In January 2015, the UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership (UT Global Initiative) in the College of Liberal Arts provided a faculty training session in Lebanon with Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), a private higher education institution founded by the Lebanese Maronite Order.
The UT Global Initiative instructors Carolyne Creel, acting assistant superintendent of curriculum and professional development in the Fort Worth Independent School District, and Laura Ewing, president and CEO of the Texas Council on Economic Education, led the two-week training program, titled “Teaching for the 21st Century.” The program offered modules in “Instructional Best Practices for the Professional Educator” and “Assessment of Groups and Learning Structures.” Creel and Ewing employed interactive demonstrations and group discussions, in addition to lectures and reading. Topics included student-centered and active learning methods, curriculum design and assessment strategies.
“At USEK, we aim to deliver the best learning experience to our students as well as the right education leading to innovative and ethically responsible entrepreneurs,” said Georges Yahchouchi, Ph.D., Deputy President for Quality Assurance and Teaching & Learning at USEK. “The Professional Educator program provided by the UT Global Initiative at The University Texas at Austin has been a fundamental part and a cornerstone of this strategy.”
At the conclusion of the program, the UT Global Initiative awarded 19 faculty members who met all requirements with certificates at a ceremony attended by members of the USEK community.
The workshop is the first of many programs the UT Global Initiative will administer this year. In April, Creel and Ewing will conduct a similar workshop co-organized with the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS) titled “Innovative Methods for Student-Centered Teaching” in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The workshop, targeted at higher education professionals, is designed to improve the theoretical and practical understanding of pedagogical principles.
For more information on the UT Global Initiative, please contact UTGlobal@austin.utexas.edu.