Catholic University strives on E-learning amid COVID-19
Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic that the world has witnessed being at a hold still, The Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA) has been teaching its students using Online platforms to fill the teaching gap as students were sent home as a preventive measure to the spread of the disease.
With months since the University adopted Online teaching to its students, The Vice-Chancellor Rev. Dr. George Buleya commended the switch from face to face teaching of students to Online mode of learning saying it is a milestone, as it has helped students to still have the opportunity of accessing high-quality education, provided by the University during this crisis of COVID-19 that led to schools closure.
Rev. Dr Buleya disclosed that despite challenges on teaching students online, the University has registered a high number of students who are learning online and described the system adopted to be friendly and not complicated as it was thought to be.
“A lot of material is being covered because it possible to share presentations to students before the actual discussion on live classroom and it does not limit the content which students can be given because it is not time-bound” disclosed Rev. Dr. Buleya in a circular addressed to Council members of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor then commended the academic staff and students for getting on board with E-learning saying COVID-19 needs crisis solution as people are witnessing the sad reality staying with the disease that has claimed thousands of lives across the globe.
The Catholic University of Malawi adopted online teaching of students’ weeks after the then Head of State Peter Mutharika ordered the closure of schools in the country as a preventive measure to the spread of the disease.
Several pieces of training were conducted to both lecturers and students to ensure they are on board with the adopted mode of teaching following the suspension of physical meetings with students. Students at the University were able to write their mid-semester exams and write several continuous assessments before the end of the semester scheduled for early July.
The University has also trained Malawi Adventist University- Malamulo Campus on how the University can implement E-learning to its students.
Established in 2006, the Catholic University of Malawi has seven Faculties namely: Nursing and Midwifery, Education, Law, Science, Commerce, Theology, and Social Science