Faculty Meet to Prepare for Second Semester

February 10, 2019

In preparation for its second semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, the BTC faculty met to discuss a variety of logistic topics to ensure a good start to the term. However, their main topics of discussion were accreditation and blended/online learning. Presenting on accreditation were Dr. Moosa Fateel, BTC’s head of quality assurance; Dr. Issa Saleh, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Science; and Dr. Hasan Alwadi, Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language Education. The team’s presentation focused on their recent trip to Washington DC, where they learned about the process of applying for accreditation to the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). BTC is in the midst of its data collection phase prior to submission of documentation. It will take approximately three years for the college before it can earn the high honor.

Then two teams each of three faculty members presented on their blended/online pilots from first semester: Dr. Amjad Abuloum, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Science; Dr. Adnan Farah, Professor in the Department of Education Studies; Mr. Salman Zayed, Instructor in the Department of Education Studies; Ms. Fatima Al Shaer, Instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Science; Dr. Neesha Malik, Lecturer in the Department of English Language Education; and Ms. Bani Arora, Lecturer in the Department of English Language Education. The first team of Ms. Arora, Ms. Al Shaer, and Dr. Malik presented on their experience teaching over 400 students across ten sections in the course entitled Study Skills. This course is offered to all of BTC’s Foundation Year Program students. The team utilized online discussion platforms, video lectures, and a variety of other online tools to both supplement and replace regular class time. They even interviewed an award-winning teacher for a live online lecture. The second team of Dr. Abuloum, Dr. Farah, and Mr. Zayed presented on their experience teaching approximately 300 students across nine sections in the course entitled Psychology of Learning. This course is offered to all of BTC’s Year 1 students. The team also utilized online discussion platforms and video lectures. They also experimented with a large-scale lecture, bringing all students together in Sheikh Abdelaziz Hall, one of the largest venues at the University of Bahrain, for a lecture by Dr. Mounir Saleh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Science. All presenters reflected extensively on the impact of learning in these courses. Largely, students were very pleased with the effort, and the assessment outcomes demonstrated gains in achievement. A third pilot will take place in the upcoming semester.

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