Non-teaching Department

Centre for Teaching Support

Mission: 

The mission of the CTS is to distil research and best practices for teaching in the University, polytechnics and other higher educational institutions: the use of new media and technologies in education; the development of teaching and learning resources and the application of research to teaching and learning. The Centre will augment the effort of UCC to deliver on its mandate regarding education in Ghana by improving on teaching and learning in the University and other educational institutions. The Centre will also generate income for the University.

Vision: 

To be a community of practice, where effective teaching leads to transformative learning.
 

Core Values: 

Our Core Values include:         

  • Quality:  Being located in the College of Education Studies of the University, we draw from our large pool of expertise with diverse background and relevant experiences to provide training that is needed to widen access to quality teaching in higher education.
  • Learner Centeredness: Our training encompasses theory and practice, where trainees have the opportunity to engage in a lot of hands on activities.
  • Excellent Service: To make our trainees competitive in today’s contemporary world, we make every effort to provide trainees with excellent service through the use of a wide range of technologies.
  • Innovation:  We create awareness of the effectiveness of new media and empower trainees to be innovative.
  • Collaboration: We initiate and sustain partnerships with similar institutes and universities to advance best practices in high quality teaching that will ensure effective learning. 

Postal Address: 

Office of the PROVOST, College of Education Studies

New Site, U.C.C

Cape Coast, Ghana.

 

Contact: 

Phone: 03321-37514

Overview: 

The Centre for Teaching Support (CTS) is an initiative to help higher education teaching staffs engage in thinking about and developing practices to improve teaching and learning.  The Centre is located at the College of Education Studies in the University of Cape Coast where the teaching staff of the University and other higher educational institutions develop their teaching skills by readily accessing resources and training programmes to enhance the quality of their teaching.  Thus, the Centre augments the effort of UCC to deliver on its mandate regarding education in Ghana by improving teaching and learning in the higher education institutions in particular. The Centre also spearheads the , distribution and use of teaching and learning materials in the University and other educational institutions.
 
The Centre comprises a central hub and three (3) satellite centres at designated locations on campus, each serving a function of the Centre. The three satellite centres provide services supporting effective teaching and learning in three (3) areas: Teaching Enhancement, Library and Media and Development of Teaching and Learning Resources.

  • Teaching Enhancement:  The Centre helps Faculty and other trainees enhance their teaching skills, for example, designing and setting up online courses, integrating technologies into teaching, etc.
  • Library and Media: The Centre, through its Library and Media function make available to Faculty and other trainees a variety of quality teaching resources (e.g. educational journals, reference books, digital presentation software, and equipment) to support course design and teaching activities. It also grants trainees access to programmes that develop skills for documenting research for teaching purposes.
  • Development of Teaching and Learning Resources: The Centre helps trainees acquire appropriate skills in the preparation of teaching and learning resources to support teaching.

 
In order to deliver on our mandate to improve teaching and learning in higher education, the Centre organizes seminars/workshops periodically for higher institutions and teachers who wish to teach in higher institutions. Our training uses the modular approach in which the modes of delivery are seminars/workshops including portfolio development.
The goal of the training programme is to strengthen the overall institutional capacity in teaching and learning that is needed in order to widen access to quality higher education in Ghana. Our training programmes expose teachers/lecturers/tutors working in higher education to practical principles underpinning teaching, learning, assessment and research for teaching in higher education, in a way that enables them to effectively apply their disciplinary knowledge and skills to meet the learning needs of their students.
The specific objectives of the training we offer are to:

  • approach the task of facilitating learning and assessment competently in ways apt to the programmes teachers/lecturers/tutors teach, using appropriate and varied methods and tools;
  • encourage teachers/lecturers/tutors to critically reflect on their own professional practice in the light of current research into higher education;
  • create new approaches to, and understanding of teachers/lecturers/tutors  and others' higher education contexts;
  • encourage the development of teaching approaches which actively support inclusivity and develop students' ethical awareness;
  • examine professional practice in higher education through processes of critical enquiry, reflection and practice based research;
  • discuss and critique areas of academic practice including: teaching and learning; assessment; professional practice and development; learning environments; open and distance Education and higher education research;
  • support teachers/lecturers/tutors working in collaboration with peers and experienced colleagues to develop competence and confidence within their individual roles in higher education as well as within their communities of practice.

Training Programme
 
Our training programme includes modules in:
 

  • Understanding the Higher Education Learner
  • Teaching and Learning Methods in Higher Education
  • Evaluating Learning, Teaching & Assessment in Higher Education
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education with Technology
  • Reflective Teaching in Higher Education             
  • Open and Distance Learning Methodologies in Higher Education
  • Course Management and Technology
  • Experiential Learning
  • Exploring key themes in Academic Practice
  • Improving Teaching and Learning together

 
Target groups
 
The target group of our training programme includes the following:

  • Academic/teaching staff of public and private universities
  • Tutors in the Colleges of Education
  • Tutors in the Nursing Training Colleges
  • Lecturers in the Polytechnics

 
All master degree holders who aspire to teach in any tertiary institution who have no formal qualifications in teaching in higher education.
 

History: 

The Centre for Teaching Support is an initiative of the University of Cape Coast through the then Faculty of Education which dates back to 2013 when the Vice- Chancellor saw the need to have a Centre to provide support to academic staff of the University especially newly appointed lecturers in higher education teaching. The Centre is to help fully achieve the University’s vision of positioning the University as a centre of excellence by providing continuous professional development for academic staff and other higher education institution teaching staff. Hence in 2013, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor D. D. Kuupole charged the Dean of the then Faculty of Education, Professor J. Ghartey Ampiah to spearhead the formation of a centre that will help address the gap by supporting teaching in the university as well as extending consultation services to other higher educational institutions. A committee made up of members from the faculty was formed and a draft proposal for the formation of the Centre submitted to the Academic Board in 2014. The proposal was approved by the Board, and in the same year the first Director Dr. Douglas Darko Agyei was appointed by the Vice-Chancellor to start the Centre. The Centre has since been located in the College of Education Studies.

Strategic Plan: 

The Centre for Teaching Support Strategic Plan builds upon the Key Strategic Thrust of the University of Cape Coast and seeks to undertake following actions as its contribution to the achievement of the UCC corporate strategic goals:

  • To vigorously promote high quality teaching through outreach and training programmes that will position University of Cape Coast as a centre of excellence.
  • To create an environment that provides continuous professional development for academic staff and other higher education institution teaching staff.
  • To promote active and reflective teaching and learning including best practices in the light of current research findings in higher education that will strengthen the overall institutional capacity.
  • To create an organizational culture that enhances innovation, excellence and quality teaching through the use of a wide range of technologies.