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Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa conference

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I just got home from the HELTASA conference (my first) at the University of Johannesburg.  I’ve enjoyed the last 4 days, and think the conference organisers did a great job of making the programme interesting and engaging.  The keynote speakers were all very different, and each brought an interesting dimension to the event.

Here’s a few thoughts from the past few days:

Positivesheltasa poster

  • Everyone I met was incredibly friendly and really went out of their way to make us feel very welcome
  • The organisers tried hard to make the conference memorable by doing things differently
  • The presentations were generally diverse, although a little too focused on academic development and foundation programmes (for me anyway)
  • The cultural events were great
  • It was the first time that I was able to spend a few days in Johannesburg, and it’s really changed my perceptions of the people and the place…for the better
  • The campus was beautiful

Negatives

  • No wireless access at either the conference venue or the residences
  • There’s still no-one recording video and audio of all the presenters and making it available for download
  • No printing facilities for presenters (like me) who needed to make last minute adjustments to their work
  • The cost for the residence accommodation was a bit high (although it did include breakfast)
  • Attempts to “enforce” socialising didn’t always go down well

heltasa buildingsAll in all, it was a good experience, I got some good feedback from my presentation, and came away with a lot of ideas for changing my practice.  Here are my notes from the speaker presentations, my abstract, and my presentation.

By Michael Rowe

I'm a lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. I'm interested in technology, education and healthcare and look for places where these things meet.

3 replies on “Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa conference”

Thanks Michael for the link. It was good to get your views especially on the Excellence Awards.
My colleagues were especially interested in your use of wiki’s and they will most probably get in touch with you.
All the best and I hope we will meet at the next HELTASA. Schalk

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