The teaching mix matters : rethinking veterinary education at a South African university

Show simple item record Pienaar, M. Mostert, El-Marie 2022-03-03T05:04:52Z 2022-03-03T05:04:52Z 2021-03
dc.description.abstract Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a shift in teaching and learning practices. The University of Pretoria in South Africa was not entirely unprepared for this event, since the university’s teaching strategy had gradually evolved into a hybrid delivery mode. In the Faculty of Veterinary Science, however, the practical nature of the discipline brought about unique challenges in implementing hybrid-mode teaching and learning methodologies. An intervention was thus required to empower lecturers in the faculty to adapt their teaching methodologies to incorporate the hybrid teaching and learning mode. The aforementioned intervention was gleaned from a professional development framework developed by Brown et al. (2010) with a definite focus on core knowledge, areas of activity and core values. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the university’s educational support department developed and presented a tailor-made course, called “The Mix Matters: Step up your hybrid teaching”, to enhance lecturers’ hybrid teaching skills. Unknowingly, the workshop amply prepared the lecturers for what was still to come in 2020. The aim was to provide participants with a deep understanding of the complexities involved and the skills required for revising and quality-assuring academic courses for the hybrid-teaching environment. Using a mixed-method research design, this paper elucidates how the training and its learning outcomes inspired the lecturers to implement the hybrid teaching and learning mode that conforms to the University of Pretoria’s teaching and learning model. A noticeable paradigm shift was accomplished once the initial scepticism had turned into enthusiasm and positive attitudes. en_ZA
dc.description.department Education Innovation en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2022 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Pienaar, M. & Mostert, E. (2021) The teaching mix matters : rethinking veterinary education at a South African university. Perspectives in Education, 39(1), 442-470. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0258-2236 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2519-593X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.18820/2519593X/pie.v39. i1.27
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher University of the Free State en_ZA
dc.rights © 2021 Pienaar, M. & Mostert, E. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. en_ZA
dc.subject Hybrid learning en_ZA
dc.subject Academic development en_ZA
dc.subject Professional development en_ZA
dc.subject Technology-enhanced learning en_ZA
dc.subject Inquiry-based learning en_ZA
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic en_ZA
dc.subject Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) en_ZA
dc.title The teaching mix matters : rethinking veterinary education at a South African university en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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