|Employer:||University of Swaziland|
|Other roles:||Chief Editor - Outreach News Newsletter|
This page is created as a learning tool for Peles L. Biswalo. I am a lecturer at the University of Swaziland - Department of Adult Education. The university is situated in Swaziland, Southern Africa. I am currently learning how to use Wiki so that I can be able to create learning materials to be used by other people around the globe.
I would also like to contribute to WikiEducator so that my skill and knowledge can be of benefit to many users world-wide. For starters however, the main target is adult learners enrolled in our programmes at the University of Swaziland. Due to lack of access to current learning materials, I believe they can benefit from materials created through Wiki. Accessibility to the Internet is minimal though there are some who have full access in their workplaces. Internet Cafe's are also increasing. It is possible for many learners to access online materials.
I teach Instructional Design techniques whereby the learners are expected to create training programmes/materials that they can use to reach community members or workmates. I would appreciate to get input on current instructional design techniques and perhaps freely available materials/resources that can be accessed by myself and the students.
My tertiary education began in the USA (Indiana State University) where I did a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physical Education. I also hold an educational specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I went for further studies but changed direction a little to get a Masters in Educational Technology. Worked at Sokoine University of Agriculture - Institute of Continuing Education. Later on was sponsored (through and AID project to do a Masters in Instructional Systems Design and Florida State University (FSU).
Qualification When Obtained University/College
B.Sc (Physical Education) 1981 Indiana St. University (USA). M.Sc (Physical Education 1983 Indiana St. University (USA). Eds (Curriculum & Instruction) 1985 Indiana St. University (USA). M.Sc (Educational Media) 1988 Indiana St. University (USA). M.Sc (Instructional Design) 1994 Florida St. University (USA).
Music, Swimming,Photography, Mystery stories, Football, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Basketball , Movies
Papers published in the last two years (2008-2009)
Nyakutse, G, Biswalo P.L. and S. Maduna (2009). Constraints faced by women enrolled in Adult Education Programmes: A Case of Adult learners at the University of Swaziland. DEASA-SADC CDE International Journal of Open and Distance Learning (JODL), Vol. 1 No.2
Nyakutse, G and Biswalo, P.L. (2009). Portfolio Assessment as an Alternative way of Assessing Adult Learners. Paper prepared for the SADC – CED Research and Publication Capacity Building Workshop held on 23 – 27 February, 2009 – Esibayeni Lodge (Matsapha – Swaziland).
Biswalo, P.L. and Nyakutse, G. (2008). Women Empowerment as Basis for Social Identity: An Instructional Design Innovation from Lubombo Plateau – Swaziland. Paper presented at the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa ()SSREA) National Conference and Research Fair (15 – 16 October, 2008) at Esibayeni Lodge – Swaziland.
Nyakutse, G. and Biswalo, P.L. (2008). Women rescuing their own kind: The inextricable link between female teacher deployment and the education of the girl child. Paper presented at the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) National Conference and Research Fair (15 – 16 October, 2008) at Esibayeni Lodge – Swaziland.
Biswalo, P.L. (2008). The changing role of Resource Centres in Adult Education. – Outreach News Newsletter. Vol. 10 No. 3, July. Published by the Department of Adult Education.
Dlamini Xolile and Biswalo P.L. (2008) The Efficiency of Training Methods and Techniques Used in Vocational Training at Swaziland Skills Centres. UNISWA Research Journal Vol. 22 (June).
One of the major projects I have done while at the University of Swaziland is the initiation of the OUTREACH News Newsletter. This is a Newsletter of the Department of Adult Education. The Newsletter began in 1999. You can view the newsletter on the link below.
Field Practicals Module
Please click here to access the field practical module Template:New_project_nav
Feedback & Notes from my WikiNeighbours
(: Dear Peles, I see this is not your first time to the Wiki. Keep developing your page. You are on your way of becoming a skilled Wikimaster and could reach the next level of WikiBuddy, if you do more work on your page, Warm wishes--Patricia 00:24, 26 August 2009 (UTC))
(: Hi Peles! Your page looks great. I saw your sandbox and read your note on learning. While developing my sandbox I thought of putting some information on FORGETTING. Co-incidence, Isnot it? Perhaps you may not be aware that one of my colleagues was to join your distance education institute early this year, but then he got settled there in India only. All the best to you. Have a Happy Learning...! (I mean, no Forgetting... :-) -- Ramesh Sharma 14:00, 2 September 2009 )
- Click on the link EL4C29.
- The page that will open is the workshop page with all the links you will be using during the workshop.
- See your name in the list of participants.
- Whenever you have time click on each of the boxes.
- You may even start with Day 1 activities.
- Enjoy the workshop.