ADU offers support and development programmes and services to both academic staff and students. These are aimed at increasing success rate in teaching and learning in the university. ADU is comprised of two teams namely: Staff support and development team and student support and development team.

Staff support and development sub-unit

Staff support and development team strives to collaborate with academics with the intention to upskill them with pedagogical approaches in their teaching. In essence ADU takes seriously the art of professionalising teaching in higher education. Lecturers are also equipped with the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.  Services offered to academic staff by ADU:

  • New staff induction
  • Portfolio development
  • Facilitate Vice Chancellors Excellence Awards in Teaching and learning
  • Student evaluation of courses/lecturers
  • E-learning and Blackboard training

Institutionally accredited short courses:

  • assessment and moderation
  • Curriculum development in higher education
  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Evaluation of teaching and learning in higher education

Students support and development sub-unit

Student support and development sub-unit offers services and programmes to ensure that students participate successfully in the process of learning at the University of Venda. These student development programmes are designed, inter alia, to assist students transition smoothly from high school to tertiary education.
The following programmes are offered to students by ADU:

  • Institutional mentorship and tutorship programme
  • Academic Literacies
  • Time Management

Academic Development Unit Staff

DR. LANGUTANI MARY MASEHELA
Position: HOD, Academic Development Unit

Qualifications: Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (for Academic Developers) (Rhodes University), PhD in Higher Education (Rhodes University)
MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Johannesburg)
Honours in Linguistics (University of the Western Cape)
BA in English and Linguistics (University of Limpopo)
HED (University of Limpopo)
Course in Project Management (UNISA)

Langutani’s responsibility is to coordinate the provision of student support and development activities which include the manning of the institution-wide mentoring and tutoring programmes. Her research interests are on issues around the assurance of quality in teaching and learning in higher education, access and success. Issues of student support such as mentoring and tutoring are also of great interest in her research work. Langutani has a wealth of experience as a lecturer of Linguistics and Media Studies at the University of Venda and English language at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Office Location: Old Education Block no 08
Telephone: 015 962 8205
Fax number: 015 962 8903
E-mail: mary.masehela@univen.ac.za


MR. NNDWELENI MATHASE
Position : Secretary
Qualifications : BA in International relations (University of Venda)
: BA Honours in International Relations (University of Venda)
Office location: No. G001 ground floor Old Admin
Telephone : 015 962 8903
Fax : 015 962 8903
Email : nndweleni.mathase@univen.ac.za


DR. TSHIMANGADZO SIKHWARI
Position: Senior Educational Development Practitioner
Qualifications: PhD (Educational Psychology) (University of Johannesburg)
M. ED (Psychology of Education) (University of South Africa)
B. ED (Hons) (Educational Psychology) (University of Pretoria)
B. ED (Hons) (Specialisation in Guidance & Counselling)(University of South Africa)
BA (Psychology & Education) (University of Venda)
JSTC (Venda College)
Further Diploma in Education (Educational Management) (University of Johannesburg)
Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation Methods (University of Stellenbosch)
Doctoral Supervision Course (University of Stellenbosch)

Office location: Old Education Block, office no. 03
Telephone: (015) 962 8272
Fax: (015) 962 8347/4749
Email: tshimangadzo.sikhwari@univen.ac.za

Dr Sikhwari is currently serving as a Senior Educational Development Practitioner in the Academic Development Unit, Centre for Higher Education Teaching and Learning. He is responsible for student support, which includes training mentors and tutors, and enhancing student academic success through the provision of study skills. He also conducts research in teaching and learning. His research interests are in teaching and learning, student support and development, and career development. Professionally, he is registered as a Psychometrist (Independent Practice) with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He taught in a number of secondary schools before joining the University of Venda in 1998 as Student Counsellor.


DR FHATUWANI RAVHUHALI
Position: Senior Educational Development Practitioner: Staff Development
Qualifications: Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (University of Venda), Master of Education (cum laude) (University of Venda)

Dr Fhatuwani Ravhuhali’s responsibilities include curriculum development; portfolio development; assessment and evaluation of teaching and learning activities, the provision of student support and development as well as community engagement project. Fhatuwani has been high school educators for more than 14 years teaching History, Afrikaans 2nd Additional Language and Life Orientation in several schools in the Limpopo Province before joining the University of Venda. He has a wealth of experience as a part-time lecturer, teaching several modules such as Life Orientation Methodology; MLO 4541 & 4641 Reception Year (EDH 1521); Preparation for Teaching Practice Observation (ETL 2521 & 2621); Teaching and Learning Strategies (ETL 3521 & 3621); History of Education (HDC 2621); Learners with Learning Barriers (ELB 3621) and Psychology of Education (EHD 1521).at the University of Venda from 2010-2014. Dr Fhatuwani Ravhuhali’s areas of research include Professional Development; Curriculum development, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and academic development

Office Location: Old Education Block no 07
Telephone: 015 962 8116
Fax number: 015 962 8903

E-mail: fhatuwani.ravhuhali@univen.ac.za


DR. LUYANDA MARHAYA
Position: Senior Educational Practitioner: Staff Support

Qualifications:
Doctoral of Philosophy in Education, specializing in Academic Development (University of Fort Hare)
Project Management (NMMU)
MA in Higher Education (University of Free State)
Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (Academic Developers) (Rhodes University)

Dr. Luyanda Marhaya is a Senior Educational Development Practitioner. He is also involved in Academic Development initiatives in the Centre working with academic departments in steering and providing workshops on the following: Curriculum Development/ dialogues/ Assessment of Student Learning and Teaching Portfolio development short courses. He sits in the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa (HELTASA) executive committee and is responsible for steering Curriculum Dialogues across universities nationally. Dr Marhaya is also an emerging researcher and publishes on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTl) research and has thus far published a number of articles in peer reviewed local and international journals. He is also a supervisor of students enrolled in Honors, Masters and PhD and assists in a number of departments at the university.

Luyanda has over 10 years in the field of Academic Development having worked for four universities in South Africa, an experience that has given him a diverse perspective on the higher education landscape in as far as teaching and learning issues are concerned.

Office Location: old Maths Building, office no
Phone: 015 962 8923
Email Address: luyanda.marhaya@ univen.ac.za


MS HLAYISANI FREDAH MBOWENI
Position: Teaching Assistant: Staff Support

Qualification: MSc in Microbiology (University of Venda)
BSc Honours in Biochemistry (University of Venda)
BSc in Microbiology and Biochemistry (University of Venda)

Hlayisani works closely with Educational Practitioners embarking on issues of curriculum development; portfolio development; assessment; evaluation of teaching; and any other teaching and learning issues. She is also involved in a community engagement project in the area of Teaching and Learning. Her research interests lies on understanding challenges faced by science academics in Higher Education with regards to assessment, curriculum development and teaching. Moreover, she served in the MAL-ED project as a Laboratory Research Assistant in the Department of Microbiology and also as a Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Biochemistry. Joining CHETL-ADU has helped her acquire knowledge on Teaching and Learning and academic development.

Office Location: Old school of education office no. 05
Phone: +2715 962 8485
Email Address: hlayisani.mboweni@univen.ac.za


MR LUTENDO ROSEPH NENDAUNI
Position: Intern

Qualification: Bachelor of Arts Honours in Linguistics (Cum laude) (University of Venda) Bachelor of Arts Media studies (University of Venda) Diploma in Intermediate English (World English Institute)

Mr. Lutendo Nendauni is a monitoring and evaluation officer of the mentoring and tutoring programme. Under the supervision of Dr Masehela, Nendauni’s obligations encompass providing students support and expediting linkage between module lecturers and tutors/mentors. Nendauni also assists with the facilitation of lecturer’s evaluation by students. He is an emerging researcher who is currently reading for a masters degree in Linguistics at the University of Venda. His research interest lies within the scope of discourse analysis, persuasion, semantics, pragmatics and onomastics.

Office Location: Old school of education office no. 05
Phone: +2715 962 8485
Email Address: nendauniroseph@gmail.com



MR SOLLY MANGANYE

Position: Intern

Qualification: Bachelor of Arts Honours in Criminal Justice (University of Venda)
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (University of Venda)

Mr. Solly Manganye is one of the monitoring and evaluation officers of the mentoring and tutoring programme. Under the supervision of Dr. Masehela, he works hand in hand with Mr. Lutendo Nendauni. His duties involve providing student support and facilitating relationships between module lecturers and tutors/mentors. Manganye also assists with the facilitation of lecturer’s evaluation by students. Furthermore, he is currently a registered student studying towards a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice at the University of Venda. His research interest lies within the scope of Human Trafficking, Reactive Policing (criminal investigation), and Organized Crime.

Office Location: Old school of education office no. 05
Phone: +2715 962 8485
Email Address: s.m.manganye@gmail.com


MR MAANDA MUKHUBA

Position: Project Administrator

Qualification: National Diploma in Public Management (Vhembe FET College)
Basic Computer Literacy (University of Venda)

Mr Mukhuba’s responsibilities include inter alia; administration of activities that are funded through the University Capacity Development Grant

Office Location: Old school of education office no. E6
Phone: +2715 962 8227
Email Address: maanda.mukhuba@univen.ac.za

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