In December 2018 our book was published with an initial print-run of 300.
We are happy to report that all 300 print copies have been distributed across South Africa and some have even found their way to the UK and Sweden. To those who missed out on receiving a free print copy, no need to despair as the the book is now available via a downloadable PDF. Simply go to the page DOWNLOAD A COPY and get your own copy of the book.
On Wednesday 6 March authors, Megan Alexander, Taryn Bernard, Rodrique George and Sean Samson, hosted a panel presentation and discussion at the regional Inter-Institutional Academic Literacies Forum. The presentation entitled: Students academic writing at support in the ECP environment – attempted to highlight the diversity of academic literacies and writing support offered within extended programmes. In addition to offering insight into the different ways in which academic writing support was structured at some of the ECP programmes at the four universities in the region, the authors also drew attention to the reflective accounts of their specific pedagogic practices around academic writing, as discussed in their individual chapters. The seminar was attended by more than 20 academics and practitioners, mostly working in the ECP space. The panelists facilitated a lively discussion which highlighted a range of issues about, amongst others, how we talk about students, how academic literacies and writing are conceptualised and how concerns about the practical teaching realities impact on what is possible in the classroom.
A buoyant and celebratory atmosphere characterised the official launch event of the book, despite the rather muggy Cape Town weather. Over 40 guests, who represented all of the regional universities in Cape Town, joined the authors to celebrate the publication of the book on Tuesday 19 February at CPUT’s District Six campus. Rather encouraging was that the event attracted the attention of various Deans and Deputy Deans: Prof Linda Ronnie, Dean, Commerce (UCT); Prof Johannes Cronje, Dean and Prof Bennett Alexander, Deputy Dean, FID (CPUT); Ivan vd Heerver, Deputy Dean, Business, (CPUT) and key institutional ECP roleplayers – like Prof Francios Cilliers, UCT Medical School; Prof Delia Marshall, UWC and Prof James Garraway, CPUT. Additionally colleagues from Unisa (Dr Keith Jacobs) and Cornerstone (Noel Daniels) were also in attendance.
Prof Ian Scott led an interesting and stimulating panel discussion with some of the authors. Authors were asked to comment on how their writing contribution to the book had impacted on their identities and practices as ECP teachers and also the significance of the book to the wider university community. The audience was left with an awareness of how the book has been able to turn the spotlight onto what is often a ‘dark’ and private space in the university – the classroom. What was also highlighted in the discussion was that through their authentic and honest reflective insights captured in the book, the authors have taken some courageous steps to make public their scholarly thinking and practices.
Student academic writing development and support has always been a cornerstone of extended curriculum provisions across the South African university sector. The significance of this area of student learning is emphasized in this collection as five chapters address this topic and provide insight into how it is approached at all four of the institutions in the Western Cape.
The authors of these chapters have been asked to participate in the next Inter-Institutional Academic Literacies Forum on 6 March 2016. Here they will be able to share their practices with a new community of practitioners also interested in student writing development and academic literacies in the university.
We had a chance meeting with Buhle on Friday, 9 November at CPUT. Buhle was rather overwhelmed at the news of his artwork being seen by more than 500 people because of our marketing campaign for the book at HECU 9, in Cape Town and HELTASA, in Port Elizabeth.
The creative and vibrant artwork that features on our cover is the work of young, Graphic Designer, Buhle Qabaka an extended curriculum student in the Design Foundation at CPUT. This artwork started in the ECP classroom as a Drawing/Illustration project. Students were required to take ‘funny and expressive’ selfies and then create a pencil drawing. They were then asked to ‘deconstruct’ this drawing and using mixed media give full expression to their creative-self. The end result was this striking, spirited, complex and multilayered creation which so aptly captures the main themes of our book.
Buhle, describes himself as a dedicated student able to harness his creativity in abstract ways, while edging towards the periphery of what is ‘acceptable’ in design. His illustration work also gives expression to his creative and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, where he strives to give the viewer ample opportunities to reinterpret and find their own meaning in his artworks. A humble, calm but persistent person he finds his design and artistic work provides a welcome way for him to give expression of the multiple founts of creativity in his being.
Thanks to the efforts of the very talented and hard working Design teacher-by-day and Graphic Designer-by-night – Amanda Morris – we now have a striking and inviting cover for our book. Thankfully, Amanda was able to patiently deal with heaps of feedback and requests for changes from her task-master (mistress!) ‘client’. We believe the cover design will attract attention on a book shelf, convey authority, visually represent the major themes of our book (the multiplicities of place, time, identity, perspectives and practices) and align it very clearly with our academic readership.
The cover image used in our design has its own fascinating backstory…following soon!