Hooray! UK Conference Congratulates UKZN Academic on his Birthday
It came as a pleasant surprise for UKZN’s Professor Kriben Pillay when the organisers of an education conference he was attending in the United Kingdom congratulated him on his 60th birthday.
Pillay, who was at the 2016 Solstice eLearning and the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) Conference at England’s Edge Hill University, publicly received good wishes – and gifts - from Conference Director and Dean of Teaching and Learning at the institution, Professor Mark Schofield, during a lunch function.
Pillay, Dean of Teaching and Learning at UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies, presented one of the three opening workshops at the Conference during which he took delegates through the journey of teaching the Theory U model for social change.
‘There was a great deal to learn about different perspectives on eTechnology. One of the most interesting was a research project at the University of Greenwich which shows that being proficient in the use of smart phones or tablets for personal purposes does not necessarily equate to any degree of proficiency for academic purposes,’ said Pillay.
‘I want to fully acquaint myself with this research as it may have valuable lessons for UKZN as we move fully to the Moodle platform and expect all students to have their own laptops.’