Mangosuthu University of Technology’s Teaching Learning Development Centre (TLDC) hosted the third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards the past weekend at the Hilton Hotel in Durban to mark the end of the 4th annual MUT Teaching and Learning Colloquium in high fashion held last week. The awards recognise the role played by MUT academics in designing the learning and teaching experience to give students a positive and enriching lecture room experience.
Professor Nokwethemba Ndlazi, acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning said: “We acknowledge and celebrate our winners because they have taken leadership to new heights. We are celebrating them because they have created lasting legacies which will be remembered by the students for years to come. They will be remembered for their innovative ways of teaching and as people who have brought about positive change in the teaching environment – they are visionaries, people who should be emulated and followed,” she remarked.
Professor Mashupye Kgaphola, MUT Vice-Chancellor presented Mmamusa Lekoa, Environmental Health lecturer with the inaugural Senate Award. The award was established to emphasise the importance of teaching and recognise and honour lecturers who excel in this endeavour. The recipient of the award is judged on their enthusiasm and ability to motivate students, comprehensive knowledge of material taught, rapport with students and excellent communication skills. The award was accompanied with a cheque valued at R20000 that will go towards a teaching and learning trust fund and a R50000 contribution towards an international teaching and learning conference courtesy of TLDC.
She was also the recipient of the gold award which included a cheque valued at R25000, an all-expenses paid trip to the 2016 South African Technology Network (SATN) conference to be held in October in Cape Town and another all-expenses paid trip to the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) Conference 2016 to be held in November in Cape Town. Lekoa also won a one-year teacher’s assistant contract to alleviate her workload and allow her to be actively involved in research and the mentorship of budding researchers. All these prizes were courtesy of the TLDC.
Engineering lecturer, Charles Mothobiso and Information and Communication Technology lecturer (ICT), Pradesh Ramdeyal were presented with the best emerging teacher awards for their innovative and mentorship roles in the classroom. They each walked away with a cheque valued at R15000 and an all-expenses paid trip to attend the HELTASA ICED conference that will be held in November in Cape Town.
The best established teacher awards went to Sagree Naidoo, ICT lecturer and Xolile Mkhize, senior lecturer in the department of Community Extension. They each walked away with a cheque valued at R12500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the HELTASA ICED conference that will be held in November in Cape Town.