May 18 Day 2 – S3 – 10:00-11:00 Online Kr7 – Bnar Ahmed
Seminar Title: “Student-Centered Learning in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Covid-19 pandemic profoundly affected education. In order to keep education running, educational institutions have had to quickly adapt to the situation. This has resulted in an unprecedented push to online learning. However, transitioning to online courses poses logistical and pedagogical challenges. These transformational challenges do not allow us to return to the previous, rather, they are an opportunity to check-in and ensure taught courses are centering on students and their learning experience. Teachers require ongoing professional development opportunities to improve their academic skills. Koya university has been investing in improving the quality of education through an innovative professional development programme led by Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and conducted by Häme University of Applied Sciences. The university supported the implantation of a student-centered learning pilot programme and its comprehensive feedback which collected by student reflections and questionnaires to adjust its implementation at the university level. In addition, conducting several pedagogical development training courses for the academic staff, that focused on student-centered and competency-based education. This prior pandemic strategy helped the university to adapt to the pandemic challenges and empowered teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to cope with the shifts needed post-Covid-19.