PD-Instruction

PD-Instruction courses and certificates are designed to meet the instructional needs of HCT faculty. We offer webinars, workshops and online courses, as well as clinics and consultations on a range of teaching and learning topics. If you need a webinar or workshop for your team, contact anyone on the PD – Instruction team or PD Help.

PD-Instruction team: Gemma EscottMahinour Ezzat |  Christine Lampe  |  Dr. Larry Davies


Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC)

Description:

The Essentials of Instruction Certificate is a series of short courses addressing critical issues that teachers should consider in developing effective learning experiences. The courses will guide participants through the key elements of effective learning design and delivery, providing practical techniques that can enhance the quality of instruction. This certificate seeks to promote the development of engaging learning activities with clear and measurable objectives and opportunities for both teachers and students to evaluate their achievement of learning targets. The courses are aligned with the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) of Advance HE, which grants Fellowships to recognize effective teaching practice.

Program Goals: 
The Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC) aims to:

  • establish a baseline of expectations for teaching practice at HCT
  • clarify standards and criteria for evaluative classroom observations
  • promote effective teaching practices and continuing professional development in instruction

Description:

This course identifies the standards for teachers in delivering classroom experiences at HCT.  This course will introduce Advance HE’s Professional Standard Framework (PSF), which provides the theoretical underpinning for HCT’s teaching standards.  As faculty, you will have to demonstrate your ability to deliver engaging learning experiences according to these standards through a classroom observation. This course will help you identify the skills and practices you will need to demonstrate as aligned to the PSF.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
Participating in this session will contribute to your ability to:

  • ​Clarify the observation standards and expectations of your delivery of learning at HCT
  • Align your practice with the Professional Standards Framework (PSF)

Duration: 2 Credit Hours


EIC logoThis is the first of five courses in the Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC). These courses will help you understand the expectations for teaching and guide you to ways in which to align your practice to these standards. For more details click the link: Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC)​​​​​​​

Description:

Bloom’s Taxonomy (Bloom, 1956; Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001) has been used by educators as a common way to identify the level of cognitive complexity required for a learning activity or assessment on a continuum from lower order to higher order thinking skills. In this webinar, you will examine the levels of the revised taxonomy (2001) and apply them to writing or revising sample learning outcomes that clearly specify the level of cognitive complexity expected.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
Participating in this session will contribute to your ability to:

  • Apply Bloom’s taxonomy to construct more specific learning outcomes

Duration: 2 Credit Hours


EIC logo

This is the second of five courses in the Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC). These courses will help you understand the expectations for teaching and guide you to ways in which to align your practice to these standards. For more details click the link: Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC)​​​​​​

Description:

The BOPPPS model for planning learning activities (Kerr, 1978) is widely used to promote effective practice including the specification and achievement of measurable learning objectives, pacing of learning task, and active participation by learners. In this webinar, you will identify the key elements of the framework and consider how to apply them in designing and delivering learning activities to your students.​

Course Learning Outcomes: 
Participating in this session will contribute to your ability to:

  • Identify the elements of the BOPPPS framework
  • Focus your learning activities on clear, measurable learning objectives
  • Select appropriate learning activities to promote active learning

Duration: 2 Credit Hours


EIC logo

This is the third of five courses in the Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC). These courses will help you understand the expectations for teaching and guide you to ways in which to align your practice to these standards. For more details click the link: Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC)​​​​​

Description:

Bonwell & Eison (1991) define active learning as any activity that “involves students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.’ In this webinar, you will share active learning design and delivery strategies you are already using and identify further opportunities to incorporate active learning into your practice.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
Participating in this session will contribute to your ability to:

  • Clarify the principles of active learning
  • Identify opportunities to promote active learning in your design and delivery of learning

Duration: 2 Credit Hours


EIC logo

This is the fourth of five courses in the Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC). These courses will help you understand the expectations for teaching and guide you to ways in which to align your practice to these standards. For more details click the link: Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC)​​​​​​​​

Description:

Assessment for Learning (AfL) is an approach that situates assessment within the learning process itself. In this webinar, you will differentiate formative, continuous and AfL practices and identify simple methods for integrating AfL into your practice to enhance learning.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
Participating in this session will contribute to your ability to:

  • Clarify the elements of the Assessment for Learning approach
  •  Identify opportunities to integrate Assessment for Learning practices into your design and delivery of learning​

Duration: 2 Credit Hours


EIC logo

This is the fifth of five courses in the Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC). These courses will help you understand the expectations for teaching and guide you to ways in which to align your practice to these standards. For more details click the link: Essentials of Instruction Certificate (EIC)​​​​​

Teaching Excellence Certificate (TEC)

Description:

The purpose of the TEC is to raise the profile of teaching and learning within HCT by recognizing effective teaching practices as identified in the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) developed by Advance HE.

The Teaching Excellence Certificate is designed to:

  • ​Give recognition to faculty who demonstrate effective teaching practices
  • ​Educate and develop faculty through peer-to-peer interactions
  • Cultivate within the institution an environment of continuing professional development (CPD)​

Program Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of the TEC program, you will be able to:

  • Articulate evidence of meeting all criteria of Descriptor 2 of the PSF in your teaching practice in higher education
  • Reflect on the effective elements of your teaching practice in higher education
  • ​Develop a strategy for your continuing professional development (CPD)

​Certificates and Recognition:

Upon successful completion of the TSEC Program, you receive two forms of recognition: the Fellowship certificate (AHEF) which provides you with international recognition of meeting teaching standards in higher education, and a Teaching Excellence Certificate (TEC) which gives you institutional recognition of your commitment to CPD.​​​

Duration: ​60 Credit Hours

Teaching Skills Enhancement Certificate (TSEC)

Description:

The Teaching Skills Enhancement Certificate (TSEC) is a two-semester professional development program for faculty wishing to develop more effective teaching and learning practices in higher education. The TSEC program is designed for early career faculty as well as for faculty who may not have received formal instruction in curriculum, assessment or current instructional practices in higher education. The program seeks to instill the values of reflective teaching practice and continuous development in the dimensions of practice identified in the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) developed by Advance HE.

The TSEC Program is developed and delivered by the Instruction team.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Articulate an understanding of the value of continuous development of your teaching practice.
  • Demonstrate expertise in curriculum planning and implementation.
  • Demonstrate approaches that enhance teaching to support student learning.
  • Design, develop and evaluate assessment of student learning.
  • Demonstrate evidence-informed classroom leadership practice.

Certificates and Recognition:

Upon successful completion of the TSEC Program, you receive two forms of recognition: an Associate Fellowship certificate (AFAHE) which provides you with international recognition of meeting teaching standards in higher education, and a Teaching Skills Enhancement Certificate (TSEC) which gives you institutional recognition of your commitment to CPD.

Duration: ​40 Credit Hours

Advance HE Fellowship

Description:

This self-paced online course is intended for faculty planning to apply for Advance HE Fellowship via the direct route. In this course you will find video tutorials guiding you in the steps of applying to Fellowship: registering on the Advance HE  website, previewing the key elements of the online application; identify evidence in your own practice most relevant to Fellowship; and begin planning and writing the different elements of your Account of Professional Practice.

While we can not offer individual feedback on your draft in this course, we will be moderating a ‘Peer exchange’ discussion board where you can share your draft for each section (A1-A5) of the application.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

Participating in this workshop will contribute to your ability to:

  • Identify key elements of the application for Fellowship​ with Advance HE
  • Identify evidence of your teaching practice most relevant to AHE Fellowship
  • Plan your application for Fellowship​

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

Workshop for faculty planning to apply for AHE Fellowship via the direct route. In this workshop, you will preview the key elements of the online application for Fellowship; identify evidence in your own practice most relevant to Fellowship; and begin planning your application draft.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Participating in this workshop will contribute to your ability to:

  • Identify key elements of the application for Fellowship​ with Advance HE
  • Identify evidence of your teaching practice most relevant to AHE Fellowship
  • Plan your application for Fellowship​

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

Advance HE offers Fellowships as a means of recognizing your experience and expertise in teaching and learning in Higher Education. In this webinar, you will learn about the AHE Fellowships and their significance in higher education professional development; discuss the value of this program to you professionally; get an overview of the application process; and consider strategies for approaching the application.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Participating in this webinar will contribute to your ability to:

  • Recognize the role of the AHE and the PSF in promoting effective teaching in higher education.
  • Compare the different routes to Fellowship available.
  • Identify key elements and steps in the application process for Advance HE Fellowship.

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This is the first course in the (DAFC). Advance HE offers Fellowships as a means of recognising your experience and expertise in teaching and learning in higher education. In this course, you will:

  • get an overview of the DAFC
  • learn about Advance HE Fellowship
  • get an overview of the direct application process for Fellowship
  • consider strategies for approaching the Account of Professional Practice (APP)
  • plan your next steps

Course Learning Outcomes: 

Participating in this course will contribute to your ability to:

  • recognize the role of the Advance HE and the PSF in promoting effective teaching in higher education
  • ​identify key elements and steps in the application process for Advance HE Fellowship
  • identify key elements and strategies for developing your Account of Professional Practice (APP) for Advance HE Fellowship

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Advance HE Senior Fellowship

Description:

Advance HE offers Senior Fellowships as a means of recognizing your experience and expertise in teaching and learning, with a particular emphasis on your impact on the practice of others through successful co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/ or mentoring.

In this webinar, you will learn about the Higher Education Academy and its significance in promoting effective teaching practice; discuss the value and appropriateness of the Senior Fellowship to your current practice; get an overview of the application process; and consider strategies for approaching the application.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
Participating in this webinar will contribute to your ability to:

  • Recognize the role of the Higher Education Academy and the UKPSF in promoting effective teaching in higher education.
  • Evaluate your eligibility for Senior Fellowship based on your current impact on the practice of other higher education practitioners.
  • Identify key elements and steps in the application process for HEA Senior Fellowship.

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

Workshop for faculty planning to apply for HEA Senior Fellowship via the direct route. In this workshop, you will preview the key elements of the online application for Fellowship; identify evidence in your own practice most relevant to Senior Fellowship; and begin planning your application draft.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
Participating in this workshop will contribute to your ability to:

  • Identify key elements of the application for Senior Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy
  • Identify evidence of your teaching practice and educational leadership most relevant to HEA Senior Fellowship
  • Plan your application for Senior Fellowship​

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Assessment

Description:

The required course EIC2 Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, is an introduction to Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy (Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001). While that course focused on the basic changes to the original taxonomy of 1956, there was another concept introduced in the 2001 revision: there are four Knowledge Dimensions that work in conjunction with the six Cognitive Domain levels.

This course will be an overview of the terminology and concepts of these Knowledge Dimensions and their relationship to the Cognitive Domain. The intersection of these two concepts can apply to writing more accurate learning outcomes, whether for courses, units of study, projects, lessons, or activities.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
Participating in this course will contribute to your ability to:

  • Identify and describe the four Knowledge Dimensions as defined in Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy (2001)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in understanding concepts by incorporating one dimension with any chosen cognitive domain level in describing a participatory learning activity

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is designed as an ongoing reflective discussion on the importance of formative assessment specifically in online teaching. You will visit ideas for how to use formative feedback in an online environment for subjects across the curriculum (you will have access to these discussions through the discussion boards). You will be asked to comment on other posts with feedback on the ideas, both inside of your division, and across other divisions. At the end, you will engage in a self-reflection on how the discussions contributed to your understanding in using formative assessments in online teaching in the most effective ways to support student learning.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

Participating in this session will contribute to your ability to:

  • define formative assessment and formative feedback
  • list examples of participatory learning activities that embed formative assessment
  • design and critique activities that utilize formative feedback in an online setting
  • contribute to a deepening understanding of concepts with colleagues through online discussion

Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Learning Design

Description:

Appreciative Inquiry comes from the positive psychology discipline. It is an asset-based approach to learning organization change. This approach can also be applied to lesson planning and classroom activities.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Participating in this course will contribute to your ability to:

  • Address two challenges to our current learning and teaching context
  • Define Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as it can apply to learning results from activities
  • Demonstrate understanding of AI concepts through reflection on four aspects
  • Demonstrate understanding of AI through design of a participatory classroom activity

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

Collaborative learning is a key to engaging your students in deeper learning. Collaboration is also a vital professional skill your students need to develop. In an online context, collaboration presents unique challenges and opportunities. In this course you will identify various collaborative tasks you can design and deliver online during or outside of class time. You will consider different levels of collaboration you can design for, and examine available learning technologies to support different types of collaboration.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

Participation in this online workshop will contribute to your ability to:

  • design synchronous and asynchronous collaborative learning activities
  • select appropriate learning technologies for collaborative learning

Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

Leadership is defined as: ‘Embedding the capacity for greatness in the people (think learner) and practices (think curriculum) of an organization (think school), and decoupling it from the personality of the leader (think instructor).’ In other words, Great Leaders foster ownership in the people they lead, as Great Instructors help learner autonomy through the activities they plan and deliver in their classes. This session will explore three important facets of ownership that instructors must foster.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Participating in this course will contribute to your ability to:

  • Define three main facets of ownership
  • ​Design a Participatory Learning ownership activity

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

Flow is a concept from Csikszentmihalyi (2006) in which learners  find satisfaction when the challenges in a zone are equivalent to their skill. If the challenge is higher than the skill, anxiety happens; if it is lower, boredom happens. In this session, you will evaluate learning activities that fall within the ‘flow zone’ and consider ways to promote ‘flow’ in your own practice.

It is advisable to watch Csikszentmihalyi’s TED Talk from 2006 (about 19 minutes) on the topic before attending this webinar.​

Course Learning Outcomes:
Participating in this course will contribute to your ability to:

  • Differentiate several attributes of flow while learning.
  • Design a Participatory Learning flow activity

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description: 

If you use  slides during to support lectures or learning activity, there are some simple design principles that can enhance their effectiveness, motivate your learners, and help to tell the story.

In this online workshop, you will explore practical enhancements to your slide design, and apply those enhancements in redesigning sample slides.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
Participating in this course will contribute to your ability to:

  • Design effective lecture or learning activity slides

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description: 

Video is a popular resource in the classroom, but learners can get a lot more from a video if the task is structured. In this session, you will look at three stages that you should incorporate into every video-based learning activity: pre-viewing, during-viewing and post-viewing. You will explore various tasks you can use for each stage.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
Participating in this course will contribute to your ability to:

  • Identify  tasks that enhance learning at each stage of a video activity​
  • Structure video activities to enhance learning​

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Teaching

Description:

In this online workshop we will introduce the five stages of online learning and identify the roles and strategies required to effectively moderate an online course or discussion board at each stage. We will discuss various issues that may arise with participants and discuss possible responses to ensure that all participants can engage successfully in the discussion or learning activities.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

Participation in this online workshop will contribute to your ability to:

  • ​Identify the five stages of online learning
  • Identify moderator roles and strategies relevant to each stage
  • Anticipate issues with participants and formulate effective responses​

Duration: 4 Credit Hours

Description:

If you are new to teaching at HCT, you need to familiarize yourself about the culture and practices of the largest public college in the UAE.

In this course, you will learn about resources, learning environment, teaching strategies, and assessment protocols expected of you as an instructor at HCT.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

Participation in this online workshop will contribute to your ability to:

  • locate critical information on the HCT Portal
  • establish an appropriate learning environment for your students
  • adopt appropriate teaching strategies
  • identify assessment specifications for your course
  • identify key HCT policies and procedures

Duration: 2 Credit Hours

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