I Kaggwa Senjovu Dan, a Medical Doctor, train Health workers in HIV, TB and Malaria at the Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Science, Makerere University Kampala Uganda. Like most facilitators at our institute, I didn’t know what even a blog was. But with the short “3 week” summer course in Learning and Teaching in a Digital World (Latina Summer 2010) at OUC, I’m now a person of a different caliber, with the ability to freely use the available web resources not only to train but also change the communication style at my workplace. With this exhibited potential, I have been selected to be one of the resource persons to implement our new online courses.
Leaving the online training apart, I am slowly changing my session designs from pedagogical teaching to interactive student centered learning. For example, instead of designing case-studies used for discussions, I have started requesting students themselves to come with challenging issues related to the course that we discuss together as a class. We‘ve also lessened the classroom sessions by 1 hr and instead encourage self reading, learning and sharing of information. (NB classes have been running from 8.00am to 5.00pm sometimes 6.00pm)
I extend my sincere thanks to the faculty of Oslo University College especially Latina Summer 2010 for the new thinking about learning you instilled in me. Also thanks go to my colleagues that freely shared their knowledge. I learnt a lot from fellow classmates. I will encourage more doctors to have such a course because by virtue of their profession, they are teachers yet normally apply inadequate principles of learning that can’t enable students creatively think and learn.