2-Day International Virtual Workshop "Promoting inquiry informed practice about teaching and assessment of higher order thinking skills" under NRPU Project

Department of Education will conduct 2-Day International Virtual Workshop titled Promoting inquiry informed practice about teaching and assessment of higher order thinking skills’ under NRPU research grant, funded by HEC, Islamabad on January 19-20, 2021. The renowned national and international experts will deliver the workshop sessions. Faculty and Research scholars are cordially invited to attend the workshop. The Google meet link for the workshop are as under:











The detailed schedule of the workshop is as under:


Schedule of 2-Day International Virtual Workshop (19-20 January, 2021)                                                                   


January 19th  , 2021


Major Focus

Resource Person


Webinar Opening

  • National Anthem
  • Recitation
  • Objectives of webinar

Dr. Sarwet Rasul, FA or
Malik Ghulam Behlol, PI

09:00-09:20 am


  • Welcome Remarks

Dr. Saima Hamid, VC

09:21-09:30 am


  • Developing and using Rubric for HOTS

Dr. Fizza Sabir, University of Sydney Australia

09:35-10:35 am

  • HOTS & Assessment

Prof. Dr. Nasir Mahmoud, AIOU

10:40-11:40 am

  • Learning of HOTS and Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Faryal Razzaq, QAU

11:45-12:45 pm

Teaching Emotional Intelligence (EI)

  • Enhancing EI: Role of teacher, parents and peer

Ms. Sabiha &
Ms. Maliha, FJWU

12:50-01:50 pm

  • What are and how to develop higher order and critical thinking skills in HE and schools?

Dr. Alison Fox, University of Melton Keynes, UK

01:55-02:55 pm


  • Exploring and effective utilization of  Learning opportunities abroad

Ms Faiza Masood, FJWU

03:00-04:00 pm


Day 2- January 20th , 2021


Major Focus

Resource Person


Recapitalization of Day  One

  • Key activities of all sessions

Organizing Committee

09:00-09:15 am

Test Anxiety

  • Test Anxiety &Teaching of HOTS

Dr. Farhana Khurshid, FJWU

09:20-10:20 am

  • Teaching Philosophy and Learning of HOTS   

Dr. Muhammad Bilal, FJWU

10:25-11:25 am

  • Teaching Story Writing and HOTS

Dr. Salma Nazar Khan, FJWU 

11:30-12:30 pm

Story Writing

  • The Art of Creative Writing

Ms. Nadia Jaffery, Teacher Trainer

12:35-01:35 pm

  • Performance Based Assessment Practices & HOTS

Dr. Jullie, University of Glasgow, UK

01:40-02:40 pm


  • Brain Based Learning & HOTS

Mr.  Munir Ahmad, Freelance trainer

02:50-03:50 pm


03:00-03:30 pm

Academic Autobiography of Resource Person

2 Day Webinar (19-20 January, 2021)


Dr Alison Fox has 20 years of educational research and over 10 years of Higher Education teaching experience, including teaching and leading a wide range of Postgraduate Masters programmes for practicing teachers. Since 2015 she was awarded Senior Fellow status of the UK Higher Education Academy. She was Director of Studies for the School of Education, University of Leicester (2012-2016) and is now Pathway lead for the Masters in Learning and Teaching and co-convenor of the Professional and Digital Learning Research Group at the Open University. Her research focuses on assessment, teacher development, including a focus on beginning teachers, which she has published in international journals and texts (see C.V.). She will contribute to the development of training material, conduct of online training in the relevant phases of the project (virtually), as well as joining dissemination and publications. She has already played a key role in the development of 09 training guides in the British Economy Exchange program funded by HEC and British Council.
Dr. Nasir Mehmud is Professor in Education in Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad. Besides many other responsibilities, he is member of national and international organizations. He has worked in higher education in Pakistan in very senior academic and leadership positions for about two decades. Besides experience of work in different international systems of higher education, he also has extensive experience of international collaborations and project management as well as of consultancy. With over 30 years of experience in higher education internationally, engaging in high profile research, and providing consultancy, Dr Nasir is recognised as an international scholar, invited nationally and internationally for keynotes and to share her research. Her work is published in highly regarded international research journals (detailed CV attached).
Dr Julie Harvie is programme Leader for the In and Into Headship programmes at the University of Glasgow.  She is the Depute of the Educational Leadership and Policy Research and Teaching Group and Quality Enhancement Officer for the School of Education.  Julie supervises Ph.D., EdD and master’s students. She also teaches on a variety of Initial Teacher Education courses and is a School Experience Tutor.  Julie previously held the role of Primary Head Teacher within East Dunbartonshire Council and before that was a Depute Head Teacher within North Lanarkshire Council.  She also has experience of system leadership having worked as an Enterprise Development Officer within North Lanarkshire.  This involved leading enterprise developments in Early Years establishments and in Primary and Secondary schools. Julie's Master of Education dissertation focused on Co-operative Learning and its effects on behaviour.  She gained her Educational Doctorate qualification in 2018 specialising in interdisciplinary learning.  Julie is also a member of the School of Education Ethics Committee. 
David Y. Epstein-HaLevi earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, where he focused on philosophy of education. David went on to live in Middle East where he helped to organize sustainable farming villages. Returning back to Chicago, David enrolled at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy as the Ruth J. Simmons Fellow and earned his teaching license for all secondary sciences. Moving to the East Coast he earned a masters in adolescent education, with a teaching license in social studies, from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY in 2011. Thereafter he began his PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was also managing editor for the Comparative Education Review journal. He focused early on in critical theory and its intersection with ecology. David transferred to UAlbany in 2013 and is now nearing completion of his PhD in Educational Policy & Leadership with a focus on eco-pedagogy, systems thinking, and their intersections with equity and justice. He has published book chapters as well as journal articles, on topics ranging from critical consciousness, critical civic literacy, inter-being, and eco-social resilience using alternative development methods such as permaculture.
Dr. Muhammad Bilal is the Head of Anthropology Department at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. He received his PhD in Anthropology from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His experience as a trainer with various government and private institutions will be utilized to develop training material and conduct training. Also, he published in well-reputed national and international journals in this very field and will support the team in research publication and dissemination of the project results. He also published a paper recently, which explores the relationship of school socialization and development of extremist attitudes among school children. Dr. Bilal holds extensive experience of Qualitative Research both in pure and action domains - His expertise in construction of research instruments and data analysis will be of great significance given the nature of this project.

Dr. Salma Nazar Khan (Project Consultant) has received her PhD in Educational Policy, Research & Administration (EPRA) from the University of Massachusetts, USA. She is highly energetic figure to take up the innovative research challenges. She has worked in the development sector projects for Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Jordan specifically with respect to resilience and HOTSs aspects and gender. She is certified in Social Innovation & Project Management from the School for International Training (SIT), Vermont. She authored the 2014 National Annual Report on Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index for Afghanistan in consultancy with Management System Information, USAID. Dr. Khan will play critical role in the quantitative, qualitative analysis of data, report writing, development of training material and conduct of training part of the project along with support for coordination.

Dr Faryal Razzaq is a consultant, blogger, panelist, and currently working as Assistant Professor in Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She has 5 copy rights from IPO, Pakistan, developed the first indigenous model for emotional intelligence at Pakistani workplace. Her training expertise includes mental health, life skills, emotional intelligence, emotional agility, self- awareness, anger management, stress management, changing mindset, proposal writing, research, ethics, women empowerment, Logic and critical thinking,  effective change management. She has trained faculty and students in leading universities across Pakistan and foreign universities like Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia, Greenwich University, Iqra University, Institute of Professional Psychology, Bahria University, Punjab University, Peshawar University, SZABIST etc. She is independent consultant for British Council and CWS (Act alliance Asia Chapter), PAF Professional Development Centre, LDC Bahria, HRDN and trainer for US Embassy, Islamabad and Lincolns Corner. She has around 20 research publications in HEC recognized journals and national/international conferences and member for 4 divisions, OB, HRM, Entrepreneurship, research methods in Academy of Management.

Ms. Nadia Jaffery is training consultant at Oxford University Press, Master trainer AFAQ (Association for Academic Quality) & PEF  (Punjab Education Foundation), Training Coordinator and Language Instructor DHA Education system Lahore Pakistan, Trainer and Evaluation Officer at  APSACS(Army Public Schools and Colleges System) Lahore Region & Chunian , Language Instructor with the British  Council, Trainer with NCFE (Northern Council for further Education)UK distant learning and the Head of Professional Development for Schools and Colleges at Qasim Ali Shah Foundation and CEO at CMT(Career Motivation Training),CEO at Digital Taleem. She Conducted Teachers Training and leadership skills I.e. Standalone workshops, Motivational Speeches on general and Pedagogical skills, language specific and other certificate courses, school and college consultancy and couching for renowned institutions (both Government &Private sectors )of Pakistan (videos are available on you-tube).Has trained around twenty- two  thousand plus  (24000+ )teachers in Pakistan and millions online.

Mr. Munir Ahmad has interest in exploring the power of subconscious mind, mindfulness and living a blissful life. In 2017, he completed an “A 100-HOUR PROFESSIONAL HYPNOSIS INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION TRAINING” Approved by National Guild of Hypnotists, NGH™, USA which is the World’s Oldest and Largest Hypnosis Organization. This course was conducted by Dr. Imran Yousaf, founder of Transformation International Society (TIS).  He has completed the first, second and Master levels of Reiki Healing in 2016 from “The Institute of Mind Sciences (TIMS), Karachi. He has also completed both the levels of 4th Dimension course from TIMS. He has traveled extensively in Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Nepal, Russia and the US. These travels and interaction with people from different segments of the societies belonging from different professions, age groups, and religions/sects influenced his opinions about the power of mind and subconscious reprogramming and the barriers to blissful living. These views were also are shaped during his teaching experience and  interaction that he had with students of  Iqra University, Qauid-e Azam University, Fatima Jinnah Women University,  Balochistan University and Noorbakshi Youth Federation based in Baltistan. He has been giving counselling sessions to people suffering from depression, anxiety and relationship issues. 

Malik Ghulam Behlol (PI) has extensive experience in research project formulation and execution at national and international settings. He will contribute at every phase of the project; in planning, designing and executing the research activities. His expertise in mixed method research may support to accomplish the targets of quantitative and qualitative phases of the project in respect to instrument construction and validation, data analysis, report writing.  Dr Malik will also contribute in planning and conducting capacity building workshops; and also the development of training material. Training material development experience in HEC module development and British Economy Exchange Program will be highly useful. Dr. Malik has also developed training material for enhancing emotional intelligence that may be used for capacity building workshop after tailoring and adaptation for promoting resilience. Dr. Malik is a certified resource person and module writer for various training programs with the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. He has coordinated various national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops in HEC, UNICEF & FJWU.