Three GGM tutors present at international conference

Posted on October 01, 2021

Three of the Department's tutors presented at the international CALMet conference on the 28th of September 2021. The title of the presentation is An exploratory study to understand tutor experiences of online learning during COVID-19: A Geography Geoinformatics and Meteorology perspective. Brian Nkala, Violet Mwendera-Chinamale and Tsholanang Rammopo conducted a survey to understand the experiences of tutors during COVID-19 in GGM. From the responses, tutor experiences varied in strong correlation with their initial levels of expectations, motivation and attitude about what they perceived as their role as online tutors towards ensuring student learning and success. Their levels of expectations and motivation were also clearly linked to outcomes of assessment and student feedback provided during interactive sessions. Suggestions made by the tutors towards improving online encounters included the use of additional material that students can use after class; making every lesson a solution to a problem and letting students lead a discussion or even a part of the lesson. Given the data and connectivity constrained environment, tutors in particular highlighted the need for more innovative and freely available open access learning tools and apps to ease the learning process and improve communication. The findings from this baseline study can guide the implementation of a more extensive study for concrete interdisciplinary evidence across more academic departments.   

- Author Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology
Published by Christel Hansen

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