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UCC College of Distance Education to use technology- For face-to-face interaction between lecturers, students

BY: Timothy Gobah
Prof Joseph Ghartey Ampiah (inset) addressing the students
Prof Joseph Ghartey Ampiah (inset) addressing the students

The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has rolled out plans to use technology (virtual classroom) for face-to-face interaction between lecturers and students at its College of Distance Education in Cape Coast.

The new programme, which will start with post-graduate students, will enable the students to have easy access to lecturers wherever they may be.

The Vice-Chancellor of UCC, Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, made this known at the 2018/2019 Matriculation ceremony of fresh students of the College of Distance Education, Southern Zone, in Cape Coast last Thursday.

This academic year, the university admitted 15,734 students to the college to pursue undergraduate and post-graduate programme, through the distance mode of education and business.

In terms of gender, there are 7,373 male undergraduates and 6,890 female undergraduates and 866 male post-graduates and 605 female post-graduates.

Restructuring

Prof. Ampiah said the college was undergoing restructuring to ensure that it would become more efficient and effective in its operations to provide quality distance education.

He said appraisal of course tutors by students would continue to be a feature at all study centres.

 “Henceforth, lecturers in the university would visit the study centres from time to time to monitor and evaluate facilitation during face-to-face session to ensure high standards of performance by the facilitators,” he said.

The vice-chancellor said the restructuring of the college had resulted in the addition of more approved university programmes to the distance learning programmes to ensure there was parity of esteem in the programmes offered.

He said the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Management Studies programmes had been replaced with BSc (Marketing), BSc (Finance), BSc (Human Resource Management), and BSc (Accounting).

Professor Ampiah announced that the college would enrol students into programmes from the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences in future adding that “the intention is to bring on board as many programmes as possible that are run in the conventional system.”

Online support system

He said the Student Record Management Unit of the College had developed an online student support system where students could easily log in to communicate their complaints to the college for quick and prompt redress.

He congratulated the students on gaining admission in the UCC, saying “you have sworn the matriculation oath and each and everyone of you will be held to it. Take advantage of this unique opportunity offered you to improve yourselves. A new chapter has opened in your life and what you will become in future will depend on what you make of the experience you go though from now.”