Teaching excellence is an integral part of Botho University’s mandate as confirmed by its quality policy that describes the core business as to be a centre of excellence in higher learning, by providing quality educational experience, and producing well rounded employable graduates. Botho teaching staff play a central role in ensuring that the University becomes the best teaching university nationally, regionally and even internationally.
Although measuring excellent teaching and learning is complex, the Library, Teaching and Research Excellence Department uses a Teaching Performance Index (TPI) to aid in identifying and recognizing excellence in teaching at the individual staff level and it also helps staff evaluate their own performance as it provides an objective platform from which certain aspects of their teaching can appreciated.
The TPI indicators (which are, at best, proxies for teaching quality) aim to foster a culture of excellence that rewards exemplary effort made towards improving the quality of teaching and learning. The TPI design was benchmarked with similar metrics in reputable universities internationally and has also been localized to fit our purpose.
TPI criteria are Student Feedback, Classroom observation ratings, Class Passrate, Class Attendance, Use of Instructional Technology and Other Virtual Learning Environments (IT & VLE), Teaching Qualification and Relevant Training.