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The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) is committed to a higher education environment that fosters transformative and reflexive practices in learning and teaching. We strive to create a socially responsive and contextually relevant teaching and learning environment that embraces principles of openness. Our key focus areas include staff development, course and curriculum design, and educational technologies

CILT responds to teaching and learning challenges at UCT and the broader higher education environment through learner-centred pedagogic practices. In face-to-face and online environments, we encourage the adoption of innovative practices through critical engagements with staff and students. We support curriculum initiatives underpinned by values and skills ranging from graduate attributes and digital literacies to community engagement and social justice.

CILT is an organisation that serves UCT Academic and Student Learning and Teaching needs. Most services are offered free of charge, with specialist functions provided on a fee-for-services basis.

Although we are a UCT-facing unit, we participate in collaborative projects with other higher education institutions, and make scholarly contributions to the Higher Education, and Educational Technology fields, locally and internationally.


CILT Purpose

  • CILT is a frontline service supporting the UCT teaching and learning ecosystem.
  • CILT is an end-to-end digital education design and production service
  • CILT is an innovation centre for teaching and learning advancement
  • CILT is a strategic advisor on digital transformation in Higher Education
  • Located within the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) and working across the university


CILT Mission

Our work is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Sharing of expertise
  • Knowledge building
  • Research and evaluation
  • Collaboration
  • Experimentation
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • A conducive working environment