The Polytechnic of Namibia PolytechNam Polytechnic of Namibia PolytechnicofNamibia Polytechnic_Namibia This event is one of many efforts and initiatives taken by the Poly where proceedings included various presentations by representatives from FabLab, NUST FM and ICT Professionals in Namibia (ICTPAN).
Whilst the 20th century was teacher-centred, the 21st century advocates for a student-centred active learning environment driven by exploration, creativity and innovation. In line with this, the Poly has introduced new ways of teaching such as Moodle, a flexible teaching and e-learning tool that allows lecturers to work in a more transformational way while students are given the opportunity to learn in a constructive manner.
The institution also takes pride in offering fully fledged online courses, a milestone that signals the progress that has been made by being at the cutting edge of 21st century technological literacy and skills.
Currently the Land Administration Honours Programme is experimenting with the integration of the iPad technology in these studies to establish the potential of this technology with its associated library of educationally-friendly applications According to a 2013 survey conducted by the Centre for Open and Lifelong Learning (COLL), 75% of Poly students log onto their Facebook accounts more than 21 times in any given week.
Prof Errol Tyobeka, Special Adviser to the Rector, said: “Although they have their detractors, social media do have their uses too. Lecturers are beginning to harness their power to share ideas, make connections and collaborate on lesson plans in the classroom. Similarly, students are using the sites to support not only their social goals, but their academic goals as well.”