My key areas of focus are diversity in the classroom and building socially-just curricula that is student-centred and fulfills student needs for academic success. I have published articles in academic journals on curriculum development for Universities of Technology (UoT) and traditional universities.
I coach school teachers and academics on building relevant and socially just curricula that centre student access and needs for academic success, and academics on using technology and other pedagogic interventions to engage students. I also coach students on understanding the process of teaching and learning and how to best approach it for success. Students are also coached to understand their unique learning challenges and given tools to better plan and manage the learning process.
Academic Experience: I spent a decade in a media career before embarking on an academic career. As a media academic, I worked for the University of Witwatersrand – Journalism Department (2013) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Media Department (2015 -2018).
I was a co-founder of the Decolonising the Curriculum (CPUT) movement. This work led to a recognition that educators needed assistance with curriculum development. I then began facilitating transformative workshops at schools and universities, and developed academic interventions for various schools and universities including the CPUT Extended Curricula Programme (ECP) for the Architecture and Interior Design course. Working with academics in the course we built a two-day bus tour of Cape Town areas including Ndabeni, Langa, Pinelands, Bonteheuwel, Gatesville, Athlone, Hout Bay, Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu. I engaged students on the history of the areas in walking lectures which led to conversations about apartheid spatial planning and its effect on present day communities.
Chapter published in Rhodes University Curriculum Textbook
Chapter 16: Advancing democratic values in higher education through open curriculum co‐creation towards an epistemology of uncertainty
Asanda Ngoasheng, Xena Cupido, Oluwaseun Oyekola, Daniela Gachago, Ashton Mpofu & Yolisa Mbekela
Dreaming Up a New Grid: Two Lecturers’ Reflections on Challenging Traditional Notions of Identity and Privilege in a South African Classroom, Education as Change, Vol. 21 No. 2 (2017): Themed Issue: Socially Just Pedagogies in Higher Education
by Asanda Ngoasheng and Daniela Gachago
South Africa’s ‘rainbow nation’ is a myth that students need to unlearn
by Daniela Gachago and Asanda Ngoasheng
Examples of Student Work Using Digital Tools
- Presentation: Reflecting on Digital Tools for Learning
Digital Storytelling – Who am I (Student Work)
- Reflecting on Being a Woman
Being a Woman – Nabeelah Osman
Media Interviews on Curriculum
“One of the biggest issues is that there is this tendency where people are focused a lot on the impact of colonialism on colonised subjects. And we need to focus both on the impact of colonialism on colonised subjects as well as colonisers themselves. Because colonialism is a very violent system both the oppressor and the oppressed.”Asanda Ngoasheng, for more on 702 click here
- Transformation for Freedom and Justice, Decolonial Transformations Workshop, University of Sussex, UK
- Engaging Privilege Workshop, Metanoia Residence Orientation Programme, Stellenbosch University
- Critical Tools for Engagement Workshop, Stellenbosch Student Leadership Conference, Stellenbosch University
Talks and Presentations on Curriculum Development
- Decolonising the Curriculum Using Technology, University of East London, United Kingdom
- Decolonising the Curriculum, University of Nottingham Trent, United Kingdom
- Colonisation and its impact on former colonies today, Global Studies class, University of Nottingham Trent, United Kingdom
- Decolonisation, a complex drama of words, Cape Peninsula University, South Africa
- Did the Fallists Fail, Youth Day Debate, Apartheid Museum, South Africa
- Decolonising the Journalism Curriculum, New Academics’ Transitions Regional Colloquium Launch, UCT
- Confronting the Challenges of Africanising Curriculum in Media Disciplines, Highway Africa, South Africa
- Whose Jazz is it anyway? Decolonising the jazz curriculum, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Arts Education Workshops
- Decolonising and Transforming Medicine, Tygerberg Postgraduate Council Seminar Stellenbosch University
- Making the invisible visible: two lecturers’ reflections on challenging rainbowism and privilege in a South African classroom, Building Bridges, Chania, Greece
- Students’ experiences regarding participatory parity in different disciplinary and higher education contexts in the Western Cape, South African Education Research Association (SAERA) Conference