The Teaching Innovation Unit
at the IDC Herzliya
A rapid plethora of technology changes have led to the ubiquity of knowledge, which is readily available for all.
In addition, lecturers are forced into a battle for the students’ attention versus myriad technological devices (computers, tablets, smartphones), and diverse content platforms (Facebook, YouTube, etc).
In line with the new reality, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya has resolved to establish a “Teaching Innovation Unit” (TIU).
The TIU main goal is to establish an innovative high-quality teaching & learning environment at the IDC.
Implementation of Teaching & Learning Technologies in existing courses
The TIU explores and analyses various cutting edge technologies from around the world and classifies them into key pedagogical-didactic categories (classroom interaction tools, communication and cooperative learning tools, etc.) – The product of this work is “The Lecturer's Toolkit”.
IDC’s lecturers receive personal guidance to employ these technologies in their courses.
Development of new courses, based on innovative teaching models
The TIU develops new courses which are based on innovative teaching models: Distance Learning, Hybrid Teaching, Flipped Classroom, etc.
Many of these courses are based on high quality instructional videos, and contains diverse and engaging learning & evaluation activities, focusing on higher forms of thinking.
Development of a new teaching model
As part of the desire to strengthen the important “face to face” encounter between the lecturer and the students, the TIU has developed a new teaching model called the multi-directional teaching model. This model encourages students to share their thoughts, questions, feelings and knowledge, with their peers, and with the lecturers.
Promotion of quality teaching by providing continuous professional development
The TIU provides the lecturers three complementary professional development services.
Practical workshops that cover various topics related to teaching and learning.
For Example: “Class interactions”, “encouraging students self-learning”, etc.
Personal counseling & guidance process, which includes experiencing a new teaching methods and / or a specific learning technology.
Measurement and Evaluation
At the end of each semester, the unit identifies the main experiences and conducts a thorough Measurement and evaluation process. This process includes: collecting students’ feedback, initiating “focus groups”, and conducting a summarizing dialog with the lecturer.
At the end of this procedure, the unit produces a report detailing the insights and recommendations.
A glimpse to our work
Concept video: 21st Century Challenges
Promo video: Systematic Creativity