Over fifty CEPS faculty members gathered on February 25 to participate in a full day workshop, "Developing Outcome-based Learning Objectives and Related Assessments," organized by the CEPS Accreditation Committee and led by the SQU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In his opening remarks, CEPS Dean Saeed Al-Muharrami welcomed and thanked the faculty for attending “this important workshop,” which “further prepare us to conduct our self-study plans for EQUIS eligibility.” Dean Al-Muharrami also emphasized that the workshop would continue to help faculty and their departments to align CEPS degree programmes with international accreditation standards.
Prof. Salha Issan, Director of the SQU Quality Assurance Office and Dr. Ibrahim Al Harthy, Deputy Director of Assessment and Technical Support Unit for the College of Education, also offered opening remarks and reviewed SQU’s new course template, which is based on Outcome-based Learning Objectives and Assessments measures. Dr. Mary Lane Kelso, Assistant Professor in the ILT Department of the College of Education also oriented CEPS faculty to best practices and methods related to developing outcomes-based Learning Objectives for academic programmes followed by Dr. Otherine Neisler, Deputy Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, who led the CEPS faculty through group work related to writing Learning objectives, setting programme outcomes and student learning measures, and using assessment tools and data. Dr. Neisler also facilitated faculty work group activities that aligned specific CEPS courses with Program Outcomes/Objectives matrices. Going forward from the workshop, CEPS faculty will be continuing to develop and map student learning objectives, outcomes and assessment measures for each of the CEPS degrees and to the new SQU syllabus template.