Qatar Foundation (QF) has announced the Education City Innovation in Teaching Grant (ECITG). The yearly grant is designed to encourage, recognise and reward educators across Education City who wish to implement creative and innovative pedagogical approaches in the classroom.
This was announced at the conclusion of inaugural Innovation in Teaching Week recently. Nominated ECITG projects will be showcased at national and international education forums through multiple formats, including the World Innovation Summit for Education and international academic journals.
The Innovation in Teaching Week, a cross-university event, saw lecturers and deans from QF’s partner universities, as well as guest speakers, coming together to explore innovative teaching methods and the future of learning.
The gathering enabled faculty within Education City to share insights on how to build innovative teaching and learning ecosystems that address the needs of learners in a complex and fast-changing world.
Some of the topics included: Technology in the Classroom: An Active Learning Approach, Learning with Databases in the Humanities: Using Evernote in the Classroom, The Pedagogical Value of an Image, and Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help you Master Tough Subjects.
Omran al-Kuwari, acting CEO, QF, said, “We are delighted with the feedback we have received from our inaugural Innovation in Teaching Week. This initiative is set to become a regular platform that facilitates and promotes meaningful discussion among faculty of universities within Education City, and encourages the sharing of expert knowledge and best practices, which, in turn, can be incorporated into classrooms across campus.
“Innovation is the cornerstone of QF’s objective to pursue new knowledge. This programme underscores the value of collaboration in Education City’s multidisciplinary education ecosystem -- an ecosystem that strives to nurture students and empower educators,” al-Kuwari added.
As part of the event, guest speaker Barbara Oakley, professor of engineering at Oakland University, Michigan, spoke about her personal learning journey, discussing how people can change and grow, no matter their age or stage of life.
Mary Dedinsky, director of journalism and strategic communication programme, and associate Professor in residence, Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) said: “It’s extremely useful to bring together faculty who are trying to solve the same problems — a lot of ideas result from these gatherings. We are able to learn about things that could be helpful to our students other than the ‘tried-and-true’ teaching methods.”
The Innovation in Teaching Week talks took place at Georgetown University in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, NU-Q, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar.