Academic Development Unit

Centre for Higher Education Teaching and Learning

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
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