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University of Nairobi Lecturers from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, (CHSS) are undergoing a three day sensitization workshop at the Central Catering Unit from October 31 – November 2, 2018 on pedagogy and andragogy.

 

University of Nairobi Lecturers from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, (CHSS) are undergoing a three day sensitization workshop at the Central Catering Unit from October 31 – November 2, 1028 on pedagogy and andragogy.  

Speaking during the launch of the program, Prof. Isaac Mbeche, who was representing the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, urged lecturers to put more effort in delivery of lectures to ensure that students enjoy the class sessions. “Learners become better, students become better employees. The University of Nairobi is well rated by employers. We are the most preferred University in the region,” he said. The learning environment has changed with the digital age and hence we have to redesign the teaching methodology.

Unlike in the past when lecturers would dictate notes to students, the focus now should be on; engaging and activating learners, stressing the importance of feedback in learning, having new approaches to teaching, experiential learning, developing communication skills and confidence in students, curriculum development and lecturer-student mentorship to enhance learning.

Prof. Justus Inyega, Director CEPA (Centre for Pedagogy and Andragogy), who was leading a team of facilitators observed that the lecturers need to share their experiences and best practices. He pointed out the 5Es that aid lecturers in effective delivery of lectures. These being; engaging students, eliciting reactions from students on what they know about the study area, explaining the new concepts, extending or elaborating the concepts in detail and lastly exploring new areas.

The lecturers were taken through a series of videos and teaching aids that will go a long way in helping them improve their teaching methodology. Problem based learning was encouraged. This is where students are encouraged to solve problems. Incorporating current affairs and social problems as part of the problems to be solved by students was highly encouraged.

To date over 200 University of Nairobi lecturers have been trained. The current generation of students need a new approach to teaching and learning and hence the need for the professors and lecturers to be re-trained.