Prof. Huda Basaleem participated as a facilitator/committee member within a team of facilitators/committee members from USA, UK, Egypt and Yemen in the international educational workshop which was held at the campus of TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences) and ICTP (International Centre for
Theoretical Physics), in Trieste, Italy. This Educational Institute was sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS). This participation came following my participation in the first Educational Institute that took place in Aqaba, Jordan in September 2012 and the training workshop that we had implemented in our faculty with NAS support in the period 12 – 15 January, 2013 entitled “Planning and Implementing Scientific Research: The Perspective of Responsible Sciences” and the workshop in the Facu
lty of Medicine, Sana’a University entitled “Mentor-Mentee Relationship and Responsibilities”.
This second Institute aims to strengthen the regional network of faculty in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region who can use active learning pedagogical techniques to teach about responsible science and research with dual use potential.
The Institute is constructed around three core themes:
- The development of professionalism in science
- Conducting research responsibly, and
- Being a part of the responsible scientific community.
These themes were discussed and expanded upon throughout the institute. Using workshops, presentations, and group work the Institute participants learned about innovative teaching methods and how to apply them to their local educational environment.
The institute was aimed that that by its end the participants will have:
- Explored the basic values that define the scientist as an individual, as a practicing researcher, and as a member of the global scientific community
- Worked as part of a team to increase and share knowledge, build new skills, and cultivate partnerships in teaching and learning (because in the team one will be both a teacher and student)
- Explored and tested various evidence-based teaching methods that engage and assess a diverse student population
- Created and peer-reviewed a teaching module on a topic of responsible science to use in home institution using the new teaching methods
- Developed skills and tactics to help create and lead own teaching events on responsible science.
The 34 participants from five countries learned to use new teaching methods, understand how to assess students’ learning, and work in teams in order to develop a teaching module on a topic pertaining to responsible science that can be shared with the other participants at the Institute. They supposed to be able to incorporate their experiences and the resources that they learned about and develop during the Institute into existing programs at their home institution. and will more effectively collaborate as teaching staffs and researchers within and across their institutions.
As a facilitator, Dr. Basaleem participated in the following:
- Evaluation of the Egyptian applicants forms that included personal statements and views on responsible conduct of science and research and how to apply them in their institutions upon the completion of the workshop.
- Formulating the structure and content of the workshop.
- Leading a group of participants to develop a teachable unit/module on “Scientific Misconduct” which can subsequently be implemented in the laboratories and classrooms of their home institution.
- Reviewing the prospective proposals that the participants will send on the activities that they will implement in their institution.