The University of Education Winneba (UEW) is to install video conferencing facilities in all of its 24 distance study centres nationwide.
Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, the Vice Chancellor, said this would enable lecturers to have simultaneous tutorial sessions with the students.
Coming with these are tablet devices and SIM cards for students on the distance education programme to help connect them directly to the university?s electronic services, engage in group discussions, contact their lecturers at all times and submit assignments.
He was speaking at a matriculation ceremony for 4,264 fresh students on the distance education module in the Northern Sector in Kumasi.
They are pursuing courses in Diploma in Basic Education, Diploma in Education, Post-Diploma in Basic Education, Bachelor of Science and Post-Diploma in Technical Education and Master of Education in English, Mathematics, Science and Mentorship.
Prof Asabere-Ameyaw said the university was determined to serve as the pacesetter in the promotion of quality distance education.
He spoke of plans to introduce new programmes by distance from the next academic year, including Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education, Diploma in Accounting Studies, Diploma in Management Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting Studies and Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management.
He said in its quest to remain the premier university in distance education, it was constructing permanent structures at its study centres, starting with Techiman, Sogakope, Ejisu, Kukurantumi and Cape Coast.
The goal was to assist decongest over-populated centres and provide accommodation for centre coordinators and administrators.
There would also be creches and day care centres to take cater for children of nursing mothers, attending the tutorials.
The Vice Chancellor said the university was living up to its mission of nurturing teaching and administrative competencies and appealed to teachers to take advantage of the distance programme to upgrade their skills and improve on teaching and learning in the classrooms.