Second Quantitative Data Analysis Workshop: Simple Linear, Multiple and Hierarchical Regression

5th October 2018 – PearlRichards Foundation and WITE organised its Second Quantitative Data Analysis Workshop Series. The Second workshop was on Simple Linear, Multiple and Hierarchical Regression. The workshop taught participants techniques in how to test the significance of relationships between dependent and independent variables. By the end of the workshop, participants learnt:

  1. The components of the regression equation/ model.
  2. How to construct a regression equation/ model.
  3. How to run simple, multiple and hierarchical regression analysis.
  4. How to interpret and present the SPSS output.

The workshop, which took place at the IT Training Lab, Univ. of Ghana Balme Library, was attended by 21 participants. The participants graduate and doctoral researchers and also lecturers. The next event is scheduled for second and third weeks in November 2018 will Structural Equation Modelling.


Maiden Quantitative Analysis Workshop Series

7th September 2018 – PearlRichards Foundation and WITE organised its maiden Quantitative Analysis Workshop Series. The maiden workshop was on Descriptive Statistics and Exploratory Factor Analysis (with Pearson Correlation). The workshop taught participants techniques in how to summarise categorical and continuous data, understand the structure of a large set of variables and how to reduce them to more a manageable size, as well as to determine the strength and direction of the relationships between these variables. By the end of the workshop, participants learnt:

  1. When to use Descriptive statistics, EFA and Pearson correlation
  2. How to run Descriptive statistics, EFA and Pearson correlation in SPSS
  3. How to interpret and present the SPSS output

The workshop, which took place at the  IT Training Lab, Univ. of Ghana Balme Library, was attended by 22 participants, including 21 women. The participants graduate and doctoral researchers and also lecturers. The next event is scheduled for 5th October 2018 will focus on Simple Linear, Multiple and Hierarchical Regression.



Dr. Sheena Boateng trains Fashion and Beauty Entrepreneurs

Dr. Sheena Lovia Boateng teaching Fashion Marketing and Promotion

28-30 June 2018: Thirty entrepreneurs in the fashion and beauty industry have benefited from a three-day intensive training in fashion, marketing and promotion. It was organised by the Nobel International Business School (NIBS). The open course began on June 28, and closed on June 30, this year. It was aimed at equipping entrepreneurs in the fashion and beauty industry on the contemporary techniques of marketing in the fashion industry.

Participants were also taken through mentorship sessions where internationally acclaimed fashion designers equipped them with modern trends in the industry.

An Assistant Professor of Marketing at NIBS, Dr Sheena Lovia Boateng, told the GRAPHIC BUSINESS  that the fashion and beauty industry was one of the largest in the country but because it had been disorganised, its contribution was not often recognised.

“The fashion and beauty industry is currently one of the largest industry in the country but because of the disorganised nature of the industry, people do not actually appreciate its contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

She said it was for that reason that the NIBs organised the training course to equip entrepreneurs in the fashion and beauty business in modern techniques to market themselves and their businesses.

“We thought that this programme is necessary because there is a growing number of entrepreneurs in the fashion and beauty industry who needed to be brought on board and be trained.

“So we decided to put together all the contemporary techniques for them to be equipped and rightly target our customers, to be able to use the technologies available through the Internet to effectively market themselves and their businesses,” she said.

Open course tailored
Dr Boateng noted that the programme was tailored to suit the specific needs of fashion and beauty entrepreneurs in the country.

“People do not notice the industry because it is not in physical locations all over the place. But the beauty industry is making a huge impact and when you go online, particularly on social media, the number of micro businesses selling or doing something in relation to fashion or beauty is enormous,” he said.

More to marketing
Dr Boateng noted that there was more to marketing in the fashion and beauty industry and this was what the open course sought to address.

“A lot of them start with little to no knowledge or experience in the industry or even how to go about it. They basically follow the template of what they see happening around them like getting a social media page, taking some pictures, posting them, adding their phone number and waiting for people to call. But there is so much more to it.

“When you consult academic literature and the theory of fashion and beauty marketing, you will realise that there are so many things that these entrepreneurs have to take into consideration before they even embark on such a journey; because research shows that a lot of them start and within a year or two, they fold up because they are not able to stay afloat,” she added.

Source: Graphic Business Online

2nd WITE Workshop focuses on Academic Writing

26 April 2018 –  WITE organised its second seminar/workshop for women in tertiary education. The WITE workshop was on Academic writing. The event provided practical lessons on paraphrasing and summarising of academic literature, as well as how to write and present the output for assignments such as literature reviews, essays and critical reviews. The event was attended by 25 participants from different tertiary institutions in the country. The convener, Dr. Sheena Lovia Boateng, was aided by two other facilitators, Prof. Richard Boateng and Mr. Joseph Budu.

Tasks during the workshop were designed to help participants to improve their academic writing skills by reviewing information, as well as completing short writing tasks. Key insights from the workshop are as follows:

Academic writing is evidence-based. Being evidence-based, one has to learn how to review existing evidence (literature) in order to identify what is appropriate to support key arguments. Evidence-based writing usually provides a detailed analysis of the research topic from the perspective of existing literature, identifies gaps and, further, critiques and proposes perspectives or ways of addressing the research problem.

Academic writing is :
• Planned and focused: answers the question and demonstrates an understanding of the subject.
• Structured: is coherent, written in a logical order, and brings together related points and material.
• Evidenced: demonstrates knowledge of the subject area, supports opinions and arguments with evidence, and is referenced accurately.
• Formal in tone and style: uses appropriate language and tenses, and is clear, concise and balanced (Leeds Univ., 2018)

At the end of the workshop, the participants expressed the need for more such events and a future focus on quantitative and qualitative data analysis. According to Dr. Sheena Boateng, this feedback will be considered in the planning of future workshops of WITE.

 

WITE Network launched to support women’s education

WITE Network launched to support women’s education

A network dedicated to the advancement of women’s education in the country, dubbed the Women in Tertiary Education (WITE), has been launched in Accra.

The aim of the group, made up of highly educated women, is to support fellow women who are pursuing various courses in tertiary institutions at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The network was unveiled at the maiden WITE seminar which served as a platform for some selected individual researchers to present their works for constructive feedback on how they could improve their research work and submit on time.

The WITE seminar was organised under the auspices of the PearlRichards Foundation, a business and technology research service provider.

Support for females

The Founder of the network, Dr Sheena Lovia Boateng, observed that the group was set up mainly to support females at the tertiary level.

“I have spent about 10 years of my life in academia pursuing first degree, master’s degree, and doctorate degree and I noticed that women face a lot of peculiar challenges which can only be appreciated by a feminist point of view,” she said.

“It is easier for a woman to get assistance from a fellow woman who understands her plight and the challenges she is facing more than a man. Therefore, the network is to bring like-minded women at various levels to network and help one another to succeed,” Dr Boateng, who is the Executive Director at PearlRichards Foundation, added.

Encouraging women

The Board Chairman of the PearlRichards Foundation, Mr Joseph Budu, said the seminar was to help women, who were undertaking research in the university, especially at the postgraduate level, to succeed.

“We will give them feedback to shape their ideas to develop a research that will be impactful to the advancement of society when it is published,” he said.

Mr Budu, who is a lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), urged women in the country to aspire higher to enable them to play active roles in national development.

“I will encourage women to ignore all challenges and barriers and aspire to be whatever they want to be irrespective of whichever space they find themselves,” he said.

He congratulated women in the country on their support and commitment to the development of Ghana, ahead of the international women’s day celebration, which is slated for March 8 this year.

Culled from Ghana Web

Videos in learning in higher education: assessing perceptions and attitudes of students

Videos in learning in higher education: assessing perceptions and attitudes of students

Video is one of the most diversified and distinct virtual learning mediums that capture and present information and offer a sensory learning environment, which enables learners to understand more and retain information better. This study sought to assess the perceptions and attitudes of students at the University of Ghana towards the use of videos as a medium for teaching and learning. Qualitative data was collected using semi structured interviews. Participation was entirely voluntary and was conditional, based on students’ verbal consent. A convenience sample of 20 students responded to a request to participate, and data was analyzed using content analysis. Students perceived videos in general as being of some benefit to their learning activities. Overall, comments on videos as a medium of teaching and learning were positive. However, students had negative perceptions about the nature of the videos they watched. Almost all the participants indicated that they had issues with the content and the format of all the videos they watched. But, majority of the participants perceived that the videos they watched enhanced their learning outcomes and improved their learning approach. Therefore, learning outcomes of students and instructors should be dependent on the manner in which videos are used, as part of the overall academic process. This study is one of the first articles to explore in detail, students’ perceptions and attitudes towards video based teaching in Ghana, and provides interesting insights with regard to the concept and its application in tertiary institutions.


Cite As: Boateng, R., Boateng, S. L., Awuah R. B., Ansong, E., & Anderson, A. B. (2016). Videos in learning in higher education: assessing perceptions and attitudes of students at the University of Ghana. Smart Learning Environments3(1), 8-12. http://doi.org/10.1186/s40561-016-0031-5 Publisher: Springer Open. Download Now