Course to integrate ICT in teaching

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UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE) will be integrating the use of information and communication technology into its Master of Teaching programme, its dean said.

Dr Jainatul Halida Hj Jaidin said the new postgraduate programme in teaching for the January 2016 intake will be using more ICT in delivering lessons as part of SHBIE’s move to improve teacher education and quality of teaching.

“One thing we are introducing now is reflective teaching using video so our teacher candidates will be recording the lessons they conduct, they will bring back the video and discuss it with their peers with the guidance of our clinical specialist (lecturers),” she said.

The dean was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of yesterday’s opening of a three-day orientation for the teaching programme, known as MTeach.

Dr Jainatul Halida said recording lessons can improve educators’ teaching.

The dean added that the reflective method will be helpful, noting that aspiring teachers can look at what they do in the classroom, think about why they do it, and think of what methods work best.

“It is a process of self-observation and self-evaluation. We can look at students’ engagement in class.

“We want SHBIE to be the new generation of 21st century teachers who are skilled and can integrate teaching with technology and also to try and implement new forms of pedagogy,” she added.

Dr Jainatul Halida said teachers can study their practices by collecting information about what goes on in their classroom and by analysing and evaluating the information.

This could then lead to changes and improvements in their teaching, she said.

“Reflective teaching is a means of professional development which begins in the classroom.

““It (reflective teaching) is one of our best practices in SHBIE and we are now institutionalising it. Some lecturers have used the method a couple of years back but now we are requiring all candidates to use this method,” the dean continued.

Meanwhile, Deputy Dean of SHBIE Dr Hjh Sallimah Hj Mohd Salleh said the MTeach programme will be able to develop a stronger relationship between teachers and the Ministry of Education in forming evidence-based best practices.

“We want to promote creativity and innovation among our teaching candidates, while also emphasising 21st century skills so our candidates can use it in the classroom,” she said.

The dean and deputy dean also said the teacher education programme will be able to equip candidates with a professional qualification for entry to the teaching profession.

Dr Jainatul Halida said areas of specialisation for the programme are Early Childhood Education and Care, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational & Technical Education and Higher Education.

The SHBIE dean said the orientation for new MTeach intake will allow the new intake to hear talks from inspiring teachers and will give them the opportunity to meet clinical specialists at UBD.

“This is also a great opportunity for our candidates to talk to our faculty members and ask senior lecturers for teaching tips,” she said.

The Brunei Times