Dr Manyane Makua, Acting DVC: Teaching & Learning, presented his landmark assessment of the MUT online teaching and learning agenda at the virtual Senate meeting held on Thursday, 18 March 2021. The presentation follows one of the drastic steps that he is taking to transform the culture of teaching and learning. In trying to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of online teaching, Dr Makua spearheaded a measurement and evaluation of his portfolio. Based on this, he presented a few reflections that will ensure that online teaching must be more student-centric and with more quality assurance mechanisms. Dr Makua emphasised the need for a more effective and customized online content.
“We need to deploy appropriate interventions so as to assist our students. We cannot put content will not be discernible to our students. We must guide the students on their online journey, and we must put ourselves in the shoes of the students as they navigate the online milieu by thinking carefully about the target group, content, learning outcomes, pedagogical approach, how we organize the content, learning resources, and assessment of the teaching and learning resources. Do not deny yourselves opportunities to move with the times. Keep on reading so you can adapt to the new normal as it is here to stay”, said Dr Makua.
The SRC welcomed the presentation and applauded Dr Makua’s office for the support it has given students as they navigate online learning. Dr Bheka Ntshangase, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, also expressed positive sentiments. Dr Ntshangase indicated that as a faculty, they now realise the gap and what is required for an interactive online approach to work.