For the past two (2) years, SBCS has leveraged on our long-standing, evolving relationship with the University of Greenwich to deliver the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE); a qualification that has since become the hallmark programme for the professional development of our lecturers.
To commission the current cohort of lecturers, the annual PGCHE Induction Week was held during the period September 6 – 9, at the Champs Fleurs Campus. Visiting academics from the University of Greenwich’s Educational Development Unit, Mr. Paul Dennison (Teaching Fellow) and Dr. Danielle Tran (Senior Lecturer in Learning, Teaching and Professional Development) hosted the week-long venture. Through interactive and engaging lab and micro-teaching sessions, participants were oriented to the expectations of the programme, the University’s e-Learning platform and the dynamics involved in distance-learning provision.
The PGCHE programme deftly balances the promotion of modern methods of teaching and student assessment, with the development of individual academic discipline in the planning and delivery of class sessions. To date, near thirty (30) members of SBCS’ faculty have pursued the programme, with another sixteen(16) set to commence their journey in September, 2016.
During the engagement, Ms. Trijata Maraj, part-time Marketing lecturer, PGCHE graduate, and now mentor, shared on her development through her PGCHE interactions, as a student, and as a mentor:
“I completed the PGCHE in 2015, which enhanced my skill set in teaching and learning and gave me fresh perspective on approaches that could be adopted for a richer student experience. It also prepared me quite well to be a mentor for my peers interested in pursuing the PGCHE in the subsequent cohort. I was able to guide my mentee and give them insights on the programme and my experiences … Mentoring is something that not only the new teacher benefits from, but also the mentor teacher, as it gives opportunity for positive collaboration and stimulating discussions around the topic of teaching and learning.”
Once again, a social mixer punctuated the week of activities, with Executive Director, Dr. Robin Maraj on hand to deliver an exhortation to the current participants. During his interactions with those in attendance, he commended UOG for the quality of the programme and their continued partnership with SBCS, and encouraged the new cohort of lecturers to give themselves to the process:
“We (SBCS) believe in the UOG’s PGCHE programme and its benefits to your teaching, and towards delivering a transformative learning experience to our learners.”
Here’s to a rewarding year ahead for the 2016/2017 PGCHE cohort.