Training 2 update: New teaching and learning methods in use

Group 5 putting the theory into practice during the SUCSESS Training 2: Group 5 members have been meeting each other regularly via Zoom since May. The project work at its best is collaborative, fun and challenging at the same time!  

Group members: Ms J. B. Ngubane (RBay); Ms Danolien van den Berg; Ms Nanike Zungu; Ms Ita Geyser; Ms Refiloe Legau; Ms Akhona Melani.

Facilitators: Prof Thandi Nzama, Ms Leena Gronroos and Prof Ikechukwu Ezeuduji (Ike)

Using the knowledge gained the Erasmus+ Training Session 1, Group 5 members decided to focus mainly on piloting the use of new teaching approaches and technology. The premise for the group was that students who are currently taught in the participating universities are diverse in terms of socio-cultural and economic backgrounds, geographical locations of the homes, etc. This diversity inadvertently has an effect on the type of technology as well as teaching and learning approaches that can be used successfully to ensure inclusivity.

Each institution identified modules where they would pilot these approaches and the use of technology. Modules that were identified are offered as either semester or year-long and those that mainly have work integrated learning component which allowed for collaborations with the industry. The chosen modules are about marketing, food and beverage and tourism development - a nice range of subjects with which many interactive methods are now in use: inquiry learning, project-based learning, flipped learning and design sprint.

While teaching and learning activities were in progress, members also sought opportunities for collaboration with the industry. Accordingly, students not only study the books but are asked to carry out projects: to write marketing plans and news reports, to bake items and to carry out guided tours. Students will receive feedback for the projects from the industry partners. In some cases, employers will also use these projects as a shortlisting tool for job opportunities.

The lecturers have chosen diverse platforms and programs, which are easy to access – also mobile friendly – and free for all to use. For example, Flipgrid is easy to use in recording talks and Miro is a cocreation platform for design sprint student teams. Google Earth will be tested in showcasing guided tours virtually. These technologies are suitable for both distance and face-to-face learning sessions.

In the second SUCSESS training so far, the group members have shared  their experiences and progress with the teaching and learning activities. All have enjoyed engaging and discussing the topic. Also, it has been good to share challenges and get support when facing difficulties. At the end, there will be opportunities to reflect the outcome with the students and the industry representatives – and to share lessons learnt with the whole SUCSESS team.

Pictures of collaborations with the industry  

Pic 1: University of Zululand students at the Dumami Lodge (photo by Ikechukwu O. Ezeuduji)

Pic 2: University of Zululand students at the Umfolozi College Guest Lodge (photo by Ikechukwu O. Ezeuduji)