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The UWI Faculty of Sport and the Open Campus Collaborate to deliver first online Sport Broadcasting Training Workshop

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The UWI Faculty of Sport and the Open Campus Collaborate to deliver first online Sport Broadcasting Training Workshop

Continuing and Professional Education Centre. Tuesday, September 1, 2020 — From July 20th to August 14th, 2020, The UWI Faculty of Sport through the Open Campus Academy of Sport developed and successfully delivered an online Sport Broadcasting training workshop to fourteen (14) sporting professionals across the region.

The four week, twenty hour long training was facilitated by renowned experts within the sporting discipline of cricket – Alan Wilkins, former Cricketer and internationally renowned Sports Broadcaster, as well as Daren Ganga, former West Indies Captain, Cricket Broadcaster, now Project Officer within The UWI Faculty of Sport. The training attracted cricketers, sport captains and aspiring broadcasters from across the West Indies. Each participant was awarded a UWI Open Campus Certificate of Participation with two Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs are an internationally recognized system of merit for persons pursuing Continuing and Professional Education.

The Sport Broadcasting Training Workshop content was developed with the intent to instil in participants an appreciation for the profile and demands of sport consumers as well as knowledge of and practice in sport broadcasting techniques. The content aimed to provide the trainees with the competence to consistently offer polished, accurate, relevant and exciting broadcast of major games to sport lovers in the region, Caribbean diaspora and the world.

Participants engaged in discussions centred on topics including, among others, sport broadcast ethics and international standards, techniques of sport broadcasting to educating and entertaining diverse patrons through well-researched, exciting and culturally relevant commentary, producing polished, accurate, professional and engaging sport broadcasts, and critiquing sport commentaries by adopting and adapting promising sport commentary practices.

In their responses to the Workshop Evaluation Survey, issued by the Open Campus, the participants expressed their overwhelming appreciation for the content, the delivery of the training and their experience.

One participant shared: “The fact that we had two highly recognized facilitators conducting the workshop made it highly credible.”

Another participant shared: “The most valuable aspect about the workshop was having to produce actual varied broadcast content, inclusive of interviews and a live commentary piece.

The training of these sporting professionals in the area of broadcasting is the first of its kind offered by The UWI Faculty of Sport via the Open Campus Academy of Sport. If persons are interested in learning more about other sport related initiatives and upcoming training offered by The UWI Faculty of Sport and the Open Campus Academy of Sport, please visit https://uwi.edu/sport/prospective-students.

Follow The UWI Open Campus’ Facebook Page to stay in the loop and be notified when more training initiatives like this become available; www.facebook.com/uwiopencampuscaribbean.

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About The UWI

For over 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies; the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ); The UWI-University of Havana Centre for Sustainable Development; The UWI-Coventry Institute for Industry-Academic Partnership with the University of Coventry and the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research with the University of Glasgow.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. The world’s most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, has ranked The UWI among the top 600 universities in the world for 2019 and 2020, and the 40 best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018 and 2019, then top 20 in 2020. The UWI has been the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit www.uwi.edu.