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The Supporting Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) and Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) under the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) will be hosting a joint webinar on Specifications Grading, next Tuesday, 15 February 2022 via Microsoft Teams.

​The joint SURE/SoTL Webinar on Assessment will be specifically initiating a focus on Specifications Grading, which is a nuanced pedagogical practice.

The facilitators of the event are Dr Anisa Vahed (SURE: Project Manager and Co-leader), and Ms Nalini Chitanand (SoTL Programme Coordinator).

The invited guest speaker at the event is Professor Tyrone Groh who will be sharing his experiences of using Specifications Grading in enabling students to be responsible for their own learning.

He is an associate professor in the Global Security and Intelligence Studies programme at EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University, Arizona, USA.

Speaking more on the joint webinar, Dr Vahed added that assessment and feedback on assessments are considered integral to learning yet there are several challenges confronting assessment practices in higher education.

Furthermore, the joint SURE/SoTL webinar on Specifications Grading offers an innovative strategy for designing formative and summative assessments.

Nalini Chitanand indicated that the purpose of the webinar is to contribute to enhancing undergraduate learning, teaching and assessment practices and its scholarship, for students, teachers and those who support students and teachers.


Prof Groh is a fellow for his University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence. He has jointly published two articles on undergraduate education (Putting Students in the Front and Center and Integrating Research into Undergraduate Courses). Prof Groh has also published a book with Stanford University Press entitled: Proxy War: The Least Bad Option.

For enquiries on the webinar, contact: Dr Anisa Vahed, or Nalini Chitanand,

Pictured: Dr Anisa Vahed

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