Unnecessary Policies in International Institutions

Unnecessary Policies in International Institutions

There are many aspects I would change in Higher Education, but the main one for me is about the unnecessary policies in educational institutions. I will start off with my experience: I previously worked at an international college that is affiliated by an Australian University. Being new to this environment, I was offered to be involved in “The Validation and Moderation Committee”. After spending three years and six semesters in that committee, I want to talk about some of the inter and intra-departmental policies that I was forced to deal with, and how some served as unnecessary barriers to student’s

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The Hunger for Humanities in Today’s World

Through humanities we learn how to be human, we learn about the world we live in, and be able to think critically and creatively. Stanford University describes Humanities as: “The study of how people process and document the human experience. Philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language are the mediums that have been used, and fall under the Humanities umbrella. “ History Going back in time, the Romans started to focus on the ‘art of war’. It is the humanities that sustain and help us connect with the past of our civilizations from those who have come before us.

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Are we overlooking teaching due to ‘tenure’ responsibilities?

I was only aware of the tenure idea when I came to the U.S. I have previously taught in a university in the Middle-East where tenure is not offered, and I don’t believe it’s offered anywhere in that region. Professors were mainly focused on preparing the materials, assessments, and lecture notes for all the courses they teach. Teaching was given a priority. Whereas here, in the U.S., the case is different. The pressure of being on a tenure-track is overwhelming for new faculty, and continues until it is accomplished. The faculty are under stress, not knowing if this will be their

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Just how stressful is teaching as a profession?

Like any other job, we all experience stress at work, but for teachers, stress seems harder to shake off.  The admiration for the profession has been on a decline according to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) general secretary Mary Bousted. According to an article written by The Daily Mail, Mary Bousted  stated at a union conference in Liverpool, UK that the increase in workload and governmental interference on education has made teaching an unappealing profession for those who thought of pursuing it. She added that around 40% of newly qualified teachers end up quitting after a year in

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Does picking on students engage them in active learning?

We know that some teachers base their grades on class participation, but for those who tend to be quiet in classrooms, it makes it really hard for us teachers to master the art of judging the true calibre of a student. Some students raise their hands frequently in class to ask questions, but what about those who don’t? I can imagine how difficult it can be for teachers to try to get every individual in class to participate. But how else can a teacher evaluate student participation in an active learning environment? Some teachers would believe that this technique comes

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Classroom Moments Teachers Face

Teaching is a great profession, and having tried working both in the industry and teaching at a university, I would never go back to the industry. Teaching is something I enjoy, interactions with new students every semester, going through the good moments, and the more challenging ones! Usually when I blog use pictures to elaborate more on the topic. So after all those blogs I wrote, and having looked through most of the ‘teacher memes’ online, I realized a trend in the majority of them. The moments teachers face are actually quite funny (even though that might not be the case at that moment). I’m sure all

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Globally Competent Engineering Graduates

Throughout the past decades engineering majors have greatly developed, allowing for the accurate selection of employees and the professional individuals for projects. But as the number of engineering projects continuously increases, organizations try to ensure that their employees are competent enough to perform the work responsibly; which is possible, but hard to guarantee. So, the question is are there any teaching methods can guarantee that various competencies are taught at the undergraduate level? Almost certainly a competent performance for any job-position depends on self-discipline and management, but there are many other competencies and attributes that need to be considered such as communicating ideas,

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Technology: The Friend & Enemy

I find myself a fairly good multi-tasker, which I believe could be because of the long hours I spend on laptops and search engines, having multiple tabs open working on each one simultaneously. But at the same time, I have a short attention span, and can never finish reading a page from a magazine without looking at the pictures, flipping the pages, drinking coffee – which funny enough could be due to the same reason of using “technology” intensively. My point is, every emerging technology has its advantages and disadvantages, and to benefit from those advantages, you will need to

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Choosing Your Journal

There are several journals that focus on Civil and Environmental Engineering that I only started looking through after I made some progress in my research. This began when my supervisor asked me to search for a journal myself that suits my research the most, which I thought is challenging. So, I asked him to help me with some tips in this process, which I believe are very useful to share: Read the aims of the journal and find out if the address your research topic or not. Check the journals key words or subject areas for any overlap with your

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Catch the Wave!

Overview Many people might not be familiar with the term MOOCs, even though they are aware of the online courses that are offered by Coursera, EDX and Udacity. So, before I dig deeper into this topic, this term will be defined. MOOCs stands for ‘Massive Open Online Courses’. The aim of designing them is to provide information about hundreds of different subjects while having an unlimited number of enrollees. The organizations that offer those courses currently have millions of users enrolled from countries around the world (mostly the U.S.). About 20% of the courses that are offered are mainly focused

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