1. “Your University Celebrates” 48th National Day
  2. SQU Celebrates 29th Graduation Ceremony of the Scientific Colleges
  3. Counselling Psychology Conference Kicks Off
  4. Workshop Discusses Outcomes of Mango, Lime Diseases Research
  5. 1303 Students from Scientific Colleges Graduate
  6. Medical and Nursing Graduates Take Oath
  7. Big turnout at “Walk for Your Health” Walkathon
  8. SQU organizes Japan’s open day
  9. Utilizing Drilling Waste in Cement Industry Ensures Sustainability
  10. SQU Celebrates Omani Women’s Day
  11. Growth in Demand for IP Right is a Good Indicator
  12. SQU Hosts Japan Day
  13. Prof. Sabah Bags Qatar Green Research Award
  14. SQU celebrates 29th graduation ceremony (humanities Colleges)
  15. CSD, RMO Holds Workshop on Operational Risk
  16. SQU Wins OER Power Brands 2018 Award
  17. SQU, IDO Holding Sign Research and Innovation Cooperation Program
  18. Conference Highlights Frankincense and Medicinal Plants Research
  19. 1651 Students Receive Their Degrees at Inspiring Graduation Ceremony
  20. Saudi University Explores Ties with SQU
  21. Humanities Students to Celebrate Graduation Today
  22. Daytime Sleepiness Common among Young Omani Drivers
  23. International Award for Dean of College of Education
  24. Omani-French Friendship Association Honors Dr. Kamla Al Busaidi
  25. SQU to Teach Students Values, Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens
  26. Lakehead University Delegation Visits SQU
  27. SQU to Host Middle East Cancer Research Association Meeting
  28. Educational Psychology Faculty Holds Research Forum
  29. Latest developments in research and postgraduate studies highlighted
  30. Spotlight on Oman’s Maritime Heritage
  31. Lakehead University Seeks Ties with SQU
  32. NBC Holds Panel Discussion on Ethics in Research and Publication
  33. SQU Hosts WIPO-Oman Summer School
  34. Muscat Finance Extends Support for Research and Innovation at SQU
  35. ACM-OCPC: SQU Teams Bag First and Third Prizes
  36. Climate Impacts on Water Resources
  37. SQU Organizes Oman Collegiate Programing Contest
  38. 29th Graduation Ceremony on 28 Oct, 11 Nov
  39. Student Group Marks World Food Day 2018
  40. Conference Highlights Trends in Innovative Mathematics Curriculum
  41. SQU This Week
  42. European IT Security Advisor Visits SQU
  43. Award for Excellence in Child Health Nursing
  44. Repeat Migration of bar-tailed godwits wintering at Barr Al Hikman
  45. Conference Stresses on Sport and Sustainable Development
  46. Outstanding Scientist Award for Nurse Educator
  47. Forum Highlights Student Counselling Services
  48. SQU This Week
  49. Forum Highlights Machine Learning in Remote Sensing
  50. New Book Explores Link between Food and Huntington’s disease
  51. Majors Fair 2018: Spotlight on 60 Academic Majors
  52. UNESCO-APCEIU Chief Visits SQU
  53. Oman Does Exceedingly Well in Student Exchange
  54. THE: SQU Enters World’s Top Universities’ List
  55. SQU This Week
  56. SQU Hosts Dinner in Honor of New Staff
  57. CEPS Gets One Step Closer to Accreditation
  58. SQU, NRAA Approve Private Records Management System
  59. Forum Highlights Remote Sensing Applications in Physical Oceanography
  60. SQU, Starcare Hospital Join Hands for Nursing Training, Research
  61. SQU, University of Nizwa Prepare for Conference on Frankincense
  62. SQU This Week
  63. SQU, Oman Munition Production Company Sign Cooperation Program
  64. The Sultanate, Represented by SQU, Joins UNESCO IGCP
  65. Bioethics Committee Discusses International Legislation on Paternity
  66. DPS Holds Orientation Day for New Postgraduate Students 
  67. Career Guidance: SQU, Ooredoo Sign Cooperation Program
  68. Nanotechnology Helps Extend Shelf Life of Local Vegetables
  69. A New Centre for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  70. Student Council Election: Nominations Open on 10 Sept
  71. SQU, ‘be’ah’ Join Hands to Set up Reuse Centre
  72. Experts Lead SQU Training Course on Sustainable Energy
  73. Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants in October
  74. SQU This Week
  75. SQU and Petrofac sign Sponsorship Agreement
  76. Ways to Make Farming More Sustainable
  77. SQU Marks Renaissance Day
  78. Ways to Make Math Fun for Kids
  79. Prerequisites for Significant Learning
  80. Omani Studies Centre Team Visits Brunei
  81. Conference to Address Research Management
  82. Cooperation Program to Promote Date Palm Sector in Oman
  83. SQU, Orpic Sign LoA for Funding Engineering Design Lab
  84. Dead Zones of the Western Arabian Sea
  85. Conference to Address All Aspects of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  86. SQU Gets Patent for New Antimicrobial Formula
  87. SQU Council Approves Center for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  88. SQU Signs Cooperation Agreement with Muscat Securities Market
  89. Information Systems Students ‘Capture’ the Cybersecurity Flag
  90. SQU This Week
  91. SQU, Al Buraimi Solar Energy Systems Sign Cooperation Program
  92. SQU, Oman Oil Marketing Company Sign Sponsorship Agreement
  93. “Anwaar Ramadhan” Exhibition Features Pics of the Past
  94. Association of Arab Universities Executive Council Meets at SQU
  95. CAMS Academic’s Book Deals with Food Microbial Analyses
  96. SQU This Week
  97. Forum on Future Media Discusses Media Sector Challenges
  98. SQU This Week
  99. SQU Hosts Pearl Initiative Award Ceremony
  100. Huge Enthusiasm for Blockchain Technology in Oman
  101. First Phase of Solar Parking Shades Opened
  102. MSF Students Visit Oman Aquarium Project
  103. Nursing Students Urge Evidence-based Maternity Care Practice
  104. Project Examines Population Structures of Spiny Lobster along Oman’s Coastline
  105. Workshop Sheds Light on “Integration of Technology into Nursing Education”
  106. New Patent for Invention based on “Therapeutic Composition for Treating Gangrene”
  107. SQU This Week
  108. HMTF Projects 2018 Announced
  109. 18th SQU Day Celebrated with Grandeur
  110. SQU Signs Research Cooperation Program with OAPGRC
  111. SQU Organizes First Aid Workshop for School Children
  112. New Assessment Unit Facility at CPS
  113. Statistics to become Independent Department at SQU
  114. Dr. Mona Al Said Receives Charles University’s Gold Medal
  115. SQU This Week
  116. ELT Conference Addresses Current Perspectives, Trends and Challenges
  117. Workshop Highlights Nutritional Antioxidants Therapy
  118. Academics Co-edit Volume on Cancer Prevention and Treatments
  119. Power Station and Transmission Lab Opened
  120. Conference Focuses on Law, Economic and Social Transformations
  121. SQU Marks Biomedical Laboratory Science Day
  122. SQU, RUDN University to Boost Ties
  123. Commercially Valuable Bioproducts from Waste Paper
  124. Forum Highlights Role of Information Specialists in Smart Society
  125. IS Department Holds Industry Advisory Board Meeting
  126. SQU This Week
  127. Jordanian NDC Delegation visits SQU
  128. The Earthquake Monitoring Center and Seismic Hazard Studies in the Sultanate
  129. Research Workshops and Training Held
  130. The Story of a Lighting Revolution
  131. Patent for “Method of Making an Ajwa Date-Based Treatment for Snake Envenomation”
  132. SQU Holds the First Students’ Conference for Scientific Research
  133. Engineering Students Projects on Display
  134. SQU Hosts National Conference on Civil & Architectural Engineering
  135. SQU, Ministry Mark World Water Day 2018
  136. Forum Deliberates Business Intelligence and Big Data Analysis
  137. SQU-Ministry of Higher Education Joint Committee Meets
  138. Forum Addresses Soil System as Foundation of Food Security
  139. Framework for Making Oman an Innovation Hub
  140. CETL Official Opening Held
  141. SQU, University of Nizwa to Enhance Ties
  142. SQU This Week
  143. SQU Receives Egyptian Minister of Higher Education
  144. SQU Team Wins Robot Championship
  145. Conference Discusses Risk Management Practices
  146. Institutional Accreditation
  147. SQU This Week
  148. SQU Launches its New Media Identity
  149. Neuroprotective Effects of Plant Extracts
  150. Technical Festival Features 20 ICT Projects
  151. ICT Accessibility: Oman Well-positioned to Continue Playing a Leading Role
  152. SQU Team Makes Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Research
  153. Sensor-activated Taps Most Effective for Saving Water
  154. Study Underscores the Need for Stronger School-University Partnerships
  155. Study Identifies Factors Impeding Entrepreneurial Growth in Oman
  156. OCMB Hosts Frontiers in Marine Biotechnology Conference
  157. SQU Council Approves Master’s Program in Psychological Counselling
  158. Nursing Conference Focuses on Technology and Innovation
  159. Microbial Fuel Cells: A Promising Energy Source
  160. Researcher Prepares Database of Aquatic Plants in Wadis
  161. Blended Learning Approach Can Tackle Transitional Academic Challenges
  162. Medical Research Centre to Focus on Themes Relevant to Oman

Prof. Stewart Lewis Ross is a senior consultant specialized in course design workshops at colleges and universities around the world. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Minnesota State Mankato (MSU), which began in fall 2002. He is currently affiliated to Dee Fink & Associates, which is a small company of experienced workshop leaders who have expertise in Integrated Course Design. The company leads workshops and online courses for college instructors on how to design courses that lead to increased student engagement and learning. An accomplished trombone player, Prof. Ross gave numerous recitals and played with various bands. He was at SQU, delivering workshops on “Creating significant learning experiences: an integrated approach to designing college courses”, organized by SQU’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and attended by over 170 faculty including the CETL Faculty Fellows.

The term “creating significant learning experiences”, itself alludes to certain problems associated with college teaching today. Could you explain?

Prof. Ross: If you take any professional, such as lawyer, doctor, engineer, etc., you will see that they are well trained in their respective profession and their knowledge about the subject is outstanding. When many of these people are asked to teach, we could find that many of them have very little knowledge about how to teach their respective subject. The majority of them have very little knowledge about teaching, the psychology of the students or student engagement, grading, conducting tests and/or how to help people learn. The reason is that, across the world, the societies do not ask faculty to do much work in this area. Many university teachers do not go beyond the “understand and memorize” type of learning. They do not think about aspects of learning such as: problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, ethics, and the future of society. This gives the impression that college teachers generally read a book in the class and throw things against the wall or the just present information. This makes the students engage in kind of “information dumping” of their own. Then students think of learning as memorization. Often teachers do not think beyond the traditional methods of lecturing and leading discussions in classrooms.

What are the negative consequences of this style of teaching?

Prof. Ross: Quite simple. The students are unhappy. They keep complaining about teachers. Sometimes, even the teachers are unhappy. The students are at different levels; the teacher does not know how to meet the learning needs of such a wide range of skills and knowledge. Therefore, teachers throw information “against the wall.” Then many students cannot make sense of the information, they do not see the reason for learning the information and ome fall asleep in the classrooms. They show apathy and do not really care. The teacher has failed to motivate the students. In addition, some students are only at the university because their mom and dad said they should be there. Whatever the underlying reason, far too many students do not see the big picture for their educations. Alarmingly, they take no reponsibility for their own learning.

Imprint: What should the teachers do to overcome these problems?

Prof. Ross: The teaching community should have knowledge in their discipline. That is required. At the same time, they should learn about themselves and other people. They should learn to enjoy their lives and also help their students enjoy their lives. When an employer hires a university graduate, they make sure that he or she is proficient in the discipline s/he studied at the university. The employers ensure that the person they hired is a personwho can get along with everybody, is  able to work in teams,has confidence in himself or herself and,  can do things. These are the important traits that a person should acquire while at the university. In order to produce such special people, the teaching methods and approaches have to be changed. A university graduate should be able to retain the information after a course is over and develop the ability to transfer his knowledge to novel situations. He should have thinking and problem solving skills along with motivation for lifelong learning and a willingness to change  attitudes and perspectives; have an open curious mind.

What are the prerequisites for significant learning?

Prof. Ross: If the process of learning makes a lasting change in the life of a learner, we could say that significant learning has occurred. For learning to take place, there has to be some lasting change in the learner. Apart from foundational knowledge, application and integration, the “Taxonomy of Significant Learning” includes human dimension, caring and learning how to learn. When students learn something important about themselves or about others, they can interact and function more effectively. Significant learning experiences change the degree to which students care about something. When they care about something, they have more energy to learn about it and to make integrate the learning into their lives. Students can learn about the learning process during the course of their studies. They can learn to be better individuals whilelearning scientific methods; they can become  self-directed learners while becoming experts in their disciplines.  The most significant kind of learning experience is one in which students achieve all six kinds of significant learning. That is possible – if teachers learn how to design their courses with these goals in mind. Significant learning is the core concept or model of “integrated course design.”

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