Webelieve,andhaveexperienced,thatthereissomethingspecialabouteducation andpedagogy,anditissomethingthatwehavealwayscarriedwithus.Weare convincedthatlearningisaboutthestudent.Learninghastobecenteredonthe student,andsuccessisachievedwhenthestudentsucceeds.Thescholarshipof teachingandlearningisofhighpriority,andshouldbeconsideredofequal importancetocontentareaexpertise.Thatbeingsaid,ourpedagogicalphilosophyis relationship-based,andfocusesonutilizingtheculturalassetsthateachstudent bringstothetabletoco-createknowledge.Educationshouldberelevantand practical so that students get what they need to be successful in today's world.
Asaresult,ourvisionwouldberigorouslyfocusedonstudentlearning–especiallyonimprovingtheirlearningintermsofcritical,innovative,and reflective thinking, which allows them to critique and apply their knowledge to the challenges of the university community, the world community. WewouldliketopromoteaCenterofExcellencethatisinvitational...invitingandnotforcing....aplaceofsupportthatencouragesfacultytoseek andusetheresources.wewouldcollaboratewithfacultyandadministratorstodevelopcommunitiesofpractices(peerlearning)aroundstudent learningandtheirownlearning.Thesecommunitiesofpracticewouldexploreandexperimentwith:(1)Newwaysofteaching;(2)Designing learningenvironments;(3)Gatheringevidenceofexcellencearoundlearning(assessment)andofteachingorfacilitatinglearning(evaluation);and (3) Developing communities that include students in applying their knowledge to real world problems.
MINDSETWewouldaccomplishtheabovebybeingcollaborators,facilitators,networkers,experienceddevelopers,and leaders.Thefollowingactivitiesareproposedtoaccomplishexcellencethroughanincrementalimplementationapproach wheremilestoneswillbeevaluatedandactionswilltakeplaceaccordingly;thus,thefollowingaretheexpectedoutcomes for this coming year: Roundtables,Inordertopromotecontinuousdiscussionaboutteachingandlearning,wewouldproposeroundtablediscussionsthatcouldbe alignedwithidentifiedprioritiesoftheCenter,aswellasindividualfacultymemberchoice.Facultywouldbeabletopresenttheirownresearch, learning,andgoodpracticeinthedomainofacompetency-based,studentcenteredapproachinhighereducation.Thiswouldopenaspaceof sharinginthefollowingareas:(1)Coursedesign;(2)Learningenvironmentandclassroommanagement;(3)Teachingandlearningmethods;(4) Learningstyles;(5)Assessmentoflearning;(6)Reflectiononfacultyteachingandself-evaluation;(7)Promotingcriticalthinkinginhigher educationandtrainingontheuseofCTassessment;(8)Integratingtechnologyinlearningandteaching;and(9)Creatingabalancedand meaningful student workload. CommunityEngagementInnovation(ModelandFacultyAward)—Enrichedbyexperiencescollaboratingwithcommunitystakeholdersto promotereciprocallearningandbenefitforthepublicgood.Itisaboutamodelforintegratingfacultyandstudentscholarshipwithcommunity problem-solvingofsocialandeducationalchallenges.Itisanapproachtoacontextualizededucation,withasignificantroleplayedbyallwho connectandinteractwiththecommunityenvironmentinordertobuildeducativecommunityprojects.Thisisanalternativemodeltoassistfaculty tobemoreintegratedintosocietalneeds,andtoprovideacomprehensivecoordinationroleforinnovativeactionstofulfilltheeducationalvisionof being a leading beacon of hope in the evolving society in conflict. Fellowship:thistypeofprogramfacilitatesfocusedfacultydevelopmentthatdeepensunderstandingofkeyissuesandpracticesoflearningand teaching.Thisisaprogramthatwecanintroducetofacultysotheycanconductaprojectconcerningthedevelopmentorrevisionofacourse.A mentorcouldbeappointedfromwithinAUStofollowuponeachprojecttocreatebettercoordinationamongfacultyanddecreasetheresistance amongmoreveteranfaculty.Innovationparksorincubatorsmaybeoneofthemainprojectstopresent,whileotherscouldestablishagreements that favor the mobility of students, allow the development of research programs, and facilitate the sharing of resources.
TheAmericanUniversityofSicily(AUSI)aimstobecomethe leadinginstitutionofhighereducationontheIslandand throughout the wider Mediterranean.
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
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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