DWU Administration staff upgrade skills to assist students better

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Madang, 11th of May 2018 — Divine Word University administration staff upgraded their computing skills to assist students better at the Madang campus recently.

DWU Center for Learning and Teaching was established early this year to assist the university enhance the standards of excellence in learning and teaching while ‘harness the power of ICT for knowledge creation.’ Since its establishment, CLT has been offering in-house training for academic staff and students to enhance their skills.

This week, twenty one staff from the Divine Word University in Madang Province, have upskilled their ‘End User Computing’ and basics on Moodle, a centrally supported learning management system used at DWU as a learning platform to deliver course content in blended and fully online modes.

DWU Moodle Administrator and Staff Training Facilitator, Kimberly Kobal said the training targeted administration staff whose line of duty involves providing support for students. She said participants had some prior computer experiences and were looking to enhance their skills.

“They know the technology before them. They know how to login to the Internet and they know how to use the computer.”

Ms. Kobal said the training enhances the computer usage and Internet savvy the staff already poses.

“I have just introduced them to some options that they have not known before,” said Ms Kobal.

She said one example was use of Excel Spreadsheet instead of calculators. Kobal said through an evaluation after the training, has shown that the participants’ use of formulas has increased their response rate to student queries.

Executive Officer to Dean of the Faculty of Education, Irene Wrakuale, who was also a participant said the training was “an eye opener” for her, and will assist the students’ queries on Moodle. Wrakule said unlike in the past, she was not able to better because she did not know much about Moodle and how to use it as well.

Office Manageress for the Flexible Learning Centre, Miss Salote Kaumu,  like others said the training has enabled her to assist Flexible Learning students better regarding Moodle queries.

Director for Learning and Teaching (CfLT) in DWU, Associate Professor Iwona Kolodziejczyk PhD was excited to witness participants receive their certificates on Friday, training running from 7th – 11th of May as it was first time since the establishment of the center to issue certificates to a training completed. A similar training was carried out for staff at DWU Rabaul campus.

Participants have been urged to look out for intermediate and advance levels of the training to be offered by the Center for Learning and Teaching in the near future. For more information, contact: Public Relations Officer & Alumni Coordinator – Rhonda Clement on phone 422 2837 or email: rclement
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