The Directorate co-designs and co-facilitates writing retreats for academic staff who are working on papers for publication. These retreats are run in two forms.
Writing Retreats for ECP staff
These retreats are for academics working on Extended Curriculum Programmes at UWC, CPUT, UCT and Stellenbosch. Facilitators from all four universities collaborate on the design of the various contact sessions, and participants are given time to write and receive feedback on their writing. The retreat is typically 3 days long and held off campus, to ensure that writers are given opportunities to separate themselves from other work and personal commitments and focus on their writing. These retreats provide ECP staff with valuable opportunities to share their work with 'critical friends' some of whom may be at other insitutions, and they are an important means of support for these academics, many of whom are new to publishing in teaching and learning.
Writing retreats for UWC staff
These retreats are for UWC staff who have received teaching and learning grants and are writing papers based on the research that has been funded. Facilitators from UWC design and conduct the contact sessions in these retreats. They are 2 to 3 days in length and are also held off campus to give participants physical and mental space from other commitments so that their focus can remain on their writing and thinking. Particpants on the writing retreats report that the time away from work and home to concentrate on their writing and thinking is invaluable in terms of moving them forward in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Developing the capacity for academics to conduct research and publish in the field of teaching and learning is part of the Strategic Plan for Teaching and Learning.