Fourth AUB Faculty Seminar on
Teaching and Learning with Technology
|Participants in the seminar at College
The fourth AUB Faculty Seminar on Teaching and Learning with Technology
was held on May 31 in College Hall, Auditorium B1 with President Waterbury
giving the welcoming address, five faculty members presenting, and Provost
Heath ending the discussion.
May Mikati, instructor in the English Department, focused on the WebCT
multi-section project carried out in the English Communication Skills
Program. Due to pedagogical, technical, and administrative reasons, among
many others, this program proved itself to be important in courses such
as English 204 because of the many sections this course is divided into.
Professor Sana Marini discussed the initiation of blended courses at the
School of Nursing, which aims at recreating an online nursing program
that can serve the students in the region. In her presentation, Marini
went back to her own experiences with such a project in a blended course
that proved to be a great success.
"Moodle" was the first topic discussed after the coffee break
by Dr. Rosangela Silva who explained that this new Learning Management
System (LMS) will gradually replace WebCT and will help instructors teach
their courses online as well as in the classroom by uploading course material,
conducting class discussions, communicating with students, and holding
exams online. In her presentation, Silva explained why AUB is adopting
Professors Hassan Artail and Karim Kabalan discussed four courses introduced
through Moodle and developed by faculty members from the Faculty of Engineering
and Architecture as part of the Mediterranean Virtual University (MVU)
project. Artail and Kabalan referred to a study conducted on the experiences
of the instructors and students in the two courses offered with Moodle.