The University of Cape Coast (UCC) is reviewing its academic modules to make them more user friendly, after which it will be digitised and placed online for easy access by learners all over the country.
The measure is expected to help to expand the frontiers of distance education at the UCC.
The Vice Chancellor of the UCC, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, who made this known, also announced that series of training programmes had been outlined for course tutors to keep abreast of using the modules.
Prof. Ampiah was addressing the 49th congregation of the university’s College of Distance Education (CoDE) in Cape Coast recently.
A total of 10,241 who have completed various programmes at CoDE are expected to receive their respective certificates in a week-long ceremony.
Out of this number, 6,277 will be presented for the award of diplomas and 3,964 for the award of degrees in various disciplines.
Efficiency of the facilitators
Prof. Ampiah said the measures would improve the efficiency of the facilitators in the delivery process to make them more accustomed to modern ways of meeting the increasing needs of a rather mature group of students offering distance education.
The vice chancellor said just as it was done in the regular mode, all course tutors were currently being assessed by their students so that any lapses identified in their delivery could be addressed appropriately.
“Academic concerns of students are addressed and they are able to make up for any misunderstanding that was encountered during the period of reading the modules,” he stressed.
Opening of new centres
The vice chancellor said the CoDE aimed at making university education accessible to both public and private sector workers, and would, therefore, continue to make efforts to open more study centres throughout the country.
During the year under review, he noted, centres were opened at Salaga and Damongo, both in the Northern Region, Seikwa in the Brong Ahafo Region and Hohoe in the Volta Region, with plans to open more in the ensuing year.
ICT in Distance Education
He said the university had plans to facilitate education delivery through the use of ICT to offer students better opportunities in their academic work, adding that the internet backbone of the college had been activated.
Prof. Ampiah said plans were underway to start the top-up to M.Phil and M.Com programmes in October 2017, stressing that graduates who had obtained Master of Education (MED) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) would, therefore, have the opportunity to enrol in those programmes.