Qatar Foundation Organizes Teaching & Learning Forum 2021
13 October 2021

Qatar Foundation Organizes Teaching & Learning Forum 2021

Doha, October 13 (QNA) - Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development held Wednesday the annual Teaching and Learning Forum which brings together pedagogical experts from around the world. The one-day virtual conference, which takes place annually, saw more than 1,700 people attend. International speakers covered a diverse set of topics, in both English and Arabic, and through individual breakout rooms, encouraged collaboration, discussion, and sharing of best practices among participants. The first session highlighted the topic of Future Focused Learning, and how we can learn from the past and look to the future, while living in the present. The speakers noted that the world requires huge amounts of collaboration, creativity and innovation, as well as developed communication skills, empathy, and critical thinking, in order to live, work and play in a future characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. In a session titled "The Role of Curricular and Extracurricular Activities in Promoting Individual Learning", the speakers explained that the current generation receives ideas and information in a fast pace through the digital world, which affects their way of thinking and their routine performance. Therefore, it is necessary to direct the attention of this generation in the face of this huge amount of information in the digital world, and work to find ways to that are attractive to students behind screens and keep their attention. They explained that learning and teaching are two different things. Teaching precedes learning as it is a process to prepare the student to learn and grow. There are students who study but are not able to learn, which means that learning is more comprehensive, and teaching is more accurate. The session provided examples of activities that promote individual learning and that can be included in remote classrooms, such as teaching through interesting and attractive electronic games, noting that there are many issues facing teachers today, which may result in many educators leaving their jobs and interest in teacher training courses declining. Other sessions held throughout the day included Leading Personalized Learning by Increasing Student Agency; Self-discovery and Growth through Personalized Learning, and Redefining Success for Our Students. (QNA)