Post-Graduate Diploma in Health Education
Postgraduate Studies in Health Sciences Education The EDU provides an accredited programme for colleagues who teach UCT Health Sciences Students.
Survival Guides for Course Conveners for the 2017 Mini-Semester
At the end of 2017, the Education Development Unit in the DHSE held a session for course conveners to hear how we could support them in 2017, what with the mini-semester and a series of condensed courses lying ahead.
Continuing Professional Development
The EDU offers courses in health professional education that are structured to suit a variety of professionals needs. We provide continuing professional development opportunities for colleagues who teach UCT Health Sciences Students.
Faculty of Health Sciences show and tell
Faculty of Health Sciences TET Talks Lunchtime sessions with short narratives and presentations about “ideas worth sharing. Click for more information.
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Fundamentals of Disruptive Research
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 - 18:45

Michael McCaul from the Emergency Care Society of South Africa (ECCSA)  in collaboration with the Education Development Unit hosted their first webinar on the Fundamentals of Disruptive Research” in February.

EDU Staff Member achieves MS certification
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 - 18:30

E-Learning Consultant at the Faculty of Health Sciences' Educational Development Unit, Sinethemba Mandyoli, recently completed the Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word courses and obtained his certificates of completion.

Review of University Intellectual Property Policies and Strategies
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 - 11:30

As part of work Saide’s OER Africa Initiative is doing to help in the development of suitable licensing frameworks, through a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, we embarked on a process of reviewing university intellectual property (IP) policies and strategies. Neil Butcher and Sarah Hoosen present the findings.

Health Sciences salutes teaching acumen
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 - 16:15

At the Faculty Board Meeting, the Awards Committee announced its decisions on the three categories of Teaching Awards made available by the Faculty in 2015.

This is the first year in which these awards are being offered. The Faculty initially approved their introduction in September 2014, subject to certain changes, and accepted a revised proposal on 10 March 2015. The process of inviting and evaluating applications for the awards has been based on the Dean’s letter of invitation dated 24 March 2015, which was sent to all Faculty members.

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Donate books for Mandela Day
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 - 15:45

Join the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED)'s commemmoraiton of Mandela Day by giving a little of your time to make a change that's close to your heart or by giving a little of your time to make a difference to the life of someone else, you can start changing the world around you.

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OER: What's new in 2015?
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 - 17:00

By Veronica Mitchell, Health OER, Education Development Unit, FHS

Championing openness is a key objective for Prof Laura Czerniewicz who was elected as UCT’s Director for the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) in 2014. She has driven the establishment of the OpenUCT repository that now falls under the management of Jill Claasen in the main library. Resources for teaching and research are now easily findable from a wide range of academics in the 9 different categories that are colour coded.

Applications for SAFRI remain open
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 - 17:30

The deadline for Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) application submissions has been extended to Friday 14 November.

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Misconceptions hamper health sciences education
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 - 16:30
Exploring lecturers’ views of first-year health science students’ misconceptions in biomedical domains

Elmi Badenhorst,  Sílvia Mamede, Nadia Hartman, Henk G. Schmidt


Research has indicated that misconceptions hamper the process of knowledge construction. Misconceptions are defined as persistent ideas not supported by current scientific views.Few studies have explored how misconceptions develop when first year health students conceptually move between anatomy and physiology to construct coherent knowledge about the human body.

Dr Hartman publishes her book "The Primary Health Care Approach and Restructuring of the MBChB"
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 - 14:45

Dr Nadia Hartman recently launched her book, "The Primary Health Care Approach and Restructuring of the MBChB:  A Case Study of the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Cape Town" through Lambert Academic Publishing.

Dr Hartman is the directory of the Education Development Unit of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT.

(Books can be ordered from Dr Hartman or directly from the publisher's outlet at

Article of the Year Award
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 - 16:45

Congratulations to Associate Professor Francois Cilliers, responsible for the Assessment, Curriculum Development and Educational Research functions of the Education Development Unit (EDU), for being one of the co-authors of the IJAD's Article of the Year award.

EDU kicks off with 2014 short courses
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 - 17:15

The Education Development Unit (EDU) has launched the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Short Course, 2014.

EDU goes online with Professional Development Courses
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 - 15:15

EDU goes online with Professional Development Courses

The Education Development Unit, Faculty Health Sciences, UCT, has adapted face-to-face professional development initiatives to be available as free online courses. The courses are available to anyone teaching health sciences students.