The UWI, Mona Campus_Annual Report 2021-2022

Quality Assurance Reviews The programmes in Linguistics, Philosophy, and in Romance languages (French and Spanish) were the subject of Quality Assurance Reviews (QAR) during 2021-2022. In each case, the review was also the occasion of a public lecture by the team lead of the QAR Committee: • Professor Leonard Harris (Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University, Indiana, USA) spoke on “Necro-Being: An actuarial account of racism”, on October 14, 2021 • Professor Lars Hinrichs (Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin) spoke on “Why we need Diaspora Sociolinguistics: Challenges to established models of language contact” on February 24, 2022

The Library also assisted with the review of Legal Methods, Research & Writing (LAW1230) for submission to the Academic Quality Assurance Committee (AQAC), and two new programmes in Physics - Fundamentals of Energy Statistics (PHYS2000) and Energy Information Management (PHYS3000). Assessment Methods Teaching Methodologies Under the new reality of remote delivery, staff members continued to seek training in appropriate methodologies. The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures spearheaded a workshop on the use of the Lesson Feature of OurVLE. Many departments had switched examination-based course assessments to coursework assignments, allowing students greater opportunities to develop their voice in individual and groupwork. This was experienced as a positive outcome of the pandemic, and several departments have or will be submitting proposals to stay with these forms of assessment.

The Department of Literatures in English presented its response to the QAR of its programmes carried out in the previous year in the form of an Action Plan which was supported at Faculty Board in March 2022. At the undergraduate level, the Faculty’s Academic Quality Assurance Committee met in nine regular meetings and two extraordinary meetings, all held virtually. Several round-robins were held to help in the approval process. Through these efforts, the Committee prepared revisions to the B.A. Music and Performance Studies, the Licentiate in Philosophy, and the B.A. Caribbean Sign Language Interpreting, for further approval in the 2022-2023 academic year. It also prepared the submission of the new B.A. French with International Relations, including a new course – French for International Relations (FREN2215) – and the B.A. Guidance and Counselling, which were both approved for first offering in the 2022-2023 academic year. The FHE Postgraduate Sub-Committee for Graduate Matters met monthly to review course and programme submissions. The programmes which were reviewed and taken through approval processes were the revised M.Ed Educational Leadership and Management (submitted for online delivery), the new M.A. Public History and Caribbean Heritage (approved for blended delivery, replacing the M.A. Heritage Studies), and the revised Doctor of Ministry (approved for blended delivery).

for the Digital Competence of Educators (DigCompEdu). The Keynote address was delivered by Dr. Pedro Miguel Ruiz, Vice-Rector of IT Strategy in the University of Murcia and Executive Chief of IT Section of Crue (Conferencia de Rectores Universidades Españolas). The UWI/Gordon Butch Stewart International School of Hospitality and Tourism In October 2021, The UWI and Sandals Resorts International along with Florida International University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish The UWI/Gordon Butch Stewart International School of Hospitality and Tourism in the city of Montego Bay. The UWI/GSB-ISHT will offer a unique experience in tourism education with B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degrees as well as a PhD in Tourism and Hospitality. It also aligns with The UWI Triple ‘A’ Strategy through its provision of increased access to globally ranked education, improved alignment with industry, and demonstrated agility and responsiveness. The USAID/LAC Reads Capacity Program The School of Education collaborated with the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Reads Capacity Programme to offer the foundational course “Application of Open Educational Resources” to teacher educators in the field of Early Literacy. Teachers Colleges were invited to nominate staff in the Early Childhood and Language Arts (Primary) departments to participate in the 6-hour online introductory professional development workshop over a three (3) week period from March 22, 2022 to April 7, 2022. The USAID Representative, Dr. Melody Williams, facilitated the workshop. There were approximately thirty-six (36) representatives in total from St Joseph’s Teachers’ College; Shortwood Teachers’ College; College of Agriculture, Science & Education; and The UWI Mona. It is anticipated that the Teacher Educators will adopt the training module and proceed to offer the workshops in their institutions. Further discussions with USAID will guide the roll-out processes.

Professor (Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of the Afro- Romance Institute, University of Missouri, USA) spoke on “Cultural anxieties in Caribbean literatures” on March 10, 2022 Mamadou Badiane

Revised Graduate Programmes

2.3 PARTNERSHIPS CCEP Launch of Survey in Digital Competence in

collaboration with The Inter- American Development Bank The Caribbean Centre for Educational Planning (CCEP), Faculty of Humanities and Education, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the UNIVERSIA network of Universities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe (Spain and Portugal), launched a study on Friday, October 29, 2021, on the digital proficiency levels of tertiary educators across the Caribbean using the European Competence Framework



UWI Mona Annual Report 2021 - 2022

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