UEW holds Orientation for 2017/2018 Distance Education Students

The Institute for Distance and e-Learning (IDeL) of the University of Education, Winneba has organised an intensive orientation programme for Distance Education students. The orientation was held for students in four zones (Winneba, Ho, Tamale and Kumasi). 

The event for zone one and two was held concurrently on Saturday 23rd September, 2017 at the Jophus Anamuah-Conference Centre at Winneba campus and Ho Technical University, respectively. The event for zone three and four was held concurrently on Saturday 30th September, 2017 at the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) Kumasi campus and Tamale Senior High School, respectively. In all, 8,593 Distance Education students from the southern and northern zones were oriented. 

Presentations aimed at enlightening students on issues that would help them settle into their studies at the University were delivered. Presentations covered overview of Distance Education in UEW, Time Management, Academic Rules, Tutorial Sessions and Counselling Services.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni welcomed participants to the ceremony. He indicated that it was important for Distance Education Students to be taken through the presentations to prepare them for the academic journey ahead. He added that the orientation would help them to adjust well to the new learning environment.  

Presenting on Time Management, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni stressed the importance of prioritisation/ setting definite goals in a SMART manner to achieve their aims in their studies. He used the acronym SMART to teach them tactical steps in time management. The acronym was explained as follows:

  1. S – Specific
  2. M – Measurable
  3. A – Achievable
  4. R –Realistic/Relevant
  5. T – Time – Bound

The Director of the Institute of Distance and e-Learning, Prof. Francis Owusu-Mensah, expounded on the Distance Education concept and how it gives access to candidates who hitherto because of work may not have access to upgrade themselves. He gave them the assurance of quality learning materials for the programme, quality methods of instruction via emerging technology and tutorials.

Distance learning is flexible as compared to Regular learning, he added. Distance Education students get to choose when and how to learn and there is no fixed time table for them. Prof. Owusu-Mensah indicated that distance students are responsible for their own studies time and that is an advantage for those who have multiple responsibilities at home. Distance students are also given modules to read and bring out their challenges to their tutors when they meet.

He pointed out some advantages of Distance Education, which included: learning while earning an income, exposure to new and emerging technology and learning in the comfort of one’s home among many others. He advised that irrespective of where they are, they should take advantage of the programme to reach their goals, concluding that “Whether you succeed or not, depends on attitude.”

The Co-ordinator for the Winneba Study Centre, Mrs. Juliana Boateng Ohene, gave an overview of counselling and tutorial services available to Distance Education students. She admonished the students to make good use of their counsellors and also attend tutorials without fail.

Delivering a presentation on the Academic Rules and Regulations, an Assistant Registrar at IEDE, Mr. George Bondzie, explained the processes involved in change of programmes, change of name, transfer from study centre and registration process.  

He ended by urging them to observe and follow the rules governing their studies on campus to avoid future problems with the authorities of the University.

The Head of Registry at IDeL, Mr. Jerry Addison Anyan, took participants through the channels of communication in UEW. He cautioned them to follow the rules and regulations in the University accordingly, in order to avoid problems in future.

A presentation on the Introduction to UEW Distance Education Mobile Application was done by the Ag. Head of ICT Directorate, Mr. Nicholas Donkor. He said UEW has several tools for learning. He indicated that the Institution was the first University to develop a mobile app on playstore for learning. According to him, this app was developed last year. He took them through the installation process, how to access it and ended by showing them the other features of the App.

A former Head of Finance, IDeL, Mr. Albert Cromwell, delivered a presentation on financial issues of UEW. He explained to students the Fee Payment procedure, Cheque Payment procedure and the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Fund and how to apply for the fund and encouraged them to try and always pay all their fees in full to avoid problems.

The Winneba Zonal Manager (Students Loan Trust Fund) Mr. Daewill Ahorlu, educated students on the processes involved in accessing the Trust Fund. He brought to the fore an overview of the Fund, objectives of the Fund, who qualifies for the loan, and requirement for the loan.

He also pointed out to the students persons who qualified as guarantors.

The President of Distance Education Students Association (DESA), Mr. Abdul Salam Alhassan, assured students of the numerous opportunities awaiting them. He advised them to pay much attention to their studies but still engage in other activities in the University. He urged his colleagues and the fresh students to support their respective Study Centre executives.

An open forum was held after the presentations.

The programme was organised by the Institute for Distance and e-Learning in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

By: Araba Bondzewa Entsiwah

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