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A Staff Development Workshop

A workshop organized by the Staff Development Centre of the University of Kelaniya was held on the 31st of August 2017 at “Goldi Sand Hotel” in Negombo to enhance the leadership skills of administrative officers of the University.
A lecture on “Leadership Skills” was delivered by the Cooperate Trainer Mr. Chandrasiri Satharasinghe and a lecture on “Music Therapy for Relaxation and Stress Management” was delivered by Mahanama Wickramasinghe, the Head of the Department of South Indian Music of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts.

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FSDU Courses



>> Staff Development Unit (SDU) of Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies

Session Date

Content & Scope of  Delivery

11th Feb

Writing Skills for Business Management: Public Relation Perspectives for Academia

18th Feb

Research Circle Seminar & Review Sessions

25th Feb

Effective Communication Strategies for Public Speaking

04th March

Research Circle Seminar & Review Sessions

11th March

Appliitions of Case Studies as Teaching Method: Focusing to local case study based teaching

18th March

Research Circle Seminar & Review Sessions

25th March

Business Simulations as a Teaching Practice for Business Management Undergraduates

1st April

Research Circle Seminar & Review Sessions

08th April

Project Proposal Writing: Business Proposals, Consultancy Proposals and Competitive Grants

29th April

Workshops on Improving Research Skills:

06th May

Data Analysis Workshop: Application of statistical packages for research

13th May

Developing Teaching materials: skill focused workshop for enhancing outcome based teaching materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Session Date

Main content

Deliveries

28th May

role of academia in business management domain to steer  excellence of knowledge deliveries

setting up student centric learning atmosphere and creating integrated dissemination approach

 

11th June

Creating effective learning environment and focusing to soft skills driven dissemination of knowledge

Emphasis to holistic teaching approach to make learning effective and outcome driven.

 

25th June

Business case study analysis

How to use case study method teaching and architecture process of a business management case study.

 

09th July

Industry based Research & Consultancy projects

recognizing commercial research opportunities and learning to consultancy services

 

23rd July

Career Development Guides

Preparation of needful preliminaries for higher studies opportunities and advisory guides for local & foreign opportunities

 

06th August

Workshops on Improving Research Skills:

Analysis and sourcing techniques in modern knowledge environment

20th August

Business etiquettes and professional soft skills

Training and exposure of professional content needed for academia in business management domain

3rd September

Presentation of skill project paper

Participants are invited to present project proposals as groups focusing “bridging students, teaching faculty and industry for a strategic outcome”.

Note: Participant may use the content knowledge received out of the sessions of SDU programs to craft the proposals for the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Development Program- Faculty of Humanities - 2015

No

Date

Lecturer Topic

1

12/02/2015

Introducing Yourself, your guests and Guest speakers

2

19/02/2015

Effective Public Speaking Skills

3

26/02/2015

Introducing Research

4

12/03/2015

Research Methodology

5

19/03/2015

Academic Writing Skills I

6

26/03/2015

Academic Writing Skills -II

7

09/04/2015

Teacher's Personality

8

23/04/2015

Developing Presentation Skills

9

30/04/2015

Preparing for and facing scholarship interviews

10

07/05/2015

Being a Good Teacher

11

14/05/2015

Writing Abstracts

12

21/05/2015

Information Literature and Online Information searching

13

28/05/2015

Introduction to citation Management with Mendeley

14

05/06/2015

Using Microsoft Excel for
Data Analysis

15

12/06/2015

Power point presentation

 


 

 

1. Staff Development Unit – Faculty of Humanities

(Every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

 

No.

Title of lecture

Tentative dates /1p.m. to 4 p.m.

01

Introduction to the course and Ice breaker (Introductions, greetings, farewell, small talk)

April 24(HU)

02

Introducing guests and guest speakers

May 8 (HU)

1 p.m. -2 p.m. Diagnostic test for HU, 2 p.m. -4 p.m. lecture for HU

03

Making impromptu speeches and presentations at conferences

May 22 (HU)

04

Report writing

May 29 (HU)

05

Introducing Research

June 19 (HU)

06

 

 

Introduction to effective presentations(students presentations in groups)

June 26 (HU)

07

Research Methodology for Humanities

July 10

08

Speeches (student speeches on a given topic)

July 17

09

How to do a good Lecture

July 24

10

Writing abstracts  and short paragraphs

July 31

11

Writing notices, agenda, invitations, minutes

August 7

13

Discussion on improving research skills

August 21

14

Career guidance

August 28

15

Using PowerPoint effectively

September 4

16

Facilitating Group Discussions in teaching

September 11

17

An Introduction to the unit system

September 18

18

Exam duties and Evaluation

September 25

19

Ethics for Academic Staff

October 2

20

Feedback and discussion

October 9

 

 

2. English Language skills for academic staff members

Date & Time: Every Tuesday 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Lecturers: Mr. Lakshman Fernando and Ms. Dinali Fernando

Venue: Faculty boardroom of Humanities

 

 

Continuing Professional Development in Medical Education

Workshop Series August – December 2015

Topic

Date

Resource person(s)

Developing quizzes in Moodle

11 August 2015

Dr Dilmini Karunaratne

Descriptive statistics

25 August 2015

Prof A Pathmeswaran

Descriptive statistics using R software

8 September 2015

Dr Dileepa Ediriweera

Inferential statistics significance tests

22 September 2015

Prof A Pathmeswaran

Inferential statistics using R software

13 October 2015

Dr Dileepa Ediriweera

Developing scales, e.g. validated questionnaires

10 November 2015

Dr Madawa Chandratilake

Developing Problem Based Learning sessions

24 November 2015

Dr Madawa Chandratilake, Dr Pavithra Godamune

Basics of developing an OSCE station

8 December 2015

Dr Madawa Chandratilake

 

  • All sessions will be held from 1200 – 1400 hours in faculty boardroom unless notified otherwise.
  • Please note that, as per the University policy, 80% attendance for these sessions (August 2015 to July 2016) are compulsory for probationary academic staff.

Organised by MEC


 

Staff Development Action Plan

Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

  1. A. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for probationary lecturers
  • Two-hour sessions

Date

Topic

January 2015

Single Best Answer (SBA) questions

Preparing an OSPE / OSCE station

February 2015

Reference management software

Long case assessment

March 2015

Using statistical software

Advanced MS Word

May 2015

Writing grant proposals

Bedside teaching

June 2015

(Full-day workshop on using simulated patients for communication skills training  – please see below)

Developing learning materials for the VLE

July 2015

Developing self-assessment materials for the VLE

(Multi-day workshop on qualitative research – please see below)

August 2015

Scientific writing

(Half-day workshop on helping underperforming students – please see below)

September 2015

(Half-day workshop on counselling skills – please see below )

Preparing study guides

October 2015

Negotiation skills

Scientific presentation

November 2015

Emotional intelligence

(Full-day workshop on consensus methods of setting pass marks  for assessments – please see below)

 

  1. B. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for academic staff
  • Half-day workshops

April 2015

Simulation for OSCE

August 2015

Helping underperforming students

September 2015

Counselling skills

 

  • Full-day workshops

June 2015

Using simulated patients for communication skills training

November 2015

Consensus methods of setting pass marks  for assessments

 

  • Multi-day workshops

July 2015

Qualitative research

 

  1. C. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for non-academic staff

Duration and the nature

Hands-on workshops

From March 2015

8 weeks (4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on a weekday- once a week)

Computer Literacy -MS Office based skills

(for Clerical grades)

 

From June 2015

4 weeks (4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on a weekday- once a week)

ICT Skills for office work (for Clerks CAA & Technical Officers)

(Using ICT  tools to manage the work day)

April and August 2015

(Two three-hour workshops during the year)

Workshops to improve soft skills and work attitudes(for Clerks CAA & Technical Officers)

 

July 2015

Awareness programmes on Health & Safety measures

(for all staff)

 

The following training opportunities have been requested by the non-academic staff as a part of university-wide programmes

  • training for two receptionists on Public Relation and communication skills
  • short training for Four person on procurement procedures
  • short training/workshops for Landscaping supervisor, Work Supervisor and Electrical Supervisor to acquire new knowledge of their respective fields
  • short training/workshops for Senior Assistant Registrar, Assistant Registrar and Assistant Bursar to acquire Administrative, Financial knowledge and skills in specified areas

 


 

 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for probationary lecturers 2014 / 2015

Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

Objective:

Probationary lecturers, who participate in this programme, will develop

  • skills of teaching / learning and assessment required as a medical teacher
  • generic skills required as an academic

Proposed dates

Generic skills

Resource person(s)

1.

10 June 2014

How to do a good lecture

Prof Colvin Goonaratna

2.

24 June 2014

Using PowerPoint effectively

Dr Deepthi de Silva

3.

08 July 2014

Developing objects for Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)

Dr Dilmini Karunaratne

4.

22 July 2014

Facilitating small group discussions

Dr Kosal Marambe

5.

12 August 2014

Developing triggers for problem based learning sessions

Dr Indika Karunathilake

6.

26 August 2014

Advanced features of MS Word

Dr Dileepa Ediriweera / Mr Saman Hettige

7.

9 September 2014

Teaching in lab-based settings

Prof Nilmini Chandrasena

8.

23 September 2014

Teaching in clinical settings

Prof Janaka de Silva

9.

14 October 2014

Principles of assessment

Dr Madawa Chandratilake

10.

28 October 2014

Basics of making MCQs

Dr Madawa Chandratilake

11.

11 November 2014

MS Office Excel

Dr Dileepa Ediriweera / Mr Saman Hettige

12.

25 November 2014

Doing research

Dr  Anuradhani Kasturiratne

13.

13 January 2015

Assessment of competence and performance

Dr Madawa Chandratilake

14.

27 January  2015

Preparing an OSPE / OSCE station

Prof Janaki Hewavisenthi

15.

10 February 2015

Long case assessment

Prof Anuja Premawardena

16.

24 February 2015

SPSS : statistical software

Prof A Pathmeswaran

17.

10 March 2015

Reference management software

Dr P Kumarendran

18.

24 March 2015

Improving presentation skills

Prof  Janaka de Silva

19.

12 May 2015

Improving scientific writing skills

Prof Manique Gunasekera

20.

26 May 2015

Writing grant proposals

Prof Rajitha Wickremasinghe

(The months of December 2014 and April 2015 are exempted from the programme)

 

• The programme is organised by the Medical Education Centre.

• Each session will be conducted from 1300 – 1500 hours on above dates at the faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya.

>> Staff Development Unit (SDU) of Faculty of Science

Staff Development Unit (SDU)- Faculty of Science

University of Kelaniya

Action plan for 2015

No

Program

Period

Target Group

1.

Orientation: Faculty Organization, Management, Administrative Procedures, Examination Procedures, Important Circulars and Benefits

2015 (January)

Probationary Lecturers

2.

Safety Management and Faculty Emergency Plan

2015 (February)

Probationary Lecturers

3.

Scientific Writing

2015 (March 1st wk)

Probationary Lecturers

4.

Research Presentation

2015 (March 1st wk)

Probationary Lecturers

5.

Reference Management

2015 (March 3rd wk)

Probationary Lecturers

6.

Scientific Ethic

2015 (April 1st wk)

Probationary Lecturers

7.

Refresher course on Statistical Analysis Tools

2015 (April 3rd wk)

Probationary Lecturers

8.

Workshop on Visual Aids for University Teaching

 

2015 (May 1st wk)

Probationary Lecturers

9.

Workshop on Student Centered Learning Methods

 

2015 (May 3rd wk)

Probationary Lecturers

10.

Workshop on Student Evaluation

 

2015 (June 1st wk)

Probationary Lecturers

11.

Workshop on Information Communication Technology: e –content development

 

2015 (June 3rd wk)

Probationary Lecturers

12.

Listening Comprehension (TOEFL)

2015 (Oct – Nov)

Probationary Lecturers

13.

Interview Skills and Communication

 

2015 (December)

Probationary Lecturers

14.

First Aid and Fire Response

2015 (Jan 3rd wk)

Technical officers and lab attendants

15.

Laboratory Safety and Maintenance Training

2015 (July)

Technical officers and lab attendants

16.

Training Program on Administrative Procedures and Office Management

2015 (Sep)

Technical officers

 


 

 

Staff Development Unit (SDU)- Faculty of Science

University of Kelaniya

Professional Development Program for Probationary Lecturers - Faculty of Science 2014/2015

Objective

The objective of this Staff Development Program is to offer orientation programs/ refresher courses in administrative process, educational psychology and philosophy, and information technology, for all new entrants in the Faculty of Science at the level of Lecturers.

Learning Outcomes

Probationary lecturers who participate in this program will,

  • acquire and improve skills in the art of teaching and evaluation as an educator at the university level to achieve goals of higher education
  • develop personality, creativity, as well as skills in application of cutting edge information and communication technologies in teaching and learning process
  • understand the organization, management, administrative procedures and perceive the responsibilities of a Lecturer at the Faculty of Science

Curriculum

Professional Development Goals

Course

Faculty Organization, Management, Administrative Procedures

Orientation: Faculty of Science

  • University administrative procedures; Letters
  • Examination Procedures; Responsibilities, Rules and Regulations
  • Important circulars; Leave circulars, Promotions, Higher studies
  • Benefits

Safety Management and Faculty Emergency Plan

Laboratory Safety

  • Chemical Safety; Eye and Face protection, Chemical storage, Safety information resources
  • Lab Waste Management; Hazardous waste regulations, Onsite handling of lab wastes, Waste minimization, Environmental controls
  • Bio Safety; Decontamination, Disinfection and Biological Waste Disposal
  • Emergency plan

Basic First Aid

  • Medical emergencies; Wounds and Bleeding, Bone injuries, Bandages and Dressing, Casualty transport
  • Poisoning
  • Basic Life Support

Fire Response

Research and Communication Skills

Scientific Writing

  • Grant writing; How to write a grant proposal, Target audience, How to get your work funded
  • Research publication; Effective writing, How to get your work published

Research Presentation

  • Delivery; Target Audience, Visual Aids

Reference Management

  • Reference management software

Scientific Ethic

Refresher course on Statistical Analysis Tools

Teaching Skills

Workshop on Visual Aids for University Teaching

  • Powerful Power Point
  • Chalkboard

Workshop on Student Centered Learning Methods

  • How to conduct effective Problem-based learning activities
  • How to conduct group activities/ discussions
  • Develop lesson plan for student-centered learning

Workshop on Student Evaluation

  • Set a Quiz based on the Lesson Plan Developed
  • Evaluate student performance

Enneagram for Teaching, Learning and Working

Information and Communication Technology Skills Development

Workshop on Information Communication Technology

  • e-content development

Communication Skills

Listening Comprehension

  • Listening and Understanding

Extensive Listening vs. Intensive Listening

  • Global comprehension
  • Effective listening strategies

Diction

  • Enunciation
  • Assimilation

Diction

  • Word choice

Vocabulary

Discourse Markers

Informal and Idiomatic English

Interview Skills

 


Staff Development Unit (SDU)- Faculty of Science

University of Kelaniya

Professional Development Program for Non-academic Staff – Faculty of Science

 

Objective

The objective of this Staff Development Program is to offer induction and training programs in Administrative Procedures, Office Management, Communication, Information Technology and Safety Management to improve the administrative, management and communication skills of the non-academic staff of the Faculty as well as improve the teaching, learning and working environment of the students, academic and non-academic staff of the Faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Non-academic staff members who participate in this program will,

  • acquire and improve Office and Resource Management skills, Communication skills, Computer skills, and Safety Management skills
  • understand the organization, management, administrative procedures and perceive the responsibilities of the non-academic staff in the government service and the Faculty

Curriculum

Professional Development Goals

Target Group

Course

Administrative Procedures

Technical Officers

Induction

  • Procedural rules in the government service
  • Procedural rules in the University

Resource Management

Technical Officers

 

Human Resource Management

Technical Officers, Lab attendants

Physical Resource Management

Office Management

Technical Officers

  • Maintenance of documents
  • Documentation

Communication

Technical Officers

  • Letter writing
  • Electronic mail

Computer Skills

Technical Officers

  • Web search engines
  • MS Office

Laboratory Safety and Maintenance

Technical Officers, Lab attendants

Lab Waste Management

  • Hazardous waste regulations
  • Onsite handling of lab wastes
  • Waste minimization
  • Environmental controls

Bio Safety

  • Principles of Biosafety
  • Decontamination and Disinfection
  • Disposal of biological waste

 

Laboratory Safety

  • Chemical storage
  • Chemical handling; Eye and Face protection
  • Safety information resources
  • Emergency plan

Laboratory Maintenance

  • Laboratory instrument cleaning
  • Safety instrument maintenance
  • Record keeping

First Aid and Fire Response

Technical Officers, Lab attendants

Basic First Aid

  • Medical emergencies; Wounds and Bleeding, Bone injuries, Bandages and Dressing, Casualty transport
  • Poisoning
  • Basic Life Support

Fire Response

Functional English and Skill Development Program (Tentative Schedule)

First semester, 2015

week

Lesson focus

Time

13.00 p.m. to 16.00 p.m.

1

Making introductions – formal and informal occasions

11 Feb

2

Improving skills and leadership qualities

18 Feb

3

Writing effective personnel statements

25 Feb

4

Effective speeches (Guests and keynote)

04 March

5

Grammar for academic purposes (punctuation, spelling, subject verb agreement etc.)

11 March

6

Write summaries

18 March

7

Negotiation skills

25 March

8

Introduction to proposals and proposal writing

1 April

9

Taking down notes, responding to questions       (Listening skills)

8 April

10

Sampling methods for sample surveys

22 April

11

Data analysis with SPSS I

29 April

12

Data analysis with SPSS II

06 April

13

Report writing skills

08 April

14

References (articles)

15 April

15

Outbound training

22 April

 


 

 

Functional English

 

Lesson focus

1p.m. to 4 p.m.

1

Introductions, greetings, farewell, small talk

April 23, 2014

2

Making requests, question types

April 30, 2014

3

Introducing guests and guest speakers

May 7, 2014

 

4

Making impromptu speeches and presentations at conferences

May 21, 2014

5

Report writing

May 28, 2014

6

Interviews ( promotions, grants and scholarships)

 

June 4, 2014

7

Abstracts

 

June 11, 2014

8

Language of meetings ( agreeing, disagreeing, presenting views, summarizing, finishing up, next meeting, closing) Mock session

 

June 18, 2014

9

Introduction to effective presentations and public speaking skills

June 25, 2014

10

Effective presentations

July 2, 2014

11

Speeches

 

July 9, 2014

12

Writing short paragraphs

July 16, 2014

13

Writing notices, agenda, invitations, minutes

 

July 23, 2014

14

Authentic image management for a successful career

July 30, 2014

15

Feedback

August 6, 2014

 


Title of course: Advanced English Language Development for Social Science Faculty Academics

Instructor: Carol Marsh, Senior English Language Fellow

Class dates: 9, 23, 30 June and 7, 14, 21 July

Time: Mondays 9AM-11AM

Room: Social Science Faculty Research Center

Course Objectives and Content:

Instructor and participants agreed on a weekly content of 1 hour discussion on various topics to improve participants spoken English and 1 hour of composition instruction and practice related to the topic of discussion to improve participants written English. Vocabulary development will be continuous and grammar topics will be addressed as necessary. In addition, Instructor has agreed to meet with participants individually at a time convenient to both to discuss their compositions.

Participants understand that attendance is essential and written homework is required. If attendance drops to 5 participants in any one class, that will be the last class.

 

These writing topics will be covered:

Paragraph development

Process Writing

Academic Writing

Research Writing and Documentation

Paraphrasing

Summarizing

Abstracts

Interpreting graphs

Report Writing

Essay introductions

Thesis Statements

Essay conclusions