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The Centre for Educational Development (CED) values the importance of SU’s commitment in providing outstanding learning opportunities to empower students to achieve their full potential. CED aims to provide outstanding learning opportunities for the students through effective teaching and learning technologies, and professional development for teachers to advance teaching, assessment, and learning.


  • Life-long learning.
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • 21st century competencies.
  • Promoting the citizenship.
  • Curriculum based on economical, and social transformations at the local, regional, and international levels.


The aim of the CED in teaching and learning is to support Sohar University mission for being internationally recognized through the implementation of methods that help students to learn more successfully and actively. Learning outcomes at Sohar University are well defined, based on international standards and local needs. In addition, online surveys system is well established. The content and strategies set out in course profiles are coordinated with other courses at the program level and followed in practice to ensure effective progressive.

CED Teaching and Learning Duties

The CED is working together with all lecturers and streams at Sohar University to improve the quality of teaching and enhance active learning. Structured and well planned teaching approaches are required to achieve learning outcomes. Therefore, the major duties of the CED include:

  1. Run workshops on course and program learning outcomes.
  2. Analyze and map course learning outcomes.
  3. Ensure the Integration at every level of the curriculum needs to be improved.
  4. Monitor on a continuing basis with necessary adjustments made in offered programs to ensure continuing relevance and quality.


Ensure assessment practices are aligned with the curriculum, teaching and learning.

To achieve this objective, assessment practices will be guided by the following:

  1. Provide guidelines and adopt highly contextualized and validated assessment models at all levels of the university instruction.
  2. Design and implement assessment tasks that represent meaningful instructional activities within the mainstream educational assessment models.
  3. Implement authentic and performance-based assessments by specifying correct and clear characteristics relating to content or skill focus.
  4. Conduct and integrate feedback to reflect the curriculum and the needs and interests of the learners.

Types of Assessment Models

  1. Performance or task based tests.
  2. Alternatives to assessment.
  3. Authentic assessments.

Assessment Protocols

  1. Evaluate curriculum and course profiles to ensure learning outcomes are aligned and consistent with the assessment practices.
  2. Conduct feedback sessions to all program and course coordinators.
  3. Communicate meaningful assessment strategies to enhance teaching and learning.

Assessment Design Framework

  1. Task based selection considering learning outcomes and classroom activities.
  2. Framing of real world criteria/rating scale.
  3. Writing of task descriptors.
  4. Multiple raters’ reliability.

Feedback, Impact, and Washback

  1. Discuss teachers’ specific instructional goals as matched with the instructional outcomes.
  2. Determine specific, discipline based contents and skills that the students are expected to attain.
  3. Discuss assessment practices in terms of fairness, appropriateness, and usefulness.
  4. Outline different types and forms of assessment tasks: authentic-real world tasks, interdisciplinary tasks, and multidimensional tasks.
  • Enhanced academic advising.
  • Support classes e.g. Writing studio, Learning support (language, vocabulary, reading and speaking), special support classes for repeaters.
  • Career counselling (especially for GFP students to help choose faculty of interest in future).
  • Alumni meet.
  • Job fairs.
  • Student exchange/ visit to neighboring institutes.
  • Community service (a day at an orphanage/ old people’s home).
  • Campaigns (e.g. conducting environment awareness drive, cleanliness drive, green drive- plant a tree etc.).
  • Youth festival (involving students across faculties and/ or neighboring colleges to conduct/ participate in various activities e.g. debates, poetry, essay writing, project display competitions etc.).


Dr Zainab Al-Zaghir is an Assistant Professor of linguistics in the Faculty of Language Studies. She received her PhD from University of Otago, New Zealand in 2014. Prior to joining Sohar University in 2018, Dr. Al-Zaghir had considerable experience working in New Zealand and the Middle East. She received the Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Teaching Award for the academic year 2019/2020. She is currently the coordinator of the Center for Educational Development.

Faculty of Language Studies
Ext. 323

Dr Mervat AlJomaa is an assistant professor of English at Sohar University. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Sheffield, The United Kingdom in 2009. Currently, she is teaching English Literature-related courses at the Faculty of Language Studies. Her research interests include modern literature, narratology and feminist theories.

Faculty of Language Studies
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Ms. Jane Jayashree is an ELT/ESL teacher since 1999. At Sohar University she is an English Lecturer with The General Foundation Programme and has been actively involved with Student Support Services. She has initiated and coordinates the Peer Tutoring Programme. Peer Tutors are continually trained and evolve through her training workshops. Student Mentoring is her area of interest. Jane is a member of the Centre for Educational Development at Sohar University.

General Foundation Program
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Dr Osama Ibrahim holds a PhD degree in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology, Egypt. He teaches several topics related to civil engineering program at the Faculty of Engineering. He serves many committees at Faculty and University levels including faculty Ethical and Biosafety committee, faculty board committee, university moderation panel, Post Graduate committee, and others. Dr Osama has a number of publications in water resource management using remote sensing and using waste materials in road construction. Dr Osama is involved in many external consultancy projects in Oman.

Faculty of Engineering
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Dr. Arun Bajracharya is a civil engineer by training and holds a Ph.D. in Construction Project Management from the National University of Singapore. He has worked for more than twenty years as an academic in Asia and the Middle East. He has spent most of his time teaching extensively with the subject areas of business and project management. Business dynamics, operations management, operations research, and project management are the areas he is currently teaching. Dr Arun is a seasoned researcher interested in various research approaches in management and social sciences. He is particularly inclined to do systems modelling that looks into the time-variant issues in business and management. He is currently doing research on the financial sustainability of the construction business, project network analysis with dynamic simulation, and modelling the probable energy transitioning with green hydrogen.

Faculty of Business
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Dr. Sarfaraz Javed is an esteemed Assistant Professor in Accounting and Finance at Sohar University’s Business Faculty. He obtained his Ph.D. from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), India, which is ranked third in India, 201st in Asia, and 801st globally. Dr. Javed has been recognized with the Laurel Award by AMU in 2013 for his academic excellence.

Before joining Sohar University, he served as an Assistant Professor at UPTU, India, and in the Department of Business and Accounting at Mazoon College, Oman, for over seven years. Mazoon College is a prominent institution that collaborates with Purdue University Northwest and Missouri University of Science and Technology in the United States.

Dr. Javed’s research interests encompass a wide range of topics, including oil-based economies, financial products, sustainable financial inclusiveness, internet finance, social and intellectual capital, and quantitative and qualitative methods. He is currently leading two projects sponsored by The Research Centre Oman. His work has been published in several Scopus, ABS, and ABDC indexed journals, such as the IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review and the World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development.

Additionally, Dr. Javed serves as an external examiner for postgraduate research, department timetable coordinator, president of the Entrepreneurship Club, administrative officer, and provost in various organizations. He has participated in over 20 international conferences and seminars and reviews research papers for renowned journals and publishers, including Emerald, Springer, and Wiley.

Faculty of Business
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Dr. Alina Raboshuk is an Associate Professor for the Faculty of Business with PhD in Accounting, Analysis and Auditing from the State Academy of Statistics, Accounting and Audit, Ukraine. With a 20-year solid experience and expertise in lecturing in the field of Accounting, Auditing, International economics and other co-related subject areas she has worked in multicultural environment. Dr Alina holds a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards for Professionals from Institute of Financial Accountants, UK Qualification Certificate; is a member of European Accounting Association.

Passionate academic with a proven track record in teaching and learning, and inspiring and developing the skills and competencies of young adults interested in a career in the field of Accounting and Auditing. Her area of research is related to financial and non-financial information disclosure under sustainable development, integrated reporting of the multinational companies; environmental social and governance reporting, company performance under crisis, and cultural differences effect on business performance.

Faculty of Business
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Dr Sanad is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology at Sohar University. He has more than a decade experience in the academic field. Prior to academia he worked as a software developer and research assistance in the University of Queensland. His experience in teaching, research and industry equip him with essential skills to advance science and technology. He holds a Ph.D. in machine learning and data mining from the University of Queensland Australia. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Queensland University of Technology , Australia. He acquired his Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE) from Edge Hill University, UK. As a recognition for his commitment and passion to teaching, Dr. Sanad was awarded the Vice Chancellors Outstanding Teaching Award for the academic year 2019-2020.

With more than 10 years of experience in teaching, research and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students, his major research interests focus in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Data Mining. His other research areas of interest include Education, Social Computing. He has made various contributions in the field of AI and machine learning including AI based drift compensation methods for e-nose sensors, sentiment analysis and image recognition.

Faculty of Language Studies
Ext. 570

Eimad Abusham completed his educational journey with a B.Sc. degree in Computer Information Systems from Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sudan, followed by an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia, and Ph.D. Degrees in Information Technology from Multimedia University (MMU), Malaysia, in 2001 and 2011, respectively.

In 2001, he embarked on his career as a Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Technology at INTI International University. From 2005 to 2012, he contributed to the Faculty of Information Science & Technology (FIST) at Multimedia University as both a Lecturer and a dedicated researcher.

Since 2013, Eimad has held the position of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology at Sohar University. Currently, he has achieved the rank of Associate Professor. His research interests are centered around biometrics, pattern recognition, image processing, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Faculty of Computing & Information Technology
Ext. 569