St. Joseph's College of Education (JOSCO), from its teaching and learning policy, strives to make a contribution to the society through the provision of excellent teacher education. The College puts its students’ potential and preparing them for the world beyond College at the core of all its activities. In the recent world order, where digital technologies are more prevalent and relevant to the success of teaching and learning, the College in its pursuit of academic excellence intends to develop and use digital technology to reach its students and staff for the purposes of teaching, learning and other fora such as workshops, conferences etc. It is therefore important to equip the tutors and student teachers with the necessary ICT knowledge and tools to meet the development of the society.
The aim of this policy is to set out the way in which e-learning should be managed. This policy is to enable Management, Staff and Students to understand their roles within e-learning and how to make best use of e-learning as a teaching and learning tool.
This is to strengthen the College’s capacity to support online delivery of courses, programmes and library content, and the use of technology-enhanced teaching and learning to result in increased access to and success in quality education.
The College recognises the value of e-learning in increasing the knowledge and supporting the development of staff and students. JOSCO will adopt a ‘blended learning’ approach. Blended learning allows us to use a number of learning methods to increase the effectiveness of training and meet the needs of individuals and their specific learning styles.
Forms of e-Learning to be employed by the College are:
It is the mixing of different learning environments, combining traditional face-to-face classroom methods with online mediated sessions.
The College blended learning is designed to allow students stay at the comfort of their homes whilst being engaged by tutors via online platforms such at the College LMS and any other convenient platforms, and face-to-face sessions whenever students are in school.
It is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning, that aims at increasing student engagement and learning by having students read on unit of a lesson at their home through online platforms and work on live problem-solving during class time (face-to-face session). This approach will help tutors to prioritize active learning during class time by assigning students lecture materials and presentations to be viewed at home or outside of class whilst adequate time is spent on practical activities or problem-solving.
Due to challenges with Internet access across some part of the country, tutors are allowed to prepare and design their course ware in tutorial mode such as PowerPoint presentation, video and/or audio recordings, web-based content, interactive content using Captivate and Storyline software, etc. These course ware should be smartphone compatible and must be available to students online or offline at no cost.
For effective e-learning delivery, the management should employ the services of qualified IT support staff or upgrade the skills of existing ones if need be. In addition, teachers should update themselves with the requisite technology and media related skills that are needed.
For the purpose of this policy, the e-learning team shall include;
In fulfilment of the College Teaching and Learning policy and the use of digital technology to enhance quality teaching and learning, tutors are enjoined.
In order to facilitate e-learning, the library shall be responsible to provide e-library and e-support services to support teaching, learning and research. In this regard, the library shall ensure the following:
The forward planning of our IT infrastructure must be aligned to our strategic vision to ensure that we can achieve our ambitions. The vision outlined in this document is of a very different teaching infrastructure to the one we have at present. Pervasive, high-bandwidth connectivity must be factored in to future expansion of the campus network capacity and be sufficient to support significantly increased use of multi-media content within the LMS. This should be true in and between all locations on which the College has a presence. Operability must also be high so that lessons delivery is not stifled by unreliable technology.
The use of personal devices for a wider range of academic activity will become more pervasive on campus and this will have implications for the configuration of fixed computing installations.
Interactive engagement with large student groups in a flexible classroom environment via personal devices will also feature in the future teaching environment.
A key consideration will be the use of technology in assessment. In the short term, this may require enhancement of IT within physical spaces to accommodate e-assessment in fixed locations with fixed IT installations and, in the longer term, the introduction of technologies to support assessment in any Wi-Fi enabled space. In planning for the future, account must also be taken of emerging factors such as 4G and cloud computing that have the potential to impact on our IT infrastructure.
One critical area that management should focus on is their evaluation strategy for the e-learning platforms they seek to implement. The purposes of the evaluation are.
In order to ensure and promote the quality of e-learning programmes, the college management is required to log-in to the e-learning platform periodically during lessons to observe, collect data and generate reports for analysis and decision-making. They must conduct assessments in these areas:
The Principal and the College management must conduct periodic tutor evaluation to:
Learner evaluation is crucial to all e-learning programmes. This is because the College needs feedback on how to improve on the media, instructions and assessment modules. The following guidelines are to be ensured by the management:
The monitoring of this policy will be done in conjunction with the Teaching and Learning policy. The Principal is ultimately responsible for the implementation of this policy. However, the Vice Principal, Heads of department, Academic Affairs office, the Quality Assurance office and other stakeholders responsible for monitoring teaching and learning as contained in the Teaching and Learning policy are expected to ensure compliance to this policy.
This policy and the use of ICT and Digital Technologies will be reviewed and updated annually or more frequently based on changes to digital technologies. The intention is to ensure we are at the forefront of using e-learning in all its forms. The review of this policy will be done in conjunction with the Teaching and Learning policy.