On 24 August 2021, the Teaching and Learning Development Centre (TLDC) at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) hosted a virtual Teaching with Technology (TWT) Summit. Dr Siphiwe Gumede, the Acting Senior Director of TLDC, said the advent of COVID-19 had disrupted the higher education sector and posed questions to the teaching and learning practices. Dr Gumede said the TWT Summit offered staff in the education sector an opportunity to share issues relating to the use of technology as a teaching and learning tool.
Keynote addresses were delivered by Professor Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Technology at the UCL Knowledge Lab, London, UK; and Professor Punya Mishra, Associate Dean of Scholarship and Innovation at Arizona State University
Dr Gumede added that the disruption of conventional ways of teaching due to COVID-19 had provided an opportunity for MUT staff to reflect on the demands of the 21st century teaching and learning practices. He said the TWT Summit provided a platform for MUT staff to engage with international guest speakers and other scholars from the sector to share insightful tools and techniques for innovative teaching and learning.
“Such tools will enable further engagements within staff and students at MUT, thus ensuring capacity development in online teaching and learning,” said Dr Gumede.
Some of the subthemes that were discussed during the summit were technologies adopted to enhance engaging teaching and learning activities; building online assessments; quality assurance of online learning, teaching and assessment practices; and capacity development and support for both students and lecturers.
Cebo Nyondo, e-Learning Specialist at TLDC and coordinator of the event added that: “The lessons learnt from the exercise (TWT Summit) will enable further engagements within staff and students at MUT, thus ensuring capacity development in online teaching and learning.”
The summit was attended by individuals from a variety of countries, as a platform to project and debate the future of Higher Education.