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13 May 2014 By In news & events

Moodle Workshop

Regent University is organizing an e-learning content development workshop for its academic and IT support staff. The facilitators of the workshop are Dr. Nick Fobih and Chilli Leung from George Brown College Toronto, Canada, Mr. Benjamin Y. Agyemang from Greenwich University, School of Management, UK and Mr. Sampson Botwe from KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana.

This workshop, which has been broken down into three phases is meant to prepare Regent University’s faculty and staff, to offer online courses to students in different programs. The workshop will run from June 9- 18, 2014 between 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Facilitators (from left - right) Mr. Sampson Botwe, Mr. Benjamin Agyeman, Chilli Leung and Dr. Nick Fobih

The first phase of the training termed ‘Building a Course in Moodle’, specifically focuses on creating online courses in Moodle. MOODLE is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It is a free software e-learning platform to help educators create online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content, and is in continual evolution.

The second phase of the training termed ‘Teaching in the Online Environment’ focuses on teaching strategies that can be used in the online environment. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Create online versions of the courses they teach using Moodle.
  2. Use the features in Moodle to manage their courses
  3. Analyze various online teaching strategies to practice how and when to use them.
  4. Create a list of best practices for online course development and online teaching.

The contents of both workshops will provide participants with information and resources to achieve the outcomes outlined above. In the end, participants would have created the courses they teach in the online format and the university can offer those online courses to students at any time. It is important to note that courses that are developed online can still be offered in the traditional classroom format if the university chooses to keep both options.

 

Some participants of the moodle workshop exchanging ideas

The third phase, which is the final part of the program, termed ‘Technical Training for IT Staff’ will focus on the back end operations of Moodle. Participants will learn how to resolve potential Moodle issues and set up a system for supporting all users in the school. By the end of this part of the training, the trained IT Staff will be able to provide technical Moodle support for Students, Faculty and the Administrative staff at Regent University.

 

13 May 2014 By In news & events

Regent Sod Cutting Ceremony

On April 2, 2014, Regent University College of Science and Technology, was led by its Founder & President, Prof. E.K Larbi and the Senior Vice President, Mr. Albert Amonoo to cut sod for the commencement of construction of its ultra-modern purpose built campus project at McCarthy Hill, Accra. This exercise marks a new chapter in the university’s history as it commits to becoming a leading, cutting-edge university in Africa, producing purpose driven human resource with science and technology expertise to function as change agents in our competitive global environment.

Amid shouts of joy, praises, and appreciation to God for how far the good Lord has brought the University, Prof. E.K. Larbi, led the gathering to read Deuteronomy 8: 1-19; 28:1-14. Inspired by these texts, he reminded the gathering of the numerous promises of God concerning the university, with particular emphasis on the hope that God is taking the university to a place of great prominence.  

Professor Larbi said that with “increased commitment and dedication we can expect and experience prosperity in abundance.” He was in high spirits as he encouraged a cross section of students, faculty members and staff with tales of the audacious beginnings of the university when they faced a plethora of adversity but still triumphed.  He said “we faced all sorts of challenges like law suits and family feuds but in all that we overcame the challenges.”

  

Among the special guest and dignitaries in attendance was Apostle Michael Aseidu, Witness Director of the Church of Pentecost, and a Member of the Council of the University. He prayed and committed this project and the university into the hands of God. Also in attendance was the Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Weija Municipal Assembly, Honorable Jerry A. Thompson. He was accompanied by other friends from the Municipality to witness the ceremony.

The Lead Engineer for the project, Eng. George Kwabena Asiedu assured the university of his team’s capacity to deliver high standard buildings and on schedule. He assured that they have assembled the best in the industry to lead the project and that the project upon completion can withstand any storm or earthquake.

A Chinese construction firm, Happy Check Company Ltd, has been contracted to build the structures. On his part, Mr. Hao Ye, Managing Director for the company said, “I am very grateful to God that we can be involved in this project. We will work hard and do quality work and finish on time”

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by December, 2014 to facilitate the movement of the University to a central location. It is the hope of the university that once this project is completed more courses will be introduced with resulting increases in overall student enrolment.

  

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