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November 2007 Vol. 9 No. 2

Learning to Teach: Mellon Summer Seminar 2007

Seminar participants

Teaching is a dynamic process that requires continuous learning on the part of the teacher. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has many activities to help AUB professors in this endeavor. One of the most intensive is the Summer Seminar on Creative Use of Resources in Course Design, which is funded by the Mellon Foundation and was given for the fourth time this past summer. Ten professors spent four weeks learning about syllabus design, information literacy, and instructional technologies, and worked on designing a course with integrated resources.

Amal Bou Zeineddine, associate director of CTL, says the syllabus design component is open to creativity and discussion, because "a syllabus is personal." Along with group and individual work, she tries to get participants to see the merits of having a detailed syllabus that incorporates all the important components, including student learning outcomes and ways to assess them.

The Information Services Department of the University Libraries is heavily focused on helping faculty and students become aware of and learn how to take advantage of the various academic resources, both print and electronic, available at AUB. In the seminar, Information Services Librarian Samira Meghdessian and her staff help faculty incorporate the use of resources in a research project that is part of the course each participant is working on.

The final component of the seminar has participants learning about online instructional design and the role of technology in education, and then using Moodle to create an on-line portion of their course. This section is coordinated by Rosangela Silva, director of the Academic Computing Center, with the help of her staff. Commenting on some benefits of the seminar, Silva says, "The participants learn a lot from each others' experiences and they leave the seminar with new friends and lots of good ideas to implement."

At the end of the seminar, each participant makes a presentation to the entire group, as well as invited colleagues and students, to show what they have been working on. Waddah Nasr, director of CTL, says, "It is impressive to see the participants give clear evidence of how they have incorporated the three components of the seminar into their courses." Former participants also give a presentation open to the AUB community, usually in early spring, to share their experiences.

Thalia Arawi, who has a joint appointment in the Philosophy Department and the Faculty of Medicine, worked on a course she coordinates for Med III students. Of her experience, she says: "I do not look at the seminar in terms of parts. It is a whole; like a big puzzle, the pieces of which are meant to join and complete a picture. This picture gets prettier the more you work on it and the more you add to it from your own experience, which is itself embellished day by day, as you learn from colleagues and students."

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