The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College’s decision to pivot to online learning with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forms part of the institution’s strategic plan to play a major role in the remodeling of the education sector locally, and regionally.
The college has launched the SALCC e-Learning Summer Academy for Educators. The course comprises seven modules which includes practical components such as video production and animation to develop educational content. Participants are also exposed to the concepts of cyber security, internet responsibility, copyright licensing and assessment tools.
Education Technology Specialist at the College, Royston Emmanuel, said the Academy is a platform for teachers to collaborate and share techniques, while Chairman of the Board of Governors, John Calixte, said that ICT in education improves teaching methods and student learning.
The SALCC e-Learning Summer Academy for Educators is being supported by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), through the ICT in Education Program. A cheque presentation was made by the Taiwanese Ambassador to the college to fund the e-Learning Summer Academy. Ambassador, His Excellency, Peter Chen pledged Taiwan’s continued commitment to helping Saint Lucia build a competitive education sector, while Education Minister, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert lauded the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College for contributing to the modernization of education in Saint Lucia and the region.
A total of 184 teachers are enrolled in the summer programme, which began on August 4 and runs until November. The course is being facilitated by lecturers of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.