From L-R: PGCTT Coordinator Dr Shikha Raturi, Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOEd and Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) at the Laucala Campus.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) School of Education's (SOEd), Post Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (PGCTT) professional teaching qualification for practicing tertiary teachers has been accredited by the United Kingdom-based Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA). The PGCTT is a fully online programme.
Dr Shikha Raturi, Programme Coordinator, said the programme focuses on ensuring tertiary teachers are equipped with necessary learning, teaching and assessing knowledge and skills fit for different technology-enabled learning environments in higher education.
Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) said the accreditation of the programme is an indication not only of the quality of the programme offered but also its relevance as a tertiary professional teaching qualification benchmarked against the criteria of SEDA. She added that the programme is mandatory for all teaching staff at USP.
“It is also one of the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in USP’s Strategic Plan (2013-2018) and I am glad that 95 per cent of FALE’s teaching staff have completed it. About 70 per cent of staff from the other two faculties have completed the programme, enabling teaching staff to be better equipped with innovative pedagogies using technology and to make their teaching interesting and students excited about learning,” she said.
Dr Kedrayate acknowledged the effort of both Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOEd and Dr Shikha, the Programme Coordinator for their hard work and perseverance in getting the accreditation.
She further confirmed that the SOEd had also received recognition for four of its Education Degrees programmes including Bachelor of Education (BEd) Primary, BEd Secondary, Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Graduate Certificate in Education by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
“We are very excited about these achievements and we will continue to pursue further accreditation because our focus right now is on quality,” she stated.
Professor Lingam said he was extremely delighted with this milestone achievement for the School saying they had been pursuing it for a number of years and receiving accreditation from an organisation based in the UK is a tremendous achievement.
“A lot of staff have gone through this programme and we are also marketing this programme to other institutions in the region. I wish to sincerely thank Dr Raturi for her efforts and Dr Kedrayate for her never-ending support,” Professor Lingam said.
Dr Raturi acknowledged Dr Kedrayate and Professor Lingam, their respective offices, teaching teams for PGCTT including Dr Frances Koya, course coordinator for ED402, USP’s Planning and Quality as well as Learning and Teaching offices for their cooperation and support during the accreditation process.
She said, “The accreditation process provided us the space to critically look into our programme and reflect”.
“We now have to ensure that we sustain the quality of our programme. We are thankful to all the faculties for their role in assessment moderation,” Dr Raturi highlighted.
Dr Raturi added, “We are engaging our PGCTT graduates together with senior colleagues for microteaching observation exercise in one of the courses. With this intervention, we are creating a culture of sharing and enhancing teaching and learning practices through the introduction of “teaching buddies” and “community of practitioners” beyond our PGCTT programme for universities across the region.”
Through this accreditation process, USP has also achieved a five-year institutional recognition by SEDA. In 2018, the PGCTT graduating candidates will receive two SEDA Professional Development Certificate (PDF) awards that its courses are accredited against from SEDA, UK.
These awards are as follows:
• ED401 (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) and ED402 (Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation in Higher Education Context) is accredited against SEDA-PDF award Learning Teaching and Assessing; and
• ED403 (Innovations in Learning Technologies and Professional Practice) is accredited against SEDA PDF award Supporting Technology-Enhanced Learning.
SEDA, a member of the International Consortium for Educational Development, is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education.
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