Outcome Based Education and Student-Centered Learning (OBE-SCL)

Since late 2015, OMST managed to train more than 2300 full time academic staff across all public universities and higher education institutes and at a few private higher education institutes. These OBE-SCL workshops were conducted at the universities and higher education institutes and were mentored by Afghan academic staff known as OBE-SCL Master Trainers (Champions).

OMST organized and arranged three Advanced ToT Certified OBE-SCL Workshops overseas at the University of Technology Malaysia during 2016, 2017 and 2018. The total number of certified OBE-SCL master trainers (champion) is 68 which represents 24 public universities.

OMST designed and developed a complete package for the local OBE-SCL workshops conducted across all the universities. This package includes the following:

  1. OBE-SCL Training Roadmap (blueprint)
  2. Curriculum/Syllabi
  3. Templates for participants information, sign-in sheet, attendance analysis sheet, final report, banner, certificate of participation, opinions for HEDP Blog

This package is utilized by all universities and OBE-SCL champions during the OBE-SCL workshop. Hence, OMST have collected comprehensive data of all the OBE-SCL Training programs.

OMST managed to translate all the OBE-SCL training materials and resources including workbooks, PowerPoint slides, handouts and pre/post assessment from English to Dari and Pashto. The OBE-SCL Champions undertook the important task of translation. The translated materials will help the academic staff with low level of English proficiency to better learn and understand OBE-SCL contents and concepts.

OMST helped the universities leadership staff such as Chancellor, VCs for academic, students and admin, faculty deans, and department heads learn and understand the OBE-SCL concepts and its importance for the enhancement of teaching and learning quality aligned with international standards. OMST organized a three-day specialized OBE-SCL workshop for faculty deans of 15 universities and the chancellor and VCs through a one-day OBE-SCL conference. Both these two events were mentored by the Malaysian Professors from the University of Technology Malaysia.

In the local OBE-SCL workshop, HEDP also covered most department heads in the last two years. This will ensure that the leadership staff will support and monitor the practice of OBE-SCL by the trained academic staff.

OMST provides the training materials including a package of stationary along with 4 OBE-SCL Workbooks to both OBE-SLC master trainers and the participants of OBE-SCL workshops. MoHE provides the budget for the refreshment and lunch of the workshops.

There have been a warm welcome, acceptance and enthusiasm by most of the trained and even untrained academic staff for OBE-SCL approaches across the universities. Based on the verification survey and impact assessment that we conduct with trained academic staff and students on annual basis, we realized that the OBE-SCL has had a very positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning as well as the rate of students’ achievement and success. The OBE-SCL approach helped academic staff become creative in terms designing learning outcomes, using SCL teaching and learning techniques, and better planning the assessment methods. As a result, the end beneficiary that are the students will benefit from an OBE-SCL-followed educational environment.  

OMST planned, designed, implemented and established 12 Professional Development Centers at the following Universities:

  1. Kabul University
  2. Kabul University of Medical Sciences
  3. Kabul Education University
  4. Kabul Polytechnic University
  5. Kandahar University
  6. Herat University
  7. Nangarhar University
  8. Balkh University
  9. Shaikh Zayed University
  10. Bamyan University
  11. Kunduz University
  12. Alberoni University

OMST also interviewed and selected competent academic staff as the PDC Director (Lead) for these 12 PDCs. The PDCs lead, organize and arrange any kinds of capacity building training programs for the academic and non-academic staff.

OMST organized an Advanced Capacity Development Training program for the 12 PDC Leads at the Amity University, India in order to help the 12 PDC Leads gain the expertise and knowledge of how to successfully run and lead the PDCs. The PDC Leads now actively plan, organize, manage and run any sorts of training programs at the universities in consultation with VC for academic affairs.