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Inclusive and positive teaching in experimental sciences 

Overall picture of the workshop
Overall picture of the workshop

Education & Time Newspaper – This is the topic of a workshop involving experts from La Trobe University, Queensland University of Technology (Australia), lecturers, students, and managers from Tay Bac University.

The course “Inclusive and positive teaching in experimental sciences” was instructed by Professor Howard Nicholas, La Trobe University and provided by Aus4Skills program.

According to the course’s instructors, this teaching method helps students to quickly synthesize knowledge, understand lessons, and express their opinions, etc. The course is always very exciting when students argue openly.

Professor Howard Nicholas led the group activities
Professor Howard Nicholas led the group activities

Some difficulties found during the implementation of this method have been removed by the experts, such as allocating tasks specifically, avoiding uneven involvement among students; teachers support students in understanding term; regularly organizing group meetings and presentation to enhance students’ soft skills, etc.

At the workshop, Dr. Hoang Ngoc Anh, Head of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics Department briefly explained innovation process in evaluation activities at Tay Bac University, advantages and disadvantages when innovating students’ evaluation methods at university in the mountainous area.

Dr Greg McMillan shared about the innovation process for assessing learners in Australia
Dr. Greg McMillan shared about the innovation process for assessing learners in Australia

Dr. Greg McMillan (Queensland University of Technology) - an expert with a lot of experience in learner evaluation, shared that previously, Australia used theoretical questions to test learners’ knowledge, and learners need to remember to can achieve high score. After that, more questions relating to actual cases and application are provided.

At the moment, Australian educators focus on how to apply knowledge with questions that give learners the opportunity to recognize, think more, so that learners go beyond theoretical knowledge but must think, analysis. The purpose of this method is help students to accumulate not only knowledge but also skills to immediately catch up with the labor market after their graduation.

"If we all think that the learner evaluation is important, the relevant channels in the university need to support, participate, and take specific actions to support the approach, thus making an innovation in assessing learners at the university” said Dr. Greg.

Group presentations at the workshop
Group presentations at the workshop

After the "three-party meetings” between leaders, lecturers, students - Dr. Doan Duc Lan - Vice Rector of Tay Bac University affirmed: “The school always listens to the proposals of students and lecturers to provide the best supports toward more active and innovative teaching and learning experiences. In the future, the university will supplement and upgrade infrastructure, library’s books, internet, etc.

Dr Do n Dc Lan Vice Rector of Tay Bac University spoke at the workshop
Dr. Đoàn Đức Lân, Vice Rector of Tay Bac University spoke at the workshop

“With many international cooperation programs and supporting projects, the most important thing is the determination of the university. However, innovation should be conducted patiently. Hopefully, the enthusiasm and dedication showed at the workshop will turn into actions in each class. The university will actively support these activities.”- expressed Dr. Doan Duc Lan.

Some photos taken at the workshop:

Students focused on Group discussion and Presentation
Students focused on Group discussion and Presentation

Lecturers analyzed advantages and disadvantages of the inclusive and positive teaching method
Lecturers analyzed advantages and disadvantages of the inclusive and positive teaching method

Dr Hoang Ngoc Anh Head of Mathematics Physics and Informatics Department spoke at the workshop
Dr. Hoang Ngoc Anh- Head of Mathematics, Physics, and Informatics Department spoke at the workshop

Young lecturers at Tay Bac University
Young lecturers at Tay Bac University

Expert and students discussed after the workshop
Expert and students discussed after the workshop

Expert and lecturers exchanged opinions after the workshop
Expert and lecturers exchanged opinions after the workshop

Joys at the Courses Certificate Delivery session
Joys at the Course’s Certificate Delivery session

Participants wave farewell and look forward to other workshops
Participants wave farewell and look forward to other workshops!

Source: Translation of an article on Education and Times Newspaper