Fostering Academic Curricula in Egypt

Building on the success of the two Egyptian Educational Institutes and the Egyptian Leadership Institute, a competitive request for applications was issued to provide grants to Egyptian scientists and educators to develop teaching curricula on responsible science, utilizing active learning techniques. These curricular units/modules should be implementable at the grantee’s home institution, and eventually integrated across Egypt as parts of a national curriculum on responsible science and ethics. Successful grantees developed work plans which they presented to the grantee cohort and the committee at a meeting from the 9th to 11th of September, 2017 in Cairo. The purpose of this meeting was to facilitate plans to disseminate these modules across the Egyptian higher education sector by identifying partnering institutions and sources of funding, and to plan for the development of additional curricular materials and resources.

Grant award announcement (PDF)
Agenda of the Meeting
Saturday, 9 September, 2017
0900

Welcome, Introductions, and a Brief History of Events Leading to This Initiative on Curriculum Development

Brief Introductions by All Participants

Mohamed El-Shinawi, former Committee Co-Chair

Ain Shams University and the Ministry of Higher Education

Lida Anestidou, Project Director

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Overview of Meeting Goals and Logistics

Yaldez Zeineldin, Committee Co-Chair

Damanhour University

Elizabeth Heitman, Committee Co-Chair

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Working Toward an Egypt-Wide, Active Learning Curriculum on Responsible Conduct of Science: Discussion of Differences in Characteristics of Modules and Workshops vs. Full Curricula

Jay Labov, Scholar

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

1045 Networking Break and Session Setup
1115 Education Session, Feedback, and General Discussion
Session Leader: Alastair Hay (Committee Member), University of Leeds

Tarek El Arabi and Hend Mohammad El Helaly (co-PIs), Maha Nasr Sayed Aly, Mohamed El-Debeiky, Sawsan Youssef Elateek, Noha Elsharnouby, and Mona Zayed, Ain Shams University

Summary: The project will engage the research community and leaders of the Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Agriculture to develop a prerequisite short course on Research Integrity targeting newly admitted post- graduate students. Through participation in four modular workshops the university faculty will develop the short course that will include teachings on responsible authorship, prevention of plagiarism, research misconduct, mentoring, and data management.

1315 Lunch and Networking
1415 Education Session, Feedback, and General Discussion
Session Leader: Kimberly Tanner (Committee Member), San Francisco State University

Abeer Alm-Eldeen (PI) and Yousef El-Emam, Tanta University

Summary: This project will develop an active learning curriculum unit entitled “Scientific Writing Tool Kit for Responsible Research Publishing.” The unit, targeting post-graduate students, will incorporate a number of teaching strategies to actively engage the students in the learning process. The proposed unit will include eight modules chosen and developed based on responses to a survey administered by the PI.

1615         General Discussion and Wrap-up for the Day

Yaldez Zeineldin and Elizabeth Heitman

Sunday, 10 September, 2017
0900 Announcements

Lida Anestidou

Reflections from Saturday

Yaldez Zeineldin and Elizabeth Heitman

0915 Education Session, Feedback, and General Discussion
Session Leader: Jay Labov

Ahmed Mohamed Harb Rabia, Damanhour University (PI) Dalia Mohamed Yacout, Alexandria University

Summary: The project aims to create a curriculum on Responsible Science in 3 phases: 1) during the planning stage, learning objectives will be identified based on the evaluation of existing/similar curricula and an online survey of appropriate stakeholders (university professors, researchers and graduate students); 2) during the second stage of articulation and development, course contents will be developed, resource materials will be identified and active learning will be practiced; 3) the third stage will be implementation and evaluation of the curriculum.

1115 Coffee Break
1130 Education Session, Feedback, and General Discussion
Session Leader: James Dubois (Committee Member), Washington University in St. Louis

Sherif Ibrahim, Cairo University

Summary: This project focuses on the design of a curriculum for undergraduate students that will include core elements of responsible conduct of research education, inspired by the materials discussed and developed during the Educational Institutes on Responsible Science. This semester-long course will be taught to the fourth year biotechnology students in Cairo University.

1330 Lunch and Networking
1430 Education Session, Feedback, and General Discussion
Session Leader: Lida Anestidou

Eman Zahran Abd El-Hamid (PI), Engy Fekry Risha, Fatma Abdelhamid, Fatmaelzahraa Elgohary, Mansoura University

Summary: This project will focus on the accurate interpretation of the professional standards covering the care and use of laboratory animals including monitoring and assessing laboratory animal welfare. The team will develop a curriculum to teach the most important concepts of care and welfare utilizing methods of active learning. The grantees will create a final evaluation and assessment tool to ensure the maximal impact of the curriculum. This three-level course will include lectures, interactive sessions, and practical training using lower and higher order cognitive skills (LOCs and HOCs).

1630 General Discussion and Wrap-up for the Day

Yaldez Zeineldin and Elizabeth Heitman

Monday, 11 September, 2017
0900 Announcements

Lida Anestidou

Reflections from Saturday

Yaldez Zeineldin and Elizabeth Heitman

0915 Education Session, Feedback, and General Discussion
Session Leader: Kimberly Tanner

Yehia Halim (PI), Omneya Darwish, Menat Zanaty, Marwa Abdelrassoul, Marwa G. Elwakil, Yousra Sobeih, Bibliotheca AlexandrinaHeba Kassem and Nermine El-Defrawy, Alexandria University Ramy Aziz, Cairo UniversityMohammed Yahia, Nature Publishing Group

Summary: This multi-institutional team of researchers will design a new course on the international standards of publication and responsible authorship that will target graduate students in life sciences disciplines. Course contents will be made available for free on the website of the Library of Alexandria to ensure that the course material will be adopted for training and practice beyond Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The course will be part of the Capacity-Building for Researchers courses offered by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to scientists and researchers.

1115 Coffee Break
1130 Panel of Egyptian officials in Higher Education

Mohamed El-Shinawi

A panel of distinguished officials from the Egyptian Higher Education community will engage in a discussion about the role of responsible science in Egyptian higher education and how these efforts can both drive and be integrated into that vision for the future. Each guest will offer brief remarks and then engage with other panelists and participants in general discussion.

1230 Lunch and Networking
1330 Education Session, Feedback, and General Discussion
Session Leader: Jay Labov

Ayman Eldimeery (PI), Soha Nabih, Marwa Emam, Ain Shams University

Summary: This project will develop an online survey of dental professionals to test their knowledge about laboratory safety, sterilization and disinfection procedures.Using survey results, the team will develop multiple one-day workshops that will target different groups of dental professionals for a series of lectures followed by a live demonstration. A follow-up survey will further seek to develop on- and off-site controls to reinforce infection control protocols among dental professionals.

1530 Coffee Break
1545 Education Session, Feedback, and General Discussion
Session Leader: James Dubois

Nahed Ali (PI), Afaf Atia Atia, Enas Mohamed Ameen Mostafa, Maha Emad Ibrahim, Suez Canal University

Summary: This project aims to create a curriculum to address responsible conduct of research (RCR) in Egypt. Five modules using active learning will introduce the RCR topics in three-day workshops with subsequent dissemination through internet-based learning and a network of trainees from different research institutions. A post-test will be used to assess learning retention. In addition, the team proposes to publish in a peer-reviewed journal/conference addressing the description and impact of this project.

1745 Discussion of next steps

Yaldez Eldin and Elizabeth Heitman

Mohamed El-Shinawi

1830 Meeting adjourns
Presenter biosketches
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