Mr. Muhammad Sharif Hasanzoy is a lecturer in English Department of Faculty of Education at Kunduz University. He is one of the OBE-SCL Champions and provides OBE-SCL Workshops to other teachers.
As soon as trainees got the big picture of the OBE, they acknowledged that teaching and learning must be implemented in the way like OBE demonstrates. Identifying learning outcomes, course outcomes, program outcomes and program educational outcomes were the most amazing part of the workshop. These were somehow new concepts for the participants and they worked on them practically as examples during the workshop. Furthermore, the SCL module was also enjoyable for the participants; because they learned about creating classroom activities to engage learners actively involved in the lesson. During the workshop attendees worked on some of the informal cooperative learning activities. Participants of the workshop said, implementing the twenty informal activities in their classrooms paves the way to create student-centered learning. While SCL module was being played, most of the informal activities were practically done by the trainees.
OBE-SCL will be confidentially institutionalized if each faculty have two to three trainers. These trainers can hold workshops for their faculty members and help them until each member of the faculty becomes a master of OBE-SCL. In addition, HEDP should provide facilities for faculty members because implementing OBE-SCL not an essay job, it needs some equipment.
Teaching in the way of OBE-SCL encourages and engage students in learning activities as well as make the students active learners. I would like to share my own experiences here. Informal cooperative learning enables learners to be critical thinkers because they are exposed to different activities. Individual students try to accomplish his/her job through using the knowledge he/she has and ask help of other group members. I learnt several activities using in informal cooperative learning and they really works well for involving students in class activities. In addition, How People Learn (HPL) gives me information to think about my students’ ways of learning. As different learners have different ways of learning, so it is important to think about (HPL) and expose my students to the way they learn better in that way. The OBE & SCL workshop gave me the knowledge to design an effective learning environment for my students in which they gain education thoroughly.
Team formation in cooperative learning is also an effective work in SCL. It is something that individual student takes part in any assignment. When I returned to my university, I did team formation in my classes. It was really enjoyed by my students and now my students learn the concepts very well.
It is worth mentioning that the workshop was welcomed by the participants from the beginning to the end. At the first day, participants of the workshop expressed their positive attitude towards the concepts which were played in the slides and explained by us. We started our workshop based on the road map that includes three modules as a general. In addition there were pretty good productive discussions among trainees and between trainees and trainers every day. The OBE part really attracted the attention of the attendees to concentrate on curriculum. The trainees said, if the curriculum is revised and be provided like what OBE expect, it will be very productive more effective for the university. As soon as trainees got the big picture of the OBE, they acknowledged that teaching and learning must be implemented in the way like OBE demonstrates. Identifying learning outcomes, course outcomes, program outcomes and program educational outcomes were the most amazing part in the workshop. These were somehow new concepts for the participants and they worked on them practically as examples during the workshop. Furthermore, the SCL module was also enjoyable for the participants; because they learnt about creating classroom.
I will encourage the uninterested participants by inviting them to my teaching classroom where I will teach based of OBE-SCL. Once the uninterested participants observe my teaching classrooms two to three times, they will surely show their interest to teach the way whatever OBE-SCL demands.
During the workshop, we the trainers and our trainees experienced some challenges which had effects on the workshop. For instance, winter vacation, weak participation, no privileges for the participants and no translation of the presentation slides were the common challenges in our workshop.
As we are experiencing winter vacation nowadays, most lecturers have already left to their provinces, homes and some of them no regularly come to the university. The next challenge was privileges, the trainees had already participated in many other workshops and trainings conducted by the ministry of higher education and received daily payment, transportation cost and lunch. Lack of the above privileges disinterested the lecturers to join the workshop. The last challenge was the slides which have been provided in English. Some of our participants had very weak English background and it was too hard to get concepts from the slides. They constantly asked us that slides must be translated into our national languages.
My demand from the university where I am one of the faculty members and from the ministry of higher education is to concentrate and consider the above challenges. Solving the above challenges will bring broad positive changes in the implementation of OBE-SCL.
Summer season is a better time for holding OBE-SCL workshops. In our context, most lecturers leave for their homes because of the winter vacation. Moreover, province has a very cold and snowy winter so that it is difficult for participants to attend the workshops.