ATU Teaching Staff Undergo Competency-based Training

A cross-section of participants at the workshop

A Competency-based Training (CBT) workshop has been organised by Accra Technical University for Senior Lecturers and members of the faculties of the University. The four-day workshop kicked off on Monday, 7th September at the University’s auditorium.

The workshop was purposed for training lecturers on innovative methods of competency-based teaching and learning to raise academic standards in the University. A paradigm shift from traditional learning to competency-based learning is brewing up in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sphere and professionals in this area need to be re-oriented to acclimate this transition.  Lecturers from the five (5) faculties participated in the workshop with faculty of Applied Arts, Built Environment, and Engineering featuring in the first two days and the Faculties of Applied Sciences and Business taking their turn on the last two days of the workshop.

Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. Samuel Nii Odai made a candid admission of how much such competency-based training workshops in the University have been long overdue and was pleased one of such workshops is underway.

According to him, CBT is very crucial in the technical terrain and that the onus lies on the management of the University to empower its lecturers to impart on the future generation.  He called for a collective re-orientation and revisiting of purpose as a University to be distinguished among analogous institutions.

Facilitator of the workshop, Dr. Stephen Turkson, an educational consultant, took participants through an array of topics in a presentation regarding TVET in Ghana.  He made an emphatic statement that there should be a radical transformation in the quality of TVET graduates that TVET providers produce. Given this, he urged participants to recognise TVET as a credible alternative to general education. He mentioned that a change in curriculum and assessment practices is key in achieving the reforms in TVET.  “Learners and facilitators should see assessment as a source of insight to aid learning and not an occasion for dispensing our rewards and punishment“ he added.

Participants were grouped based on their respective departments in the second session of the workshop.  They were asked to pool ideas to design and develop curricula for their respective programmes by generating occupational standards.  Each group presentation was peer-reviewed. Participants unanimously scored each round of presentation.

The workshop ended with closing remarks by the Ag. Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Amevi Acakpovi. He congratulated participants for the teamwork displayed and encouraged the University to develop programmes that can stand the test of time. He revealed that occupational standards can only be achieved through CBT and for that reason, the University should not be left behind.

Competency-based learning is a structured approach to learning and assessment directed toward assisting individuals to acquire knowledge, skills, attitude and values required to perform an activity to the specified standard. Its focus is on gaining information rather than grades.

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