Staff development for innovative teaching and learning at the University of South Africa
Author(s)Isabirye, Anthony Kiryagana
Contributor(s)Makoe, M. E.
University of South Africa
Open distance learning
College teachers -- In-service training -- South Africa -- Case studies
College teaching -- South Africa -- Case studies
Computer-assisted instruction -- Study and teaching (Continuing education) -- South Africa -- Case studies
Distance education -- South Africa -- Computer-assisted instruction -- Case studies
Education, Higher -- South Africa -- Computer-assisted instruction -- Case studies
Internet in higher education -- South Africa -- Case studies
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AbstractThe evolution of technologies used for learning in open distance learning (ODL) has compelled academics to upgrade their teaching skills and competencies in order to teach in an ever-changing environment. While the earlier ODL generations were characterised by the use of written, printed texts, radio, television, print media and postal services, the current generations are characterised by the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance teaching and learning. This study explored the experiences of academics who participated in the staff development courses for innovative teaching and learning at the University of South Africa. To explore the experiences, a qualitative research design of a phenomenological genre was adopted. Using interviews, data was collected from six purposively selected academics and analysed following Giorgi’s phenomenological methods. The academics’ experiences and concerns provided some insight into their development needs and how they would have liked to have been developed for innovative teaching. It emerged that staff development provided valuable knowledge, skills and competencies, enabling and promoting innovative forms of e-teaching and learning. These experiences and concerns were synthesised into a staff development framework consisting of four phases: Orientation; Learning; Acquisition of skills and Competencies; and Performance indicating that effective staff development requires that participants are initially orientated to the training programme before exposure to authentic learning activities. Through this exposure they acquire the vital online teaching skills and competencies thereby enhancing their performance as online teachers. The staff development framework indicated further that for effective staff development to take place, the different phases should not only be supported by university management but also by an evaluation mechanism to establish whether the objectives in each phase have been achieved. It also emerged that time played an important role in staff development, as the duration of each phase and the development intervention as a whole affects how well academics are able to acquire and perfect their teaching skills.
Curriculum and Instructional Studies
D. Ed. (Curriculum Studies)
Isabirye, Anthony Kiryagana (2015) Staff development for innovative teaching and learning at the University of South Africa, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/18445>
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