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FBE staff at the Laucala Campus after the Effective Teaching

Staff of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) recently met to discuss strategies and challenges experienced at the Laucala Campus in Suva.

The workshop, which comprised three sessions lasted for half a day on 6 July 2019 and focused on Effective Teaching.

Ms Dorothy Spiller, Assessment and Curriculum Consultant with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education office, discussed strategies in managing a Face-to-Face tutorial.

Her presentation led to understanding an educator’s role in creating an optimum learning climate for students. Such a climate she said, needs to create opportunities for students to practice discipline specific language and nurture them into owning their learning and modeling examples of inquiry. Pointers on interactive sessions and educator’s responsibility were also highlighted.

In his session, Mr Clayton Kuma, an Assistant Lecturer with the School of Accounting and Finance expressed the need for academic staff to share their best practices with each other.

Such an approach he stated, enabled staff to learn and create a network of practice. As an example he demonstrated how he used online interaction to enable his students to practise problem solving and calculation based activities. The session included discussion and challenges with online marking.

Ms Natasha Khan, an Assistant Lecturer with School of Government, Development and International Affairs shared insights on the challenges she experienced with students with disabilities.

Her presentation helped realise that students were afflicted not only with physical disability but also issues affecting mental health, chronic and terminal illness as well as other situations that made them vulnerable and unable to comfortably concentrate on their studies.

She called on the staff to be the voice for their students to trigger the changes that could ease their path of learning.

Ms Khan also emphasised that academic staff needed to be considerate and sensitive to such cases, and also use discretion in managing them as each case is distinct from another.

She advised that a clear network of agents including counsellors, support staff from the Disability Resource Centre and Medical Centre, needed to be communicated to students once their disability and vulnerability were realised.

The final session was conducted by FBE’s Student Learning Support Services and was an effort to clarify how it could collaborate with academic staff in supporting students.


This news item was published on 12 Jul 2019 09:15:05 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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