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Teaching and Learning Specialists

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Honjiswa Conana is the Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. Her role is to support teaching and learning initiatives in the Faculty. Prior to this appointment, she worked as an academic literacy practitioner in the Physics Department at the University of the Western Cape, working in collaboration with first and second year Physics lecturers. Her research interests lie in physics education and academic literacies. Her Doctoral research comprised an in-depth study of students’ experiences of a curriculum that is explicitly designed to develop physics students’ academic literacy and their access to the disciplinary discourse of physics.

Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences

Dr Karen Dos Reis is the Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Economics Management and Science Faculty. Her research interest are teaching, learning, mentoring, service learning and accounting education. She has 21 years’ experience in teacher education and is a part-time consultant for Umalusi Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training.


Teaching and Learning Specialist
Faculty of Arts

Marijke du Toit joined the University of the Western Cape in 2015. Previously, she taught in Historical Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She holds a PhD in History from the University of the Cape Town. She is a research participant in UWC’s Apex project  on Multimodal Literacies and Pedagogies for Critical Citizenship.

Together with photographer Jenny Gordon (Rhodes University) she is co-author of the book Breathing Spaces: Environmental Portraits of South Durban (UKZN Press, 2016). This multi-dimensional project included a series of community-based photography workshops and exhibitions while also building relationships with South African environmental justice organisations GroundWork and the South Durban Environmental Community Alliance.  Her interest in digital literacies and pedagogies was shaped by several years of lecturing in Internet Studies (in courses offered by the History Department from 1999 to 2010) at UKZN.

Her interest in multilingual pedagogy was first prompted when she taught History at UWC in 1996-1999. More recently she received funding from the National Research Foundation for the project “”Indigenous language Print Media, cultures of letter-writing and the creation of a public sphere”. This involved combining original research into early twentieth century African language newspapers with the introduction of texts written in various languages, together with translation, as part of undergraduate teaching.   She is currently engaged in critical reflection about this project, as part of a book project on theorizing questions of multilingualism, interpretation and translation from the global South.

Marijke’s archival research has included a focus on how early twentieth century social science researchers made use of ‘snapshot’ photography. More recently, she has pursued work about the early twentieth century history of state social welfare, about ‘kholwa’ (missionary educated, Zulu-speaking) women’s work in child welfare societies and about the early history of South Africa’s racialized system of child maintenance grants.