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PEDAL is establishing a network of academics in African universities to help transform graduate education and its outcomes by embedding innovative pedagogy within graduate social science programmes. By enriching the educational experience for both instructors and learners, the partnership will enhance the capacity of academic staff and improve students’ capability to contribute to economic growth and social development.

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The challenge

Conditions such as large class sizes, insufficient teaching and learning materials and weak quality assurance are undermining the quality of programme delivery in many African universities. Faculty members don’t receive sufficient training in innovative methods and pedagogies, and teaching excellence is not recognised, which has a negative impact on the learning environment and on graduates’ abilities to use their knowledge to address local needs and find innovative solutions to developmental challenges.

The solution

Building on an existing partnership of 13 universities across seven African countries, PEDAL is working to entrench innovative pedagogy within social science programmes. To support this, it is developing the capacity of lead course instructors to catalyse systemic pedagogical change and establish a community of practice around PEDAL pedagogy, utilising virtual learning platforms and activities such as staff exchanges, joint research and staff seminars.

PEDAL is working to bring about significant changes in the delivery of graduate education, helping to improve student learning through an environment of interaction and interactivity, leading to higher quality graduates who are better equipped to obtain employment, initiate and lead projects, and contribute to socio-economic development. 

'This programme challenged us to think critically to deliver to our students. It prepares us for the next moment in our academic life which is centred on improving teaching methodologies to help students become useful graduates.' Dr. Kwame Asah-Asante, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana

Highlights

As of December 2020:

  • 1,460 teaching staff from over 70 universities across ten African countries have received PEDAL training.
  • Participating staff have gone on to redesign over 1,100 course modules, already directly influencing the learning outcomes of over 1,200 students in PEDAL’s targeted social science degree programmes and up to 100,000 more across the hundreds of university departments reached by the project across the continent.
  • Over 80 participants have become trainers, sharing the learning from PEDAL with other members of teaching staff in their host institutions as well as in universities based in other countries.
  • A dedicated PEDAL channel is available on the Association of African Universities TV and a pedagogical leadership series is available on YouTube.

The partners

The PEDAL partnership is led by the Partnership for African Social & Governance Research (Kenya), working with the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Egerton University (Kenya), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), University of Ghana (Ghana), Uganda Martyrs University (Uganda), Alliance for Research Universities in Africa (ARUA), and Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (UK).

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