Seminar on “Sharing the best practices in applying the constructive alignment of learning outcomes, teaching and assessment in the context of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, HCMC, (USSH)”

Seminar on “Sharing the best practices in applying the constructive alignment of learning outcomes, teaching and assessment in the context of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, HCMC” was sponsored by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia and held at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU-HCM, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am, on 15 June 2017 at Room D201, 10-12 Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.


Participating in the seminar, there were Dr. Pham Tan Ha, Vice President in charge of academic affairs of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU-HCM, and other lecturers, teachers and staff from Faculties and Departments of the USSH and of other universities in Ho Chi Minh city.


Dr. Pham Tan Ha, Vice President, delivering the opening speech

Opening the seminar, Dr. Pham Tan Ha emphasized, “Learning outcomes are what the university are committed to the society, so the process of assuring and monitoring how students can achieve these learning outcomes during their university study are inevitable; especially, the significant roles of well-designed teaching and assessment in effectively enabling students to achieve these expected learning outcomes and to meet the needs of society. Today seminar will provide you all an opportunity to share and exchange your practical experiences and personal reflections in applying constructive alignment in reality, aiming at improving the quality of teaching and learning”.


The first session had three presenters with the following presentations: (1) “Applying Constructive Alignment to design learning plans for students at the Faculty of English Linguistics and Literature: Practical Experiences” by Dr. Nguyen Dang Nguyen, Lecturer, Faculty of English Linguistics and Literature, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU-HCM; (2) Applying Constructive Alignment in improving the quality of teaching and learning to meet the AUN-QA standards version 3.0 at program level” by Mr. Hoang Minh Thong, MA, Lecturer, Faculty of International Relations, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU-HCM; and (3) Some experiences in student assessment through the course of Indian and Southeast Asian Literature” by Ms. Dao Thi Diem Trang, MA, Lecturer, Faculty of Vietnamese Linguistics and Literature, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU-HCM.

 

Dr. Nguyen Dang Nguyen, 1st presenter of the session 1

 

Mr. Hoang Minh Thong, 2nd presenter of the session 1

 

Ms. Dao Thi Diem Trang, 3rd presenter of the session 1
 

The second session of the seminar had two presenters, Ms. Nguyen Thuy An, MA, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU-HCM with the presentation on “Applying Constructive Alignment to teaching and its impacts on student learning”, and the other guest speakers, Dr. Dinh Ba Tien, Lecturer of, Faculty of Information Technology, University of Natural Sciences, VNU-HCM with the sharing on “The best practices in constructively aligning teaching, and assessment to the expected learning outcomes at the Faculty of Information Technology, University of Natural Sciences, VNU-HCM ".

 

Ms. Nguyen Thuy An, 4th presenter of the session 2

 

Dr. Dinh Ba Tien, 5th presenter of the session 2

The five presentations of the seminar focused on sharing practical experiences and the best practices as well as reflecting difficulties in the implementation process and proposing critical changes needed from the faculty and from the university to create a more favorable environment for the successful applications of Constructive Alignment in context of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU-HCM. In addition, through the discussions at the seminar, the participants also raised interesting questions about how to successfully apply new teaching and assessment activities by the presenters in the last semesters.


With practical suggestions and sharing, the participants were of the same mind about the proposed suggestions raised by both the presenters and participants about how to improve the quality of teaching and learning through applying Constructive Alignment of teaching, assessment to expected learning outcomes. More importantly, the participants also agreed that the ultimate goal of any the quality improvement activities is to provide the best support to help students learn more effectively and to achieve the highest level of expected learning outcomes.


Download the full papers presented the seminar here.

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