Principal lecturer Dr Indrapriya (Indra) Kularatne undertook the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of tertiary education, which he could apply in his day-to-day teaching.
He says he’s learned about concepts and theories of teaching. He now knows more about designing interesting teaching sessions, creating learner-centred class environments and developing effective assessments.
Indra has started applying a number of new approaches in his teaching since completing the qualification.
These include using online Ed-tech tools in classroom activities. He also uses well-designed group work activities enabling students to engage in academic work equitably and share their knowledge with the group members.
Indra says he’s been working hard to create a warm, welcoming, learner-centred and friendly classroom environment.
Indra completed the programme by distance study through the Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Campus.
“Studying while working was a challenge. I used my professional development block effectively to complete most of my course work.”
He says the course was led and facilitated by a team of highly experienced teaching staff who provided excellent support. He especially thanked Dr Bronwyn Hegarty for her guidance and support throughout the course.