Faculty Development Programme Launches New Academic Year
Feeling rejuvenated by the summer break, with plenty of reading, writing, and research time during the holidays, UCA’s faculty at the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) were keen to arrive back to campus. A Faculty Development Programme was organised from August 16-18 in Naryn for 30 faculty members from both the Naryn and Khorog campuses. Its aim was to bring together new and resident faculty, provide updates on revised policies and procedures, and offer workshops on teaching methodology. It also provided an opportunity to discuss course syllabi, make new academic year resolutions, and get to know new colleagues.
Faculty also embarked on a new project to enhance peer teaching through teaching triangles to make class observations more meaningful. Each triangle of three faculty members will observe each other’s classes and provide feedback. This will be supplemented by online session with facilitator, Dr Linda Strubbe from the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) instructors, Obidkhon Kurbonkhonov and Shokirjon Makhmudov, also gave a session on the humanities curriculum and available AKHP resources. They also delivered a presentation on the cross-debate format, which can be applied to a number of SAS courses and classes.