The School of Public Health (SOPH) engaged and collaborated with CIECT team – to design and develop their interactive online Masters Programme.
The online programme has been structured within iKamva and entails nineteen (19) modules with sub-units. These online modules enable collaborative engagements and the SOPH is able to “expand their global reach”, and engage effectively with Health Professional Managers across Africa (including South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Nigeria) – whereby working-adult professionals are able to pace their learning, interact with peers and facilitators, and share related content.
The students (distance learners) engage in diverse group activities; critique learning material; and peer-review assessment activities. Students are provided with online course resources within the respective online environments, including:
– Module guides,
– Additional readings,
– Study schedule,
– Multimedia components (images and videos), and
– General resources.
Lecturers are also able to communicate directly with students and share updates in real-time (chat tool); as well as asynchronously through discussion forums and blogs. This engagement progressed to a deeper learning approach whereby students engaged in activities of critique of specific learning material. Furthermore the modules were structured and scaffolded into manageable units according to themes and linked to specific learning activities. In addition, the students were expected to submit individual assignments, reflective of theoretical and practical application.
This structured online programme within iKamva, enables distance learning; and promotes the internationalisation of teaching-and-learning.
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