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New pedagogies in the 21st century – For Higher Education Teachers

The modern world is constantly changing and evolving. Things happen almost too quickly to assimilate, another rapidly supersedes one development, and channels of communication have become ultra-fast. Our educational systems are up in a world of sophisticated and constantly improving technologies, including the web, smart phones, e learning, and distance education. These circumstance demand that the educational system in its different levels must continually seek ways to keep up to date with current trends and methods in order to ensure that it meets student’s needs. 

Universities have always  been affected by international trends and to a certain degree operated within a broader international community of academic institutions, scholars, and research. Yet, 21st century realities have magnified the importance of the global context.

As higher education expands, we cannot always rely on human ingenuity to overcome its inadequacies. It is always possible to defend the inspirational lecturer, the importance of academic individuality, the value of pressuring students to work independently, but we cannot defend a mode of operation that actively undermines a professional approach to teaching. Lecturers need to know more than just their subject. They need to know the ways it can come to be understood, the ways it can be misunderstood, what counts as understanding: they need to know how individuals experience the subject.

However, lectures are neither required nor enabled to know these things. The ‘professionalization’ of teaching practice in higher education is becoming more important as universities try to respond to an increasingly diverse and discerning student population, issues relating to standards and quality, growing international competition, and generally ‘doing more with less’.

The course offered by the Ofri International Educational Training Center in this regard presents an integrated program focused in innovative pedagogic approaches in education with a holistic approach, new practical ideas, professional growth, hands-on experience, exposure to new materials, methodological tools and combined with reflection on the learning experience process.

The content of the course will cover different joint answers to the Pedagogical challenges described in this concept and with the objective of finding academic quality delivering learning experiences.

Among the main issues in the training course are:
- Supporting the integration and the implementation of 21st century education skills. 

- Facilitating progressive thinking, leading to educational breakthroughs.

- Prototyping, developing, and implementing new teaching paradigms, methods, and tools. 

- Providing new tools and knowledge on the implementation and development of Innovation and technology.

- Promoting and create a learning environment that leads the students to experiment Innovative methods and practices.

- Creating tools for communication, collaboration and teamwork.

- Development of reflective practice and peer review of teaching.

- Exploring what an interpretive and critical perspective might mean for curriculum construction and change efforts in educational institutions.