The Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development (ILEAD) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) began an extended Training Programme for freshly recruited teachers from Hunan University on October 20th.
A total of 28 teachers from Hunan University came to XJTLU to attend the five-day training conference which aims to inspire the participants to rethink the role and position of teachers in the pedagogical process and to help them to apply the “student-centred” concept to their teaching work.
During the morning of the first day Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of XJTLU, delivered a keynote speech entitled “Student-centered Education: XJTLU’s Exploration and Inspiration” in which he made important distinctions between passive and active learning and explained XJTLU’s practice of implementing the “student-centered” educational philosophy. He also emphasised the necessity to redefine universities across the world.
Professor Xi’s speech was followed by an introduction to the training arrangement by Dr Xiaojun Zhang, Deputy Director of ILEAD. He explained to the trainees that the five-day training will focus on the topic of student-centred interactive teaching and according to a series of lectures, seminars, flipped classroom and observations, the training is dedicated to helping participants transfer their role from a traditional teacher-centred model to more of a student-centred model where the teacher provides support rather than merely controlling or restricting the student.
Core issues like curriculum design, interactive teaching method and network and digital teaching techniques within the student-centred model were also up for discussion during the training in order to enhance the participants’ teaching standard in the new era and environment of international education.
Since its establishment eight years ago XJTLU has done extensive exploration into the integration of Eastern and Western educational resources and wisdom when dealing with the challenges of university education, the results of which can be seen in the University’s student-centred educational system. In addition, the University has developed a range of training programmes with particular focus for university staff to improve their career development.
It is hoped that through training programmes such as this, XJTLU can help contribute to team building between university staff and enhance their teaching ability within the Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District and around China more broadly.