Capacity Building

CAPACITY BUILDING PILLAR

Introduction

The main activities of the capacity building pillar includes a Skills Development Toolkit, an e-coaching concept and the roll-out of the capacity building program. The Skills Development Toolkit provides faculty with a range of teaching approaches and methods to deliver different learning approaches to their students: Service Learning, Intrapreneurial Learning, and Performance Training. Content for the Skills Development Toolkit and concepts have been compiled in the ACCESS Wiki.

The e-coaching aims to test existing collaborative digital tools (mainly apps) and develop application procedures in the e-coaching of practice-oriented projects at universities, focusing on the use of free web-based tools that mainly require a tablet or smartphone for their use. This facilitates the learning and coaching process for students and faculty in a modern digital way.

The roll-out approach makes it possible to reach about 30 HEIs in selected partner countries – through the direct higher education partners (members of the project consortium of ACCESS), which act as anchor universities in each African country. This allows the Skills Development Toolkit (Wiki) to be tested and implemented within their own organizations.

Core Activities & Tasks

ACCESS Wiki as Skills Development Tool

The Capacity building pillar is creating and compiling content and teaching concepts for the ACCESS Wiki especially for lecturers of all African partners of the ACCESS network.

For this, the ACCESS Wiki is introduced among the ACCESS network as Skills Development Toolkit for lecturers by lecturers.

Its main function is serving as a knowledge platform of existing learning tools and new approaches of teaching methods to promote the employability in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

You can easily find the ACCESS Wiki on the upper right in the navigation of this website – alternatively also here.

Development of e-coaching concept

The intention of the e-coaching concept is to facilitate the learning and coaching process for students and university lecturers in a digital way. The goal is to test existing collaborative internet-based tools and develop application offerings in the context of e-coaching for practice-based projects at universities.
To realize that, an e-coaching handbook has been compiled and will be implemented in the ACCESS Wiki, to give like a kind of guideline for creating a helpful and working e-coaching environment.

ACCESS International Summer Schools

One major event throughout the year are the ACCESS International Summer Schools, which are hosted by the ACCESS partner universities in alternating order. Originally planned were two Summer Schools per year.

Since the start of the ACCESS project in 2020, restrictions on international travel and meetings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have prevented in-person interactions between the Leipzig team and the African partners until the beginning of 2022. In February 2022 finally the first in-person meeting could be held in Leipzig hosted by Leipzig University. From that point of time the ACCESS International Summer Schools could be hosted by the African partners as it was originally planned.

A review of the Summer Schools can be found beyond by clicking the several boxes.

 

Visibility & Communication

This part of the capacity building activities focuses on the goal to spread the idea and the network of ACCESS through effective visibility and communication of all partners of the ACCESS project.

To follow this goal we are using and maintaining several digital communication channels like the ACCESS website and the ACCESS Wiki, accompanied by the ongoing development of Social Media like facebook and the establishment of the ACCESS newsletter, which gets spread to all kind of stakeholders of the ACCESS network.

Train-on-Trainer in Capacity Building

The Train-on-Trainer concept is part of the capacity building roll-out approach, that will allow us to reach at least 30 HEIs in the selected partner countries by the end of the first project phase. Our direct university partner (member of the project consortium) in each African country will be an anchor university to test and implement the Skills Development Toolkit (Wiki) by holding different kinds of workshops in their organization.

On the one hand, the train-on-trainer concept serves to sensitize teachers at HEIs to the possibilities in teaching that are created today by modern ICT technology. The trained lecturers should reflect for themselves on which methods make sense for them and their teaching. From this, they should develop a training concept, which in turn can be passed on to new lecturers at their own university and to lecturers at affiliated universities. Following this step, they will conduct own trainings for faculty with at least 30 faculty members at five local partner universities per partner country. This South-South knowledge transfer will allow ACCESS to create an impact in more than 30 universities and reach more than 180 lecturers.

Ultimately, this approach should increase the overall quality of teaching at HEIs. In addition, the available and applied repertoire of teaching methods should be constantly expanded and adapted to current technical opportunities.

Contact

Sandy Adam

Coordinator for ACCESS (Capacity Building)
Leipzig University | Sports Faculty
sandy.adam@uni-leipzig.de

Matthias Grahl

Coordinator for ACCESS (Capacity Building)
Leipzig University
Faculty of Economics and Management Science
matthias.grahl@uni-leipzig.de

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