The workshop on â€śMaximising Teaching Stylesâ€ť was led by WOUâ€™s School of Education, Languages and Communications (SELC) dean Assoc Prof Dr Malachi Edwin Vethamani.
Dr Malachi elaborated on the four teaching styles â€“ 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 learnersâ€™ ideas, explores learnersâ€™ skills and relates personal experience.
School of Foundation and Liberal Studies (SFLS) dean Prof Mogana Dhamotharan later conducted an interactive session on â€śDeveloping Efficient and Effective Partnerships: Connecting Course Coordinators and Tutorsâ€ť.
The second day saw presentations on â€śAccelerating Adult Learningâ€ť by Deputy Vice Chancellor (SPACE) U K Menon, â€śTutor Voices: Insights and Feedbackâ€ť by SBA dean Prof Chee Kim Loy, and on â€śBringing It All Togetherâ€ť 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.