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The Relevance of Classroom Audits and Student Feedback on Teacher Effectiveness

Abstract: Measuring of performance for lecturers’ has become a popular event not only in the Botswana academic environment but in many parts of the world (16). Being charged with responsibilities as an AAT Team Leader the researcher was interested in getting feedbacks for faculty members in his department. This study focused on the relationship between classroom audits, student feedbacks and students’ throughput. This study used a mixed method for data collection. This research positions...

Impact of student support services on academic performance of Bachelor of Education students in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode: The case of Botswana Open University

Abstract: This study explores the impact of the Student Support Services (tutorial support and discussion forums), on the academic performance of Bachelor of Education (B,Ed) Programmes students, with specific focus on the 2019 Cohort. A quantitative descriptive and cross-sectional survey design was used to examine the impact of student support services, in the form of tutorial attendance and discussion forums, on the academic performance of Bachelor of Education students. A simple random sa...

Factors Affecting Student's Decisions in Choosing Private Institutions of Higher Education: The Case of Botho University

Abstract: This descriptive and quantitative study was aimed at closely examining the factors that affect student's decisions in choosing PIHE with a more focus on the 2020 first year students at Botho University. The study set out to address three specific research objectives namely, to determine the relationship between perception/institutional characteristics and student choice to further their studies, to determine the relationship between promotion and student choice to further their st...

The Role of Assessment Strategies In Enhancing Learner Performance and Employability at Awil College: A Case Study Of Private Tertiary Educational Institutions In Botswana

Abstract: Effective assessments are critical in enhancing learner performance and employability. This study was meant to explore the role of selected assessment strategies in enhancing the performance and employability of the learners of AWIL College in Gaborone, Botswana. The study focused on four assessment strategies namely formative assessment, summative assessment, criterion-referenced assessment, and work-integrated assessment strategies. The study adopted the positivist research parad...

Implementation of Internal Quality Assurance in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions in Botswana

Abstract: Quality vocational education is the hope of Botswana to produce quality and skilled manpower that will in turn improve its economy as well as eradicate abject poverty amongst Batswana. This means that TVET institutions need to implement and institutionalize internal quality assurance (IQA) systems so as to match the existing NQF mechanisms and vision of the country of providing quality education. This study, sought to assess the extent of practice and implementation of IQA systems ...

Students’ Unrest in Tertiary Institutions of Botswana: Implications on Teaching and Learning

Abstract: This study explored the factors fueling the students’ unrest and its implications as well as suggesting the possible measures that can be used to control this phenomenon in Tertiary institutions of Botswana. The study was guided by the Cognitive Dissonance Theory to explore the factors fueling the students’ unrest. People prefer consistency or consonance to inconsistence or dissonance and they strive to maintain the balance between their attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. Whenev...

Effects of Vocational Education on the Economy and Employment of Youths in Botswana

Abstract: The aim of the study was to examine the effects of vocational education on the economy and employment of youths in Botswana. The importance of education and training for the improvement of local and national human capital cannot be underscored. A survey was conducted whereby a questionnaire was administered to 61 respondents. The researcher adopted a quantitative research methodology. The population of the study included all staff who worked in the Ministry of Education, Vocational...

A Model for Knowledge Management Practices in a Private Higher Education Setting.

Abstract: This paper was intended to identify gaps in the Knowledge Management (KM) practices of selected private higher education institutions (PHE) in Botswana by determining the existence, or absence, of KM enablers and come up with a KM model for adoption by these and similar institutions, particularly those operating in a highly regulated environment, in order to enhance KM and business performance. Hundreds of literary sources were consulted inwhich the theoretical underpinnings of the...

Diversity Management Practices in Higher Education: Evidence from Private Higher Education Institutions in Botswana

Abstract: Research shows that diversity and diversity management are no longer mere topical issues for debate in organisations but are now a reality to be confronted. This is so because the workplace environment has become diverse and multicultural especially in private higher education institutions Private (PHEIs). What particularly ignites debate on issues related to diversity and diversity management practices in private higher education institutions is the now felt desire to create safe,...

Collaboration or Competition: A Case of Selected Private Higher

Abstract: Collaborative efforts and strategies are widely applied in modern business and academic environments. Most of the collaborative learning research has been done on children and college/university students. Academic and administrative staff in higher education institutions also learn from interaction with fellow higher learning institutions. This paper shows the divergence and convergence of collaborative learning efforts in privately owned higher education institutions in Botswana. ...

Perceptions of Industry in Botswana towards Botho University Student Industrial Attachment (SIA) Program.

Abstract: One of the Quality Policy statements for Botho University (BU) is to produce internationally and global employable graduates. This helps BU to make meaningful contributions to sustainable development in Botswana through the provision of high quality education. The study was motivated by the desire to establish perceptions of Botswana industry as regards BU Student Industrial Attachment (SIA) Programme introduced in 2011. The population for the study constituted 601 organizations wh...

Masamu program, a US-Africa partnership

Abstract: The primary goal of the Masamu (note that “masamu” means mathematics in Southern Africa) Program is to enhance research in the mathematical sciences and related areas within the Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA) institutions and beyond through promotion of international research collaboration. The Masamu Program was established in 2010 with the assistance of the National Science Foundation through an Au-burn University-SAMSA Memorandum of Understanding (...

Students’ perceptions of learning experiences from the final-year engineering project

Abstract: The final-year project (FYP), also known as a capstone course, is usually the principal course, where many learning experiences are realised and gained in an undergraduate engineering programme. Therefore, several exit learning outcomes required by professional accrediting bodies are assessed in the FYP. Programme and instructional designers know the skills and graduate attributes that students should possess, and several studies have been published from the lecturer's perspective....

A Framework for a Heuristic Approach to Evaluating and Assessing Adaptive Hypermedia Learning Systems

Abstract: This article provides a holistic view of e-Learning as a by-product of Adaptive Hypermedia Learning Systems (i.e. AHLS). It aims at proposing a generic framework for evaluating and assessing AHLS. While many of the existing assessment and evaluation instruments yield useful findings (1), most of them seem to be revolving around one key problem – with so many variables that can potentially be considered of impact to the quality of these instruments, how do we re-adapt the assessme...

Managing Curriculum Change from the Middle: How Academic Middle Managers Enact Their Role in Higher Education

Abstract: Literature shows that the role of academic middle managers (AMMs) has been a subject of contestation for a long time the world over owing to the fact that there has not been a clear cut articulation of what exactly this role constitutes or means. Such a situation according to literature has tended to affect the way the AMMs enact their role in their different departments and organisations. Traditionally, the role of the academic middle manager has been viewed as transmitters of top...


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