Academics discuss ways to develop online programmes

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Mr. Leon Roets, Programme Convener Postgraduate Programme of Social and Behaviour Studies (HIV/AIDS) & Tirisano Centre Manager at UNISA delivering his keynote addressThe Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) hosted a seminar on developing online programmes on 31 May 2017. The purpose of the seminar was to engage academics on topics of finding best ways of developing online programmes and learning spaces that will enable students to access learning material from anywhere, anytime and anyhow. Online programmes as a modern, technology-based way of learning will help keep students engaged and connected with lectures at all times.

Mr. Leon Roets, Programme Convener Postgraduate Programme of Social and Behaviour Studies (HIV/AIDS) & Tirisano Centre Manager at UNISA delivered a presentation on designing a Curriculum for Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL). He said that the scenery of higher education is changing dramatically and academics have to understand that they are under tremendous economic pressure.

He mentioned that after the fees must fall campaign everything changed as the face to face mode of learning was completely threatened. “We have to learn new skills; using different tools of media in different types of learning and facilitating the learning of students by letting them lead us in the kind of knowledge that needs to be produced. In this space technology plays a critical role in learning not only for online but for other platforms as well.” He also touched on the three methodologies of learning namely: traditional distance, blended and fully online. He explained blended learning as a combination of online and face to face instruction.

Prof. Devan Govender, Deputy Director, Teaching and Learning Development at UNISA presented on curriculum design and development; looking at programme design, module design and development, notional hours, assessment, interdependencies stakeholder engagement and management, and learner management system. He said curriculum design and development is a complex process that involves a number of interdependencies in an institution and team approach is one of the interdependencies. Team approach has four steps in designing a curriculum, which include programme design, curriculum planning of modules, learning design and learning development. “When we talk about programme design and development we want to understand programme qualification mix to ensure that there is a full range of qualification offerings in the programme curricular discipline,” he said.

He said the purpose of programme design was to design a learning programme and develop all documents necessary to provide a clear description of the learning programme. Curriculum planning of modules is planning curriculum of a module. Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework this is the corner stone of it, its main principle is to allow multiple entry and exit points into programme.

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Prof. Devan Govender, Deputy Director, Teaching and Learning Development at UNISA delivering his keynote address.

 

Uploaded: 09 June 2017

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