The Dominion University College (DUC), has hosted the fourth series of workshop for institutions affiliated to the University of Cape Coast in Accra.
Other institutions that participated in the three-day workshop were Academic City College and Baldwin College.
Opening the workshop, the President of DUC, Prof. Wisdom Gagkuma, said his institution was honoured to host the workshop which would help build the capacities of lecturers to deliver quality educational services. He noted that faculty was key towards realising the vision of any academic institution, stressing that “without the lecturers it will be impossible to admit students to pursue any programme of study in an academic institution”.
Prof. Gagkuma noted that the competence of faculty formed a strong marketing tool for any university, adding that “the survival of the university largely depend on the competence of the lecturers”. He, therefore, expressed gratitude to UCC for organising the training programme, which according to him, would contribute to quality education delivery in the respective institutions.
The Director of the Centre for Teaching Support, Prof. Douglas D. Agyei, said UCC was highly committed towards strengthening the relationship with its affiliate institutions. “UCC has the responsibility to provide good mentorship and the relationship should be a better one,” he indicated.
Prof. Agyei said the objective of the workshop was not to mark or correct the lecturers, but to work with them to give directions. He said the workshop also serve as a learning platform for the resource persons, since they also gain experience through the contribution of participants. He called on the participants to feel comfortable to cooperate with the resource persons to enable them build on their expertise.
Explaining the rationale for the workshop, the Head of the Institutional Affiliation Office, Mr. Justice Agyenim Boateng, said the training programme was to set standards for moderation exercise so that the moderators from UCC and affiliate institutions would work on the same wavelength. He added that the workshop would help them gain more experience in constructing of test items, designing of course outline and supervision of students research work.
Mr. Boateng stated that UCC was poised to provide the best mentoring services in the country, hence, the need for organisation of these workshops and also sharing experience and best practice with its affiliate institutions. “UCC is doing a lot and there is no doubt that UCC is the best mentoring institution” he emphasized.
Presentations for the workshop focused on “Types of Assessment and Assessment Criteria (Feedback Mechanisms)”, “Learning Outcomes/Blooms Taxonomy of Cognitive Learning”, “Table of Specification”. Others included “Types of Multiple Test Items”; “Essay Type Questions”; “Preparation of Course Outline” and “Effective Project Work Supervision.
Resource persons for the workshop were Dr. Eric Anane and Dr. Christopher Y. Kwaah.
At the end of the workshop, some participants, who took turns to comment about the training, commended the team for adding unto their knowledge and urged UCC to organise regular training programmes to build their capacities.
Present at the workshop were the Vice President of DUC, Mrs. Alice Sena Lamptey; Registrar of DUC, Mr. Rexford Atunway; Dean of Academic Affairs ACC, Dr. Abhishek Tyagi and Registrar of BUC, Mr. Ohene K. Abbu-Bonsra.
A similar workshop was also held at Ankaful Psychiatric Nursing Training College, which brought together lecturers from St. Nicholas Seminary, Mfantseman Institute of Technology and Institute for Development and Technology Management within the same period. Resource persons for the workshop were Dr. Samuel Essien-Baidoo, Dr. Godwin Aboagye and Dr. Kofi Acheaw Owusu.