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Good news:Sino-Canadian bilingual course “Agroecology” won the prize of teaching innovation

 Time: 2017-05-25  Author:   

From May 18th to 21th , 2017 Annual Conference on Higher Education Innovation and 4th Wisdom Lake Internationalization Summit of Higher Education was held at Xi’an-jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU). The conference was co-organized by XJTLU, GuangmingDailyEducationResearchCenter and the Internationalization Research Center of Internationalization of Higher Education Demonstration Area in the Ministry of Education.
With the theme of “Reinventing Undergraduate Education: Establishing Student-centred Educational Systems”, the annual conference included a series of activities such as the final of The XJTLU Annual Teaching Innovation Award in Higher Education, training workshops, keynote speeches, high-end forums and innovative practice exhibition. It was worth mentioning that the conference was supported by the International Education Association of China Higher Education.
The XJTLU Annual Teaching Innovation Award in Higher Education
 commenced on August 15th, 2016. Having weathered more than nine months’ fierce competition from first trail (qualification confirmation), public appraisal to experts’ correspondence evaluation, Prof. Songliang Wang eventually entered into the final for his Sino-Canadian bilingual course “Agroecology”. In the final part, Prof. Wang shared “participative teaching based on bilingual teaching experience of Agroecology under 14 years’ Sino-Canadian collaboration” from such three aspects as the course history, key points of innovation and main teaching achievements. The innovative teaching philosophy he adopted and fruitful achievements he scored were unanimously recognized by judges and thus won the 3rd prize in the competition.
Since the spring of 2004, the cooperation between OEC and College of Crop Science contributed to the introduction of Agroecology from Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) (now DalhousieUniversity). The course was offered to “2+2” program students whose major is horticulture, or agricultural resources and environment. Its teaching effects have been highly recognized by universities at both sides. In 2007, the course was granted “province-level quality course” and in 2009, it won the title of “National Bilingual Model Course”. Up to now, 14 years’ cooperative teaching has witnessed the enrollment of 1200-strong students. Over the past years, the cooperative teaching team has been carrying out innovative teaching models; “participative teaching”, or as Prof. Songliang Wang defined as “deductive” bilingual teaching, confronts freshman with challenges in an enjoyable way, “discussion-based teaching” urges students to concentrate on their study, practically“interactive” teaching enhances students’ involvement and abilities to solve problems, and “diversified” assessment mechanism renders students emphasize the process of learning. Based on the high degree of participation in the learning process, the teaching concept of modern universities, that “teachers are rewarded from teaching, students from learning, and credits are rewarding” has been implemented, to give play to its greatest advantage for curriculum teaching reform via Sino-Canadian cooperation in running schools.
Nowadays, with the publication of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan for national economic development and the overall implementation of establishing “Double First-rate Universities”, education and teaching in colleges and universities are facing fundamental transformation. Under these circumstances, Sino-foreign cooperation in running schools is also facing the situation in which opportunities and challenges co-exist while innovating education and teaching. Fortunately, the annual conference provided specialists and scholars with a platform to discuss undergraduate education concepts and modes of Sino-foreign cooperative education. It also inspired domestic higher education reform and innovation, by clarifying Sino-foreign cooperation as its driving force. Moreover, as to the development and innovative teaching of Sino-Canadian cooperative projects, we got beneficial conference and enlightenment from specialists at Balliot college of Oxford University, University of Sydney in Australia, The Education University of Hong Kong, Nanjing University, China University of Petroleum, and ShanghaiUniversity.

  

Translator: Jingjing ZhengReviewer: Liqing Wei

From May 18th to 21th , 2017 Annual Conference on Higher Education Innovation and 4th Wisdom Lake Internationalization Summit of Higher Education was held at Xi’an-jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU). The conference was co-organized by XJTLU, GuangmingDailyEducationResearchCenter and the Internationalization Research Center of Internationalization of Higher Education Demonstration Area in the Ministry of Education.
With the theme of “Reinventing Undergraduate Education: Establishing Student-centred Educational Systems”, the annual conference included a series of activities such as the final of The XJTLU Annual Teaching Innovation Award in Higher Education, training workshops, keynote speeches, high-end forums and innovative practice exhibition. It was worth mentioning that the conference was supported by the International Education Association of China Higher Education.
The XJTLU Annual Teaching Innovation Award in Higher Education
 commenced on August 15th, 2016. Having weathered more than nine months’ fierce competition from first trail (qualification confirmation), public appraisal to experts’ correspondence evaluation, Prof. Songliang Wang eventually entered into the final for his Sino-Canadian bilingual course “Agroecology”. In the final part, Prof. Wang shared “participative teaching based on bilingual teaching experience of Agroecology under 14 years’ Sino-Canadian collaboration” from such three aspects as the course history, key points of innovation and main teaching achievements. The innovative teaching philosophy he adopted and fruitful achievements he scored were unanimously recognized by judges and thus won the 3rd prize in the competition.
Since the spring of 2004, the cooperation between OEC and College of Crop Science contributed to the introduction of Agroecology from Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) (now DalhousieUniversity). The course was offered to “2+2” program students whose major is horticulture, or agricultural resources and environment. Its teaching effects have been highly recognized by universities at both sides. In 2007, the course was granted “province-level quality course” and in 2009, it won the title of “National Bilingual Model Course”. Up to now, 14 years’ cooperative teaching has witnessed the enrollment of 1200-strong students. Over the past years, the cooperative teaching team has been carrying out innovative teaching models; “participative teaching”, or as Prof. Songliang Wang defined as “deductive” bilingual teaching, confronts freshman with challenges in an enjoyable way, “discussion-based teaching” urges students to concentrate on their study, practically“interactive” teaching enhances students’ involvement and abilities to solve problems, and “diversified” assessment mechanism renders students emphasize the process of learning. Based on the high degree of participation in the learning process, the teaching concept of modern universities, that “teachers are rewarded from teaching, students from learning, and credits are rewarding” has been implemented, to give play to its greatest advantage for curriculum teaching reform via Sino-Canadian cooperation in running schools.
Nowadays, with the publication of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan for national economic development and the overall implementation of establishing “Double First-rate Universities”, education and teaching in colleges and universities are facing fundamental transformation. Under these circumstances, Sino-foreign cooperation in running schools is also facing the situation in which opportunities and challenges co-exist while innovating education and teaching. Fortunately, the annual conference provided specialists and scholars with a platform to discuss undergraduate education concepts and modes of Sino-foreign cooperative education. It also inspired domestic higher education reform and innovation, by clarifying Sino-foreign cooperation as its driving force. Moreover, as to the development and innovative teaching of Sino-Canadian cooperative projects, we got beneficial conference and enlightenment from specialists at Balliot college of Oxford University, University of Sydney in Australia, The Education University of Hong Kong, Nanjing University, China University of Petroleum, and ShanghaiUniversity.

  

Translator: Jingjing ZhengReviewer: Liqing Wei

 

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