AUK’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching holds the first Excellence Lab on Innovative Pedagogy
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at the American University of Kurdistan (AUK) held the first Excellence Lab on Innovative Pedagogy. Focusing on the theme of “consciousness”, this virtual training workshop, facilitated by European instructors, mentored and advised 24 faculty members from different AUK colleges (trainees) on educational co-creation between learners and their teacher. The process of co-creation centers on building unique and creative learning content, adapted to the learning preferences of a specific group of learners (students).
At the conclusion of the workshop, an assignment was provided to trainees, who were asked to write a five-page teaching philosophy statement, addressing the following questions:
- What does teaching mean to you?
- How does it feel to be a teacher?
- How engaged/motivated are your students?
- What innovations have you adopted in your teaching methods/content?
- Did these innovations work? Were students responsive to these innovations?
- What aspects of student learning/engagement do you want to improve in your classroom?
CELT is committed to supporting and promoting innovative approaches to pedagogy, continuously striving to improve learning and teaching methods at AUK. CELT’s Innovative Pedagogy Program (IPP) is designed to build the capacity of AUK faculty members in modern and effective teaching methods, focusing on maximizing the connectedness and engagement of students with educational curricula. It targets faculty members (trainees) via a series of six workshops entitled “Excellence Labs”, covering six key themes, referred to as the “6 C’s”. These are consciousness (lab 1), connection (lab 2), curious creativity (lab 3), confidence (lab 4), communication (lab 5) and creative assessment (lab 6).