On August, 9 2016 started FFDP 2016-17. After a stressful competition, a group of Faculty from Syktyvkar, Astrakhan’, Chelyabinsk, Saratov, Irkutsk, Samara, Arkhangelsk, Tomsk, St. Petersburg and Moscow came to the USA to participate in the Fulbright Faculty Development Program 2016-17.
For 4 days twelve Russian university Faculty participated in the welcoming events conducted by the Institute of International Education (IIE), NY. The whole educational group included faculty from Belorus’, Moldova and Montenegro.
These days happened to be exceedingly intensive both professionally and culturally. In particular, a 3-day seminar touched upon issues of curriculum development. The workshop was led by an expert from Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, Dr. David Schwarzer. Having 25 years of expertise in the area of internationalization of higher education and teacher education, he introduced Curriculum Development in general and syllabus development for higher education in particular for diverse learners. His cutting edge curriculum design is based on the following principles: Designed for a variety of abilities and based on a Universal Design for Learning; Culturally and linguistically responsive; Technology Enhanced; and Service Learning centered. The cohort listened and exchanged professional views followed by practicing newly acquired skills both at the lessons and at home, and also doing vigorous individual work to review Syllabi sample and Course Embedded Assessment.
The participants also found time to get acquainted with New-York and watched a Broadway Show “Cats” at Neil Simon Theatre.
On August 13 the grantees flew out to their host universities to develop curricula in Medical Sciences, Geography, English Language Teaching, Physics, Chemistry, Education Leadership, Psychology, Economics, Education, Environment, Philosophy, Political Science, Creative Writing, Computer Vision and Arts History. These courses are in great demand for their Russian home universities as well as Faculty themselves capable of conducting lectures and practical classes in a foreign language.
We wish them a fruitful academic semester!