Workshop on the use of Telegram APP (Social Media) for Virtual Learning

The Division of Human Resources in collaboration with the Winneba Study Centre of the Institute of Educational Development and Extension (I.E.D.E) organized a workshop for part-time lecturers on the 23rd of March 2017 at the Registrar's Conference Room at the North Campus on the theme “Tutorials in the 21st Century.”

Facilitators for the workshop were Messrs. David Kofi Sekyi (a part-time lecturer, Educational Technology) and Humphrey A.K. Pufaa (Instructional Technologist, Student Records Office).

Mr. David Sekyi urged lecturers to incorporate technology in their teaching especially messaging social networks preferably Telegram. He enumerated some major problems confronting tutors and students: delays in the dispatch and receipt of learning modules at the various study centres and rescheduling of tutorials    affects the pace of teaching and learning, poor health, loaded work schedules and other social commitments on the part of the distance education students also impedes the pace of teaching and learning, a number of distance students absent themselves from tutorials through-out the semester and only resurface for quizzes and end of semester examinations, a number of lecturers are unable to complete their modules on time, hence the need to adopt the application called Telegram for virtual learning.

Regarding the benefits of virtual learning through the Telegram app, he said Distance Education in UEW stands to gain more as the app will support learning pace of heavy schedule professional students, motivates the physically challenged and elderly students to do distance courses at their doorsteps, substitute tutorial rescheduling days, also serve as a platform for completing uncompleted modules by lecturers. Adding to the benefits of the app in distance education, he said the app supports the sharing of multimedia files that support learning to enable tutors sends slides and other learning materials to their students; students can revisit discussions and download slides at any time among other benefits.

An Instructional Technologist at the Student Records Office, Division of Academic Affairs, Mr. Humphrey A. K. Pufaa, took participants through the process of downloading and installing the app on participants preferred devices: mobile phone, laptop or desktop computer. He stated that the app can be synchronized to many devices with the same account. He further indicated that the app was safe and fast for use by the students and would in no small way augment the efforts of the University towards distance education.