Inaugural Run of LEAP (Learner's Engagement through Applied Pedagogy) Workshop Series
In order to provide focused and practical strategies to enhance teaching practices in the classroom, the first run of the LEAP workshop series was successfully conducted in July 2013. The workshop comprises four 2.5 hour sessions of active learning where lecturers discover proven techniques for day to day classroom success in instructional planning, delivery, and student management within the SIM GE context. Since most of the sessions were facilitated by associate lecturers who have demonstrated exemplary teaching in SIM GE, participants were able to identify with many of the classroom situations shared during the workshops.
While the primary aim of LEAP is to equip lecturers with fundamental aspects of student engagement and instructional techniques, the facilitators adopted an active learning approach through group sharing and case studies to highlight pedagogical principles that could be applied across various contexts. Here are some of the positive feedback from participants:
- “The rich content enables us to be aware that there are techniques/strategies that can be introduced in teaching.”
- “Very hands-on and applied.”
- “Practical examples were given to explain how to teach. Learned a lot of tricks of the trade. Enjoyed the style of delivery.”
- “Good sharing, allowing us to relate to how it is like to start teaching as a new teacher.”
- “[The facilitator] effectively leveraged his training experience in delivering the session. I particularly liked the conceptual approach and [his] ability to "relevanized" management theories to the topic of Managing the Learning Environment.”
LEAP is scheduled to run twice a year; the next series of workshops will be in Sept 2013. Click here to register your interest!