Abu Dhabi University launches new online learning center to improve faculty skills and design courses

Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has launched the “ADU Smart Learning Center” which trains faculty in the use of technology to facilitate learning, as well as developing e-learning courses.

Covering the ADU campuses in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi, the center will introduce and train faculty members in student-centered and evidence-based teaching techniques.

The center was developed in collaboration with the Loikee-Learning as Quality Matters, Online Learning Consortium and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), according to Abu Dhabi Media Office.

ADU aims to use the center to build on the principle of universal design learning.

ADU faculty will have access to multiple teaching methods, supported by online and digital learning tools, among other educational technologies. ADU faculty will also have access to the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PgCHEP) which provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to design, teach and assess learning by putting emphasis on practice in higher education institutions.

The main objective of the program is to support the professional development of faculty and staff who teach and support learning to ensure the delivery of high quality teaching and learning support.

Abu Dhabi University’s PgCHEP is benchmarked against many prestigious programs around the world, including Descriptors I (DI) and II (DII) of the UK Professional Standards Framework.

“The center has set an ambitious agenda and vision to deliver a cutting-edge curriculum for our students by training and upskilling our faculty on the latest teaching methods and best practices in e-learning and digital tools. . The ‘ADU Smart Learning Center’ ensures the sustainability of Abu Dhabi University’s curriculum and programs by bridging the gap and merging technologies through face-to-face and online learning,” said said Prof. Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of ADU.

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