The Papua New Guinea University of Technology (UNITECH) introduces the Postgraduate Certificate in Student-Centred Teaching as a qualification offer, first to its teaching staff members commencing in the first semester of 2016. The program will be offered under the leadership of the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, but it will be part of the postgraduate programs of the Department of Communication and Development Studies. Therefore, the Department of Communication and Development Studies submits this proposal to the Postgraduate Committee for its consideration and endorsement.
Over last decade or so, the process of teaching and learning at universities worldwide has been increasingly revolutionized by the use of ICT, as witnessed by the use of: recorded lectures, virtual classrooms, massive online open courses, and the implementation of integrated learning management systems. Since PNG Unitech acquired reliable access to broadband internet only recently, many Faculty members have not yet developed the necessary skills to utilize these technological tools and techniques effectively within their subjects. Furthermore, many university lecturers, at both PNG Unitech and elsewhere, have never been taught explicit pedagogical theories of teaching and learning in higher education. Hence, the introduction of this multifaceted program will encourage the academic staff at PNG Unitech to enhance their knowledge and skills in the use leT in the delivery of university subjects via its many applications, and equip them with current teaching and learning methods in higlier education.
a) To model the delivery of a subject's syllabus in a flipped classroom setting using a Learning Management System (LMS), such as Google Classroom or Moodie, demonstrating its advantages over traditional "chalk and talk" delivery methods.
b) To increase collaboration arid engagement in a flipped classroom environment to foster effective student learning. Comprising online and blended learning, the program will focus on placing the learning goals of taught subjects in perspective, encompassing issues. of content delivery (via instructional strategies of using Google Classroom, Google Apps, Google Tools and other free and open source authoring tools). Furthermore, tractable and holistic assessment methods of both content and meta-cognitive skills to be gained by students will be introduced.
c) To understand the principles behind and uses of problem based learning so that the participants can enhance their competence to deliver problem based learning method in the subjects they deliver ..
d) To identify and explain the basic theories and elaborated practices Of current teaching and learning trends in higher education.
e) To then facilitate structured reflection on appropriate teaching pedagogies (both traditional and ICT driven),tapping from the wealth of experience of the participants.
f) To equip thereby the teaching staff members at UNITECH to be able to deliver learninq-focused academic subjects in their academic discipline (via both blended a'nd online modalities) with ICT tools effectively, both now and in the future.
To elaborate this course of study, there will be three subjects taught weekly for 15 weeks. Each subject will be taught for two hours per week, usually from 4 to 6 pm. The subjects will be taught by suitable specialist identified within the University. The three subjects that will form the initial basis of the course structure are:
(a) learning Management Systems and Flipped Classrooms
(b) Problem Based Teaching and Learning
(c) Trends in Education Teaching and Learning
The facilitators for this course will be drawn from all academic departments in the University based on expertise and qualification.