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n South African Journal of Higher Education - 4th Annual SATN Conference 2011 : curriculum transformation at universities of technology : towards development of new generation universities : editor's introduction
The South African Technology Network (SATN) would like to thank the Editor of the South African Journal of Higher Education (SAJHE) for the opportunity to publish papers read at the 4th Annual SATN Conference that was hosted by Central University of Technology and held in Bloemfontein in November 2011. The journal makes it possible for universities of technology (UoTs) to share their collective thoughts, plans and strategies on UoT curriculum planning, design and dissemination with the rest of the higher education fraternity. Undoubtedly, this edition contributes to the development, nuance and expansion of curricula at UoTs and in other types of universities.
One may ask a few questions: What is so particular or special about curriculum at UoTs? As universities, do UoTs not employ similar curriculum strategies as others? Should they or should they not? What trends are there internationally and nationally on curriculum transformation that UoTs should find applicable?
The 4th Annual SATN Conference 2011 was organised to provide answers to the questions above and many more. The SATN believes the conference helped, in particular, to promote academic debate and knowledge sharing on philosophies, content and structure of workplace focused curricula at UoTs.
Special elements of a unique curriculum transformation framework that were addressed are the following: Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in its widest sense, institutional differentiation, technology enhanced teaching and learning methodologies, quality and standards and how we might cause a mind shift of academics to embrace technology and focus on student learning rather than teaching.
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