The Centre of Teaching Support (CTS) has organised a three-day comprehensive training programme for newly appointed Lecturers/Assistant Lecturers and Part Time Lecturers of the College of Education Studies.
The training programme was aimed at enhancing the professional development of the teaching staff by providing them opportunities to a range of andragogic approaches and new trends to support the teaching of courses including the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
In an interview with the Director of CTS, Dr. Douglas D. Agyei said the programme would help participants to develop hands-on capacity building skills in the preparation and use of course outlines during their first contact with students. He indicated that participants would be engaged in adopting effective ways of evaluating students’ progress and providing students’ feedbacks of their performances. In addition, the participants would explore different instructional strategies & basic techniques of teaching large classes for optimal learning as well as the use of ICT tools to promote interactive learning, discussion and thinking in teaching in large classes.
The resource persons for the programme were Prof. J. Ghartey-Ampiah, Prof. Eric M. Wilmot, and Dr. D. D. Agyei.
Prof. Ghartey-Ampiah took the participants through “Effective First Day/Week in Class and Strategies for Assessment and Feedback,” whilst Prof. Eric M. Wilmot made a presentation on “Multiple Choice Items and Essay Type Questions”.
Dr. Douglas D. Agyei handled “Teaching Large Classes and Application of ICT in Large Classes”. He also led participants to explore the topic of “Presentation Application as a Productivity Tool.
The participants indicated that the sessions were very insightful and they had learnt a lot of new things relevant to teaching their courses. They reiterated that the workshop is extended to other lecturers in the University especially Heads of Departments.