The Short Course on Teaching (working with teaching practice) 

This small group consultancy model of professional development was first introduced to UCT in 2008 by Jeff Jawitz.  Using a mixture of weekly meetings, one to one consultations, peer observation and teaching observations, this non-formal programme convened by Kasturi Behari-Leak involves participants working together over a semester with CILT’s Academic Staff Development team to address aspects of their teaching practice that they wish to explore and develop further.

TSCOT provides a collegial space to debate, discuss and strategise around issues that academics identify as their key challenges. In the safety of a small group, academics are encouraged to work together to improve their professional practice in the context of higher education teaching and learning. TSCOT also creates a robust space for critical discussions on the dynamics of teaching in a transforming and diverse higher education classroom.  

“TSCOT was a great place to discuss my teaching concerns. The luxury of working in this small group enabled a personalised sharing of experiences in an academic setting” (TSCOT participant, 2013).

If you are seeking to work collectively to enhance and develop your classroom practice further, TSCOT might be the forum in which to do this. The strength of this offering lies in its adaptability and flexibility in catering to the needs of participants, whether in responding to the group’s diverse composition or through the multitude of perspectives brought to bear on teaching challenges.