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:
- Run workshops on course and program learning outcomes.
- Analyze and map course learning outcomes.
- Ensure the Integration at every level of the curriculum needs to be improved.
- 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:
- Provide guidelines and adopt highly contextualized and validated assessment models at all levels of the university instruction.
- Design and implement assessment tasks that represent meaningful instructional activities within the mainstream educational assessment models.
- Implement authentic and performance-based assessments by specifying correct and clear characteristics relating to content or skill focus.
- Conduct and integrate feedback to reflect the curriculum and the needs and interests of the learners.
Types of Assessment Models
- Performance or task based tests.
- Alternatives to assessment.
- Authentic assessments.
- Evaluate curriculum and course profiles to ensure learning outcomes are aligned and consistent with the assessment practices.
- Conduct feedback sessions to all program and course coordinators.
- Communicate meaningful assessment strategies to enhance teaching and learning.
Assessment Design Framework
- Task based selection considering learning outcomes and classroom activities.
- Framing of real world criteria/rating scale.
- Writing of task descriptors.
- Multiple raters’ reliability.
Feedback, Impact, and Washback
- Discuss teachers’ specific instructional goals as matched with the instructional outcomes.
- Determine specific, discipline based contents and skills that the students are expected to attain.
- Discuss assessment practices in terms of fairness, appropriateness, and usefulness.
- 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. Zainab had considerable experience working in New Zealand and the Middle East. She is currently the chair of the Center for Educational DevelopmentFaculty of Language Studies
Dr Khamis Al Kalbani is a PhD holder in applied mathematics from Sultan Qaboos University. He was a mathematics supervisor at ministry of education and teaching part time at sohar university then he joins since sep 2019. He has experience in training and qualifying teachers, preparing and analyzing tests. He published papers in international journals and participated in several international conferences.Faculty of Education and Arts
Dr Said Al Mamari is an assistant professor of Faculty Of Law at Sohar University he received his a PhD holder in Public Law from Dubai Police Academy. He was a Legal Researcher at ministry of Man power before joining Sohar University he joins at Sohar University since sep 2018. He have some research published in scientific journals in the field of public lawFaculty of Law
Dr Irfan Saleem obtained his doctorate from Sorbonne Business School France. Currently, he is affiliated with the Sohar University of Oman. He was affiliated with the University of Central Punjab and French Research Laboratories - GREGOR and IRGO - before joining Sohar University. He has successfully performed his duties as Director BBA program, Principal investigator, Quality Assurance Head and Conference Secretory of ICIBM-2020. He has extensive experience in the higher education sector nationally and internationally. He has conducted free webinars and workshops with Emerald Publishing Group and many institutes to train the trainers. Lately, he won the Emerald Case study competition award. He has published in the areas of Family Business, Entrepreneurship and Leadership with ranked journals. He is an active member of the Centre for Educational Development at Sohar University.Faculty of Business
Dr Nitin Raut holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UDCT, India. He started his industrial career as a Process Engineer in 1994, with a nitro aromatics plant in India. He is experienced in plant erection and commissioning of the hydrogenation and guanidine nitrate plants. He is involved in academics and research, since the last 22 years and is associated with professional organizations and engineering societies including the Environment Society of Oman. He has published several papers in reputed journals. His major areas of research include measurement and monitoring of air and water pollution, control and management of water quality subject to salination. He has successfully completed a research project funded by The Research Council, Oman concerning wastewater treatment and integrated systems. He is the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research at Sohar University for the year 2014-2015. He has been instrumental in setting up and coordinating the master's in environmental engineering programme at Sohar University.Faculty of Engineering
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
Mr. Zahid Ali is from England and has been teaching English as a second language since 2003. Since joining the General Foundation Program at Sohar University as an English language lecturer, he has been a skills leader and an exam moderator. He is a member of the Centre for Educational Development at Sohar University.Genral Foundaiton Program
Dr Sanad Al Maskari is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology at Sohar University. His current major research interest is in the field of Data mining, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Dr. Sanad has more than a decade worth of experience in education and information technology. He has a PhD from the University of Queensland and a master degree in Computing and Information Technology from the Queensland University of Technology.Faculty of Computing and InformationTechnology