The Staff Professional Development (SPD) program was held at Salalah College of Technology’s English Language Center on 23rd April 2019. Topics presented were based on the ELC Staff Professional Development Needs Analysis Report. All staff participated actively in the interactive workshops.
The program started at 9.30 a.m. with registration, followed by an introductory session. The Head of the ELC, Mr. Saeed Al Mashiki, spoke about the need for professional development programs. Dr. Claire Orpilla, a member of the SPD Committee, introduced the speakers and gave an overview of the program.
The first part of the program offered two concurrent sessions: The first session in the SAC (Student Access Center) was on ‘Stress Management in the Workplace’ conducted by Ms. Marion Wilton. This informative session raised awareness about the causes and solutions of stress related problems. Ms. Rekha Siby, a member of the SPD committee, thanked the presenter who wrapped up the session with questions from the audience. The concurrent workshop was held in Lab 6 on ‘E-learning’ by Dr. Wilfred Blessing. The session familiarized participants with new ways to use technology in the classroom. Mr. Ajit Govande, a member of the SPD committee, thanked the presenter who wrapped up the session with questions from the participants.
After a short break, two more concurrent sessions were held in the same venues. Ms. Khayar Al Amri conducted a workshop on ‘Successful Leadership and Student Learning.’ Her interactive workshop looked at different techniques to motivate and encourage leadership skills in students. The concurrent session in Lab 6 was on ‘Website Development’ conducted by Mr. Salim Maashani. Teachers were trained to create websites that can be used as an interactive forum for follow-up activities with students.
The closing ceremony was held in the SAC. Ms. Huda Al Huraibi, the SPD committee Chairperson, offered a vote of thanks to the presenters, management and staff. The presenters were awarded certificates by the HoC. A fellowship lunch culminated the event.