In December 2015 UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership (UTGI) instructors Carolyne Creel and Laura Ewing traveled to Pakistan to deliver pedagogy training at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU). There, they joined previous exchange participants Sobia Hanif, Asma Khalid, and Najam Sahar.
The workshop, “Innovative Pedagogy for Higher Education,” took place December 7-11, 2015. Aimed at junior faculty with less than five years of experience, programming focused on curriculum development, assessment strategies, and student feedback.
Learning styles, meta-cognitive development, and backward design were some of the main topics addressed by the trainers. Overall, the workshop’s main objective was to encourage the use of student-centered curricular experiences through a variety of techniques and emphasize the relationship between teaching methods and desired learning outcomes.
This visit came at the close of UTGI’s second semester participating in a collaboration between the two institutions, which began in 2012 when UT’s South Asia Institute (SAI) and FJWU were jointly awarded grant funding from the US Department of State and United States Embassy in Islamabad. SAI, an organization that promotes the study of South Asian cultures, cooperated with UTGI to host FJWU faculty members in Austin. During their stay, these scholars attended lectures by esteemed faculty, met with with various groups on campus, and discussed teacher-training methods and ways the visiting scholars could apply these methods in their own classrooms. This is one of many exchange programs between the U.S. and Pakistan that provide opportunities for over 1,000 Pakistani students and professionals to enhance educational programs and launch partnerships.
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Read more about this program: Fatima Jinnah Women University & South Asia Institute Exchange with UT Global Initiative