Seeb, August 26 – A training programme titled ‘Professional Development for Omani Non-Educational Academics’ was held at the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) recently.
The ministry’s representative in the Directorate-General of Colleges of Applied Sciences conducted the course.
The week-long training saw 22 Omani men and women non-educational academics employed in Suhar, Sur, Salalah, Ibri, Nizwa Colleges of Applied Sciences, besides academics from Rustaq College of Education.
It was conducted by experts from Colleges of Applied Sciences, including Fatima al Saadi, Dr Ahmed al Badri, Dr Humood al Shukri, and Dr Rahma al Kharusi from Rustaq College of Education and Dr Jamal al Dhuhli from Nizwa College.
The course focused on learning and teaching philosophy, learning theories and academic teaching. Topics such as learning patterns, miniature teaching skills, teaching technologies in lectures, examination and evaluation principles, besides “Google classroom” were discussed.
It shed light on the professional practices of managing the educational process, choosing the best teaching tools and creatively applying them in classes.
Participants found the programme very useful. Fareeda al Manji, Assistant Lecturer in French language from Rustaq College of Education, a participant, said: “This experience will benefit me in my career. I had a chance to learn a lot.”
Khulood al Balushi, Assistant Lecturer in Engineering at the College of Applied Sciences, Suhar, said: “I got the best out of the programme. Every single word made a great impact on my professional personality and academic experiences.”
The course concluded with a short motivational speech by the General Director of Directorate-General of Colleges of Applied Sciences, Dr Abdullah al Shibli.
Badriya Mohammed al Balushi