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.