Workshop 1 (13:00 – 15:00) Data Analysis in Research:  Selecting the best Statistical Analysis for your Research

Workshop 2 (15:30 – 17:30) Publishing your Research in High Impact Journals:  A step-by-step guide

Duration: 2 hours each

Registration Fee

  • US$20.00 for attendance to one workshop
  • US$35.00 for attendance of both workshops

Deadline for Registration 20th August 2022. Certificates to be awarded to Session Participants

Facilitator: Prof. Robert A. Baffour

Robert A. Baffour is a professor of Engineering at the University of Georgia, USA, a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow, and the founder of SankofaLearn Inc. He has over 24 years of teaching and research experience at major universities like the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Iowa State University.  His dissertation writing workshop has attracted several faculty and students across Africa, Asia and North America. He currently teaches a research writing class at the University of Georgia and has supervised over 50 Theses/Dissertations in the last 10 years.  Prof. Baffour a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA, USA. He has conducted numerous research, written several academic papers, and has written several research reports for such agencies as NASA, the US Department of Defense, and the World Bank.  He currently conducts workshops in dissertation writing, research methods, data analysis in research, thesis supervision and defense, and manuscript writing for universities. His dissertation writing workshop has attracted over 3000 students from over 100 countries across the globe.

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(13:00 – 17:00) Creativity and Innovation for Intrapreneurs – Beginner’s Course 

Registration Fee

  • US$40.00 for attendance

Deadline for Registration 20th August 2022. Certificates to be awarded to Session Participants

Course facilitators: Dr Edward Nicol – Founder and Director: Empowering Future Innovators (EFI Consult)

Affiliations:

South Africa Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

Stellenbosch University

Workshop 1 (13:00 – 15:00) Entrepreneurship Development: Stimulating Solution-Oriented Minds

Workshop 2 (16:00 – 18:00) Grant Proposal Writing for Scholars and Entrepreneurs

Duration: 2 hours each

Registration Fee

  • US$20.00 for attendance to one workshop
  • US$35.00 for attendance of both workshops

Deadline for Registration 20th August 2022. Certificates to be awarded to Session Participants

Workshop 1 (13:00 – 15:00) A Demonstration of the free JASP Statistical Analysis Software

Workshop 2 (16:00 – 18:00) Putting together a convincing literature review to justify your research

Duration: 2 hours each

Registration Fee

  • US$20.00 for attendance to one workshop
  • US$35.00 for attendance of both workshops

Deadline for Registration 20th August 2022. Certificates to be awarded to Session Participants

Facilitator: Prof. Robert A. Baffour

Robert A. Baffour is a professor of Engineering at the University of Georgia, USA, a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow, and the founder of SankofaLearn Inc. He has over 24 years of teaching and research experience at major universities like the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Iowa State University.  His dissertation writing workshop has attracted several faculty and students across Africa, Asia and North America. He currently teaches a research writing class at the University of Georgia and has supervised over 50 Theses/Dissertations in the last 10 years.  Prof. Baffour a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA, USA. He has conducted numerous research, written several academic papers, and has written several research reports for such agencies as NASA, the US Department of Defense, and the World Bank.  He currently conducts workshops in dissertation writing, research methods, data analysis in research, thesis supervision and defense, and manuscript writing for universities. His dissertation writing workshop has attracted over 3000 students from over 100 countries across the globe.

Virtual Tour of First-Ever Digital Museum – Pan African Heritage Museum (09:00 – 18:00)

Duration: 30 minutes per tour

Registration Fee: US$10.00 /per tour

Pre-Conference Virtual Workshops

24th August 2022

 Workshop One – Data Analysis in Research:  Selecting the Best Statistical Analysis for your Research

The workshop introduces participants to the role of data analysis in research.  The need for data analysis, purpose of data analysis and planning for data analysis based on the research design will be discussed.  Participants will also be exposed to various data analysis techniques such as Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA), Descriptive Statistics, Inferential Statistics and their roles in research data analysis.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Determine appropriate data analysis methods based on research objectives/questions, etc.
  • Identify statistical analysis tools that support specific research designs
  • Know how and when to use descriptive and inferential statistics to answer research questions and evaluate hypotheses.

Target Group

All academic faculty lecturers and professors, University students especially graduate students, and graduate research supervisors.

Topics To Be Covered

  1. Data Analysis in Research
  2. Selecting the right data analysis techniques
  3. Using Statistics in Data Analysis
  4. Applying Statistics to Data Types

Workshop Two: Publishing your Research in High Impact Journals:  A step-by-step guide

The workshop introduces participants to the art of publication.  Publishing in high-impact journals requires planned and careful research designs.  This workshop takes the participants through the key elements of the research publication process including understanding the essential requirements for high-quality research, the need for collaborative research, components of a good manuscript, selecting the appropriate journal, and understanding the submission process including how to deal with rejection.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Workshop, participants will be able to:

  • know how to select an appropriate journal for their research
  • identify the key component of a manuscript (abstract, introduction, results, etc.)
  • know how to manage issues of rejection and acceptance

Target Group

All academic faculty lecturers and professors, University students especially graduate students and graduate research supervisors.

Topics To Be Covered

  • Essential requirements for high-quality research
  • The need for Research Collaboration
  • How to package the manuscript
  • Article submission requirements
  • Choosing an appropriate journal
  • The manuscript submission process

25th August: Creativity and Innovation for Intrapreneurs – Beginner’s Course 

Course description

Creativity is the process of generating new ideas, and the ability to do things differently in a unique way. It is one of the legal ways of gaining unfair advantage over the competition in today’s marketplace, and it is very useful in all spheres of life. Personal creativity is a very useful skill and a valuable resource for individuals and teams. Convergent, logical, critical thinking, a process of creativity and the ability to look at all pieces of information, discern which parts are useful, logical, and correct; question all the possible and probably results arising from any actions and then come up with alternative proposals to solve problems, is an essential life skill. It is ‘in the box’ thinking. However, to be successful in today’s marketplace, you will also need Divergent, artistic, creative, big picture thinking – ‘out of the box’ (Original) thinking. This beginner’s course examines the interplay between creativity and innovation and introduces participants to the concept and source of creativity. You will learn easy-to-apply creative ideas as well as explore broader concepts central to creative work, including a range of skills to assist you in today’s marketplace and across different spheres of life.

The course is interactive. Learning is experiential and action-oriented, with practical class exercises.

 

Course content:

  • Concept and source of creativity
  • Mechanism of the brain
  • Thinking Lexicon
  • Critical versus creative thinking
  • Process of innovation
  • Skills of effective innovators

Target audience:

  • Students
  • Anyone trying to venture into entrepreneurship
  • Those wanting to take their businesses to another level

27th August 2022

Workshop One: Putting together a convincing literature review to justify your research

Conducting and writing a convincing literature review report or chapter to justify research is perhaps one of the mode difficult tasks researchers especially graduate students face.  This workshop takes participants through the entire process of conducting a literature review and packaging it to justify the need for research.  Topics will include the purpose of the literature review, the literature review process, and how to write the literature review section/chapter of a paper or a thesis.  Participants are also introduced to critical pitfalls associated with putting together a literature review report.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key components of a literature review report
  • Identify the literature review process
  • Conduct a comprehensive literature review for their research
  • Put together a well-written and cohesive literature review to support their thesis/dissertation/paper
  • Support their research students perform the above tasks

Target Group

All academic faculty lecturers and professors, University students especially graduate students, and graduate research supervisors.

 Topics To Be Covered

  • Purpose of Literature Review
  • The Literature Review Process
  • Writing the Literature Review Chapter
  • Literature Review Pitfalls to avoid
  • Bibliography/Reference

Workshop Two: A Demonstration of the JASP (open source) Statistical Analysis Software

The lack of appropriate statistical software has been a hindrance to quality research data analysis.  Researchers in Africa have been a victim of this problem and it all boils down to the acquisition cost of robust software such as SPSS and STATA.  JASP is open-source statistical software that mimics the strength of R and SPSS.  As a windows-based software, JASP is equally as good as some of the proprietary software.  The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to this software.

Workshop requirements:  participants will be required to have the software installed on their computers before joining the workshop.  The installation instructions will be provided after registration.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use the JASP statistical software to analyze their data

Target Group

All academic faculty lecturers and professors, University students especially graduate students, and graduate research supervisors.

Topics To Be Covered

  • The JASP interface
  • Using Descriptive Statistics
    • Data Tables (frequency, etc.)
    • Statistics (mean, median, standard deviation, etc.)
    • Plots (scatter plots, box plots, histograms, etc.)
  • Using Inferential Statistics
    • One and two sample t-test
    • ANOVA
    • Regression
    • etc.