Dr Paul Kwame Butakor is a Senior lecturer at the Department of Teacher Education, School of Education and Leadership, University of Ghana. Prior to his lectureship appointment at the University of Ghana, Dr. Butakor worked as a research assistant for statistical analyses in Big Data Learning Analytics at the Athabasca University, Canada. While studying for his PhD, he worked as a graduate teaching and research assistant at the University of Alberta, Canada for three years. Dr. Butakor also worked as a statistics and research methodology consultant at the centre for research in applied measurement and evaluation (CRAME) at the University of Alberta, where he consulted with both faculty and graduate students on areas such as research design and methodology, psychometric analyses, program evaluation, and appropriate data analyses techniques. Before studying for his PhD, Dr. Butakor worked as a principal test development officer and later as an assistant test development secretary at the national board for professional and technician examinations (NABPTEX) from 2006 to 2012.

He holds a Ph.D. (Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition) from the University of Alberta, Canada, MSc. Educational Sciences from the University of Groningen, Netherlands; MSc Applied Statistics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; and a Bachelor of Education (Mathematics and Statistics) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. His research interests include educational measurement, assessment and evaluation, statistical methods in education and psychology, mathematics education, teacher education/professional development, and learning analytics.

He has rich experience in education and curriculum development, implementation and evaluation gathered from his over two decades of professional teaching and research across various levels of Ghana’s educational system.  He has served on various national technical committees.  He is a member of the team of experts that developed the new 4-year Bachelor of Education programme for Colleges of Education and Teacher Education universities in Ghana and part of the pedagogy team developing courses and Professional Development manuals for tutors in Colleges of Education to facilitate the implementation of the curriculum. He is also a member of the Technical Working Group that developed the portfolio assessment guide for in-service teachers in Ghana, portfolio assessment framework and framework for assessing student teachers online learning during this COVID-19 pandemic. He was a member of the National Implementation Support Team (NIST) set up by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in Ghana to monitor the implementation of the Bachelor of Education programme implemented by the 46 Colleges of Education and 5 public teacher education universities in Ghana.

Research Topic:

Using learning analytics (educational data mining) techniques to address challenges associated with assessing students during virtual teaching and learning.

Host University: University of Almeria, Spain


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