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We believe, and have experienced, that there is something special about education and pedagogy, and it is something that we have always carried with us. We are convinced that learning is about the student. Learning has to be centered on the student, and success is achieved when the student succeeds. The scholarship of teaching and learning is of high priority, and should be considered of equal importance to content area expertise. That being said, our pedagogical philosophy is relationship-based, and focuses on utilizing the cultural assets that each student brings to the table to co-create knowledge. Education should be relevant and practical so that students get what they need to be successful in today's world.
As a result, our vision would be rigorously focused on student learning especially on improving their learning in terms of critical, innovative, and reflective thinking, which allows them to critique and apply their knowledge to the challenges of the university community, the world community. We would like to promote a Center of Excellence that is invitational...inviting and not forcing....a place of support that encourages faculty to seek and use the resources. we would collaborate with faculty and administrators to develop communities of practices (peer learning) around student learning and their own learning. These communities of practice would explore and experiment with: (1) New ways of teaching; (2) Designing learning environments; (3) Gathering evidence of excellence around learning (assessment) and of teaching or facilitating learning (evaluation); and (3) Developing communities that include students in applying their knowledge to real world problems.
MINDSET We would accomplish the above by being collaborators, facilitators, networkers, experienced developers, and leaders. The following activities are proposed to accomplish excellence through an incremental implementation approach where milestones will be evaluated and actions will take place accordingly; thus, the following are the expected outcomes for this coming year: Roundtables , In order to promote continuous discussion about teaching and learning, we would propose roundtable discussions that could be aligned with identified priorities of the Center, as well as individual faculty member choice. Faculty would be able to present their own research, learning, and good practice in the domain of a competency-based, student centered approach in higher education. This would open a space of sharing in the following areas: (1) Course design; (2) Learning environment and classroom management; (3) Teaching and learning methods; (4) Learning styles; (5) Assessment of learning; (6) Reflection on faculty teaching and self-evaluation; (7) Promoting critical thinking in higher education and training on the use of CT assessment; (8) Integrating technology in learning and teaching; and (9) Creating a balanced and meaningful student workload. Community Engagement Innovation (Model and Faculty Award)—Enriched by experiences collaborating with community stakeholders to promote reciprocal learning and benefit for the public good. It is about a model for integrating faculty and student scholarship with community problem-solving of social and educational challenges. It is an approach to a contextualized education, with a significant role played by all who connect and interact with the community environment in order to build educative community projects. This is an alternative model to assist faculty to be more integrated into societal needs, and to provide a comprehensive coordination role for innovative actions to fulfill the educational vision of being a leading beacon of hope in the evolving society in conflict. Fellowship : this type of program facilitates focused faculty development that deepens understanding of key issues and practices of learning and teaching. This is a program that we can introduce to faculty so they can conduct a project concerning the development or revision of a course. A mentor could be appointed from within AUS to follow up on each project to create better coordination among faculty and decrease the resistance among more veteran faculty. Innovation parks or incubators may be one of the main projects to present, while others could establish agreements that favor the mobility of students, allow the development of research programs, and facilitate the sharing of resources.

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AIO   incorporates   volunteering,   friendship,   international   spirit,   creativity,   openness,   and   goodwill.   It’s
about   having   fun,   meeting   new   people,   but   also   about   being   responsible,   committed,   and   courageous.
All   of   this   inspires   and   produces   an   environment   where   together   we   can   change   something   and   make   an
impact at our university, in our country, and, in the long run, in the world
Our Values
The values of AIO reflect the way we dream, work, cooperate, and communicate. Give   and   ask   for   feedback   –   Do   you   have   an   idea?   Share   it.   Our   collaborative   thinking   can   lead
to innovation. And maybe it’s your idea which will drive the change. Get   involved   and   involve   others   –   Don’t   be   afraid   to   take   an   action.   You   like   some   activity   in
AIO?   Get   involved.   Have   new   ideas?   You   don’t   have   to   work   on   them   alone.   There   are   always
people in AIO who will help you. Pursue   the   growth   of   yourself   and   help   others   grow   along   with   you   –   We   wholeheartedly
believe   that   education   is   essential   for   our   future.   We   see   in   all   students   more   potential   than   they
think they have and do our best to help them realize it. Be   active,   creative,   and   open-minded   –   Our   success   is   dependent   upon   active   students   who
explore    new    possibilities,    approach    problems    with    an    open    mind,    and    innovate    with    their
creative ideas. Be    humble    –    We    should    always    be    respectful    of    everyone    no    matter    our    differences.    It’s
important   to   treat   others   as   we   want   them   to   treat   us.   Arrogance   is   something   we   thoroughly
despise in AIO. Never    worry    about    making    mistakes,    but    be    sure    to    learn    from    them    –    In    AIO    we    are
convinced   that   if   we   truly   want   to   learn   new   skills   and   make   a   progress,   sometimes   it   is   inevitable
to   make   mistakes.   We   therefore   don’t   mind   people   making   mistakes   as   long   as   they   learn   from
them. Stay   optimistic   –   It’s   important   to   believe   that   we   can   change   and   improve   things.   Without
hope, there would be no action. Expand    your    horizons    –    In    a    globalized    world    it’s    important    to    understand    people’s
background     and     culture.     So     go     beyond     borders     and     contribute     to     understanding     and
cooperation among the nations in Europe and throughout the world. Believe    in    AIO    spirit    –    Pass    it    on:    Let’s    spread    the    spirit    of    positive    attitude,    goodwill,
friendship, and volunteering all over the world.
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