Mind the #Education Gap 2017

“Mind The Education Gap, now in its 5th year, continues to be a firm favourite amongst KZN educators.  This year’s theme is “Taking your Teaching to the next level”.  Educators from primary, secondary and tertiary levels will benefit from attending.  Not only will they enjoy the interaction amongst  like-minded delegates,  they will also get to learn new skills they can take into the classroom/lecture room.

This year, thanks to Sponsorship from TopRotis, 6 delegates will get to receive their registration fee back in cash.  When delegates RSVP they must indicate as to why they are attending this year’s conference and motivate why they should be refunded their registration fee.  We are doing this to encourage under resourced schools to join us.


Presentations on offer are:

Paula Hall:  “It’s all about the BLEND” – practical tips for blending face-to-face and online teaching and learning

In keeping with global best-practice, a blended approach to learning is fast becoming standard practice in tertiary environments – how ready do you believe your students are to embrace the demands of a technology-enhanced learning experience?

Paula’s session, which will take the form of a hands-on workshop, will explore this exciting space by giving you a “taste of the blend” used in Varsity College classrooms. Please note that, because this session will be run in a computer lab, space will be limited.

Sanisha Hurrisunker:  Sanisha is an educator and academic at heart; currently holding the position of Teaching and Learning Manager at the IIE’s Varsity College. Her subject discipline is Marketing and Pedagogy, holding an MBA and PGDHE. Her topic is “Understanding of how individuals learn best“. This is the source of her passion for researching and developing purposeful learning designs to stimulate learning for her students.  Development of teaching practice should lead to improving the quality of our students’ learning. So, how do we go about this? The literature suggests that one of the crucial elements of professional development takes place informally, and sometimes unintentionally, through our social context. In other words, we learn from each other and with each other, within social contexts.  Sanisha will take educators through details of her research and how findings can be implemented in the educators classroom

Mandy Heine and Amanda Cox, in this dually-presented session, will address the potential of “Informal Collaboration“ as well as looking at practical ways in which teachers can learn from each other in order to improve the learning experience for their students.

An exciting presenter is South African Storyteller, Ida Gartrell, who will present on “Using storytelling to help students, of all ages, to learn“.


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