year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 152

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning Associate Professor
Lis Lange called on the university community to build a collective sense
and common purpose around student success and experience at UCT.
university in teaching and learning,”
said Lange.
She urged the academic
community to harness the critical
impetus of the student-led protests
under the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF)
banner to initiate, at departmental
level, curricula reviews that challenge
the institutional curriculum.
“And we must accept, once and for
all, that learning how to teach is not
an optional aspect in the life of an
“Let’s shake the complacency
of being the top university in the
country. Let’s ... stretch our notion
Lange was speaking at the opening
of the 2018 Teaching and Learning
Conference on 17 July.
At the heart of the change needed
in the university’s teaching and
learning approach, she said, is what
Cameroonian philosopher, political
theorist and public intellectual Achille
Mbembe referred to as “pedagogies
of presence”, a “set of mental
dispositions” needed to change the
status quo.
“The fact that we are the top
research university in Africa and
figure high up in the world rankings
does not make us the top-rated


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