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T & L Forum Series - Past Events

  • The use and efficacy of real-time online collaborative tools for managing geographically diverse post-graduate students

    Presentation by Professor Manoj Maharaj on 12th July 2012 from 10h30 to 12h00 at Training Room 2, GSB Building, Westville Campus. 

    Presentation: "The use and efficacy of real-time online collaborative tools for managing geographically diverse post-graduate students."

    Manoj Maharaj is an Associate Professor in the discipline of Information systems in the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance. His PhD is in Applied Mathematics specialising in General relativity. He has lectured at UKZN for the past 23 years, having started lecturing in the department of Mathematics at Natal University and then UDW. Manoj has served as the head of department of Information Systems and Technology since 2000, and was appointed the first Head of the School of IS&T at UKZN in 2005. He was also Executive Director (Information Systems) at UDW in 2003. Manoj is the recipient of numerous research grants and is involved in research in Medical Information Systems, Information Security, Web 2.0 and most recently in the mathematical modelling of fuel extraction from algae growth. Prof. Maharaj has extensive experience in the use of Information systems in teaching and learning, having pioneered the UKZN podcasting initiative, amongst others. He has extensive supervision experience, having had many PhD and Masters students graduate under his guidance.

  • The Student Response System and Enabling Virtual Organizations (EVO) Presentation

    Presentation hosted by Prof Kriben Pillay, College Dean of Teaching & Learning.


    Subject : The Student Response System and Enabling Virtual Organizations (EVO) Presentation

    Date : 22 March 2012 from 12h00 to 13h00

    Venue : GSB Lan (GSB Building, 1st Floor)


    Attachment: Click Your Way to Simple Classroom Administration and Engaged Students

  • Presentation: Exploring Problem-based Learning

    Presentation by Dr Fayth Ruffin on 30th May 2012 from 10h00 to 12h00 at Training Room 2, GSB Building, Westville Campus.

    Presentation: Exploring Problem-based Learning

    Short Description:

    Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered teaching and learning modality designed to develop critical thinking and analytical skills and abilities. Although controversial, PBL is ‘international property’ being used across multiple continents and through many disciplines including the health sciences, law, accounting, engineering, ICT, management, and public administration. Dr Ruffin will share her passion for PBL as 21st century pedagogy that promotes internationalized education while hopefully generating an interactive discussion about how PBL or derivatives thereof can help motivate students, encourage academic achievement, and better prepare students for the workplace.

    Dr. FA Ruffin’s career spans law, business, government, the not-for-profit sector and academia. The former U.S. lawyer represented municipal governments, community and economic development corporations, small businesses, churches, and private individuals. Dr Ruffin served as a consultant to or director/manager of various public, commercial, not-for-profit and meta-sector organisations prior to joining academia. She relocated to Durban upon accepting her current Senior Lecturer position with UKZN, School of Management, Information Technology, and Governance in 2011. Dr Ruffin is published in peer-reviewed journals and engaged in a number of research projects including a study of teaching and learning innovation through problem-based learning.

  • Teaching and Learning Presentations/Workshops

    Dear Colleagues,

    Prof Kriben Pillay, the College Dean of Teaching and Learning, would like to invite you to share your best practice in Teaching & Learning in the form of a Presentation or Workshop. Your presentation will be to share your experiences with all other staff members of the four Schools within the College of Law & Management Studies and/or other Colleges. The intention of our office is to enhance and add value to the current Teaching & Learning methods and to share your ideas that have been successful for you in your discipline.

    This will take place throughout the year in the form of a short 45 minute Presentation/Workshop during the University FORUM period (12h20 - 13h05) on a Wednesday of your choice, or if more time is required we would look at a date during the vacation.

    It would be great if you are willing to do such a presentation in your area/s of expertise or to share your ideas that you are passionate about. We will also endeavour to offer these seminars at both the PMB and Howard College Campuses should a notable interest arise.

    Further, our office is also willing to offer general presentations (e.g. assessment practices, e-learning , etc) depending on the specific request or the need thereof.
    Note to College Operations Managers: This email is addressed to academic in your school – the list obtained in 2012. Please check to ensure that all academic members of your school are included on this email or kindly pass it on to any new members that have come on board. (PS: Kindly forward me your latest list of academic staff in your School in the Outlook group-list format by return email).


    Kind Regards
    Mrs Dianne Muthen
    Administrative Officer
    College Office - Dean of Teaching & Learning
    College of Law & Management Studies
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Durban
    E-mail: MUTHEN@ukzn.ac.za
    Tel : (031) 260-1408
  • T & L Presentation by Dr Shaun Ruggunan

    Presentation by Dr Shaun Ruggunan on “From Object to Subject: Towards a critical pedagogy of Human Resources Management”. 

    22nd May 2013 from 12h15 to 13h00 at Training Room 2 at the GSB Building on the Westville Campus

    “The rationale and motivation for this study first began in 2011 when I began to reflect deeply on the nature of the global financial crisis and the various ways in which senior professionals employed in the business world behaved with impunity. Theses ‘masters of the universe’ (Botlanski & Chiapello, 2007) were all university graduates in Human Resources Management, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Marketing and other related disciplines. Yet the majority of these professionals (especially those in the banking industry) were catalysts of the financial crises that began in 2008. A cursory investigation revealed that many of the people working for the banks and investment companies are graduates of highly ranked business schools and universities. Yet at the core, something was rotten. How could the best minds in business behave so irresponsibly, unethically and with impunity? As Adam Jones writing in the Guardian in 2009 asked “Are business schools responsible for the financial crisis? Whilst such a question may be blunt, and clearly the answer to such a question needs to be nuanced, it does raise the specter of what exactly is happening in business education at universities. Are the courses on social corporate responsibility and ethics in business merely ‘add ons’ and peripheral to mainstream business curricula? More so, where are the political economy and moral economy curriculum inputs in business curriculum? Finally, I engaged in a deeper reflection of my purpose as an academic in HRM. HRM has long been critiqued for ignoring the ‘human’ or subject and emphasising the resources or human as a ‘productive object’. Botlanski and Chiapello (2007) argue that the HRM academic is a handmaiden of capitalism. As such we produce students that we want to be good uncritical ‘organisational citizens’. However, perhaps in a new economy and new world of work we need to produce HRM students that are ‘bad workers’ By this I mean that they should be  good social citizens first as well as critical organisational citizens. HRM as an academic discipline taught at a University needs to service more than the needs of private business. Our job is to produce more than HRM administrators.  Any educational institution can produce that type of graduate. HRM at a university level, needs to produce a critical citizen and in a sense a ‘bad’ employee that questions the economic, social and political status quo, whilst still been competent in the technical aspects of the discipline. This involves a deeper reflection on the intellectual project of the discipline by those who teach and research in it.

    This project is a first step in this regard by locating the project’s aspirations in the context of the Critical Management Studies literature and in articulating the pedagogical frameworks that can inform the design of curricula, teaching, learning and assessment strategies that encourage critical thinking and social engagement.  The four questions below guide this presentation:

    1. What is the intellectual project of HRM?
    2. What is the role of moral economy in the teaching and learning of HRM?
    3. How can critical management studies inform the teaching and learning of HRM?
    4. How does traditional HRM education inform HRM practitioners’ perspectives of work, organisations and employees?”

    Shaun Ruggunan has a PhD in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies. His doctoral work examined the ways in which labour markets are shaped for Filipino, South African and British seafarers in the merchant navy. His more recent work examines the nature of professional work and professional status for medical laboratory specialists. He is guest editor with Debby Bonnin, for a special issue of the South African Review of Sociology that examines what sociology of professional work may look like in a South African context. Shaun’s work on the human resources development of seafarers and medical laboratory specialists has been published in a range of journals. His current area of interest is in critical management studies (CMS) and the implications of CMS for teaching and learning in the discipline of Human Resources Management. Shaun is currently a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Human Resources Management in the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance.


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