Posted on May 14, 2014

On May 1, over 100 post secondary instructors from the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ), Qatar University, Sidra Medical and Research Centre, College of the North Atlantic in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Hamad Medical Corporation, and Primary Health Care Corporation, gathered in Doha for the 2nd Annual UCQ Teaching and Learning Conference.

“The focus of today is on enhancing teaching in order to create better learning conditions for our students,” Miss Hissa Al Aali, Associate Director, College of Nursing Project, in her welcoming address.

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Dr. Mary Gene Saudelli, Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at UCQ, pointed out that the title of the conference – Engaging Ideas and Innovative Practices – is in support of a recent statement by H.E. Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairman of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

“Her Excellency has identified this generation of learners as the ‘emerging generation of hope,’ explained Dr. Saudelli. “Which mean that this generation of educators has the responsibility to support this ideal of hope through excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship in higher learning.”

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The conference showcased projects currently being conducted by UCQ faculty and students. Presentations included new research in teaching innovations, second language learning, sciences, and new technologies in teaching and learning. Attendees came away with renewed enthusiasm and fresh perspectives on their work. Dr. Kuei-Chiu Chen, Senior Lecturer of Biology with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar attended several sessions and “loved them all.” 

“The sessions I went to gave me a number of ideas for my own research” said Richard MacLeod, Technology Instructor at College of the North Atlantic in Qatar, “and reminded me how intrinsically woven research is in our profession.” Scholarly research and the sharing of peer-reviewed findings, is a hallmark of academia. With this in mind, Dr. Saudelli revealed that an upcoming special issue of University of Calgary Interchange Journal will be devoted to research at UCQ and will include several of the projects presented at the conference.