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UG’s Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning to Host 3rd Biennial Conference September 18-19

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 10:55

The University of Guyana’s Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CoETaL) is all set to host its Third Biennial Conference from Monday, September 18 to Tuesday, September 19, 2023. The event is being held under the theme “Celebrating a Legacy of Teaching, Leading, and Learning” and will feature presentations from leading Academics and researchers from Guyana and around the world. The Conference is considered a signature event as it is being held at a time when the University is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

This year’s Conference will be hosted in a hybrid format as presenters explore issues in relation to assessment, the impact of the use of Artificial Intelligence in the teaching/learning dyad and the evolution of leadership post-pandemic.

The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2023, at 9:00 hrs. at the George Walcott Lecture Theatre, Turkeyen Campus and will be held in a hybrid format. It is expected to feature presentations from the Honourable Minister of Education Dr. Priya Manickchand, University of Guyana’s Chancellor Professor Edward Greene, Vice-Chancellor, XI, Professor Paloma Mohamed Martin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Emanuel Cummings, UNICEF Deputy Representative, Mr. Irfan Akhtar, Deputy Principal of the Cyril Potter College of Education Ms. Tamsin Henry-Granville and Director of CoETaL Dr. Charmaine Bissessar, among others.

The Opening Ceremony will also include an edutainment session by UG students. Persons can join the Opening Ceremony virtually by clicking here:

The Conference offers scholars, educators and key stakeholders an opportunity to share their research with participants and obtain feedback. Given the present issues of the use of Artificial Intelligence in the classroom, the Conference provides opportunities for introspection on this topic. There will be a plenary session on Monday, September 18 on Artificial Intelligence in Education conducted by UG Lecturer Dr. Andreassa Morris-Martin, whose doctoral work is on AI. Following this session, there will be a panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence in the classroom.

A workshop on Mixed Methodology for Educational Leadership Advancement will be hosted by Dr. Leah Garner-O’Neale and Zhané Bridgeman-Maxwell, both from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and members of the Mixed Methodology International Research Association, Caribbean Chapter.  Additionally, there will be six concurrent sessions on Day One under the following sub-themes: Technology and Education, instructional delivery: online strategies, leadership, COVID-19-students’ experiences, linguistics and modern languages, and academic writing and literacy.

Day 2 (Tuesday, 19th September) starts with opening and welcoming remarks by the chairperson Dr. Jacqueline Murray, Director of the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE). A panel discussion follows with a conversation on the Conference’s theme; “Celebrating a Legacy of Teaching, Leading, and Learning”. UG’s Registrar, Dr. Nigel Gravesande will moderate this session with a panel comprising of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors Professor Emanuel Cummings and Dr. Mellissa Ifill, Librarian Mrs. Gwyneth George, and Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Humanities and Chairman of the National Accreditation Council (NAC) Mr. Mohandatt Goolsarran. There will be six concurrent sessions under the following themes: professional development, classroom assessment, soft skills, resilience during COVID-19, intellectual skills and quality assurance.

Conference Registration is free to the first 100 applicants. Registration is required in advance for the event using the following link:

For more information on the Conference kindly contact Dr. Charmaine Bissessar at (592) 624-1272 or visit the website at