"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella
Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University is one of the leading women universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Most students come from the city of Riyadh as well as other places in the country. As part of the renovation and new strategic plan of the university, a Deanship of Skills Development and Improvement was created. Its focus is on the performance and excellence of the university professors, working on capacity-building in the area of content expertise and teaching skills. A high quality standard is of the utmost importance to this university.
Global Learning Partners, through its Certified Dialogue Education Teacher Saba Yassin, successfully built an innovative collaboration with this university by offering a rigorous training package to select teachers and professors from a variety of faculties and specialities. All those involved in this program, were immersed in the Dialogue Education methodology and were challenged to incorporate adult learning principles and practices into their day-to-day planning, teaching and assessing that would ensure learning and maximize real impact of their courses on the lives of their students.
From February 2013 to April 2014, seven different groups of university teachers and professors were trained by GLP, all taking three individual courses: Learning to Listen Learning to Teach, Advanced Learning Design and Evaluation by Design. Initiated with a thorough learning needs and resources assessment, followed by a comprehensive review of lessons designed the learners, as well as classroom observations and feedback, these learners experienced deep learning and practical application. In the end, thirteen participants successfully completed the full program, and their learning designs and facilitations skills met the quality standards to become GLP Certified Dialogue Education Practitioners (CDEPs).
This unique collaboration is on-going, and becoming a model for other educational institutions in the area. Dialogue Education courses have now become an integral part of the annual training program at Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University, with this methodology being embraced across the campus.
Graduates of the program greatly appreciated the mixture of theoretical and practical learning. They needed the big picture with the scientific framework, while taking time to practice what this DE methodology looks like in the university classroom. Presently the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University has professors and teachers who design for learning, and continue their learning by designing. The CDEPs have already notice a remarkable increase in grades, engagement, and learning.
“Dialogue Education helped me to better organize myself and my sessions, now I know when I enter any classroom I’ll interact with each of my students with a strong meaningful course design.” (Program participant)