Educators form professional body

A new network of educators, known as the Professional Community of Practice, was established during the just-ended Great Teachers’ Workshop (GTW) that was attended by more than 50 lecturers from Namibia’s three universities to exchange ideas, build capacity and learn from one another.

This online platform was established by representatives from NUST, Unam and IUM to enable regular and new participants in the workshop to network and continuously learn from one another.

The workshop, organised by the Teaching and Learning Unit (TLU) of NUST, aims to identify and analyse real classroom challenges, brainstorm on transformative approaches to these challenges, as well as share teaching and learning best practices, encouraging participants to implement innovative ideas.

The TLU Acting-Director, Maurice Nkusi, emphasised the need for educators to keep up with technological developments, constantly revamping teaching skills and assessing their work. “You can only successfully say students have been taught well when there is a positive behavioural change in their work,” Nkusi said.

Prior to the three-day event, participants were asked to submit the challenges they face in their work, enabling the facilitators to address specific problems. During the workshop, it was emphasised that the effectiveness of NUST greatly depends on the quality of education provided and the attributes of the graduates that are produced.

The workshop, which has been held annually for the past 14 years, was this year convened under the theme: “Reinventing the Future through Transformative and Innovative Pedagogy.”

Date: 
Friday, July 1, 2016
for Month: 
July, 2016

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