The Zimbabwe Open University’s Faculty of Education recently held a continuous professional development (CPD) workshop covering critical issues that affect the teaching/learning process in Open and Distance Learning (ODL).
The Dean of the faculty, Professor Ignatius Dambudzo, department chairpersons and programme coordinators participated in the workshop.
The main objectives of the workshop were to share knowledge on the important characteristics of effective teaching; and to equip participants with the background knowledge and skills that inform better quality teaching practices. The workshop facilitator also impressed upon academics not to become out-dated or obsolete; stressing the need for individuals to continually ‘upskill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves.
During the workshop, it was also noted that course modules should be written in such a way that they interact and be converse with the student.
The Dean noted that some ZOU students do not have experience in using ICT gadgets and as a result, they face challenges in uploading assignments on MyVista. It was suggested that students be trained on how to use MyVista to enhance their learning experience.