NWU Short Courses



NWU Short Courses

NWU Short Courses,



What is Self-Directed Learning (SDL)?

“In its broadest meaning self-directed learning describes a process by which individuals take the initiative, with or without the assistance of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes” (Knowles, 1975).



What do we do?

Our vision is to promote self-directed learning that will lead to lifelong learning in all education sectors through excellent research.
Our mission is furthermore:

  • To conduct relevant research on strategies and contexts that contribute to self-directed learning skills;
  • To optimise the quality of our research outputs and to disseminate the results thereof locally and internationally;
  • To support academic staff to develop relevant knowledge and to gain international recognition;
  • To provide quality postgraduate training in order to promote self-directed learning in all education sectors;
  • To share our knowledge to promote self-directed learning practices.

In our research we focus on the promotion of self-directed learning in all education sectors. We aim to propose strategies for diverse contexts which can contribute to the development of self-directed learning skills. The aim is to broaden the body of scholarship of SDL internationally and on the African continent.



INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE FOR EDUCATION

 
For further information on the course content or registration process, please contact Prof Josef de Beer at
018 285 2626 or josef.debeer@nwu.ac.za
 

Short Course on the affordances of indigenous knowledge in Geography anEnvironmental Education

Proposed NQF: Level 6
Proposed Credits16
The purpose of this course is to:

  • show teachers how to incorporate indigenous knowledge in the classroom. Participants will engage in various geography and environmental education learning activities, related to physical geography and social geography;
  • engage with indigenous knowledge related to astronomy, agriculture, meteorology, archaeology etc. and will also focus on the ways in which the holders of indigenous knowledge lived in harmony with their environments;
  • learn how to use generic methods such as De Bono’s thinking hats in the classroom. The programme also includes a visit to the Mphebatho Museum, where they will interact with the holders of indigenous knowledge.

 

Short Course on the affordances of indigenous knowledge in Physical Sciences

ProposeNOF: Level 6
Proposed Credits: 16
The purpose of this course is to:

  • show teachers how to incorporate indigenous knowledge in the classroom using the processes of science;
  • engage in chemistry and physics laboratory investigations to validate the rich indigenous knowledge of different cultural groups, e.g. by looking at endothermic reactions related to traditional leather tanning, the chemistry involved in traditional brewing, and the physics involved in traditional construction practices;
  • show teachers how to use generic methods such as De Bono’s thinking hats in the classroom. The programme also includes a visit to the Mphebatho Museum, where they will interact with the holders of indigenous knowledge.

 

Short Course on the affordances of indigenous knowledge in Natural Sciences (Intermediate and Senior Phases)

Proposed NQF: Level 6
Proposed Credits: 16
The purpose of this course is to:

  • show teachers how to incorporate indigenous knowledge in the classroom using the processes of science;
  • engage in biology, chemistry and physics laboratory investigations to validate the rich indigenous knowledge of different cultural groups, e.g. by looking at endothermic reactions related to traditional leather tanning, the chemistry involved in traditional brewing, the physics involved in traditional construction practices, and the biology of the anti-microbial actions of medicinal plants that are used traditionally;
  • show teachers how to use generic methods such as De Bono’s thinking hats in the classroom. The programme also includes a visit to the Mphebatho Museum, where they will interact with the holders of indigenous knowledge. A strong emphasis will be placed on providing teachers with a more nuanced understanding of both the nature of science, and the nature of indigenous knowledge.

 

Short Course on the affordances of indigenous knowledge in the Life Sciences classroom

Proposed NQFLevel 6
Proposed Credits: 16
The purpose of this course is to:



  • show how to incorporate indigenous knowledge in the classroom using the processes of science;
  • conduct anti-microbial tests on medicinal plants that are culturally used. Apart from the laboratory inquiries, teachers will also be shown how to use generic methods such as De Bono’s thinking hats in the classroom. The programme also includes a visit to the Mphebatho Museum, where they will interact with the holders of indigenous knowledge. A strong emphasis will be placed on providing teachers with a more nuanced understanding of both the nature of science, and the nature of indigenous knowledge, as well as the principles underpinning self-directed learning.

 

Short Course on the affordances of indigenous knowledge in Technology

Proposed NQfLevel 6
Proposed Credits: 16
The purpose of this course is to:

  • show how to incorporate indigenous knowledge in the classroom using the technological process of technology;
  • engage in technological processes associated with the rich indigenous knowledge of different cultural groups, e.g. by looking at endothermic reactions related to traditional leather tanning, the technology involved in traditional brewing, and the technology involved in traditional construction practices (e.g. the “matjieshuise” of the KhoiSan);
  • show how to use generic methods such as De Bono’s thinking hats in the classroom. The programme also includes a visit to the Mphebatho Museum, where they will interact with the holders of indigenous knowledge. A strong emphasis will be placed on providing teachers with a more nuanced understanding of both the nature of technology, and the nature of indigenous knowledge, utilising a problem-based approach.

 

Short Course on the affordances of indigenous knowledge in Mathematics

Proposed NOFLevel 6
Proposed Credits16
The purpose of this course is to:

  • show how to incorporate indigenous knowledge in the mathematics classroom. Participants will engage in various ethno-mathematics learning activities, such as isometric shapes and geometric patterns that underline cultural artefacts and artwork;
  • explore the mathematics that under pin African music. Apart from these ethno-mathematical activities, teachers will also be shown how to use generic methods such as De Bono’s thinking hats in the classroom. The programme also includes a visit to the Mphebatho Museum, where they will interact with the holders of indigenous knowledge, and some of the traditional games that showcase mathematical thinking.

 

Centre for Academic and Professional Language Practice

The Centre for Academic and Professional Language Practice is responsible for Academic Literacy modules, various short courses and workshops in languages and language-related issues, and the Writing Laboratory in Potchefstroom.
The aim of the Academic Literacy modules is to equip students with the necessary academic skill so that they will be able to complete their studies successfully. There are two modules, viz. Introduction to Academic Literacy (AGLE111) and Academic Literacy (AGLE121).
The short courses offered include Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Spoken English, English for Professional Purposes, Afrikaans for beginners, German for Beginners, Tswana for Beginners and Spanish for Beginners. We also present courses and workshops for teachers and subject advisers to promote and improve the teaching of languages.
The Writing Laboratory assists students in planning and structuring their written assignments. We have a number of consultants who assist students during consultations. This is a free service, and students are welcome to make an appointment with a consultant at the Centre. We also present workshops for postgraduate students to provide guidance in the writing of dissertations and theses.

The Centre for Academic Literacy and Professional Language Practice offers the following high-quality short courses:

  • Spoken English
  • Spanish for Beginners
  • Setswana for Beginners
  • German for Beginners
  • Afrikaans for Beginners
  • University Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (contact and correspondence courses available)
  • English for Professional Purposes


Please contact us for more information or to obtain application forms:

  • Desiré Steyn
  • desire.steyn@nwu.ac.za
  • 018 285 2392