Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
We executed a multidisciplinary operational review of the distance education function of the Primary Health Care Nursing Practitioner Program. The Program was being run by a consortium of nine Universities in the Province of Ontario, Canada, under the auspices of the Council of Ontario Universities. Dr Willie Clarke-Okah, NCNC’s head and principal consultant, led the team of five specialists in distance education, instructional design, IT & knowledge management, organizational development and nursing education. Data gathering to inform our analysis was conducted through face-to-face consultations with key program officials; unique questionnaires administered separately to students enrolled in the program and their professors; and follow-up telephone interviews with students and professors to enable a triangulation of data.
African Development Bank (AfDB)
Dr Willie Clarke-Okah undertook an individual consultancy with AfDB in which he conducted a feasibility study on Enhancing the Pedagogical Skills of University Teachers in Africa. He surveyed widely using an online survey tool and held field consultations with stakeholders over a 3-month period in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Dr Clarke-Okah speaking at a meeting in Windhoek, Namibia
National Department of Education (NDoE), Papua New Guinea
A 28-month assignment for Dr Willie Clarke-Okah as FODE Project Management Advisor to the FODE College Management in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The FODE project, jointly funded by NDoE and the World Bank, is for out-of-school youth undertaking Grades 7-12 studies by correspondence tuition and face-to-face tutorials in designated study centres. Its aim was mainly two-fold: i) to revise the College’s curricula to bring them in line with the curriculum and assessment framework of NDoE; and (ii) IT infrastructure development to enable IT connectivity and improve student information management system, data management, and communication between FODE Headquarters and its 22 Provincial Centres.
Advisory responsibilities included assisting the College to kick-start the project, which had stalled for about a year, and to provide continuing support, assistance and advice on all aspects of project management.