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LTEC Mission and Objectives

Mission:

The Learning and Teaching Excellence Center (LTEC) at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik is dedicated to the development of the professional qualifications of educators in teaching and learning through the promotion of teamwork, innovation, self-reflection and the efficient use of instructional technologies, and through sharing best practices to enhance the student learning experience.

LTEC serves USEK and non USEK faculty members by engaging and supporting them in their research-based teaching and learning concepts, and bringing them into intentional daily practice both inside and outside the classroom.

The LTEC provides a number of tools that can improve and enhance the online teaching and learning process, and also offers training on emerging digital platforms (such as e-learning) that can be used in both distance and face-to-face classrooms.

Objectives:

The main focus of the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik is to support, promote and enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning.

LTEC aims to:
  • Facilitate the professional and intellectual development of faculty, staff, and graduate students as educators.
  • Promote and support a community of teachers where the theory and practice of teaching and learning are shared.
  • Help faculty members develop, implement, and assess instructional approaches and methods.
  • Foster innovations in Higher Education teaching and learning.
  • Advocate appropriate use of technology in enhancing university teaching and learning.
  • Help individual instructors assess their teaching effectiveness and their students’ learning.
  • Sustain a university culture that recognizes and rewards both scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Develop and maintain learning systems and technologies that can be used by staff and students across the university to facilitate and enable the online and hybrid teaching and learning process.
Activities
The Learning and Teaching Excellence Center at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik offers diverse activities in order to meet the professional needs and development of its educators.
  • Training on instructional technologies in teaching and learning
  • Training on program design and evaluation
  • Workshop on integrated course design and assessment
  • Online courses on online course design
  • Brown bag sessions
E-TALEB Project
The Professional Standards Framework for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Lebanese Universities “E-TALEB” is a national project co-funded by Erasmus+ co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. E-TALEB aims at developing the Lebanese Professional Standards in Teaching and Learning and cooperating for innovation and exchange of good practices and experiences relevant to similar frameworks established in Europe.

The main objective of this project is to support the initial and continuing professional development of staff engaged in teaching and foster dynamic approaches to teaching and learning through creativity, innovation and continuous development in diverse academic disciplines and/or professional settings. The project will support in creating a community of researchers in different disciplines who share inter and intra university practices in teaching and learning.

E-TALEB will acknowledge the variety and quality of teaching, learning and assessment practices that support and underpin student learning including instructional technology. It will also demonstrate to students and other stakeholders the professionalism that staff and institutions bring to teaching and their support for student learning.

Aims and wide objectives

E-TALEB aims to develop faculty members teaching skills and students learning experience in Lebanon by developing a national framework of good practices and shared experiences:
1. Supporting the initial and continuing professional development of staff engaged in teaching and supporting learning;
2. Fostering dynamic approaches to teaching and learning through creativity, innovation and continuous development in diverse academic and/or professional settings;
3. Creating a community of researchers in different disciplines who share inter and intra university practices in teaching and learning;
4. Acknowledging the variety and quality of teaching, learning and assessment practices that support and underpin student learning including instructional technology;
5. Assisting individuals and institutions in gaining formal recognition for quality enhanced approaches to teaching and supporting learning.

Specific Objectives

As a result, the project will have high national impact, providing at once many outcomes:
  • Establishing the Lebanese Professional Standards Framework in Teaching & Learning LBPSF;
  • Offering a Post-Graduate Certificate Programme in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education for faculty members;
  • Collaborating interuniversity activities centered on training and educational programs;
  • Creating centers for teaching excellence inside each of the participating universities that support faculty and students in their teaching and learning activities;
  • Supporting the universities in their accreditation programs by having a formal process for teaching and learning;
  • Developing human capital and talented experts in teaching and learning in the participating countries;
  • Sustaining the competitiveness of the higher education field in Lebanon, the Middle East and the participating partner countries;
  • Publishing the Lebanese Journal on Teaching and Learning.

E-Taleb Consortium

Project Applicant and Coordinator:
  • Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Lebanon (Project Applicant and Coordinator)
National authority:
  • Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE), Lebanon
Partners
  • Al‐Manar University of Tripoli
  • University of Balamand
  • Beirut Arab University
  • Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
  • Evalag, Germany
  • Holy Family University
  • Jinan University
  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences Germany
  • Lebanese American University
  • Lebanese University
  • University of Roehampton, United Kingdom
  • Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), United Kingdom

Contact us

E-Taleb Project
Quality Assurance and Institutional Effectiveness Office
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)
Campus Kaslik, Building G, Floor 3, G 307A

Website: etaleb.org
Email: info@etaleb.org; etaleb@usek.edu.lb
Facebook: E-Taleb / Erasmus+ Project
Phone: +961 9 600 351-2
Fax: +961 9 600 671
Programs Offered

Post-Graduate MA / Certificate in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education:

USEK offers a MA/Certificate in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education. It is designed to equip professionals who already have subject matter expertise within their academic discipline with the knowledge, skills, and credentials to teach at the university level or train in a corporate setting. Throughout the program, participants will examine the roles and responsibilities of faculty and students and acquire skills for effective teaching in both online and in-person settings.

Program Educational Objectives
1. Graduates will support and contribute to the growth of the higher education learning community;
2. Graduates will become professional educators and promote amongst their students the notion of proactive, autonomous, lifelong learning and to increase the flexibility of program delivery, improve access, and emphasize the increasing significance and potential of technology enhanced learning, teaching and assessment;
3. Graduates will demonstrate leadership and initiative to ethically advance professional goals, and facilitate the achievements of others.

Program Outcomes
a. Analyze and explore the role and function of teaching and learning in higher education;
b. Apply theories of learning, teaching and assessment for making critical judgments of performance within the HE setting;
c. Use appropriate skills of curriculum design, teaching and assessing;
d. Develop reflective practice and experiential learning in teaching and learning facilitation;
e. Review their own professional needs, and plan and undertake relevant and appropriate activities to meet these identified needs;
f. Develop their skills and understanding in designing and conducting their own research into practice;
g. Undertake critical evaluation of research into learning and teaching in higher education and provide them with the skills and knowledge to participate in such research;
h. Utilize all learning opportunities to maintain and enhance personal and professional growth;
i. Show a commitment to teamwork while working with others of diverse cultural and interdisciplinary backgrounds;
j. Conduct researches to strengthen knowledge and critical understanding in teaching and learning.

Program content
The MA in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education is organized over 2 to 3 years with four modules in addition to the thesis dissertation or seminar delivery that lead to obtain the Master degree:

Module 1: Teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education (9 credits)
LTE505 - Learning theories: building your philosophy of T&L (3 credits)
This course provides a detailed analysis of modern learning theories and practices as they relate to education. The question, “how do humans learn (best)?” is at the heart of such theories, and faculty are invited to construct and reconstruct their personal theories of teaching and learning throughout the course. It embarks on a detailed investigation of major research in educational psychology focusing on learning cognition.

LTE510 - Active learning strategies (3 credits)
This course explains how active Learning includes a range of teaching and learning activities. These strategies, supported by decades of classroom research, may be thought of as a continuum from low risk to high risk for both teachers and students. The course will also explain how more complex and higher risk as well as highest risk processes might include in active learning activities.
LTE515 - Faculty leadership skills for student’s motivation and supporting learning (3 credits)
This course studies how leadership influences student learning. According to the evidence compiled, Faculty will learn how leadership tends to be greatest in teaching where the learning needs of students are most acute and how do high-quality leaders achieve this impact while setting directions in course delivery and developing people.

Module 2: Assessment, feedback and discipline specific pedagogy (6 credits)
LTE520 - Assessment and feedback (3 credits)
In this practical course, faculty will learn how to create and use assessment tools that improve instruction (formative assessments) as well as gauge its success (summative assessments), and how to arrive at an effective balance of the two. The course demonstrates how educators come away with tools and strategies that they can use immediately, making balanced assessment an integral part of their own instruction.

LTE525 - Discipline specific pedagogy for effective learning (3 credits)
While the principles of pedagogy remain the same, discipline areas have different ways of teaching that work best for that discipline. Discipline specific pedagogy is not the same as habits of teaching that grow up among groups of teachers in sections. Teachers understand and develop discipline specific pedagogy best by talking to people outside their own discipline as well as those inside.

Module 3: Designing and evaluating for learning and teaching (9 credits)
LTE530 - Integrated course and program design (3 credits)
The course on integrated course and program design enables participants from all areas of higher education to reflect on the power of creating good courses; courses that are based on significant learning experiences in and out of the classroom. By focusing on learner goals, teaching activities and assessment of learning, participants develop a template they can use in creating their own course that integrates these three areas. Of particular value is Fink's Taxonomy of significant learning: foundational knowledge, application, integration, caring, human dimension and learning how to learn.

LTE535 - Course and program evaluation strategies (3 credits)
This course will be focused on giving you hands-on experience in the specific research skills and tools required for effective program evaluation. Individual written assignments will build on each other over the course of the semester, culminating in a final paper documenting your evaluation plan for a real-world project.

LTE540 - Instructional technology for supporting learning (3 credits)
This is a course involving the selection and use of various educational technologies within an instructional design framework. Students will be exposed to various ways of thinking about educational media and technology. The course provides students with experiences that enable them to integrate technology resources to support clearly defined learning objectives.

Final thesis dissertation or Seminar delivery (6 credits)
LTE690 - Final thesis dissertation (6 credits)
This course is designed to assist students in the completion of their research paper or graduate project. The expectation is that all students begin this course having already attended the modules 1 and 2. Therefore, this course is designed to provide guidance in the final completion of the research paper/graduate project until achieving the oral defense.

LTE695 - Seminar delivery (6 credits)
This is a course that trains students to present an in-depth examination of a topic in Teaching and Learning through the delivery of a professional seminar and to observe and listen to how scientific research is presented.

Post-Graduate Online Certificate in Teaching and Learning:

In collaboration with Norwich University in the United States, USEK offers an Online Certificate in Teaching and Learning. The program consists of two 11-week courses given online through the University’s flexible online platform, allowing faculty to access program content and contribute to weekly class discussions in their own time and at their own pace.

Post-Graduate Intensive Track Certificate:

“The Professional Educator”: “The Professional Educator” program is a special Faculty Development Module offered with the collaboration of the UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership at University of Texas at Austin. The training module, based on ten days of instruction offered at USEK main campus, is designed for the Professional Educator to acquire instructional best practices, as well as assessment tools and techniques, and is available to USEK and non USEK full-time and part-time Faculty members from various disciplines.

Online Course about Online Course Design:

LTEC provides online courses about online course design with the collaboration of Dee Fink and Associates.
LTEC Partners
  • Dee Fink & Associates, United States
  • George Mason University, United States
  • Norwich University, United States
  • University of Chester, United Kingdom
  • UT Global Initiative for Education at the University of Texas at Austin

Past events

2015

Opening of the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center (LTEC): On Friday 22nd of May, the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik organized the Opening Ceremony of the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center (LTEC), the first in Lebanon, with the presence of Dr. Ahmad Jammal, Director General of Higher Education. The LTEC mission and activities were presented through a short video with the participation of Dr. Carolyn Creel and Dr. Laura Ewing from The University of Texas at Austin via Skype. This event, hosted by the Quality Assurance and Institutional Effectiveness Office, included speeches from Dr. Georges Yahchouchi, Deputy President for Quality Assurance and Teaching & Learning, Dr. William Clements, Vice-President of Norwich University, Rev. Fr. Hady Mahfouz, USEK President, and Dr. Ahmad Jammal, Director General of Higher Education.

Ceremony of Certificates - Online Integrated Course Design: As part of the online courses development and implementation process, the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik organized a certificates ceremony for the Online Course on « Integrated Course Design », given to 34 of USEK’s academic officers and instructors by Dee Fink and Associates. This event was held on Tuesday 26th of May in the presence of Dr. Stewart Ross, partner of Dee Fink and Associates, at the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center (LTEC)

Professional Educator Program Awards Celebration: On Friday January 23, 2015, the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik celebrated the delivery of Awards for “The Professional Educator Program for Higher Education” with the collaboration of the UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership of The University of Texas at Austin. The event, organized by the Quality Assurance and Institutional Effectiveness Office, was opened by Dr. Georges Yahchouchi, Deputy President for Quality Assurance and Teaching and Learning, and was followed by speeches from Dr. Carolyn Creel and Dr. Laura Ewing, Workshops facilitators at UTG, Reverend Father Hady Mahfouz, President of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, and the Director General of Higher Education in Lebanon, Dr. Ahmad Jammal.


2014

Dee Fink & Associates Workshops Closing Ceremony: The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik organized a closing ceremony in collaboration with the Lebanese Army and the Quality Assurance and Institutional Effectiveness Office on Thursday November 13, 2014. The ceremony concluded the four days Dee Fink & Associates workshops on Integrated Course Design & Active Learning Strategies, delivered by Dr. Stewart Ross, the founding Director of the Center of Teaching and Learning at Minnesota State University and Partner of Dee Fink and Associates. During the Ceremony, 60 Certificates were awarded to the participants. The participants included a delegation of Generals and high ranking officers from the Training Directorate of the Lebanese Army, headed by General Doureid Zahereddine.

Online Certificate in Teaching and Learning provided by Norwich University, United States: In 2014, 7 faculty members successfully completed the Online Certificate in Teaching and Learning provided by Norwich University.


2013

Awards Celebration of the Post-Graduate Certificate – USEK: The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) organized the awards celebration of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and the marking of the the attainment of Fellowship at the Higher Education Academy - UK. This event, implemented in collaboration with the University of Chester, was held on Monday March 17, 2014, at 11:00, in the Archaeological Museum of USEK, at USEK Main Campus. The program consisted of graduates testimonies and speeches by Dr. Georges Yahchouchi, Prorector for Quality Assurance and Teaching & Learning, Dr. Julie-Anne Regan, PGCTLHE program leader from the University of Chester, Ms. Donna McGowan, Director of the British Council Lebanon, Reverend Father Hady Mahfouz, President of USEK, and H. E. Mr. Elias Bou Saab, Minister of Education and Higher Education.

Administration

USEK Main Campus, Building C, C 009,

LEBANON

Phone: 00961 9 600 350-2

Email: ltec@usek.edu.lb

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Tel.: (+961) 9 600 000
Fax : (+961) 9 600 100
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