In Israel, the HE teachers do not have to be qualified to teach in universities and colleges. There is no law about it. However novice lecturers and academics are encouraged to attend teaching workshops and to ask for “improvement interventions” which include classroom observations and feedback meetings led by HE teaching counsellors.

Regarding to your three questions:

1. This year we have established a professional development network. The network activity led by Professor Nira Hativa and the network members are the faculty and staff members of the centers for the advancement of teaching.

We had this year two successful national conferences, one dealt with teaching surveys (students’ course evaluation questionnaires) and the second was actually a meeting of all the staff members of the centers that are members in the Israeli Network of Centers for the Advancement of Teaching in Higher Education in which best practices were presented.

2. One particular difficulty our network experienced this year was to find resources to continue publishing our yearly journal. The intermediate “solution” found is to distribute the journal by mailing lists and to print just a limited number of copies.

3. Next year we will have election and a new board will be elected. In addition we hope to register our network as an official fellowship and to be recognized by the Israeli Council of Higher Education as an entity that is eligible to be financed by the government.

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