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3-Days Conference on: Promoting Reflective Practices in ICT-Pedagogy Integration

 

10th Oct, 11th Oct and 7th Nov 2015

 

Background:

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) was established in 1991 for the promotion of higher scientific education in the country, especially in the field of science and technology by providing stable and disciplined academic environment together with need-based research, pertinent to industrial requirements. Within in two decades, NUST has achieved important milestones and gained immense significance as an institution of higher education in Pakistan. The University produces professionals and researchers of very high caliber, capable of developing indigenous technologies to meet the growing demand of the 21st Century.

NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (SEECS) has established a professional reputation for excellence in teaching and research because of its high standards in academics, transparent criteria for student selection, highly qualified faculty and state-of-the-art academics related facilities available to faculty and students. The Department of Computing (DoC) at SEECS has recently launched a new MS degree program in Innovative Technologies in Education (ITE), in addition to many of its existing graduate programs related to Information Technology and Computer Sciences. This new program stems from the genuine and dire need for enhancing the educational standards and bringing significant positive change through innovation in the current education system of Pakistan.

Realizing the needs for the effective professional development for teachers from the region, UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) has implemented various projects over the last decade to support teacher education institutions (TEIs), ranging from distributing digital teaching resources, updating pre-service education curriculum, providing trainings for innovative and pedagogical use of the recently completed project entitled ‘Facilitating Effective ICT-Pedagogy Integration’ from 2010 to 2012 reaffirmed the importance of teacher professional development in creating an enabling environment to facilitate effective and holistic integration of ICTs in education. NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has recently been awarded the status of Regional Development and Training Center (RDTC) for UNESCO’s ICT in Education Project.

Rationale of the conference:

The rationale for conducting this workshop stems from the fact that despite much evidence about the inadequacy of teachers’ qualification in Pakistan, little efforts are being made to actually make a difference in providing state of the art, well thought-through teacher’s education in the country.

Researchers and practitioners in education unanimously believe that the quality of education is directly related to the quality of instruction in the classroom, and that the teacher is considered the most crucial factor in implementing educational reforms at the grassroots level. However for this to happen, efforts need to be intensified to accord adequate priority to teachers’ academic qualifications, knowledge of the subject matter, competence, their commitment to teaching, and continued professional development.

This conference intends to inculcate importance of reflective practices in teaching and envisions it as a mechanism of self-assessment and progress towards continued professional development of teachers.

Conference Summary

This conference may be considered as an extension of previously held conference in 2014, in collaboration with NUST, Pakistan and UNESCO, Bangkok on “Using ICT to enhance teacher’s pedagogical skills”. The conference, in its many hands on sessions will provide teachers a practical environment where they use ICT in designing pedagogy, content knowledge and interactive feedback systems. In addition, they will also use reflection software especially tailored to involve teachers in a structured critical reflection process followed by experts’ feedback. This will enable teachers to reflect on their own teaching practices and address the challenges they face in teaching by making informed decisions. Lastly, teachers will be facilitated in maintaining reflective portfolios during their routine teaching for the period of four weeks. Through critical reflection, they will be encouraged to transform from simply a teacher to a reflective practitioner and identify ways for their continued professional development.

Two-day plan for the UNESCO National conference

Day 1: 10th October, 2015

TimeProgram Activities
10:00 amThe Chief Guest arrives
10:05 amTilawat and introduction by Master of Ceremony
10:10 amIntroduction to the Conference by Manzil-e-Maqsood
10:15 amSpeech by the Chief Guest
10:30 am Tea Break
11:00 amTalk – Professional Standards in Education, and Frameworks for Reflection (Dr. N.B. Jumani)
12:00 pmTalk – Reflective Practice to Improve Classroom Instruction (Dr. Jonghwi Park, Bangkok)
1:15 pmLunch Break
2:00 pmTalk – Reflective thinking and writing (Dr. Leny Que, Bangkok)
3:00pmTalk – Understanding backward design: thinking big (Ms. Shaza Tehseen, Froebels International)
4:00pmICT Skills Audit
4:45 pmTake-away Assignment – Preparing/Planning resources for the new academic term using TPACK design
5:00 pmTea
Day 2: 11th October, 2015
TimeProgram Activities
10:00 am Introduction and Agenda for the day
10:05 amTalk - Introduction to Technology Pedagogy and Content Knowledge (TPACK) by Farzana Ahmad
11:00 amTea
11:30 amWorkshop – Designing Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Literacies (English, Urdu) by Farzana Ahmad & Aleena Qureshi
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Workshop – Designing Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Numeracy and Science by Manzil-e-Maqsood & Mustafa Syed
01:00 pmLunch Break
02:00 pmWorkshop – Training on the use of Teachers’ Reflective Software by Mustafa Syed
4:00pmTake Away Assignment – Use of Teachers’ Reflective Software for 4 weeks in schools on any subject
4:30 pmTea

 

Day 3: 7th November, 2015
TimeProgram Activities
9:30 amTilawat and agenda of the day

Focus Group Discussions with Participants

Post Test ICT Skills Audit
11:00 amTea Break
11:30 amTalk: Reflective Practice: Connotation and Implementation in Educational Programmes, (Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Khan, Hazara University Mansehra)
12:00 pmPanel Discussion:

Comparative analysis of teachers’ reflective practices around the world (Dr. Ilyas Khan, Hazara University)

ICT readiness of teachers (Ms. Shaza Tahseen, Lead Trainer Froebels International School)

Issues and challenges of integrating ICT-intensive pedagogy in public and private schools (Ms. Rubina Shoaib, Froebels International School; Ms. Saadia Bashir, Army Public School)

Teachers’ professional development through distance learning (Dr. Nabi Bux Juman, Islamic International University)
2:00 pmLunch Break
3:30 pmClosing Ceremony
3:30 pmArrival of the Chief Guest, Ms. Barbara Payne, Senior Education Advisor, DFID
3:35 pmTilawat, introduction and welcome note
3:40 pmOverview of the 3-day Conference, Ms. Manzil-e-Maqsood, Ms. Farzana Ahmad
4:10 pmAddress by Principal SEECS, Dr. S. M. Hassan Zaidi
4:20 pmAddress by the Chief Guest, Ms. Barbara Payne
4:50 pmConcluding remarks and distribution of certificates
5:30 pmTea

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