NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) is conducting a
3 Days Conference on
PROMOTING TEACHERS’ REFLECTIVE PRACTICES IN ICT-PEDAGOGY INTEGRATION
10th October, 11th October and 7th November 2015



 

Background

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) was established in 1991 for the promotion of higher scientific education in the country, especially in the field of science and technology by providing stable and disciplined academic environment together with need-based research, pertinent to industrial requirements. Within in two decades, NUST has achieved important milestones and gained immense significance as an institution of higher education in Pakistan. The University produces professionals and researchers of very high caliber, capable of developing indigenous technologies to meet the growing demand of the 21st Century.
NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (SEECS) has established a professional reputation for excellence in teaching and research because of its high standards in academics, transparent criteria for student selection, highly qualified faculty and state-of-the-art academics related facilities available to faculty and students. The Department of Computing (DoC) at SEECS has recently launched a new MS degree program in Innovative Technologies in Education (ITE), in addition to many of its existing graduate programs related to Information Technology and Computer Sciences. This new program stems from the genuine and dire need for enhancing the educational standards and bringing significant positive change through innovation in the current education system of Pakistan.
Realizing the needs for the effective professional development for teachers from the region, UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) has implemented various projects over the last decade to support teacher education institutions (TEIs), ranging from distributing digital teaching resources, updating pre-service education curriculum, providing trainings for innovative and pedagogical use of the recently completed project entitled ‘Facilitating Effective ICT-Pedagogy Integration’ from 2010 to 2012 reaffirmed the importance of teacher professional development in creating an enabling environment to facilitate effective and holistic integration of ICTs in education. NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has recently been awarded the status of Resource Distribution and Training Center (RDTC) for UNESCO’s ICT in Education Project.

Rationale of the conference

The rationale for conducting this workshop stems from the fact that despite much evidence about the inadequacy of teachers’ qualification in Pakistan, little efforts are being made to actually make a difference in providing state of the art, well thought-through teacher’s education in the country.
Researchers and practitioners in education unanimously believe that the quality of education is directly related to the quality of instruction in the classroom, and that the teacher is considered the most crucial factor in implementing educational reforms at the grassroots level. However for this to happen, efforts need to be intensified to accord adequate priority to teachers’ academic qualifications, knowledge of the subject matter, competence, their commitment to teaching, and continued professional development.
This conference intends to inculcate importance of reflective practices in teaching and envisions it as a mechanism of self-assessment and progress towards continued professional development of teachers.

Conference Summary

This conference may be considered as an extension of previously held conference in 2014, in collaboration with NUST, Pakistan and UNESCO, Bangkok on “Using ICT to enhance teacher’s pedagogical skills”. The conference, in its many hands on sessions will provide teachers a practical environment where they use ICT in designing pedagogy, content knowledge and interactive feedback systems. In addition, they will also use reflection software especially tailored to involve teachers in a structured critical reflection process followed by experts’ feedback. This will enable teachers to reflect on their own teaching practices and address the challenges they face in teaching by making informed decisions. Lastly, teachers will be facilitated in maintaining reflective portfolios during their routine teaching for the period of four weeks. Through critical reflection, they will be encouraged to transform from simply a teacher to a reflective practitioner and identify ways for their continued professional development.

 

Important Dates: 10th October, 11th October and 7th November 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Who Should attend? The conference is aimed for pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher educators, instructors, and school managers
Conference Venue: NUST-SEECS Seminar Hall. The Conference will also be available through online stream for remote and registered participants 
Conference Fee: The conference is free of charge. Only nominations from institutes will be considered and priority will be given on a first come first served basis. 
Last Registration Date: 1st October, 2015

Program Committee:

Limited seats are available. All prospective participants are required to submit the registration form by 1st September 2014

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