Saide Current Awareness
27 February 2023


Distance Learning



Education: South Africa 






Language and Literacies

  • Students and faculty use 3D printing to 'Build a Better Book' Source: The Northerner For English professor Dr. Tamara O’Callaghan, finding a way to intersect the humanities with cutting-edge technology holds potential far beyond simply helping English majors acquire multidisciplinary skills. Makerspaces furnished with 3D scanners, 3D printers and laser cutters for people to experiment and research with are popping up in libraries around the country, including at the Steely Library with Stego Studio.




Open Education and Open Educational Resources



Post Schooling




  • The first Student Peer Support Initiatives In Higher Education Book in the country Source: Midrand Reporter  Teaching and learning specialist at IIE’s Varsity College Waterfall, Thaiurie Govender is a true believer in new student support programmes and one of the five authors of the Student Peer Support Initiatives in Higher Education book. 
    The first of its kind in South Africa, the book is intended for individuals in higher education who are involved in student peer support initiatives to enhance student retention and success.


  • A university on its way to becoming a net-zero carbon campus Source: University World News The University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa has emerged as one of the pioneering higher education institutions in the region to work towards a more environmentally sustainable campus by establishing environmentally sound policies and practices.






Skills and Employment 


  • Programme intends to sharpen technology transfer skills Source: University World News South Africa lags behind the world in turning its scientific discoveries and research findings into commercial products. Official estimates suggest only 7% of the intellectual property-generated research is commercialised, a paltry figure compared with the international benchmark of 40%.


Teaching and Learning- Local and Global

  • Finding the right balance between digital education and traditional learning methods Source: Euroweekly In this digital age, bridging the gap between digital learning and traditional methods has become a talking point for teachers and educators. This became even more apparent during the global pandemic, with educators and schools relying heavily on long-distance learning and, in turn, digital approaches to learning.


Technology Enhanced Learning

  • ‘Special Reports – Global Edition Exploring generative AI and the implications for universities Source: University World News This is the launch edition of a University World News special report on ‘AI and higher education’. The focus is on how universities around the world are responding to ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools. This will be followed by a weekly series of articles exploring developments in AI that have implications for higher education institutions 



  • AI in Higher Education Resource Hub Source: TeachOnline.CA  Contact North's presents a hub of resources on AI , for post-secondary faculty and instructors, with three focal points viz.learning experience,  grading and assessment,and academic policy and ethical issues.


  • The Implications of ChatGPT for Assessment in Higher Education -  Source: Youtube11th ASSAf Presidential Roundtable Discussion facilitated by Prof. Jonathan Jansen with panelists as follows:  Dr Franci Cronjé (Research Associate, The IIE Vega School), Dr Roze Phillips (Founder and CEO, Abundance at Work) and Prof Johannes Cronjé (Professor, Digital Teaching and Learning, Cape Peninsula University of Technology).


  • How to perfect your prompt writing for ChatGPT, Midjourney and other AI generators Source: TheConversation Generative AI is having a moment. ChatGPT and art generators such as DALL-E 2, Stable Diffusion and Midjourney have proven their potential, and now millions are wracking their brains over how to get their outputs to look something like the vision in their head.This is the goal of prompt engineering: the skill of crafting an input to deliver a desired result from generative AI.