Dr. Alex Anning and Rev. Stephen Akyeampong, professors visiting from partner university KNUST in Ghana, share their experience during a teaching mobility in the framework of our Erasmus + KA107 International Credit Mobility project.
“Participating in the 2018 Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility at ISA Lille has been a great experience for me. The program gave me a rare opportunity to meet and interact with the most diverse group of students I have ever taught in my almost 15 years of teaching at the University level; almost 30 brilliant students from 16 countries across the globe in a classroom. The cultural and global perspectives these students brought to bear on the course were simply incredible! Not only did this give me the chance to share knowledge and experiences in Biodiversity Conservation with a diverse group of students, it also helped to hone my teaching methodologies and practices. Students were very active throughout the course, and this made the class very interesting and intellectually stimulating.
Besides the many interesting topics discussed in class, students also benefited from many practical field experiences shared in relation to the conservation of biological diversity in the tropics. As a lecturer, I found this exchange generally useful in terms of acquiring experience in best teaching practices and intercultural exchanges. The program will no doubt enhance the existing cooperation between ISA Lille in France and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Overall, the trip was very exciting and educative. I look forward to meeting the next batch of brilliant and well-motivated students.”
Dr. Alexander Kofi Anning
Department of Environmental Science
“My arrival at Lille was on 22nd October, 2018 to take part in the teaching mobility of the Erasmus + programme as a lecturer for the Environmental Science students of ISA Lille in France. Teaching Wildlife Resources and Conservation, a course which sensitizes students with regard to the types, behaviour and strategies for the conservation of wildlife in different biomes, I found the exercise a very rich innovation for the students and myself. The heterogeneous nature of the class considering the many countries represented made the interactive discussions lively, with each student providing information and contributing by making reference to what pertains in their countries of origin. I learnt a lot and was very impressed about student’s enthusiasm during this rather short period with the class.
I spent some time interacting with Ghanaian students at ISA and we had discussions mainly centred around their development and I offered pieces of advice especially on how to be of good behaviour and to take their studies serious. Their morale was boosted when we met and they were very encouraged.
Colleagues in the faculty were very friendly and made me feel at home at all times. I lacked nothing and their companion provided the warmth. When I got to know that the Lille Zoological Garden was a walking distance from ISA, nothing prevented me from finding my way to this Zoo. This could be used as an important facility for the teaching of Wildlife. The Erasmus + programme is superb and must be strengthened since many, both students and lecturers, stand to benefit from it.”
Rev. Stephen Akyeampong,
Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology