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IT Department conducted “Application Express Workshop” Featured

RAD Development with Oracle 11g APEX 4.2

(Application Express Workshop)

Database Section Conducted workshop on 19th April 2017 titled “Develop a working prototype application based on a database in Oracle XE”.

Database Section Lecturer Mr. Hansel G. Delos Santos, Facilitated the workshop. Mr. Baskar, HOS, database Section Welcomed the Lecturers explaining the importance of in-house training to keep the knowledge up to date.

In this workshop we covered the topics namely overview of Oracle APEX, run scripts or Data Workshop to create tables, sequence, triggers and data insertion and create a lookup tables, creating an Application, Create a report and simple form, Plan what forms and reports are needed based on the database scheme, LOV’s (list of values in forms and reports), Show a hidden field (page item) in a form – page item customization, Adding region to a page and buttons to a region and Interactive Report Features using dynamic actions for export to CSV / Excel / PDF file.

All lecturers enjoyed the session with full participation and it was very useful. Mr. G. Baskar concluded with a note of appreciation to Mr. Hansel and all participants and thanked the Dean, ADAA, ADSA and HOD for given opportunity to the lecturers to update skills & knowledge.

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“ITPL 2017” Cricket Tournament organized by IT Department Featured

Information Technology department organized a underarm cricket tournament for its staff titled “ITPL 2017” (IT department Premier League) from April 1st to April 8th, 2017. The main objective of hosting the tournament is to build relationship between staff/human resources, to improve team-work attitude, to be free from stress and use free time for physical fitness.

In “ITPL 2017”, the playing teams were divided in section wise (IS, IT, NIES, DB, and MATH). Each team played four league matches and therefore based on the points and run-rate four teams (IT, MATH, DB and IS) reached the semi-finals. DB and IS teams won the important matches in semi-finals and reached the finals which was held on 8th April, 5 PM at IT ground. After a tough fight, IS team won in the final match and became the Champion in the first “ITPL 2017”.

IS section team received “WINNERS - ROLLING TROPHY” and the DB section team received the “RUNNERS-ROLLING TROPHY”. All the players in the final match received individual medals. Also the Best-Batsman and Best-Bowler award was also distributed. Mr. Viji Paul, Head of IT department appreciated the efforts of the organizing team and greeted all the players of the tournament by distributing the trophies and medals. Dr. Abhishek Dubey the core coordinator of the “ITPL 2017” had harmonized all the sections and organizing sub-committees for the smooth conduct of the matches. During the valedictory, the coordinator thanked all the contributors who helped in conducting the tournament a grand success. Mr. Zahid Mehmood wished all the players of the tournament. Especially he greeted and announced the winners, runners and best players of the tournament. Mr. G. Baskar shared his happy experience in playing cricket after 25 years gap. He also appreciated all the players and teams for their effective teamwork and performance on the field.

The department of IT wholeheartedly thank and appreciate the coordinator, organizing team, head of the sections, section team players, captains, vice captains, umpires, line umpires, scorers, refreshment team, ground preparatory team, poster/sticker designers, photographers, audio cum commentators  and all other sub-committees for their tireless effort to make this big event a successful and entertaining one. The department also acknowledges all the staff members of IT and guests from other departments who took part in this tournament in a very sportive manner. IT department specially thank the College Dean Dr. Hamdan Al Manthari and Assistant Dean-Academic Affairs Dr. Said Omar Al Mashiki who encouraged and supported the department to conduct this tournament.

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"تطوير جودة التعليم1" في روتانا صلالة

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أقامت الكلية التقنية بصلالة ممثلة بمركز اللغة الإنجليزية ورشة العمل الاولى تحت مسمى"تطوير جودة التعليم الأول" وذلك في منتجع روتانا بصلالة. وقد كان اختيار اسم الندوة بناء على الحاجة الملحة للمؤسسات التعليمية بشكل عام والكلية التقنية بصلالة بشكل خاص لتحديد مكامن الضعف في العملية التعليمية وايجاد الحلول المناسبة لتطويرها وتقوية الأساليب المستخدمة في التعليم ناهيك عن اعطاء المقترحات للتغلب على كل ما يعيق الكثير من الجوانب التعليمية وتحفيز الطلبة ومنح بيئة دراسية مناسبة فاعلة لرفع المستوى التعليمي بشكل ملحوظ. حيث وجه رئيس مركز اللغة الإنجليزية ورئيس اللجنة المنظمة أ. سعيد المشيخي فريق العمل للمضي قدما والسعي في اظهار هذا الحدث بالصورة المرجوة.

شارك في الورشة العديد من الجهات والمؤسسات التعليمية ممثلة بجامعة السلطان قابوس و جامعة ظفار والكلية التطبيقية بصلالة و معهد الصيادين بصلالة ومعهد التمريض بصلالة بمعية الكلية التقنية بصلالة. وقدم المتحدثون من كل جهة أوراق عمل ركزت على العديد من النقاط المهمة المتعلقة بجودة التعليم وكل ما له علاقة برفع مستوى التحفيز لدى الطلبة في مراحلهم الدراسية.

قدم الحفل كلا من أ. إدوارد ستالارد وأ. سالم المعشني، محاضران في مركز اللغة الإنجليزية وبدءت الورشة بتلاوة عطرة من الذكر الحكيم تلاوة أ. شعيب البلوشي، محاضر في مركز اللغة الإنجليزية بعدها تحدث رئيس مركز اللغة الإنجليزية أ. سعيد المشيخي عن مدى إهتمام المركز في رفع مستوى التعليم لدى الطلبة وخاصة اللغة الإنجليزية والتي تعتمد عليها كافه المناهج فيما بعد. وأضاف المشيخي بأن هذه الورشة الأولى ماهي إلا بداية لعدد من الورش والتي سيكون محورها تطوير جودة التعليم لدى الطالب الجامعي.

ألقت الخطاب الرئيسي د. فيكتوريا تزولكوفا رئيسة وحدة التطوير الوظيفي والبحوث في جامعة السلطان قابوس، وقدمت ورقة عمل عن "مهارات التدريب المطلوبة في القرن 21 في مؤسسات التعليم العالي في عمان" حيث تناول خطابها الرئيسي ضمان أن التعليم العالي في عمان مناسب لتزويد الطلاب بالمهارات اللازمة والفعالة والتي تعتبر من المتطللبات الأساسية لنجاح اي عمل إحترافي في القرن الواحد والعشرين بالأضافة إلى مناقشتها كيفيه تفعيل اللغة الأنجليزية وتسهيل إستخدامها داخل الصف بشكل فعال.

وقدم أ. فيصل بن خليفه رئيس البرنامج التأسيسي في جامعه ظفار ورقه عمل بعنوان "الذكاء العاطفي في الفصول الدراسي" ناقش فيها ما أظهرته الدراسات عن أهمية الذكاء العاطفي وكيف أن التعلم العاطفي يمكن أن يحسن الأداء الأكاديمي للطلبة. وتشير البحوث إلى أن المهارات العاطفية ترتبط ارتباطا كبيرا بالنجاح، وبالتالي فإن الحاجة إلى تطبيق وتفعيل هذه الاستراتيجية داخل الصف من شأنها أن تساعد على تعزيز النجاح في الفصول الدراسية.

كما قدم أ. مروان اليافعي , محاضر في الكلية التطبيقية بصلالة ورقة عمل بعنوان " طرق التحفيز لطلاب المستوى التأسيسي في الكليات العمانيه" حيث سلط الضوء على دراسة ذاتية ناقشت العديد من الطرق التحفيزية وتأثيرها على الطالب عند إكتسابه لغه أخرى.

قدم أيضا أ. جمال الدين الأكرمي محاضر في قسم اللغة الأنجليزية بكلية التقنية بصلالة ورقة عمل بعنوان " الإستفادة من أنشطة ماقبل القراءة المقدمة في الحلقة الثانية للتعليم الأساسي في عمان لتسهيل فهم الطلبة" تحدث فيها عن استفادة معلمين الحلقة الثانية للتعليم الأساسي من أنشطة ماقبل القراءة المتاحة في الكتب الدراسية وكتب المعلمين لتسهيل فهم الطلبة.

وقدم أ.موكشناند جندرابو معلم لغة إنجليزية في معهد التمريض بصلالة ورقة عمل بعنوان " دمج تكنولوجيا القرن الحادي والعشرين في الفصول الدراسية" ناقش فيها أهمية التكنولوجيا في عصرنا الحالي وبالرغم من أنه لا غنى عنها للعيش والحفاظ على نمط حياة معاصر ولكن فإنه لابد الاستفادة من هذه التكنولوجيا العملاقة ودمجها في الفصول الدراسية لتدريس اللغة الإنجليزية لتنوير وإثراء وتعزيز عملية التعليم والتعلم و اكتساب المعرفة للطلبة.

تبعها ورقه عمل أخيرة قدمتها أ. داليندا الزغيدي مدربة لغة إنجليزية في معهد تدريب الصيادين بصلالة بعنوان " زيادة وعي المتعلمين بأهمية التفكير النقدي" سلطت الضوء فيها على إیجاد الطرق التي یمکن من خلالھا تعزیز وتیسیر التفکیر النقدي لدى المتدربین. كما ركزت بشكل رئيسي على أهمية التفكير النقدي وكيف أنه يساعد على تطوير نظام التفكير والإبتعاد عن طرق التعلم التقليدية.

وفي ختام الورشة تناوب على النقاش الختامي المفتوح الدكتور خالد المشيخي نائب عميد كلية الأداب والعلوم التطبيقية في جامعه ظفار والدكتور ريس التميمي محاضر لغة إنجليزية بالكلية التقنية بصلالة وتناول المحاوران العديد من المواضيع المتعلقه بطرق التدريس و العوامل التحفيزية لمتعلمين اللغة الإنجليزية وماهي الصعوبات التي قد يوجهها المتعلم وكيفية مواكبة التطورات المحيطة وتفعيلها لتسيير عجلة التعليم للأفضل. حيث تمت مناقشة وتبادل الآراء والأفكار التي تهم العملية التعليمية وتطويرها بما يتناسب مع متطلعات الكليات والمؤسسات التعليمية في السلطنة.

وفي نهاية الحفل قدم أ. سعيد المشيخي الشكر والإمتنان إلى جميع الأعضاء المشاركين في تجهيز وتنظيم جميع الترتيبات المتعلقة بالورشة و تنفيذها على نحو فعال.

Improving Teaching Quality 1 at Rotana Resort, Salalah

The English Language Center at Salalah College of Technology, under the guidance of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashikhi, Head of the ELC and the Chairman of the Steering Committee, organized a workshop at Salalah Rotana Resort entitled “Improving Teaching Quality1”. It is the first workshop organized by the ELC and it aims to continuously advance the teaching and learning process by addressing staff professional needs which are aligned with staff self - appraisals. The primary goals are to provide them with opportunities to share ideas, reflect on their day-to-day teaching practices and exchange knowledge and experiences in the field in a stimulating professional environment.

Many researchers, lecturers and educational experts who are concerned about creative, innovation learning practices were participated in this workshop from different educational institutions, such as Sultan Qaboos University, Dhofar University, Salalah College of Applied Sciences, Salalah Fisherman Training Institute and Salalah Nursing Institute.

Mr. Edward Stallard and Mr. Salim Al-Mashani, Lecturers at SCT, presented the workshop and it was launched with verses recited from the Holy Quran by Mr. Shoaib Al-Balushi, Lecturer at the ELC, followed with a speech from Mr. Said Al-Mashikhi, Head of the ELC. Mr. Al Mashikhi said “the center offers a comprehensive training program prior to admission to the college and it enhances their English language, since it is the language of the instruction”. Later, he announced that this will be the start of a chain of workshops that target in assisting the students and improving the educational and to avoid the recent obstacles in learning the English Language.

The keynote was addressed by Dr. Victoria Tuzlokova, Head of Professional Development and Research Unit at Sultan Qaboos University. Her keynote speech addressed the need to ensure that higher education in Oman is suitably adapted to equip students with effective skills, which are considered as key requirements for a successful professional career in the 21st century, and to draw attention to the importance of these skills.

Mr. Faisal bin Khalifa, The head of the Founding Program at Dhofar University presented a paper titled “Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom: Strategizing Classroom Delivery”. He discussed the studies which have shown that “emotional intelligence (EI)” could improve students’ emotional learning and academic performance. Research indicates that emotional skills are inextricably associated with success, hence the need to strategize EI in class. The presenter highlighted the strategies that help in building momentum and bolster success in the classroom.

Another paper presented by Mr. Marwan Al-Yafai, Lecturer at Salalah College of Applied Sciences titled" Types Of Motivation Among College Omani Students At English Foundation Level: Which One Has The Upper Hand?” the paper emphasized a personal research which address the different motivational factors, or variables, that students have for learning a foreign language.

Mr. Mokshanand Gandrapu presented a paper titled “Integration Of 21st Century Technology into The Classroom”. According to him “In these technologically advanced times, it is quite difficult to imagine a world that does not have the Internet, cellphones, smartboards, i-Pads, or any other iconic inventions and devices that have become indispensable to living and maintaining a contemporary lifestyle. Even though technology is the crux of our lives, it doesn’t seem to be yet possible to tap into this giant area of potential and integrate it into the English classroom to enlighten, enrich and enhance the teaching and learning process and experience.

After that Mr. Jamaluddin Al Akremi,a lecturer in the English Language center at Salalah College of Technology also presented a paper entitled “Taking Advantage Of The Pre-Reading Activities Provided In L2 Cycle 2 Basic Education Textbooks In Oman To Facilitate Learners’ Comprehension" in which he talked about how ESL teachers of C2 Basic Education took advantage of the pre-reading activities available in C2 BE textbooks and teachers’ books to facilitate their learners’ comprehension.

A final paper work presented by Ms. Dalinda Zghidi, English Instructor at the Fishermen Training Institute titled “Raising Learners’ Awareness of the Importance of Critical Thinking”. The paper highlighted the importance of critical thinking and how it helps to develop a system of thinking that goes beyond the traditional rote learning and encourages higher-order thinking.

At the end of the workshop, a panel discussion was held by Dr. Khalid Almushiki, Assistant Dean of College and Applied science at Dhofar University and Dr. Rais Attamimi, post foundation coordinator in the ELC at Salalah College of technology. They discussed important topics regarding the best teaching practice and L2 motivational factors: common characteristics and implications. Lastly, many points of views were shared through the panel discussions that reflect the concern of the researchers and the lecturers to improve the educational process in the center, college and the region around.

At the end of the ceremony, Mr. Saeed Al Mashikhi extended a word of thanks to the Committees members for organizing the schedule, arrangements pertaining to the workshop and ensuring its effective implementation.

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ELC to hold one-day seminar

As a part of the English Language Center professional development annual plan, The ELC at Salalah College of Technology will hold a one-day seminar on Monday, April 10, 2017, on “Improving Teaching Quality” at Salalah Rotana Resort.

The first seminar aims to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals in the Dhofar region from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge and skill gap, to promote research, and to increase awareness of pedagogical trends.

For more information about the seminar visit https://www.sct.edu.om/web/index.php/elc-seminar

Time Event
8:00am Registration - Front Desk
8:30am Opening ceremony and recitation of the Holy Quran
9:00am Welcome address by:
Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki
Head, English Language Center and Seminar Chairperson
Salalah College of Technology
9:10am Recognition of the Keynote Speaker, the Paper Presenters, and the Moderators
9:20am Keynote address by
Dr. Victoria Tuzlokova
Centre for Preparatory Studies
Sultan Qaboos University
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

The skills required for 21st century training in higher education institutions in Oman: Helping students realize their highest potential in relation to the job market

9:50am Breakfast
10:20am Paper presentation by
Mr. Faical Ben Khalifa
Director, Foundation Program
Dhofar University

Emotional intelligence in the classroom: Strategizing classroom delivery

10:50am Paper presentation by
Mr. Marwan Alyafi
Lecturer and Assessment Coordinator of English Department
College of Applied Sciences, Salalah

Types of motivation among college Omani students at English foundation level: Which one has the upper hand?

11:20am Tea / coffee break
11:30am Paper presentation by
Mr. Jamel Eddine Al Akremi
English Language Lecturer
Salalah College of Technology

Taking advantage of the pre-reading activities provided in L2 cycle 2 basic education text-books in Oman to facilitate learners’ comprehension

12:00pm Paper presentation by
Mr. Mokshanand Gandrapu English for Specific Purposes Teacher
Salalah Nursing Institute

Integrating 21st century technology in our classroom

12:30pm Paper presentation by
Ms. Dalenda Zghidi English Instructor
Salalah Fisherman Training Institute

Raising learners’ awareness of the importance of critical thinking

1:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm Panel discussion
Dr. Khalid Al-Mashikhi (Moderator) Assistant Dean of College of Arts and Applied Sciences
Dhofar University

Best teaching practices

2:30pm Panel discussion
Dr. Rais Attamimi (Moderator)
Post-Foundation Coordinator of English Language Center
Salalah College of Technology

L2 Motivational Factors: Common Characteristics and Implications for EFL Teachers

3:00pm Closing Ceremony

Bio of the Keynote Speaker

Dr. Victoria TuzlukovaVictoria Tuzlukova has a PhD in Comparative Linguistics from Moscow State University. She is currently on the English faculty of the Centre for Preparatory Studies at Sultan Qaboos University. Victoria is a co-editor of General Foundation Programmes in Higher Education in the Sultanate of Oman: Experiences, Challenges and Considerations for the Future (2013), Language, Learning and Teaching (2011), The Omani ELT Symphony: Maintaining Linguistic and Socio-Cultural Equilibrium (2010), Language of Professional Communication in Focus of Linguistics and Cultural Studies (2009), and ESP and Technology in Oman. Special Issue of Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes (2016). Victoria has participated in a number of large scale projects in Oman. Her forthcoming publications are on skills training and community-based projects in English language teaching and learning.

Abstract of the Keynote Speech

This keynote speech addresses the need to ensure that higher education in Oman is suitably adapted to equip students with effective skills, which are regarded as key requirements for a successful professional career in the 21st century, and draw attention to the importance of these skills. More specifically, it involves the audience in careful examination of how the English language classroom can be facilitated and suitably adapted to equip students with 21st century skills and focuses on quality pedagogy, motivating strategies and pedagogical conditions necessary for building and extending students’ skills through English language learning.

Paper 1: Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom: Strategizing Classroom Delivery

Abstract

Studies have shown that emotional intelligence (EI) could improve students’ emotional learning and academic performance. Research indicates that emotional skills are inextricably associated with success, hence the need to strategize EI in class. The presenter will describe the strategies that will help build momentum and bolster success in the classroom.

Over the last two decades, emotional intelligence (EI) has come a long way to prove its efficiency in many fields. Statistical and anecdotal evidence has shown that once utilized in the classroom, EI could impact both teaching and learning and yield astonishing results in developing students’ academic performance (Durlak et al., 2011). The question remains why this is not part of everyday practice in the classroom. This presentation shows not only how important EI is in the classroom but also goes a step further into showing how this could be implemented by demonstrating strategies and techniques that can readily be mastered and implemented. Keeping EI away from academics is a disservice to both educators and students, hence the need to enlighten the former and maximize the full potential of the latter.

Bio

Mr. Faical Ben Khalifa Mr. Faical Ben Khalifa has been in the field of education since 1997. He is currently the Director of the Foundation Program in Dhofar University and the FP Quality Assurance Chair. He is also a translator, a certified trainer in Human Development, a member of the Arab Trainers Union and a member of the International Academy of Personal Training and Leadership Development.


Paper 2: Types of motivation among college Omani students at English foundation level: Which one has the upper hand?

Abstract

Much research has been carried out in order to address the different motivational factors, or variables, that students have for learning a second language. Based on research findings to this date, three factors have been identified, and these are described as intrinsic, extrinsic and instrumental. It has been argued that if a student has a motivation to learn a language, he or she will likely learn more than a student who lacks motivation to learn.

This argument sounds logical. However, does it rise to the level of an observable fact? If yes, which type of motivation leads to better qualitative or quantitative language achievement? In this research, I have aimed to find out the correlation between beginning level students’ type of observed motivation and their achievement level in the English language by the end of semester. Over 200 students have been chosen as a sample to complete a 7- point Likert scale questionnaire ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree. In these questionnaires, there are fifteen statements; five questions used to measure the three known motivational factors. A correlational method is used to show any significance between students’ achievement and type of motivation.

Bio

Marwan alyafai Mr. Marwan Alyafai is an English language teacher and educator with a teaching experience of over 20 years. He is currently working at Salalah College of Applied Sciences. His fields of interests are Threshold Concepts, quality of knowledge at the tertiary level, teacher education and learning-driven motivation. Meanwhile, he is about to complete his Ed.D degree (Doctorate of Education) at Durham University, UK.


Paper 3: Taking advantage of the pre-reading activities provided in L2 cycle 2 basic education textbooks in Oman to facilitate learners’ comprehension

Abstract

The primary objective of the study was to investigate how ESL teachers of C2 Basic Education took advantage of the pre-reading activities available in C2 BE textbooks and teachers’ books to facilitate their learners’ comprehension. To this end, a sequential mixed methods design was employed in two phases. First, three units of each of 7th, 8th and 9th Grades of C2 BE were evaluated in order to find out whether there were enough instructional pre-reading activities. Second, ten ESL teachers of C2 BE were observed with a main focus on the pre-reading stage, and how they took advantage of the pre-reading activities provided in the prescribed textbooks. Third, follow-up semi-structured interviews were conducted with those teachers being observed to get insight into their attitudes about the impact and importance of the pre-reading activities and whether these attitudes conform to what they actually did in class. Finally, a closed-ended questionnaire was administered to 60 male ESL teachers of C2 BE to probe further into their attitudes to the effect of pre-reading activities and the activation of background knowledge on reading comprehension. As a whole, the findings of the study revealed that there was a strong agreement of the important role of schema theory-based pre-reading activities and the activation of prior knowledge in promoting L2 learners’ comprehension. Taking into account of the findings reported in this study, some implications for ESL teachers as well as in-service training for teachers of C2 BE are suggested.

Bio

Jamel Eddine Al AkremiMr. Jamel Eddine Al AKremi is currently a lecturer at Salalah College of Technology. He received an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Sunderland, UK. He also obtained a CELTA Certificate. He has taught English to ESL and EFL learners for nearly two decades. He has worked as a regional supervisor in the Department of Human Resources Development, Directorate General of Education from 2009 to 2014. His fields of interest encompass research methods in teaching, assessment and curriculum design.


Paper 4: Integration of 21st Century Technology into the Classroom

Abstract

In these technologically advanced times, it is quite difficult to imagine a world that does not have the Internet, or cellphones, or smartboards, or i-Pads, or any other iconic inventions and devices that have become indispensable to living and maintaining a contemporary lifestyle. Our homes, offices, transportation systems, communications and educational institutions are intricately built and sustained by technology. At the same time, many phrases have emerged into our day-to-day language, such as ‘google it,’ ‘text in,’ ‘tweet & re-tweet,’ ‘blog & blogger’ and so on. So, it’s not surprising that many of students are very much adept at using mobile devices such as ‘i-Pads, i-Pods, smartphones and other mobile devices.’ They, too, are the prolific users of these ingenious technological tools and social media. Even though technology is the crux of our lives, it doesn’t seem to be yet possible to tap into this giant area of potential and integrate it into the English classroom to enlighten, to enrich and to enhance the teaching and learning process and experience.

Bio

Mokshanand GandrapuMr. Mokshanand Gandrapu has been a teacher of English over two decades starting from the secondary level and ranging to the tertiary levels of education. After a 13-year stint with the Ministry of Education, Oman, he has worked at the Salalah Nursing Insitute, which is administered by the Omani Ministry of Health, serving as an ESP teacher since 2011. Improving and consolidating vocabulary through reading and writing has been his primary interest


Paper 5: Raising learners’ awareness of the importance of critical thinking

Abstract

Scholars in education are keen on improve the teaching quality in every scholastic institution. This paper, entitled “The Importance of Critical Thinking”, can be introduced within this context with its primary focus on finding out ways on which learners’ critical thinking may be enhanced and facilitated. Its main focus is to highlight the importance of critical thinking and how it helps to develop a system of thinking that goes beyond the traditional rote learning and encourages higher-order thinking.

Within the scope of this topic, the following research questions are addressed:

  1. What is critical thinking? (Bloom’s Taxonomy)
  2. What are the characteristics of critical thinkers?
  3. Why is it important to foster critical thinking?

Samples of classroom activities that promote critical thinking are introduced.

Critical thinking helps to create skilled thinkers able to understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create the optimal conditions to become successful learners to be ready for life. In addition to reviewing the theoretical side, this paper will provide some critical thinking activities. The audience will be invited to practise these activities in a classroom-like setting.

Bio

Dalenda Zghidi Ms. Dalenda Zghidi is originally from Tunisia, lecturing on English language courses at Salalah Fisherman Training Institute. She has participated in several different presentations and workshops, among them the Forest 5 workshop in 2006, entitled “Everyday One Word,” another seminar at Sultan Qaboos University entitled “Teaching Through Drama” in 2007, a PFP Needs Analysis at the College of Tourism in Muscat in November of 2013. Her interests have shifted to work ethics and team building.

Dr. Khalid Al-Mashikhi

Dr. Khalid Al-MashikhiDr. Khalid Al-Mashikhi is the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Applied Sciences at Dhofar University. Khalid received his MA and Ed. D in Education and Leadership from the University of Nebraska Omaha, the USA. His teaching and research interests include leadership, teaching and learning.


Dr. Rais Attamimi

Dr. Rais AttamimiDr. Rais Attamimi currently lectures in English Language at Salalah College of Technology. Previously, he taught EFL at Aden and Hadramout Universities in Yemen. His Doctorate from the Malaysian University of Science reflects his interests in sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

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Sembcorp Salalah Visits SCT Featured

In an effort to foster mutually beneficial partnerships with the local community, and live by its vision of embodying its corporate social responsibility, Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company, through its CEO Alex Miguel visited Salalah College of Technology last April 6, 2017 and met with the college dean, Dr.Hamdan Al Manthari together with the assistant deans.

The meeting was very productive as future project collaborations were discussed including SembCorps commitment to accommodate SCT students as On-The-Job trainees in the company. They will also provide feedbacks on the performance of SCT graduates that they hired the past 2-3 years in the hope of contributing to the improvement of our quality program offerings to the current students that respond to changing market needs.

As part of SEMBCORP’S corporate social/community service, the company donated 10 LCD projectors that our College would use to implement our plans of development and expansion.

Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company (Sembcorp Salalah) developed, owns and operates an electricity generation and seawater desalination plant, the Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant, located between Taqah and Mirbat in Oman. The plant is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salalah, the administrative town in the Dhofar Governorate.

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English Language Center (ELC) –General Foundation Program (GFP)

What is the GFP?

The General Foundation Program was established in 2006 by the OAAA to nationalize the program adopted by all COTs. The GFP provides a strong foundation to the higher education sector in Oman. Most Omani students undertake the GFP prior to their higher education programs. To meet international standards the GFP is now undergoing the Accreditation Process.

How far has the GFPA progressed?

ELC-GFP is now in the second stage of preparation for Accreditation.

In April 2016: the first stage of phase one commenced.

On the 20th and 27th April 2016: the GFP Council Committee conducted two workshops to ensure all GFP Staff is aware of the Accreditation Project.

On the 2nd and 5th October 2016: two more workshops were conducted for GFP Audit Awareness.

18th October 2016: ELC GFP Council members met to decide the 7 GFP Working Groups, the members and their responsibilities.

On 6th November 2016: the Steering Committee met with the 7 GFP Working Groups to discuss the mechanism for collecting GFP Self-Study data. A detailed schedule with milestones for each task was documented and disseminated to all members.

From 18th October to 1st December 2016: the 7 GFPWKs met several times to discuss and list required Support Material.

On 1st and 4th December 2016: the Monitoring Committee met the GFPWGs to discuss the Approach and Support Material available. The Feedback in the form of comments/suggestions from the Monitoring Committee was then incorporated.

On 28th February 2017: the Steering Committee met the members of the GFP Working Groups to discuss problems faced and solutions, also to ensure that the required support and guidance are provided.

On 26th March 2017: the Steering Committee conducted a workshop to train the members of the GFP WGs on how to write the Criterion for each Scope in the ADRI format.

Each group is now working independently at the task. The next workshop is scheduled in the third week in April 2017.

Mr. Saeed Al Mashiki
Chairman ELC GFP

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Awarding Ceremony

The awarding ceremony was held on the 29th, March 2017 at 12:00 in the SAC. The awarding ceremony was under the patronage of Dr. Said Omar Al Mashiki, the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. The ceremony started with a welcome speech by Mr. Saeed Al Mashiki, HELC. Dr. Rais Al Tamimi and Mr. Jon Chittick continued with a brief description of the courses provided by the ELC which were: English Refresher course and English in the Workplace. This was followed by student representative’s speeches and individual student testimonials. The ceremony ended with distribution of certificates and then refreshments were provided.

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Business Department organized a Quiz Bowl Competition in Business Ethics. Featured

The Business Ethics section teachers in partnership with the Student Development Committee organized a Business Ethics Quiz Bowl Competition last March 21, 2017, Tuesday, 12 noon at Buss-14C. The competition was held to supplement the classroom learning of students and develop camaraderie among the participants. In the process, the event was aimed to inculcate the college values of teamwork and innovation. There were 10 groups composed of 3 team members coming from the different departments of the college who participated in the competition. The Business Ethics teachers all took part in the event and played significant roles to ensure success in the activity. All winners received glass trophies and prizes. The following students emerged as the competition winners:

First Place

Student Name Department
Asma Musallam Mohammed Al- Maashani Engineering
Adlah Mohammed Ali Al- Bathari Engineering
Ameena Yahya Ahmed Al- Amri Engineering

Second Place

Student Name Department
Issam Mohammed Al Masoudi Engineering
Alazhar Saif Al Hinai Engineering
Hassan Khalid Al Yafai Engineering

Third Place

Student Name Department
Abdulrhaman Mohammed Al Rashdi Engineering
Jehad Said Ahmed Al Khatiri Engineering
Ali Mubarak Rajab Bait Mubarak Business
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“IT DAY 2017” Celebrated by Information Technology Department Featured

Information Technology Department of Salalah College of Technology organized a mega student event titled “IT Day 2017” which was conducted on March 21st 2017 from 9:30AM to 2:30PM at the SCT Multi-purpose Hall. The objective of the event is to develop the student’s learning capabilities and to support them in the development of their IT technical skills and soft skills. The students showcased their talents and IT skills by participating in the different activities prepared in the event. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Abhishek Dubey- HOS-IS. During the inauguration session he gave an inspirational message to the participants and appreciated the students for their active participation in all the competitions. A series of different competitions for students were held during this day which includes IT Quiz Bee, Database Design Competition, IT IMPACTS and PI Day Celebration.

Students from the different levels joined the competition with their coaches. The following were the highlights of each competition:

IT QUIZ BEE was conducted in multipurpose hall at 10.00 AM. A total of 12 teams (36 Students) participated. The event was conducted with the guidance of Mr. Jonathan Tambaoan, Head of Networking and Internet & E-Security Section and Mr. Zahid Mehmood, Head of Information Technology Section. The winners of the event are listed below.

Champion

  • Ghazwa Fail Faraj Bait Rajibon
  • Faiza Ahmed Mohammed Atqoon Al Shahri
  • Huda Salim Saleh Al Khazimi

DATABASE DESIGN was conducted in Database Lab at 10 AM. The event was coordinated and guided by Mr. G. Baskar, Head of Database Section. Participants designed their own database based on a given scenario. A total of 3 student groups (9 Students) participated. The winners of the event are listed below:

Champion

  • Hamda Said Ali Al Shahri
  • Nada Khalid Saleh Haider
  • Ryan Said Hamdan Al Alawi

IT IMPACTS was conducted under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Abhishek Dubey, Head of Information System Section. A total of 15 student groups (35 Students) participated. The program was started in the Multipurpose Hall at 12.00 Noon. Each group of students presented their technical ideas in poster presentation. All the groups received a token of appreciation and greetings for their soft skills. Everyone who attended the activity enjoyed the poster exhibit, model presentations. Judges observed the poster presented by the participants and choose the best poster of the day.

The winners of the event are listed below:

Diploma Level Category

Champion

  • Iman Saleh Mohammed Al –Attaas
  • Ghamila Saleem Shantoof Zabnoot

Advanced Diploma and B.Tech Level Category

Champion

  • Asma Ahmed Al Maashani
  • Nafa Salim Tabook

ITpost-2017 was organized by the IS Section on the theme of “No Smoking”. 66 Students participated in the said event from various levels and from all the departments of the college. The winner of the event is given bellow

Champion

Ahmed Masoud Ahmed Al Kathry
(Engineering Department)

‘Pi Day’ Celebration & Knowledge Sharing Workshop was hosted by the Math Section headed by Dr. Mallika Natarajan and was conducted at Multipurpose Hall at 12.00 PM. ‘Pi’ is an extremely interesting number that is important to all sorts of mathematical calculations. The workshop intended to motivate all student participants to take a pledge to share their knowledge and expertise learned in the workshop. Omani graduates of our college and other universities need to be able to become a continuous and discerning learners, problem solvers and critical thinkers towards achieving a progressive Oman. The winners of the event are listed below

Advanced Diploma and B.Tech Level Category:

Title of the poster presentation: Application of Differential Equation to Science and Technology.

Champion

  • Fatema Said Abdullah Bazanboor
  • Shayma Mohammed Musallam Al-Amari

Diploma Level Category:

Title of the poster presentation: Trigonometric Ratios (Working Model)

Champion

  • Mohammed Suhail Al Amri
  • Marwan Mussalam Fadil

“IT Day 2017” was a great success and memorable event for the whole IT department. Hundreds of students participated in the activities. This event became successful through the over-all supervision of Mr. Viji Paul, IT-HOD and all the Head of Sections of the department. All the head of sections of different specialization distributed the prizes and certificates to the winners of the different activities. Dr. Abhishek Dubey concluded the event with vote of thanks to all student participants and organizers that made the event successful. IT department thank all the Chairs, Co-Chairs and members of the organizing committees and sub committees such as Program Committee, Hall-Stage-Audio Management Committee, and Logistics-Decoration-Awards & Mementos Committee for the wonderful arrangements.

This event was supported and sponsored by the SCT management by providing all the necessary facilities to ensure the smooth conduct of the different student development activities in the department. The department is thankful for the support and encouragement received from the honorable Dean and Asst. Deans of our college.

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