“Innovative Methods for Student-Centered Teaching”
April 11, 2015 to April 13, 2015 in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai at the Novotel Deira Dubai
Download .pdf: UT GLOBAL // CLICKS PROGRAM BROCHURE APRIL 2015
How can instructors design courses that focus on student-centered learning while also addressing challenges in higher education instruction assessment?
“Excellence in Innovative Teaching & Learning,” an exclusive three-day workshop for both new and experienced faculty in higher education, offers participants a unique opportunity to network, share experiences with professionals in their region, and explore new solutions.
The workshop will examine a number of topics including the relevance of Backward Planning and how to develop curricula that align with preferred learning and SMART outcomes.
Co-Organized by the Center for Learning Innovation and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS), this workshop features training from the UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership (UTGI) at The University of Texas at Austin. UTGI’s award-winning instructors will draw upon decades of experience to provide educators with the means to improve theoretical and practical understanding of pedagogical principles.
UT Global and CLICKS
The Global Initiative for Education and Leadership and the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS) are co-organizing a workshop to take place April 11, 2015 to April 13, 2015 in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai at the Novotel Deira Dubai. The workshop is titled “Innovative Methods for Student-Centered Teaching.”
The workshop is targeted at higher education professionals and is designed to improve the theoretical and practical understanding of pedagogical principles. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice designing innovative curriculum and presenting to their peers. UT Global’s Carolyne Creel and Laura Ewing will be leading the workshop and awarding the certificates of completion.
Based in Dubai, CLICKS works with institutions of higher education through building programs, consulting, and institutional mentoring. Their focus is in areas such as strategic planning, performance management, accreditation, standards compliance, technology in learning and the role of leadership in higher education.
About the Instructors
Carolyne Creel is currently the Acting Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Professional Development in the Fort Worth Independent School District. She has served as the Director of Social Studies, Coordinator of Assessment, and Professional Developer and as a social studies teacher at the Keystone Writing Institute. In addition to her work in Fort Worth, Creel served as the Coordinator of Assessment and Accountability at the Region XI Service Center. She has worked with over 80 districts and charter schools.
Creel holds a Bachelor’s of Arts (University of Arkansas), a Masters of Adult and Continuing Education (Texas A&M University) and Mid-Management Certification (University of Texas at Arlington). She is certified in Texas to teach Speech Communication and Social Sciences. Her extensive professional learning portfolio offerings include assessment alignment, depth of knowledge, curriculum design, professional learning communities, adult learning theory, coaching, cooperative learning, and social studies pedagogy.
Creel has presented at several major conferences including the Texas Council for Social Studies (The Story of Islam, 2005), the National Social Studies Supervisors Association (Celebrating the Cultural Diversity of Islam, 2004), and the Texas Council for the Social Studies (Understanding Islamic History, 2004).
Creel’s many honors include the Texas Social Studies Supervisor of the Year and the National Social Studies Supervisor of the Year.
Laura Ewing serves as the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE). She has served as an adjunct professor at University of Houston Clear Lake in the subject of curricular methodology for kindergarten through grade 12 preservice teachers. Ewing has provided hundreds of workshops on content, teaching strategies, and methodology to teachers, parents, and university professors. Before working with TCEE, Ewing served as a social studies curriculum specialist. As a classroom instructor, she taught for 34 years, with most of her experience involving economics and government curricula.
She recently traveled to London, East Africa, and India to study Islamic history and culture as the guest of His Highness the Aga Khan as part of a program for social studies coordinators supported by the Texas legislature and jointly sponsored by the Aga Khan Developmental Network and The University of Texas at Austin. She is also the area ambassador for Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonpartisan group that advocates for improving public education
Ewing has a bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education and a master’s in educational leadership. She has received several awards for her contributions to Texas social studies education and served two terms on the city council of Friendswood, Texas.