The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, as part of its mission to safeguard standards and to support the continuous improvement of higher education institutions, successfully conducted a two-day seminar on "Active Teaching, Learning and Assessment centred on the Student". The seminar was held in Nicosia on 6-7 of September. The seminar was attended by members of higher education institutions in Cyprus. KES College was represented by Dr. Vassias Vassiliades, Director of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Christina Yennari, Education and Curriculum Design and Development Officer.
The key speakers and coordinators of the two-day seminar were professors – experts in student-centred teaching and learning – Sabine Hoidn, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Manja Klemenčič, Harvard University, USA. The central axis of the seminar was the promotion of the active participation of students during teaching and their involvement in the development of learning objectives. During the seminar, the participants had the opportunity to learn about the various student-centred course design practices, the processes that need to be established when creating institutional frameworks to activate learning, share experiences and suggestions on good educational practices in the context of higher education and propose ways of implementation. The two-day seminar closed with speeches on how technology can assist with student-centred teaching and a group discussion among the participants regarding the problem of balancing the needs and expectations of teachers and the needs and expectations of students.