18 March 2019
His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, inaugurated the second "Teaching & Learning Forum 2019" organized by the Institute of Leadership in Higher Education at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Forum came under the title: "Integrating Technology into Teaching & Learning." Prof. Elsiddig Ahmed ElMustafa El Sheikh, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, attended the Forum, which aims to address and raise the awareness of the faculty members of the modern teaching and learning strategies in order to improve the educational process.
In his inaugural address, the Chancellor welcomed the attendees and commended the theme of the Forum because of its importance at the present time as a result of the rapid progress in technology related to teaching, stressing that the University of Sharjah is continuously developing its academic staff through conferences, forums and workshops with the aim of keeping them informed of the latest developments in the area of teaching and learning technologies.
For his part, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs gave a brief about the Forum in its first edition held last year, and highlighted the topics that were discussed, the results that were reached, and the recommendations that he focused on, followed by a presentation of the achievements of these recommendations and their role in the service of the educational process at the university.
Prof. Maher Omar, Director of the Institute of Leadership in Higher Education, gave a presentation highlighting the importance of the forum, explaining that the aim of this forum is to integrate technology in teaching and learning in order to explore ways to involve and empower students and teachers in developing the strategy of learning and teaching methods. This is through enriching the experience and development of faculty members with different programs of teaching and learning methods that help them to exchange academic ideas and help each other to raise the level of educational performance in an integrated environment.
He proceeded to introduce the main speakers who were: Dr. Phil Denton, Associate Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Science at the Liverpool John Moores University in the UK, who spoke about the most important areas of teaching and learning in the modern digital age; and Prof. Geoffrey Crisp is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of New South Wales in Australia, who spoke about strategies and assessment practices used in universities to change for the better.
During the forum, a number of faculty members from various disciplines from the University of Sharjah presented their teaching experiences with the application and use of various advanced technological methods. The representatives of the Educational Environment Committee at the University of Sharjah, Dr. Khaled Hamad and Dr. Hussein El Mahdi, talked about the main role of the Committee through reviewing the current classroom standards and making recommendations on future designs to engage students to enhance the learning experience. They added that the direction of the University is to move from traditional to dynamic classes that facilitate student interaction.
Prof. Hussein Al-Othman from the University of Sharjah also spoke about the effective teaching and learning methods in the field of human and social sciences and the difficulties facing them. He presented the most effective teaching methods that help their users to employ them well within the educational process.