Solomon Islands National University (SINU) academic staff can now teach more professionally after successfully completed a five-week professional development training.
A statement from the University said, the professional training was conducted by Dr Elly Govers, an overseas expert in providing training in teaching methods and assessment practices.
The service of Dr Elly Govers was funded through VSA New Zealand.
“For this the SINU is so grateful for. The professional development programme was initiated to help increase the capacity of SINU academic staff and raise the standard of their teaching and assessment practices.”
The statement said, the intended outcomes of the professional development program enabled;
– SINU academic staff to teach effectively using a range of contemporary teaching methods appropriate to the context;
– SINU academic staff effectively assess students using a range of contemporary assessment methods appropriate to the context.
Responses from the academic staff indicated that participants have achieved the intended learning outcomes of the programme and that they are ready and prepared to start applying what they have learned in their teaching and assessment practices, it was highlighted.
“In fact some have already started using the teaching methods they learnt which modeled student-centred learning activities.”
On Friday 21 August, a small ceremony was held to honor all academic staff who met the completion criteria. They were each awarded a certificate of participation.