The Department of Business and Social Sciences Education (DOBSSE), UCC has organized a training workshop for lecturers and students in the department on how to effectively use technology in both virtual and physical learning interactions.
The workshop, under the theme “embracing the use of technology in a hybrid classroom” is an initiative of Educational Consultant and philanthropist, Rev. Henry Godson-Afful, who is also an alumnus of the University of Cape Coast.
In an interview with ATLFMNEWS, Rev. Godson-Afful said the goal is to equip both lecturers and students with knowledge of hybrid teaching and learning which he says has become necessary in these times.
“What we are seeing in our educational set up with the use of technology is something that could have happened 20 to 30 years down the line but now Covid19 has taught us to do that quickly”, he said.
He added that “despite the struggles with the use of modern gadgets and challenges with data and internet connectivity, it is important to have an open mind and embrace change”.
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He further called on government to “invest more into ICT education” and urged for support from telecommunication industries with “discount on internet data for educational institutions”.
Rev. Afful also donated some educational technology gadgets to the Department of Business and Social Sciences Education to help lecturers and students put their training into practical use.
“I have managed to donate an interactive white board, projector, tripod and cameras to help with hybrid learning and so we are not only here for the training but to also ensure its practicability”, he said.
On his part, the Head of Department for Business and Social Sciences Education, Dr. Bernard Yaw Sekyi Acquah expressed his gratitude for the gesture and promised both the training and items donated would be put into effective use.
“This donation is very much appreciated because it has come at the right time and will be used for the department’s seminars every week; and the training he has given us has also adequately prepared us to make effective use of them”, he said.
He added that “the hybrid learning is a welcoming idea as students who are unable to come for activities due to Covid19 and other challenges can effectively participate in teaching and learning”.
Dr. Sekyi Acquah also called on “other bodies and alumni of the University of Cape Coast to all come on board and support the university to fulfill its mandate”.