The Faculty of Education recently held a seminar at the Digital Literacy Centre in Hamrun. The Dean, Dr Colin Calleja welcomed and addressed the members present and new academic members to the Faculty were introduced.
The topics discussed were mainly the current state of affairs at the Faculty, proposed models and new plans for the future and the social aspect for this academic year. The Master's programme in Teaching and Learning was reviewed in detail and strategic plans for the course were suggested.
Dr Michelle Attard Tonna, Deputy Dean, gave an overview of the points discussed at the last stakeholders’ meeting. She also spoke about CPD programmes being held in schools and which involve the nurturing of professional learning communities.
Prof. Suzanne Gatt gave a detailed account of the 2020 - 2025 strategic plan for the Faculty of Education, including the new undergraduate courses that were introduced this academic year. The future plans for the Faculty were also presented, based on quality teaching and learning, blended / online learning, the promotion of continual professional development to all Faculty Staff, internationalisation and sector engagement and research and publication.
A talk on the education of sustainable development, focusing on the need to link education to sustainable development due to other economic issues, was presented by Dr Ċensu Caruana. Dr Caruana delivered the education sustainable development strategy for the Faculty, which deals with education, external leadership, operations and governance and research.
Two guest speakers, from the Digital Literacy Centre, discussed digital learning in schools and emphasised the importance of e-twinning, an online system which provides teachers with access to the public twinning platform and specific tools for education.
Dr Calleja concluded the seminar by giving a brief overview of the topics discussed and thanked the members for their attendance and participation.