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UWI lauded for responding to change

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, July 12, 2013

The UWI Cave Hill Campus has been lauded for its efforts to respond to the changing world, embracing technology in teaching and learning, in order to remain relevant.  The kudos came from Corporate Communications and Public Relations Manger of LIME, Carolyn Williams-Gayle, as she addressed the third annual Teaching and Technology Symposium organised by the Educational Media Services arm of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the campus rcently.  The symposium which was sponsored by LIME was the highlight of Teaching and Learning Week, part of the campus’ 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Recalling scientist Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, Williams-Gayle noted that survival of a species depends primarily on responsiveness to change, and that the Cave Hill Campus had changed dramatically since her graduation just 13 years ago - physically, aesthetically and academically.   “No longer is education, higher education for that matter, confined to four walls and a blackboard. Today we live in a connected world, a world that is always on, and as consumers we want to be connected and expect to be connected,” she said. 

Highlighting the phenomenal technological changes that have taken place in the world over the past 40 years, she told those gathered that it is predicted that there will be more change in the next five years than occured during the industrial revolution, or even during the last 25 years. “So not only do we have to grapple with the generational divide in the workplace, but we also have to deal with the technological divide.  Every business or industry is going through some type of change and this is being heavily facilitated by technology.  The challenge, however, is about being able to adequately leverage the use of technology to help bridge those gaps, towards not only remaining relevant, but remaining in existence,” noted the LIME executive.

She said that the UWI needed to be nimble enough to adapt to the changing needs of students as well as the changing needs of the workplace, and to understand the role of technology in meeting those needs.  “Hopefully, this symposium will be the catalyst to achieving this,” she added.

Coordinator of the symposium and Educational Technologist at the Campus Pat Atherley explained that the annual symposium provided an opportunity for members of faculty at Cave Hill to share and discuss the ways they were using technology to transform teaching and learning, as the Campus embraces blended instructional approaches to offer greater flexibility, cater to differences in learner needs, and prepared students for a technologically driven world.  Over 50 persons attended the symposium, including representatives from Erdiston Teacher Training College, the Barbados Community College, the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, and The UWI Open Campus.


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