A €798,906 research grant is awarded to five UEW lecturers.


A grant of €798,906.00 has been awarded to five academics from the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) to carry out a study titled "Building Capacity for Online Tuition in Ghana." Professors Issifu Yidana, Benjamin Ghansah, Ephrem Kwaa-Aidoo, Charles Buabeng-Andoh, and Wilson Osafo Apeanti round out the five.

The project, which is a collaboration between the UEW and the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana and has active support from Tallinn University in Estonia and the University of Tampere in Finland, aims to build capacity in higher education by developing new effective practices, sharing best practices, and developing comprehensive digital education delivery strategies to expand the knowledge base and improve education quality over time.

The European Education and Culture Executive Agency awarded the grant for the 36-month project. Digital learning environments are currently and in the future being pioneered by participating universities. As a result, the project aims to have a long-term effect on the area it is aimed at, supporting equality and inclusion among citizens. 

Beyond that, the project, which was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, aims to change the direction of digital delivery in Ghana's higher education institutions and create a sustainable digital learning policy in sub-Saharan Africa. It also intends to increase the scale of strategic planning, develop cutting-edge pedagogical methods, and offer digital education.

The project is expected to produce an educational research-based action plan that includes the creation of the delivery system and staff training. This will make it possible to support digital education innovation and research at UEW and UCC.

At UEW and UCC, it is anticipated to lead to a shift toward data-driven and evidence-based approaches to digital education, altering the perspectives of educators, researchers, and providers of digital solutions. The initiative will significantly influence the growth of digital delivery capabilities and place an emphasis on the professional development of higher education teachers in Ghana.

Higher education institutions around the world faced unimaginable obstacles when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. On March 12, 2020, Ghana recorded its first coronavirus infection. As a result, the government took a number of measures to stop the virus from spreading throughout the country, including locking down all educational facilities.

Because of this directive from the government, all of the country's educational establishments were forced to reschedule their classes, necessitating that UEW and UCC come up with creative ways to deal with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully conclude the 2019–2020 academic year. 

UEW and UCC intend to use hybrid instructional delivery for all of their programs in the post-COVID-19 era to ensure that all students have equal access to high-quality education based on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Beyond educational institutions, improved digital education delivery has advantages. Teachers' and students' digital literacy grows as a result of the use of digital platforms and systems in the classroom. The goal of the planned cooperative systematic development of digital education delivery is to improve UEW and UCC's data technologies and digital transformation.

Digitalization facilitates economic growth and the creation of new digital systems-related jobs, making it a preferred strategy for ensuring long-term education growth. The delivery of high-quality instruction to a large number of students is made possible by the efficient utilization of digital education tools.

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