Initiative to Oversee Grant to Help Educators Implement Creative and Innovative Teaching Approaches
‘Innovation in Teaching Week’ at Qatar Foundation (QF) officially launched this Sunday across Education City. The event is bringing together lecturers and college deans within the campus to discuss the future of learning.
The cross-university event, which runs until 22 February, provides a collaborative platform for the Education City faculty and community to discuss and share innovative teaching and learning practices. Throughout the week, lecturers from QF’s partner universities, as well as guest speakers, are providing insights into building innovative teaching and learning ecosystems that address the needs of learners in a complex and fast-changing world.
Omran Al-Kuwari, Acting QF CEO said they strive to build successful models of education that equip students with the skills, knowledge, and behaviours they need to manage the challenges of tomorrow.
Innovation is a continuous process, and the ‘Innovation in Teaching Week’ event forms part of a wider calendar of events we hold to empower innovators and encourage the pursuit and sharing of new knowledge.’
John O’Brien, Associate Dean and Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) spoke on the topic of ‘Technology in the Classroom: An Active Learning Approach’ on the opening day of the programme. The topic explored personalised learning through technology, and outlined current developments in the area at CMU-Q.
Visiting speaker Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in California, spoke about her personal learning journey. Oakley recounted how she only began learning remedial high school algebra at the age of 26 and discussed how people can change and grow, no matter their age or stage in life.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) is presenting and discussing samples of student work across various disciplines and levels, to illustrate the approach to developing creative agency within individual students.
The ‘Education City Innovation in Teaching Grant’ (ECITG), a yearly grant designed to encourage, recognise, and reward educators across Education City who wish to implement creative and innovative pedagogical approaches in the classroom, will be the highlight of the week-long event.
Janhvi Kanoria, Education Portfolio Expert of the QF CEO Office, said they work to encourage best practices among educators who are passionate about innovative teaching and knowledge sharing. He said that these teachers deserve the greatest respect, and this innovation grant highlights the valuable role they play in preparing the next generation.
Nominated ECITG projects will be showcased at national and international education forums through multiple formats – at the World Innovation Summit for Education and published through international academic journals.
The ‘Innovation in Teaching Week’ talks are taking place at Georgetown University in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, CMU-Q, and VCUarts Qatar.
Visit the QF website for more information. Check out the link below for a listing of lecture schedules.