Harry Barton Essel

Harry Barton Essel
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology | KNUST · Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Harry Barton Essel currently works at the Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology. Harry does research in Curriculum Theory, Higher Education and Educational Technology. His current project is 'Computational Thinking using Visual Programming Languages.'
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August 2012 - August 2017
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology
Position
  • Consultant
August 2012 - August 2017
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology
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  • Consultant
August 2012 - present
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Online Publishing, Multimedia in Publishing, ICT in Visual Art Education
Education
June 2003 - July 2009

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Illustrations used in textbooks for lower primary school teaching form an integral part of pupils’ cognitive abilities. Ghanaian publishers and illustrators give marginal attention to the liaison between textbook illustrations and their corresponding text when illustrating for children in lower primary schools. The incongruities between text and it...
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Globalization has become a driving force of educational systems. Ghana has instituted a number of Distance Education programmes for teachers collaborating with tertiary institutions. Teaching staff with requisite know-how and other logistics for distance education are marginal. This resource provides the necessary logistics to enhance distance educ...
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OpenAI's ChatGPT, also known as "Conversational Generative Pre-training Transformer," is a machine learning model that can synthesise text that sounds like human words. It can revolutionise how we teach and learn by providing instant, accurate, and personalised responses to students' questions, creating interactive educational content, automating e...
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This study examined the prevalence of addictive Internet behavior and its links with mental health among pre-service teachers in Ghana. A descriptive, correlational design was employed with 405 pre-service teachers from colleges of education and a public university in Ghana participating in this study. The sample completed a sociodemographic survey...
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Chatbot usage is evolving rapidly in various fields, including higher education. The present study’s purpose is to discuss the effect of a virtual teaching assistant (chatbot) that automatically responds to a student’s question. A pretest–posttest design was implemented, with the 68 participating undergraduate students being randomly allocated to s...
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This study assessed visual arts teachers' test construction skills of examination questions (multiple-choice and essay) in General Knowledge in Art (GKA) at the Senior High School (SHS) in the Sekyere South District of Ashanti Region (SSDAR), Ghana. The survey design method was adopted for the study. A sample of n = 35 Visual arts/GKA teachers was...
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Any program intended to equip the populace, particularly young people, to combat climate change and its repercussions must include education. As crucial stakeholders in education, teachers have the primary responsibility of preparing young people to deal with the effects of climate change. In two districts of Ghana's Bono region, the study assessed...
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ABSTRACT Manipulatives are concrete or virtual objects that enable pupils to visualize abstract mathematical concepts in concrete terms for easy comprehension. They play an important role in the success of effective mathematics education. Preliminary studies in the selected schools revealed that manipulatives were lacking in these schools and th...
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School-based jewellery education in Ghana started at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi-Ghana in 1968. Jewellery graduates are expected to practice as jewellers in Ghana's Jewellery industry. However, available information indicates that most jewellery graduates do not ply their careers in jewellery. The purpose of t...
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The present study aimed at investigating nomophobia prevalence, thus, recurrence of anxiety without a smartphone, with preservice teachers in the Colleges of Education, Ghana. An actual sample of 345 preservice teachers responded to a 20-item questionnaire on nomophobia (NMP-Q). A one-way MANOVA between different groups statistics was applied in de...
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The engagement and motivation of students in drawing activities are of great importance to their learning processes. The decline in attendance and difficulties stimulating the drawing skills of students make it crucial to develop novel methodologies that can overcome these difficulties. In visual art education research, utilizing game elements with...
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The study analysed the impact of the flipped classroom (FC) approach on weaving experience, self-efficacy and students’ learning achievement. To achieve this purpose, a quasi-experimental (pre-test/post-test) design, with a control group and an experimental group, was implemented. A mixed methods approach was used to evaluate the outcomes of the in...
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The COVID-19 pandemic affected many nations around the globe, including Ghana, in the first quarter of 2020. To avoid the spread of the virus, the Ghanaian government ordered universities to close, although most of them had only just begun the academic year. The adoption of Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) had adverse effects, such as technostress,...
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There is an upsurge in the use of mobile phones among higher education students in Ghana, which may result in the nomophobia prevalence with the students. Therefore, the need to assess the influence of nomophobia within the student population in Ghana. This descriptive cross-sectional study investigated the prevalence of nomophobia and the sociodem...
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Purpose The purpose of this study is to explore the characteristics and potential effects of teaching and learning through audio teleconferencing (dial-in) with a cell phone. In addition, the study aims to identify the associations between the audio teleconferencing and video teleconferencing in a 12-week postgraduate course. Design/methodology/ap...
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Purpose: The integration of the creative arts into individual subjects in primary school education enhances the teaching of challenging topics in those subjects. However, teachers teach subjects individually without the integration of creatives hindering the understanding of students during lessons. This study focused on the teaching of "challengin...
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Background: Ghana’s COVID-19 caseloads stretched to 32,437 with 161 deaths. After the first COVID-19 case recorded in March, the Government of Ghana imposed several restrictions on the life of citizenry to prevent the spread of the infection. However, it is imperative to assess and track the knowledge, misperceptions, attitudes and behaviour of Gha...
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The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is one of the public universities in Ghana which runs distance education. Distance education has come to stay. This is because many people want to climb the educational ladder and due to large numbers of qualified applicants who cannot further their education by attending the traditional univer...
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The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is one of the public universities in Ghana which runs distance education. Distance education has come to stay. This is because many people want to climb the educational ladder and due to large numbers of qualified applicants who cannot further their education by attending the traditional univer...
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The Institutional Repository (KNUSTSpace) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) plays an essential role in meeting the information needs of scholars by providing free, instant, and endless online access to the full content of scholarly resources. The study investigated users' cognisance, access and usage effectiveness of...
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The content of this presentation is towards preparing postgraduates for Virtual Thesis Defense which has become a norm due to the emergency health crisis COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Institutional Repository (KNUSTSpace) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) plays an essential role in meeting the information needs of scholars by providing free, instant, and endless online access to the full content of scholarly resources. The study investigated users’ cognisance, access and usage effectiveness of...
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Background: To investigate students' percept on whether visual art-based interventions would improve their observational skills, as well as to investigate how visual art-based interventions can improve medical students' critical thinking and observational skills for learning of Anatomy. The ability to critically think, observe and analyse physical...
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Open Educational Resources (OERs) are part of a growing, global movement in open practice in Higher Education; current and potential use of OERs have significant implications for the student in Higher Education. While investment in OERs has been considerable through the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH), there has not...
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This study assessed the perspective, practice and barrier that mitigate the integration of Information and Communication Technologies into nursing and midwifery education in Ghana. With purposive and convenience sampling techniques, a sample size of 108 health tutors was involved in the study. The findings revealed that most of the health tutors ut...
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Stress resulting from academic work among lecturers and students in Ghanaian higher institutions greatly affects their health and academic output. The study aimed at identifying the sources and causes of academic stress in the higher institutions in Ghana while suggesting effective stress coping mechanisms. The study was driven in the convergent pa...
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Several empirical studies have evident that personalized and adaptive feedback play a major role in the learning process. Scaffolding and contingent tutoring are pedagogical practices that allow a tutor to deliver support and tailor-made tutorial to a tutee to complete a task. These pedagogical practices have been model individually using intellige...
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The study evaluates the status quo, significance and impact of KNUSTSpace on the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) academic community. The Logic Framework was adopted and adapted to measure the operational processes and service delivery of the KNUSTSpace with regards to research, learning and teaching activities. The study...
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The presentation was on a study on academic stress among faculty and students in selected higher institutions in Ghana. The presentation highlighted a background to the study, discussion of previous scholarships on academic stress, the methodology for the study, the presentation and discussion of the findings from the convergent parallel mixed meth...
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The previous era witnessed larger student numbers, reduced resources and increasing use of digital technologies which have led to the increased use of multiple-choice question types as a method of assessment in higher education courses. As KNUST advances towards the complete adoption of multiple-choice questions for high-stake paper-based summative...
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Background Blood transfusion is an essential component of the health care system of every country and patients who require blood transfusion service as part of the clinical management of their condition have the right to expect that sufficient and safe blood will be available to meet their needs. However, this is not always the case, especially in...
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Presentation on the crosscutting issues in the new Bachelor of Education curriculum for Initial Teacher Education (ITE).
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This study was conducted to find out the use of digital technologies by students based on a preliminary study on students' use of digital technologies. The results of the study revealed that 95.2% of learners use their digital tools for instant messaging and social media such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Imo, Viber, Snapchat and Twitter instead of learni...
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This study was conducted to find out the use of digital technologies by students based on a preliminary study on students' use of digital technologies. The results of the study revealed that 95.2% of learners use their digital tools for instant messaging and social media such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Imo, Viber, Snapchat and Twitter instead of learni...
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There are variable levels of ownership and usage of digital technologies among students in KNUST which can affect curricula implementation and integration. This study focused on ownership and usage of smartphones and tablets. A sample of 183 students was used for the study. Results showed that students owned various types and brands of mobile devic...
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Since the establishment of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology's Institutional Repository (KNUSTSpace), no appraisal has been done to evaluate lecturers' reasoning for non-use of their repository. This study, therefore, seeks to evaluate the rationale for the non-use of KNUST Institutional Repository by academic staff of the faculty...
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In the era of quality orientation, human rights, and a consumer-driven society, Nursing and Midwifery Education Institutions (NMEI) are expected to produce qualified graduates who will meet the needs and expectations of society. The aim of the study was to assess the internal quality assurance practices of Nursing and Midwifery Training Colleges (N...
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Since the establishment of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology's Institutional Repository (KNUSTSpace), no appraisal has been done to evaluate lecturers' reasoning for non-use of their repository. This study, therefore, seeks to evaluate the rationale for the non-use of KNUST Institutional Repository by academic staff of the faculty...
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Isolation, role conflict and stress have been worldwide debated as the numerous challenges facing distance learners. Higher education administrators have proposed student support services as a remedy for such challenges. This study investigates student support services at Jackson College of Education and their impact on students' success in the fac...
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Isolation, role conflict and stress have been worldwide debated as the numerous challenges facing distance learners. Higher education administrators have proposed student support services as a remedy for such challenges. This study investigates student support services at Jackson College of Education and their impact on students' success in the fac...
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In the era of quality orientation, human rights, and a consumer-driven society, Nursing and Midwifery Education Institutions (NMEI) are expected to produce qualified graduates who will meet the needs and expectations of society. The aim of the study was to assess the internal quality assurance practices of Nursing and Midwifery Training Colleges (N...
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21st century skills have become known among all educational stakeholder as relevant skill for success in modern Global and technological age. There have been extensive studies regarding these skillsets and their role in effective articulation in the digital age. Education being the channel of imbibing knowledge and skills must be able to serve the...
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21st century skills are known among all educational stakeholder as relevant skill for success in modern Global and technological age. There have been extensive studies regarding these skills and their role in effective articulation in this age. Education, the channel of transfer of knowledge and skills must be able to serve the purpose of imbibing...
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Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) is a higher education management tool that seeks to address largely all practices that hinder the realization of stakeholders' expectation of quality. This study focused on assessing students' experiences of internal quality assurance practices of private Higher Education Institutions. A sample of 341 respondents wa...
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CONDUCTING A SURVEY TO EXPLORE THE NOTION OF THE NET GENERATION OF STUDENTS` AND TEACHERS` (IN SENIOR AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS) CURRENT TECHNOLOGICAL EXPERIENCES AND PREFERENCES
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ABSTRACT: Technological advancement has become a priority for many societies. However, due to one reason or the other, some populace; especially students often get no or limited access to these technologies. This research identified the common digital technologies used in four selected schools; 2 public and 2 private. The Public schools include Pe...
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The world has seen remarkable changes in the evolution of technology over the last two decades. The initiation of technology in educational field has made the process of learning and knowledge sharing more interactive and attractive. In Ghana, there have been several initiations by governments and other stakeholders to implement technology into our...
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Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) is a higher education management tool that seeks to address largely all practices that hinder the realization of stakeholders’ expectation of quality. This study focused on assessing students’ experiences of internal quality assurance practices of private Higher Education Institutions. A sample of 341 respondents wa...
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Owing to the innovative and technological intensification in the modern age, 21 st century skills have become a necessity for survival in the digital age. As the purpose of every education system is to make capable graduates to fit and function effectively in their environment, these skills have become inevitably relevant. Art makes use of creativi...
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The application of visual aesthetic and instructional design strategy is one of the key factors in creating instructional contents. Aesthetics is seen as a significant feature on student feelings, and attitudes contributing importantly to learning. In online learning, the classroom is the website or Learning Management System (LMS) that delivers th...
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Manipulatives play an important role in the success of effective Mathematics education. Ghanaian lower primary schools lack tangible manipulatives for effective teaching and learning of some challenging Math modules. This study sought to establish the teaching of Math with manipulatives for challenging modules and its significance on pupils’ achiev...
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Drawing is an integral component of the Visual Art programmes and therefore have being instituted in the core subject, General Knowledge in Art, to be studied by all Visual Arts students in the Senior High Schools. Drawing plays a pivotal role in both students’ academic performance and their professional careers as visual artist. Empirical studies...
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The need for educators to constantly refine their pedagogical approaches to significantly improve learning outcomes in higher education cannot be over emphasized. As educational technology rapidly grows, it has become increasingly imperative for the integration of web 2.0 platforms and personal learning environment (PLE) concepts into instructional...
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Owing to the innovative and technological intensification in the modern age,21 st century skills have become a necessity for survival in the digital age. As the purpose of every education system is to make capable graduates to fit and function effectively in their environment, these skills have become inevitably relevant. Artmakes use of creativity...
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This presentation focused the introduction of Edmodo LMS to facilitators on the distance learning programme. The presentation was aimed at comparing different LMSs to see which would best be suitable for the Intitute of Distance Learning KNUST. The presentation also focused on the features of Edmodo and the benefits to facilitators thereof.
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This presentation dealt with the use of learning Management Systems in Higher Education. The presentation was based on the Schoology LMS how the facilitators on the distance learning programmes can benefit from this LMS.
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Submission of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) by postgraduate students has become a common phenomenon in learning environments globally. The purpose of ETDs is to train postgraduate students as knowledge workers in online publishing and also extend their skills beyond word processing. The challenge however, is that many postgraduate stud...
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Senior High School (SHS) students in Ghana are required to pass all core and elective curricula subjects in the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to qualify for higher education. Unfortunately, many Visual Arts students perform poorly or fail in English, Mathematics, Integrated Science and Social Studies, which constitute t...
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The Publishing Studies department of Faculty of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, offers graduate training in three career paths: Book Design and Illustration (BDI), Printing Technology and Management as well as Publishing Administration. A survey of 555 students in Years 1-4 revealed a skewed distribution of 4...
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This study investigates and explores avenue for effectively managing and increasing the availability of Graduate Students’ scholarship by submitting Theses and Dissertations in electronic format for easy accessibility and storage. This pilot study was done in the year 2009 with GraduateStudents in the Faculties of Fine and Industrial Art in the Kwa...
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This study investigated avenues for effectively managing and increasing the availability of Graduate Students’ scholarly research by submitting Theses and Dissertations in electronic format for ease of dissemination. The need for the study was realized from the fact groundbreaking graduate research are left on library shelve which make them grey or...

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The aim of this research is to redesign the “Veronica Buckets” to meet a standard Product Deseign Specification. These buckets are used by Ghanaians and other African countries as a device for dispensing running water that serve as protection against the infection and spread of the COVID 19 pandemic.