Welcome to this blog on hopeful pedagogies. This is an experiment in many senses. It is the focussing of a general conversation at Stellenbosch University on specifically how we can TEACH for the public good. It is the first time that I am doing something so ‘techno’ as using a blog. It is a very daunting venture, but JP Bosman of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (e-Learning portfolio) has been incredibly helpful. In the words of Faaiz Gierdien from the Education Faculty, I am performing a ‘thought experiment’. Academics are often quite busy, so can we use an electronic platform like this to keep a conversation going? The idea behind this blog is three-fold: firstly, to garner examples of public good teaching strategies, that can be shared; secondly, to raise important philosophical, educational or ethical issues, ie. food for thought; and thirdly, to draw to readers’ attention to public events, or to report on these. This blog will be different to most other blogs, in that I hope to feature opinions of individuals at Stellenbosch University and beyond, rather than to publish my own opinions on a regular basis.
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