ASK

How We Do It

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ASK’S DIDACTIC CONCEPT

Introduction

We want to equip people in the Arab region with the tools and qualifications to develop and succeed in changing and challenging times. We empower people to become leaders who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. We enable people to better understand themselves and their responsibilities while at the same time blending the practice and theories of successful professional development. We believe our competency approach has a huge impact in the region. Our goal is sustainable change in a complex – interdisciplinary and intercultural – environment.

Our concept: A-S-K                    

ASK’s didactic concept is tailored to the positive change attitudes (A), the 21st century skills (S) and state-of-art knowledge (K). Our tailored products, change leadership approach and on-job support enable our participants to acquire the required attitude change, which will be the foundation of their future professional development and life-long-learning

Our approach

We apply an innovative constructivist approach that delivers real results. Our learning design aims at educating “self-directed, creative, critical thinkers and innovative leaders”. We provide a number of opportunities to involve participants actively. The responsibility of learning increasingly resides with the participant, and our facilitators mentor the learners during their active exploration of a given issue.

We aim at building a learning community through numerous interactions between participants and facilitator(s) that is committed to achieving shared learning objectives. We apply the concept of providing opportunities to practice skills, knowledge sharing and critical thinking; discussions allowed for expression of independent thought and encourage negotiating with the different ideas and perspectives of others. These exercises in active learning also include role-playing and engagement in a case study; participants are expected to develop effective competences for problem solving and collaboration; and we promote their commitment and intrinsic motivation.

Relevance for the region

We consider our didactic concept highly relevant for the Arab region. The processes that we use, such as collaboration, dialogue, participatory and active learning using active learning techniques and methodologies have been broadly agreed as central to teaching and learning strategies for sustainable development (Tilbury, 2011).

Our didactic concept is based on intensive communication among participants and is continuously improved based on evaluation.

*Tilbury, D. (2011). ‘Higher Education for Sustainability: A Global Overview of Commitment and Progress’.