The UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership (UTGI) works with Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in Pakistan through the South Asia Institute’s (SAI) three-year exchange, made possible in part by a January 2013 grant from the US Department of State/United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. UTGI and SAI are both housed within the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The embassy has invested $8.5 million in eight university collaborations to take place over three years which focus on a range of liberal arts subjects, including: American Studies, Business Administration and Management Sciences, Mass Communications and Media Studies, Psychology, Social Anthropology, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Find out more about the exchanges to the left.
In the news:
- South Asia Institute to Work with Women’s University in Pakistan – UTNews
- U.S. Secretary of State Kerry Meets Fatima Jinnah Students – US Embassy in Islamabad
- First of Eight Partnerships between American and Pakistani Universities Initiated – US Embassy in Islamabad
UT Global instructors Carolyne Creel and Laura Ewing traveled to Pakistan to deliver a pedagogy workshop at FJWU with the assistance of previous visiting scholars and program participants Najam Sahar, Sobia Hanif, Asma Khalid, and Najam Sahar.
The workshop, titled “Innovative Pedagogy for Higher Education,” took place December 7-11, 2015 at Fatima Jinnah Women University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The five-day program covered numerous aspects related to teaching and learning in 21st century higher education. Designed to improve teachers’ theoretical and practical understanding of pedagogical principles, specific topics presented included curriculum development, backward design, developing assessment strategies, and providing quality feedback to students. The program was aimed at new faculty with less than five years of experience.
In addition to lectures and group discussions, the program featured a number of structured exercises encouraging participants to actively participate in all sessions. Group work was used to effectively model and explore learning objectives in addition to peer assessment.
Program objectives included:
•Design curricular experiences that are student centered and that encourage a deep approach to learning.
•Use a variety of teaching techniques.
•Make decisions with a deeper understanding of assessment.
•Align curriculum with emphasis on the relationship between desired learning outcomes and assessment practices.
Main topics included:
•The Four Pillars of Successful Teaching
•Learning Styles, Cognitive and Meta-cognitive Development
•Developing Curriculum: Backward Design
•Developing Curriculum: The Essential Questions and Objectives
•Understanding and Writing Three-Part Objectives
•Developing Effective Assessment Tools
•Evaluate and Re-design Assessments – both formative and summative
•Performance-based Assessment and Product Production
UT Global Initiative
The UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership (UTGI) is a program at The University of Texas at Austin that delivers high-quality educational training and consulting to governments, higher education institutions, schools, businesses, and nonprofits worldwide. Our mission is to use the power of education for the advancement of the global community by opening avenues of dialogue, building sustainable leadership, and fostering environments of learning. We prepare leaders to think creatively, communicate effectively, and inspire others to achieve excellence in the classroom and the marketplace.
Carolyne Creel was the Acting Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Professional Development in the Fort Worth Independent School District before retiring. During her career she served as a teacher, administrator, and curricula developer. Creel holds a bachelor of arts degree, a master of education degrees in adult and continuing education and mid-management certification. She has conducted workshops for UTGI both in Texas and around the world.
Laura Ewing is president of the Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE). Ewing has served as an adjunct professor at University of Houston – Clear Lake, teaching courses on curricular methodology. She has provided hundreds of workshops on content, teaching strategies, and methodology to teachers, parents, and university professors around the world. Ewing has a bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education and a master’s degree in educational leadership.