Leaders and teachers at the Higher Colleges of Technology’s Abu Dhabi/Khalifa City Women’s College (AD/KCWC) met today to explore ways to increase the “learning by doing” (LBD) philosophy in College classes.
Dozens of faculty members prepared brief LBD-themed presentations and shared them at the Colleges’ “LBD Ideas Picnic”.
Faculty members assembled during the semester break for a series of over twenty 45-minute sessions at various tables set up outdoors on the ADWC grounds. Sessions included LBD demonstrations and discussions of ways to implement LBD with a particular topic. Presenters also shared links and other digital material so fellow faculty members could efficiently learn corresponding teaching techniques.
LBD ideas presented include assessing student performance using real world simulation rather than a written test; integrating a locally significant sustainability issue, such as water use, into an existing program; and collecting data from local institutions to stimulate discussions of globally important issues, such as food shortages.
At the conclusion of the various presentations, the tables were cleared for a group luncheon held on the College’s grassy commons. Faculty members were able to enjoy the lovely weather while reviewing various hands-on teaching strategies.
AD/KCWC Director Dr. Jace Hargis congratulated the College faculty for their contributions to a wide-ranging and stimulating set of discussions. “As educators, we are constantly learning. Our College’s aspirational goals, including assessing via iPortfolio, learning abroad, and promoting sustainability, give us a pathway toward the sort of applied education that distinguishes the Higher Colleges of Technology.”