The Office for Institutional Advancement (OIA) has successfully drawn down the curtain on the first episode of webinar series initiated to engage the University community on the impact of COVID-19 on education and other social issues.
The webinar series, which had eleven sessions, started on Wednesday, 6th May and ended on Friday, 10th July, 2020. Among the topics treated were “COVID-19: Perspectives on Communication Research and Practice, COVID-19: Perspectives on Languages and the Creative Arts, COVID-19: Perspectives on Science, Technology and Agriculture, COVID-19: Perspectives on Educational Studies, COVID-19: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and COVID-19: Perspectives of Students and the UEW-LMS Team”.
Dr. Mavis Amo-Mensah
In an interview with the Office, the Ag. Director, Dr. Mavis Amo-Mensah indicated that amid the COVID-19 disruption and shutdown, the OIA recognised the importance of staying engaged with stakeholders of the University through remote online education hence, the roll-out of the webinar series.
“The webinar series was very informative, educative, and insightful given the specific areas that the various webinar sessions touched on. The discussions were apt, concise, and focused on the subject matter. The discussions were also aptly supported with current literature, statistics and data, enhancing the depth of the appreciation of real situations on the ground concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various facets of life including academic work, health and general work in the University.
“The webinar series was rich delivering informed knowledge from seasoned academics and professional, from diverse perspectives and multidisciplinary dimensions in which different niggling issues were addressed,” she noted.
Mr. Frank Amoako Arthur
Assistant Registrar, Mr. Frank Amoako Arthur also shared his views on the impact the webinar series had on the University community and the world. According to him, the webinar series enhanced the effective engagements of the University community and other stakeholders including students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
“It has promoted online education, strengthen the bonds that we have with our stakeholders particularly students, staff, and faculty members. It has also helped us to establish connections with other stakeholders from external institutions,” he outlined.
Mr. Arthur was excited about the impact the webinar series had made on OIA and the University community.
“Through the webinar series, our students were able to get access to our institutional emails and contact numbers to facilitate enquiries. It has also promoted understanding and knowledge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Again, the webinar series has demonstrated the capacity of the University to explore the digital space as well as offer online education,” he recounted.
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