty has displayed a vision for enhancing teaching and learning in the College, and the University has benefited from his vision while participating in the UKZN structures dealing with strategic issues of teaching and learning,’ said Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the CAES Professor Albert Modi. ‘We look forward to many more years of his leadership.’

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The newly-opened Centre for Academic Success in Science and Engineering (CASSE) at UKZN consolidates a proud tradition of foundational access programmes and holistic educational pedagogy within the University spanning 30 years.

Science and Engineering bridging programmes within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) have a rich heritage. As far back as 1988, the UNITE Engineering Access Programme started on the former University of Natal’s (UN) Howard College campus, while the Engineering Bridging Programme was launched at the then University of Durban-Westville (UDW) in 1993.

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Meet the team

The Teaching and Learning team is made up of dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to ensure that our students are on the path of academic excellence and promote professional development among academic staff.

Academic support programmes

Academic Counselling

ADOs assess students' progression/ academic performance and advises on interventions to improve academic performance.

Writing Place

A facility that assists students with academic writing skills and statistical interpretation, run by doctoral and post-doctoral students. 

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

A collaborative-learning programme, facilitated by senior students to provide a well-structured learning experience and development of module-specific study skills.

Residence tutorials

These tutorials are run similar to SI, but are conducted during evenings when students in the residences are available to study.

HOT seat

A drop-in facility where students can seek academic assistance from senior students either on a 1-on-1 or group basis.

Peer Mentorship

Peer mentors provide support to first-year students struggling to adjust to university life, registration and study skills.

Online Resources

The Teaching and Learning unit has put together several resources that will aid staff and students. It will be worth your while to take a look at the resources below.

 

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CAES T&L videos

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Details of technical support

Information to be added.

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Directory of experts

Information to be added.

How to get hold of us

Our secretary

Ms Velda Opperman

Our phone no.

+27 (0) 33 260 5717

Our email

oppermanv@ukzn.ac.za