The English Department at Phoenicia University gladly participated in the Eighth International Conference on Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education on February 17 at the American University of Beirut. This year the conference focused on the importance of determining learning outcomes, establishing community-based learning, integrating e-learning, improving assessment procedures, and overcoming challenges in writing instruction.
The PU English Department presented their ongoing research about the positive effects of the Peer Support Program on both the mentors’ and the mentees’ attitudes, expectations, and capabilities in English literacy to a full crowd of attendees. Their presentation was met with commendatory and constructive feedback from the audience.
This conference participation in addition to future involvement with the local and international research community is beneficial in many respects. Participating in conferences is of a mutual benefit to PU and participating universities, where the knowledge and experiences shared will prompt academics to think and re-think their educational approaches informed by the most up-to-date research. Such participation also helps establish connections between PU and other local and international universities which in turn provoke joint research projects at national, regional, and international levels.
In this context, Albert Szent-Györgyi, the Nobel Prize winner in Physiology and Medicine, cleverly states that it is necessary “to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.” Consequently, exposure to current research trends and insights in education, through such international conferences, is necessary to sustain and further develop PU’s current educational standards, teaching and learning practices, and research portfolio.
- Maha Zawil
English Language Instructor