How people learn: experiential methods of engagement
In this session participants will explore two methods that change the way we work with students. The first experience explores staff-student introductions and highlights a different way to do this using questioning skills development, whilst the second experience explores the basis of the student understanding of ‘higher’ education and what is expected in assignments through an interactive whiteboard experience using four colour pens.
Two user-friendly websites for any level
In this session practical demonstrations will be delivered to showcase (1) ReadTheory - a reading website and (2) Number Cruncher - an a website delivering intensive practice of number formats to prepare for IELTS Listening Part 1.
How Locus of Control Affects Learner Motivation
This session examines the influence of locus of control on learner motivation and considers the implications for learning and teaching, through a theoretical approach.
Planning Professional Learning Networks and Communities
In this session the presenters will propose a teacher meet-up to discuss how to improve professional learning communities and begin to build an educator meet-up network across the HCT system.
Treating the Grassroots of Students’ Prevalent Mistakes. Is Conceptual Learning the Solution? Why? How?
This interactive session will focus on why and how the conceptual learning/teaching strategy is an effective treatment of the grassroots of students’ prevalent mistakes problem. It will also discuss how the new initiative of Innovative Learning Centers can play a vital role in applying this strategy.
Grammar Blocks: a new grammar teaching method
In this session, the presenter will share his new, innovative method of teaching the English verb system using an efficient mathematical/visual approach. This was developed and trialed in response to a Level 3 exam that tests over 14 grammar topics after only around 24 hours of class time. Comprehensive materials for Level 3 topics will be shared, but the method is applicable to any verb form.
PowerPoint for face-to-face and flipped classroom
This interactive session demonstrates the use of transitions and links in MS PowerPoint to help face-to-face and flipped classrooms using multiple choice, True/False and other tools.
The session will discuss the benefits of bite size videos and showcase one video created using Screencastomatic. Screencastomatic is a Web-based, quick and user-friendly tool that produces high quality videos. Attendees will get the chance to record their own video.
Traditional Vocabulary Records in a Digital Age
This session will highlight the difference between 'creating' and 'consuming' vocabulary content and present practical ideas for recording and organizing a traditional DIY vocabulary record in a digital format.
Implementing a professional learning community to promote change in student learning
This session will involve a discussion of the pre-session reading and a professional learning community can be established across the system not only as a way to improve student learning, but also as an innovative approach to professional development.
Developing an English for Academic Purposes MOOC
This workshop will present ongoing work at Zayed University on the development of a Massive Open Online Course for developing academic writing skills, with a focus on the genre conventions of the essay. The course is primarily aimed at Arabic high school graduates looking to circumvent attending a bridging program at the tertiary level, and is specifically designed with the Arabic learner in mind, both in content and delivery methods. The development of the project will be explored, as well as potential secondary uses of the MOOC to support in-house pre-sessional language courses and language learning across the university.
Impact of Smart Devices in Learning Mathematics
This session aims to examine the effect of using mobile devices like smartphones and iPad in learning mathematics in the foundation program in United Arab Emirates University. This is done using empirical studies on students learning using various applications in these devices.
Flexing Out of The Mainstream Teaching Knot
This workshop aims to offer a safe environment for educators to ‘authentically’ discuss innovation ‘whys and why nots’ with emphasis on the key ‘knots’ in academia. While technological innovation aims to replace humans with robots, academia is still producing knowledgeable robot-like students who lack the skills required to cope with future workplace challenges. Innovation in teaching and learning has been around for decades. However, today’s world and workplace urgently call for grass root transformation that will redefine academia altogether. The question at the heart of the discussion is whether ‘we’ academics and ‘academia’ are ready for this inevitable mindset shift.