The workshop on “Maximising Teaching Styles” was led by WOU’s School of Education, Languages and Communications (SELC) dean Assoc Prof Dr Malachi Edwin Vethamani.
Dr Malachi elaborated on the four teaching styles – assertive, suggestive, collaborative and facilitative. In the assertive style, the tutor gives directions, asks direct questions and gives information in contrast to the facilitative approach where the tutor accepts/elicits learners’ ideas, explores learners’ skills and relates personal experience.
School of Foundation and Liberal Studies (SFLS) dean Prof Mogana Dhamotharan later conducted an interactive session on “Developing Efficient and Effective Partnerships: Connecting Course Coordinators and Tutors”.
The second day saw presentations on “Accelerating Adult Learning” by Deputy Vice Chancellor (SPACE) U K Menon, “Tutor Voices: Insights and Feedback” by SBA dean Prof Chee Kim Loy, and on “Bringing It All Together” by Prof Ho.
At the close of the convention, Prof Wong handed out certificates of appreciation to the tutors and announced the creation of a tutor portal beginning from the January or July 2010 semester to keep them updated.