Who is CTL and what do they do?

Who is CTL and what do they do?

Hello Eagles!

So, you have registered to study at the NWU and have joined the NWU-family. Congratulations! As a first-year student, you may be wondering what the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and eFundi is all about. Well, we are here to guide you on important information that you need to know about CTL which offers students with support such as the first-year eFundi course, 1st Year Navigator, academic advising and academic peer mentoring.

But firstly, what is a Centre for Teaching and Learning?

CTL promotes excellence in teaching and learning and offers research-based guidance while the department also supports lecturers and students in higher education today. The CTL department will also offer you with the following support:

First-year eFundi course

This course consists of two components and two units that will help you understand what eFundi is, where it can be found, and how to login. In the first component you will learn how to use the different tools available on eFundi to fully participate in the modules that you are registered for in the second component.

Please note that you need to complete the first component in order to get access to the second component.

For more information click on the following link: https://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/first-year-students-using-efundi

First-year Navigator

During the 2023 academic year, the eFundi site will provide just-in-time and essential academic information, such as academic pointers. You can click on the following link for more information: http://services.nwu.ac.za/ctl/first-year-experience

Academic advising

If you are interested in developing your learning strategies, revision strategies, time management skills, memory rehearsal strategies, note-taking/making techniques, and reading techniques you can make an appointment and consult with an academic adviser on your own, or you may be referred by campus role players. Read more: http://services.nwu.ac.za/ctl/academic-advising

Academic peer mentoring

University life can be overwhelming for any first-year student. The NWU community offers academic peer mentors who can assist you in settling in, adjusting to university life, making new friends, and connecting with other students and faculty. Peer mentors who have also recently transitioned to university can provide you with guidance and direction, based on their own experiences. Read more: http://services.nwu.ac.za/ctl/mentoring

Now what is e-Fundi?

Well, eFundi is the North-West University’s learning management system – a learning and teaching platform that connects registered students and lecturers online. It is also where you find course resources and complete course-related activities, such as writing tests and submitting assignments. The eFundi platform also serves as a communication platform on which lecturers make course announcements or post test results. There are four important e-Fundi basics that you need to take note of which include:

  • How to access announcements.
  • How to access and download resources.
  • How to submit assignments.
  • How take online assessments/test and quizzes.

These basics will be covered during the eFundi training that will be done by the CTL department. eFundi also offers tools that are categorised based on administrative, communication, and assessment. The CTL department designed step-by-step eFundi tutorials for you which will guide you on how to use eFundi. For example, how to submit an assignment, send a message, or book an appointment with a lecturer. Remember if you struggle with using eFundi, you need to go to the CTL department where they will assist you.  Read more: http://services.nwu.ac.za/ctl/student-efundi-support

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