Dr Noluthando Toni
NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY
Noluthando Toni is the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Media (CTLM) at Nelson Mandela University. She was the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) from February 2012 to July 2018. Prior to joining UFH she was a lecturer, senior lecturer, head of department (for Foundation Phase Studies) and the Director of School for Initial Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Noluthando is passionate about the enhancement of teaching and learning practices for effective student learning. Upon her appointment at UFH, Noluthando facilitated the introduction of the Annual Teaching and Learning Weeks. These symposia serve as platforms for pedagogical exchanges among academics and provide students with opportunities to engage lecturers on their learning needs.
Noluthando is passionate about the advancement of teaching and learning in higher education, particularly the transformation of curriculum for epistemological access for all students. Her views on academic staff support and development are premised on conceiving teaching as a scholarly act. She asserts that crafting teaching and learning as a scholarly act should encompass applying approaches that are implemented in other areas of knowledge production: constant reflection on teaching approaches and technologies, assessment tools and methods, and so on; sharing teaching practices with others; applying recent and relevant literature in specific disciplines; and publishing the ‘best’ practices under the banner of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
In 2015 Noluthando decided to broaden her focus in research and collaborated with a colleague on a research project that focuses on Women in Higher Education Leadership. The project has thus far resulted in four published articles in accredited journals. Her other published work is on reflective practice and managing the link between academic development and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.