25 February 2021: Selfcare for Academics and e-learning Professionals

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Session Type: Workshop (2 hours) 

Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021 

Time: 2:00 pm (SAST)

Facilitators:  Shanali Govender, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town, South Africa and Tony Carr, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town, South Africa  

Description of why the workshop: 

This is a workshop for academics and e-learning professionals in higher education to consider:

1. Emotional boundaries: balancing compassion with self-care

2. Meeting personal and external expectations

3. Finding appropriate support for ourselves

During the difficult period of emergency remote teaching in 2020, many students were faced with immense personal, logistical, and emotional challenges. Many lecturers and professional staff have mentioned that being confronted with these realities made it difficult to establish boundaries between compassion and self-care. On the one hand, lecturers may wish to be a source of support and an anchor for their students. On the other hand, an  emotional involvement in these matters can come at a personal cost (family, research, mental health). At the same time, expectations for and involvement in research projects continue. The question arises: if one cannot check all the boxes, then which boxes should one choose to tick? What if personal or external goals are incompatible with acute responsibilities or needs?

What you will need for the workshop:

Something soothing – tea/ hot water bottle/ pet/ a friend

Paper and pencil

Headphones

A private/ safe place

Facilitators Bios:  

Shanali Govender is a Lecturer, Academic Staff Development in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town

Tony Carr is the convener of e/merge Africa and educational technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town

Language:Please note seminar language is English

To join this event please use the form below – please note once submitted you are taken to a separate Zoom sign up form. We kindly request to complete both

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