Some 25 Caribbean educators will be exposed to effective methods of designing on-line courses during a week-long workshop organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
The workshop on Instructional Design Processes for On-Line Learning targets Caribbean tertiary institutions which offer tourism/hospitality programmes at the associate degree level. It is administered through the Caribbean Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC).
During the May 17-21 workshop, the course developers will be introduced to the process of creating multimedia courseware, the tools needed to create the courseware and the skills necessary to teach effectively in an online environment. They will also begin preliminary development of a multimedia course for online delivery.
“This workshop is one of the many programmes undertaken by the CTRC to improve the quality of tourism education in the region and in turn, improve the benefits of tourism to the Caribbean,” said Bonita Morgan, CTO’s director of human resources.
The workshop is part of the Caribbean Tourism Learning System (CTLS) developed by CTO/CTHRC and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Education Reform Unit (OERU). The CTLS is financed by the Canadian International Development Agency’s Caribbean Regional Human Resource Development Programme for Economic Competitiveness (CPEC).
The theoretical aspects of the workshop will be taught at the CTO headquarters in Barbados, while practicals will be held at the Barbados Community College (BCC).
The workshop facilitator is Gail Deane of Trinidad and Tobago, who holds an Australia-Graduate Certificate in open and distant learning from the University of Southern Queensland and a Microsoft Webmaster Essentials Certificate, among other qualifications.