UNIMAK Addresses 21st Century Pedagogical Challenges

On 18th May University of Makeni lecturers met in a colloquium to explore their pedagogical approaches and responding to the following thoughts from the British Council:

How we teach must reflect how our students learn, it must also reflect the world they will emerge into. This is a world that is rapidly changing, connected, adapting and evolving. Our style and approach to teaching must emphasise the learning in the 21st century. (British Council / BBC (2017)).

Led by Rev. Fr. Dr. Francis Sehdu Sesay, Director of Academic Affairs/Registrar, the aims of the colloquium were to:
i. Recognise faculty’s perceptions & practices regarding pedagogies.
ii. Discover different pedagogical approaches faculty would like to try.
iii. Determine the support (training, materials, resources) needed to implement the approaches identified in ii).
iv. Gain commitment to try out one different pedagogical approach during the remainder of the semester.

The approach drew on many references including:

  • British Council / BBC (201&) 21st Century Pedagogy. [Online] retrieved from https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/21st-century-pedagogy British on 26th March 2017
  • Brown, S. (2015) Learning, Teaching & Assessment in Higher Education: Global Perspectives. UK: Palgrave
  • Helfand, D. (2013) Designing a University for the New Millennium

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