The Second Beihang-UIUC Faculty Development Workshop was held at Beihang University from June 17th to 26th, attended by 122 faculty members from 30 different schools of Beihang and 18 teachers from Beijing Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Harbin Engineering University and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Cheelan Bo-Linn, Head of Instructional Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) was invited to host seminar on advanced teaching methods in the workshop.
The participants of the basic class at Beihang-UIUC Faculty Development Workshop
Lasting for five days, the workshop included a basic class and an advanced class for faculty development. The basic class focused on the design, interaction, innovation and review of courses, programs, in-class teaching and educational philosophy, while the advanced class emphasized in-depth discussions on practical topics like how to lead students to a hyper-focus state of learning, how to strengthen students’ learning motivation, the effect of tests and grading system in learning and the question-oriented learning strategy.
The participants considered the workshop as a rewarding experience and promised to apply the methods they had learned in their teaching practice.
The participants of the advanced class at Beihang-UIUC Faculty Development Workshop
The workshop was organized under the joint effort of the International Division and the Academic Office of Beihang University. For two consecutive years, experts from UIUC have been invited to the workshop, so as to spread advanced educational philosophy and teaching methods as well as benefit domestic faculty members by enhancing their teaching ability and broadening their international scope. Cheelan Bo-Linn, the main lecturer at the workshop, is the head of Instructional Development in the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the UIUC. Being the counselor for various organizations and institutes including National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Fulbright Scholarship, she is experienced in the fields of faculty development training and teaching method development.
Reported by Chen Chao
Edited by Jia Aiping
Reviewed by Li Deyu
Translated by Xiong Ting