Clarke International University is delighted to have hosted the first Carnegie Diaspora Fellow, Professor Johnson W. Makoba, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.
He was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Uganda to work with Clarke International University (CIU) on Curriculum Co-development, training and mentoring and he arrived in May 2019.
In collaboration with the deans and Faculty at CIU, Prof. Makoba undertook training and mentoring geared towards increasing the capacity and knowledge of faculty in co-curriculum development, training, and mentoring over a period of 13 weeks.
The training was conducted at CIU premises as an integral part of the Faculty Development Program (FDP) that the University initiated in August 2017 and will sustain over the next 3-5 years. The goal of CIU’s FDP is to develop faculty as leaders, curriculum developers (design and re-design), researchers, trainers, and as centers of excellence to strengthen the institution's commitment to quality education.
Under curriculum development, the following topics were explored;
- Fundamental steps in curriculum development and re-design.
- Mapping content of selected new and existing curricular to program and student outcome goals.
- Exploring strategies for integration of competency-based education into curriculum design.
- Linking learning outcomes to instruction and assessment.
While at CIU, Professor Makoba worked closely with the academic staff members to devise means of implementing the already existing curriculum better and to improve it further by identifying areas for redesign and engaging in the development of new curricular.
“We are more than grateful to Prof. Makoba for building capacity in us and demystifying curriculum development and implementation, this will certainly become part of our success story as CIU,” said Mrs. Miriam Ondia, who coordinated the Faculty Development Curriculum Design and Redesign project with the Carnegie fellow.
The multiple workshops held by Professor Makoba undoubtedly laid a foundation for all to lead, innovate and transform Clarke International University through a well thought out curriculum design and redesign.
“Many thanks to the Carnegie Fellow, Professor Makoba for his incredible patience with our teams and his mentorship on this project,” said Dr. Rose Clarke Nanyonga the Vice-Chancellor of CIU.
As an academic institution, we look forward to continued engagement with Faculty Development to ensure that we are designing relevant programs for our students that will enable them to compete globally and favorably in the job market. We are truly grateful for the time and knowledge Professor Makoba shared with us and our team.