DUT HOLDS 4TH LTA SYMPOSIUM
By: Sthabiso Mdledle
The Durban University of Technology’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) held its 4th annual symposium on Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) at
Ritson campus last week.
According to the Coordinator, Nalini Chitanand, the workshop was based on analysing and changing education with the Legitimation Code Theory (LCT): Specialisation and Semantics
by Professor Karl Maton.
“The workshop will provide participants with a conceptual framework that can be used to analyse, think more deeply about and shape our curriculum and academic practices,” said
She added that the symposium is a network that brings together colleagues at DUT, institutions in South Africa as well as international researchers in the field of higher
The symposium was attended by Professor Karl Maton of the University of Sydney, Australia, who also developed the Legitimation Code Theory (LCT). Professor Maton also
met with some doctoral students who are using his theory in their current studies.
Staff Development and Recognition of Prior Learning Coordinator at DUT, Sipho Zulu, said that he was glad to be part of the symposium and that it has opened his eyes to new learning
and teaching techniques.
“The research tool that has been introduced, even in its name “legitimate” it says here is the tool that you can use to test your thoughts and data, and it gives you interesting gazes, you
can look at it in angle,” added Zulu.
Academics who could not attend this year’s symposium are encouraged to keep a lookout for details of the next symposium.