Delivery Modes

The course will be delivered through the use of adult learning methodologies aimed at effectively transferring knowledge and skills but also building the learner’s competencies. The delivery mode will involve lectures, group discussions and presentations, and case study analyses. Students will be expected to do selected readings of articles, book chapters and other online resources to increase their knowledge base.

Block Mode
Block-mode of study is ideal for students in full-time employment who find it easier to take few weeks away from work rather than being at the university or institute for full time. Under the Block mode courses are taught in a block (could be one week, two weeks or any other preferred mode). These constitute the face to face sessions (f2f). At UTAMU, a face to face session is for two weekends defined to include Friday 6.00pm to 9.00 pm, Saturday from 8.00am to 7.00 pm and Sunday from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm. Under this arrangement, students are only required to be on campus for the specific weekends that each of the face to face sessions is arranged. During this face to face, all courses in the semester are taught. The teaching ensures that half of the units to be covered for a semester are intensively covered. Students are then given all learning materials through our e-learning platform together with the access on e-library. 

Block Release Semester One



On the e-learning platform, there is a discussion forum where lecturers post discussion issues and all students are expected to respond. The system monitors when and how long a student is on the e-learning platform. In the 8th week of the semester, students come back for their second f2f and they are required to do tests in each of the modules for the first one hour of each of the course. On completion of the second f2f, students are released to go and prepare for their end of examinations in the last weeks of the 17 weeks that constitute a semester. 

During the time when students are not on f2f, they are expected to complete all the required assignments, research and revision but will be required to consult the professor’s responsible for respective courses. Specific block-mode courses are offered in designated weeks in line with the university scheduling. Block-mode courses are compulsory and are normally run on campus, but may also be delivered, by arrangement, at an organization’s own site especially for those students who are outside the country. During the f2f, intensive teaching models, otherwise known as 'accelerated', 'time-shortened', 'block format', 'compressed' courses or 'intensive modes of delivery' (IMD), is applied. 

Block Release Semester Two



Block mode teaching has been successfully implemented in other countries for over two decades. Block mode allows students to remain as part of their work employment and specifically targets those students who:

  • ·         Are currently employed full-time;
  • ·         Are foreign students,
  • ·         Are busy managers and administrators;
  • ·         are from rural, regional and remote or isolated areas; or
  • ·         Have family/kin obligations that do not allow them attend regular classes.

 

This mode of delivery provides opportunities for students to complete a university course whilst still living in their rural or remote communities or while continuing to do their official work. However, block mode demands that students work well independently and are able to pace themselves so that the inter-block period is utilized effectively. This creates discipline and independent time management; a culture that UTAMU prides in as far as its approach to education is concerned. The university avoids class-room knowledge-giving but adopts student-centered approaches to teaching and learning. Students may also be required to undertake placements in surrounding locations and within their work places, or local communities, depending upon the requirements of a particular unit of study.

The E-learning Platform

UTAMU realises that for any educational delivery for the 21st century, there should be a paradigm shift from simply face to face to a blended or complete online teaching and learning. UTAMU was the first university to fully integrate e-learning in its educational delivery. Through a variety of delivery methods including face to face, e-learning and distance learning education has been availed to whoever needs it. Each of the educational programmes delivered at UTAMU is fully developed in the online version to allow students on distance learning undertake learning without any hindrance. Below is a figure that describes how the shift is happening and UTAMU has ably adopted it in its educational delivery.

Change in Delivery Modes

UTAMU has the most experienced and qualified staff to provide e-learning within the country. Through the available infrastructure educational delivery through the Learning Management System, Video Conferencing and other Social Media techniques can be utilised by both staff and students. UTAMU has fully developed its own model of educational delivery through the use of ICT.

E-library Systems

UTAMU is focused on providing effective and affordable education from anywhere, at any time and at the learner’s convenience through its high end learning and library systems developed to meet the needs of all learners. UTAMU also uses ICT to foster lifelong learning without age restriction and also enable access to persons with disabilities.

The e-library system provides vast collection of resources that support both student learning and staff research. The university has set up a fully functional electronic library currently with over 5000 electronic books. It also profiles a big collection of on-line journals that are free and open to the general public.

 

 

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