Bayero University Kano’s Centre for Dryland Agriculture, CDA, in collaboration with the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, has organised a train-the-trainer workshop on innovative university teaching for its academic staff members.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the 6-day workshop which began on Monday is aimed at equipping the participants with necessary skills and motivation in order to reform their approach to teaching and learning.
The training, which is in its third edition, drew dozens of participant lecturers from various departments of the institution.
Declaring the workshop open, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Bello, stated that the university organized the training in order to reposition the institution’s teaching and training components, in line with African developmental needs and global best practices.
“It is in the light of this that the CDA having reviewed its curriculum deems it necessary to train faculty staff on modern pedagogy,” he said.
Also speaking, the Director of Academic Planning, Prof. Bala Sidi-Aliyu, congratulated the participants who were selected to benefit from the pioneer train-the-trainer workshop, noting that the University has focused its attention to quality teaching and learning in order to train students based on character and learning.
Mr Sidi-Aliyu emphasized that the University’s Strategic Plan has enshrined all the necessary steps to deepen the quality of teaching and learning in order to maintain the high rate of University graduates.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director of CDA, Prof. Jibrin Jibrin, said the objectives of the workshop were to build the capacity of staff on modern pedagogy and effective supervision of students and improve the learning outcome.
According to him, such could only be done through fostering critical thinking and adoption of improved teaching methods.