The Learning Innovation Division (LID) of Higher Education Commission (HEC) has trained 249 university teachers under its Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme through a series of 10 workshops held over five weeks of July and August.
The main theme of these workshops was to give more control to faculty members over the content and process of teaching through a design than would engage students in a highly effective manner.
LID engaged Ahmad Salman, a visiting Pakistani Canadian Academic from the University of Victoria, to design and deliver two “remarkably innovative” faculty development programmes, according to a press handout.
The programmes, which addressed “Case Based Teaching Methodology” and “Understanding the Adult Learner”, started on July 6 in Islamabad, and were later introduced in Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar.
Several university teachers from public and private universities with backgrounds in management sciences, social sciences, life sciences, biological sciences, medical sciences, general sciences and engineering attended these sessions.
The purpose of the two-day workshop on “Case Based Teaching Methodology” was to introduce the highly acclaimed Harvard Case Method teaching technique to a variety of faculty members from various disciplines. The workshop aimed to enhance the quality of teaching at several institutions of higher education.
Similarly, the two-day workshop on “Understanding the Adult Learner” was also designed to equip faculty members with the required skills for designing and delivering courses to make a learning environment more meaningful and conducive.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2011.