SUNY Oswego’s Benjamin Ogwo led a team of five other faculty members to his native Nigeria this summer to help train college professors in preparing teachers for technical vocations.
“The American model is well-respected there,” said Ogwo, assistant professor of vocational teacher preparation in the SUNY Oswego School of Education.
Nigeria, a country with evolving technology industries, took on the Oswego team as consultants, with the assistance of a STEP B/World Bank grant through the University of Nigeria.
The Oswego team discussed modern teaching techniques — introducing video in the classroom, video shooting and editing, basic statistical procedures and using software for analysis, effective instructional slide shows, work-based learning, applications of multiple intelligence theory, comparative advantages of synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous online course delivery, and more — with faculty counterparts in Nigeria.
“The overall experience was incredible. The participants all want to continue an ongoing dialogue,” said Margaret Martin, assistant professor and chair of vocational teacher preparation.
Ogwo would like to see the consulting-team, train-the-trainer concept, extended to other Oswego academic departments, at home or abroad.
“To possibly have a group come here from Nigeria would be a wonderful experience,” he said.
Ogwo and Martin said the Oswego group also hopes to make its team approach transferable to train-the-trainer programs in other developing countries.
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