Workshops and Seminars
The Promotion of Teaching – Basic Seminar
A two-day seminar for incoming ‘full-time’ lecturers hired by SCE, the goal of which was to enrich and improve their teaching methods and processes.
Learning from Mistakes
This seminar dealt with proper and effective cognitive and emotional means by which a lecturer can cope with errors made by his students, such that these students will learn from their mistakes and gain a deeper understanding of the subject-matter, thus attaining greater academic achievement.
Seminars for Department/Unit Heads
A 2-day training seminar that dealt with the acquisition of managerial skills, on the levels required for team leadership and the management of international relations.
Branding Professionals in Academia
This workshop dealt with the identification of the personal communication style of each lecturer and the acquisition of communication tools that may be used with the students. It taught the use of effective communication for the development of ‘unit cohesion’ (termed ‘unit pride’ in Hebrew) and to empower the students. It presented the lecturers as being SCE’s ‘calling cards’ and explained how each lecturer can create his/her own personal and institutional ‘calling cards’. It also taught self-branding via one-on-one communications with students/colleagues/superiors.
Faculty English Club
As part of the international vision of SCE, and towards the goal of improving the English language speaking skills of the lecturers, a Faculty English Club was founded on both campuses. Within this framework, faculty members met once a week for conversations, discussions, debates and to hear brief TED talks in English, moderated by lecturers from the English Unit.
Workshop on “Prezi” Professional Presentation Software
This workshop taught faculty members how to plan and make different, surprising and refreshing visual presentations using the advanced “Prezi” Presentation Software – a computer program that produces displays and presents ideas on a virtual canvas.
It’s All in the Voice
This workshop gave the lecturers tools for proper vocal behavior. They learned about the vocal system, received practical instruction on speaking correctly; learned simple vocal exercises to do daily to improve their current conditions; and got tips for creating better lifelong habits.
Workshop on Preparing Examinations
This workshop was meant for lecturers who write their own course examinations based on short-answer questions, calling for brief written answers or solving exercises. Here, the participants acquired knowledge and tools to help them write valid and reliable examinations. This workshop revealed the main principles for formulating tests, while honing their function within the learning process, and taught the goals of learning and its outcomes.
This seminar familiarized the participants with LinkedIn, a professional-commercial network that connects professionals and creates professional connections (‘networking’), in order to promote the exchange of professional knowledge, to brand professional expertise and to disseminate academic articles and research.
Teaching by Means of the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Method
A concentrated, one-day seminar attended by all the lecturers on the SCE Ashdod Campus that provided familiarization/experience with the PBL teaching method. The motivation and necessity for the use of PBL were examined. The lecturers gained practical experience in the eight stages of the PBL process: choosing a mega-topic and dividing into groups; posing a challenging question; gathering data; creating outcomes; getting feedback from colleagues; constructing an indicator; formulating a presentation; doing reflective self-evaluation, as well as the conceptualization of the entire experience, from theory to practical application and vice versa.
A Lecture - Teaching in a Diversified Classroom
Within the framework of their routine work, while lecturers are responsible for teaching and the actual transmission of knowledge, they find themselves dealing, more and more, with interpersonal issues resulting from intergenerational, intercultural and other differences, that require their resources and take time. The purpose of this session was to provide the lecturers with insights and tools that may help them manage these differences more effectively, while maintaining the essence and goals of their roles as lecturers.
Advanced Use of Excel
A dedicated workshop in the use of Excel for lecturers in the Department of Industrial Management on the Ashdod Campus.
Managerial Succession Planning
This consisted of a series of seminars held throughout an academic year, offered to the heads of academic departments/units, dealing with: the development of personal leadership skills; interpersonal communication; team development and management; worker motivation; managerial decision making; etc.
Uses of Visualizations in Higher Education
Visualizations are a very effective tool in engineering education. During the workshop the participants were shown various tools and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of each tool in addition to preparing their own visual-think tool
Motivation Promoting a Bit of Effort
This workshop dealt with two central problems in the motivation of students—low attendance at lectures and little effort made at home. The participants received theoretical knowledge and experimented with a number of tools intended to positively influence student motivation.
A Lecture – Novel Engineering Courses
Within the framework of this lecture, two exemplary cases were presented showing how it is possible to find assistance in the ‘theory of self-direction’ – one of the leading motivational theories, in order to increase student interest in engineering studies.
This workshop dealt with learning based on problems, including the definition and identification of engineering problems, their characteristics, the challenges, and the application of this method in academic teaching. Attention was paid to the similarities and differences between PBL and Project-Oriented (PO) teaching techniques.
Response to/and Effective Management of Questions during Lectures
Within the framework of this workshop, various types of classroom questions were mapped – good questions that help the learning process progress and bad ones that cause delays. A technique was also taught for managing the lesson while actively responding to questions, such that, on one hand, there is interaction with the students while, on the other, it is actually the lecturers who are running the lecture and the determining the pace of progress in the subject-matter.
Integrating Technologies in Teaching
In this workshop, the participants experienced the use of various digital tools, discussed the pedagogical ramifications of the use of these tools, and the most effective means for their application.
Outside the Box – The Development of Creative Thinking
In this workshop, the participants discussed – What is creativity? How may creativity be developed? What promotes or blocks creativity? What is innovative culture?