Assoc Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong, the Vice Dean of the Planning and Quality Assurance Unit, has been selected as one of 30 Quality Assurance Officers to participate in a Training on Internal Quality Assurance (TrainIQA) in West Africa. TrainIQA forms part of Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programme which is aimed at supporting higher education management in developing countries.
The programme is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German Rectors Conference (HRK), and coordinated by the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany. UDE has cooperated with some African institutions such as the Association of African Universities (AAU), the National Accreditation Board of Ghana (NAB), the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), the National Universities Commission of Nigeria (NUC), and the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA).
The objective of TrainIQA was to bring together a group of 30 Quality Assurance Officers from Higher Education institutions (HEIs) in Anglophone West Africa to prepare them to become multipliers of internal quality assurance at their home institutions.
Participating institutions were to develop a Project Action Plan (PAP) during the training in order to turn theory into practice. UMaT’s Project Action Plan was on the theme “Capacity Building of Senior Members on Curriculum Development”. Phase One of the PAP was implemented on 6th June, 2016 through a seminar on “Curriculum Development and Learning Outcome Approach” which was handled by Assoc Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong and Dr Bernard Kumi-Boateng. The workshop was well-attended, and lessons learnt included the paradigm shift in curriculum development, filling the gaps between competence building and learning outcomes, and tranformation from teacher-based objectives into student-based learning outcomes.
Members of Convocation listening attentively during the seminar
Source: Paul Y. Yeboah
Assistant Registrar (University Relations)