Assessment Retreat

Making effective use of the Library
- Ms Donette Washington

 Assessment as a process: types of assessment
- Mr Rajkumar Sookraj, FEH-UGBC


Moodle supported assessment: getting your assessment fully online
- Ms Shanomae Rose, FEES


Using Blooms Taxonomy in all forms of assessment
- Dr Leyland Thompson, FEH-Turkeyen

UG launches Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning

(Ministry of Education Photo)

The University of Guyana yesterday launched the Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CoETaL), dedicated to teaching and learning scholarship.

Yesterday’s launching ceremony, which involved the hosting of a symposium at the School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation Lecture Hall, was attended by Minister of Education (MoE) Nicolette Henry and Professor Percy Hintzen, Director of African and African Diaspora Affairs at the Florida International University. The ceremony was followed by the installation of the centre’s Advisory Board.

Located at the university’s Turkeyen campus, according to a press release from the education ministry, CoETaL will “provide a menu of services and programmes which will be focused on teaching and learning scholarship”.

In the keynote address, delivered by Professor Hintzen, a correlation was made between the quality of teaching and the learning abilities of students.

“He said among other important points that it must be appreciated that students have a lot to offer their teachers. He said that if this is understood, the students can produce new horizons of possibilities. According to Professor Hintzen, excellent teaching can produce excellent learners,” the MoE reported.

Meanwhile, Henry noted that the education system must evolve to provide a platform for the permanent exchange of ideas. In this regard, she lauded the university for this latest initiative, commending the institution for pursuing student learning as a primary goal, and working to provide a “dynamic, highly student-centred learning environment”, where “excellence in teaching is recognised and rewarded”.

“Without adequate higher education and research institutions providing a critical mass of skilled and educated people, Guyana cannot ensure genuine endogenous and sustainable development, which is imperative to reduce the gap separating Guyana from the industrially developed countries,” the minister stated, alluding to the looming demand for greater diversification in higher education given the advent of the developing petroleum sector.

The ministry further reported that the members of the Advisory Board appointed to manage the affairs of the centre are: Paulette Paul (UG), Lenandlar Singh (UG), Dr. Jacqueline Murray (UG/IDCE), Maureen Bynoe (UG), Kara Lord (UG), Kelvin Bovell (UG), Sekhar Mallampati (UG), Fidel Captain (UG), Donette Washington (UG), Dr. Theodosius Velloza (UG), Yulette Park (alternate), Viola Rowe (CPCE), Patrice LaFleur (UNESCO) and an MoE representative.

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The Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CoETaL) Continuing Professional Development: Assessment Retreat University of Guyana, Tain Campus

 Reflectively using assessment to enrich teaching, learning and scholarship

This one-day retreat builds upon the mandate of the Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CoETaL) to enrich the capacity of our teaching staff through continuing professional development(CPD) . One of the areas identified at the launching of the recent inaugural CoETaL Symposium on February 13th as a high priority, and in which Faculty needed CPD was measurement and evaluation. This retreat therefore builds upon the demands from Faculty, and provides a platform for them to both learn and share with their peers and other experts on how to strengthen their skills in measurement and evaluation whilst promoting the use of instructional technology.



Goal of CoETaL

The goal of CoETaL is to engage faculty, support staff and students in purposeful engagement/dialogue on how to facilitate excellent teaching and learning environments.

The Values to which the CoETaL subscribes

The University of Guyana is an institution that is “values driven”. The core values espoused to the first Education Resource Ambassadors Conference (Griffith,2016) are seen notable drivers of the Renaissance Culture at UoG in order to make it the premiere academic institution in Guyana. These values  will be  embedded in the work of the CoETaL as the academy strives for teaching and learning excellence. 

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