Academic Practice Development Programme


Date: TBC

Venue: British Council, Accra, Ghana

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

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All lecturers have to pursue excellence in several directions, most notably in teaching, research and scholarship, supervision of research students, and academic administration. Academic practice is a term that encompasses all these facets. This course is designed to provide lecturers with a unique opportunity to develop the different facets of their academic roles comprehensively and thereby enhance the skills they require to perform their roles with greater competence and confidence. Due to its comprehensive nature, the course is delivered over four days with the main focus areas being on teaching and learning in higher education, research and scholarship, supervising research students, and academic administration. We encourage higher education institutions to provide their lecturers, especially those in the early stages of their career, with an all-round opportunity to develop and enhance their academic practice skills through the provision of this course.
Module 1 (1.5 days)
Teaching and learning in higher education Module 2 (1.5 days)
Research and academic writing for publication Module 3 (1 day)
Academic administration and management
Teaching and learning theories in higher education Understanding research philosophy and paradigms Nature of academic administration roles and responsibilities
Planning teaching and learning to achieve constructive alignment between learning outcomes, content, learning activities, assessment and evaluation Research design and execution – the scientific research process
Essential elements and style of academic writing Strategies for academic workload management
Achieving balance between different facets of the academic’s position
Curriculum and course design strategies
Designing learning outcomes and activities
Assessment strategies in higher education
Strategies for teaching large classes Writing a research article for publication – dealing with aspects of structure, theory, methodology, data, results, discussion, and contribution Business communication in the context of higher education institutions
Evaluating courses and developing your teaching role
E-learning systems and approaches Publication strategy
Strategies for supervising research students – UG and PG Maintaining academic reputation and citizenship