1Research Paper on Quality Assurance of Mohammed bin Shikan School Bader Mohammed Al-Wardi Sultan Qaboos University
2 Overview of Model Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is a very important part inside any educationalinstitutions. It provides a rich learning environment and contains a wide variety ofinformation sources to be correlated with the curriculum. LRC provide an appropriatelearning environment which allows both teachers and students to take the advantagesof the variety of resources that the centre contained, but there are lots of students andteachers who cannot reach, interact and gain all of these services. For this reason, this research paper will targeted the learning resource centre ofMohammed bin Shikan School (5-10) of basic education cycle two. The main goal ofthis research paper is to develop the services that the learning resources centre ofMohammed bin Shikan School is provided for their beneficiaries (teachers andstudents) through a special designed website. This goal can be achieved by four mainobjectives:1- Announcing students and teachers with all workshops, events, activities andcultural events inside the centre.2- Enabling students and teachers to know all types and names of different learningresources inside the centre.3- Providing all the lectures for students to help them revise what have been explainedduring the lecture.4- Linking teachers and students with other related websites to benefit from it. In order to measure the quality assurance of the learning resources centresservices, i have designed a special plan diagram which guide me to achieveand ensure the quality of the services provided. The plan diagram contains fivemain processes each of them complete the others. These processes are statingthe objectives, collecting data, analyzing data, present data and finally therecommendations. In stating objectives phase, I have determined the main goaland the objectives of the QA plan as mentioned above. In collecting dataprocess, I divided it for two sections which are the areas and tools. The areassection has three main components like the personnel who working anddealing with the learning resource centre (teachers and student), the contentthat available at the LRC whether printed or digital one, also the environmentof LRC and how it is suitable for both students and teachers and how its
3facilities like computers, printers, scanners, audio video recorder, television,LCD and the furniture appropriate for both students and teachers. I applied for each of these areas (Personnel, Content and Environment)separate tools for the target of collecting data needed from it. For example onpersonnel area I apply the questionnaire to collect the needed data from theboth students and teachers to know their views about the centre services. Onthe content area I applied a survey to collect data about the centre contentwhether traditional or digital content. Finally on the environment area Iapplied a checklist which can easy ensure the appropriately of the centreenvironment and its facilities. On the analyze data process, I used somemethods like charts and circling which help in analyze the data founded in thecollecting data process. In present data process I used suitable and differentmethods to present the data founded after analyzed it. For example, I used thereport and the diagram methods to the data collected by the questionnaire.Also I used power point presentation and diagram to present data collected bythe survey. Finally, I used chart and table methods to present data collected bythe checklist on the environment area. At the end process of the plan diagramthere are suggested recommendations or solutions as a feedback for the overallquality assurance of the centre services. • Note: The Diagram Process is attached at the end of this paper. Personnel This quality assurance research paper is targeted around ten teachers and fifteenstudents who are in Mohammed bin Shikan School those who deal with the learningresource centre and benefit from its services. The attributes of these targeted teachersand students as the follow:The Entry Behaviors of the targeted teachers and students: • Most of the teachers and students have basic skills on using the computers. • Most of the teachers and students have basic skills on dealing with the internet.
• Most of the teachers and students have the experience on dealing with website content. • All users are beginners in using web2 applications. 4 The prior knowledge of the targeted teachers and students about learning resource centres services as the following: • Little numbers of students and teachers dont know about LRCs services and roles in the school. • Most of users interest with LRC services and activities. • Most of the users benefits from the LRC services. • Most of the teachers and students have the experience to deal the website content. As I mention above I have been applied special designed questionnaire for both teachers and students to collect needed data and after analyzing them I will use the reports and diagram methods to present results. Questionnaire for Teachers Note: The following only some of questionnaire statements for targeted teachers: Please select the best on following Statements related Learning Resource Centre services :1. I used the LRC to present my lesson. Agree Disagree Neutral Agree Disagree Neutral2. I used the LRC equipment and facilities to prepare my lesson. Agree Disagree Neutral Agree Disagree Neutral3. I used the internet available at LRC to search the data.
Agree Disagree Neutral 5 Questionnaire for Students Note: The following only some of questionnaire statements for targeted students: Please select the best on following Statements related Learning Resource Centre services : Agree Disagree Neutral1- There enough number of computers inside the centre.2- Agree Disagree Neutral3- I used the LRCs computers to achieve my home works, assignments and project. Agree Disagree Neutral4- Agree Disagree Neutral5- I used the LRCs internet and computers to search for information. Agree Disagree Neutral6-
6 Curriculum On the hand of curriculum, the main objectives of Mohammed bin Shikan School just like any other schools under umbrella of Basic Education System at Omani Education Ministry are to prepare students to match different jobs opportunities available at Omani society also, to increase and enhance their knowledge and skills to make them ready to join in different Higher Education Institutions. In general all Omani schools include same subjects like Islamic Studies, Arabic Language, English Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Music, Environmental Life Skills, Information Technology and Computer Skills. As it is appeared on the quality assurance plan I will use the survey tool to collect needed data and after analyzing them I will use the presentation and diagram methods to present the results. Survey for Curriculum Note: The following only some of survey statements for curriculum: Please select the best on following Statements related Learning Resource Centre services : Agree Disagree Neutral Agree Disagree Neutral1- Curriculum is current and up to date. Agree Disagree Neutral Agree Disagree Neutral2- Curriculum materials are easy to understand.3- Curriculum exercises help to meet subject objectives.4- Curriculum helps on develop critical thinking.5- In your opinion, how can this curriculum be improved? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………
7 Environment The learning environment of Mohammed bin Shikan School learning resource centre is very modern and attractive. It meets standard levels that Omani Ministry of Education is stated in terms of its area, its equipments and facilities and its general outside shape. Also the learning resource centre of Mohammed bin Shikan School has lots of useful and helpful technologies whether visual or audio that can help teachers when they present and explain their lessons. And help students to understand the topics well and enhance their learning progress. In this section I will use the checklist tools for collecting needed data and then analyze it after that present the result by some effective methods like chart and tables which can summarize the result in easy way. Checklist for Environment Note: The following only some of checklist statements: Checklist for the LRC Environment1- Students have opportunities to move around. 2- Seating arrangement is vary e.g. individuals, small group and large group. 3- Teacher can move around in LRC and interact with Individuals and small group. 4- A variety of teaching methods can be used by teachers.
8 Conclusion At the end the quality assurance plan of the learning resource centre of Mohammedbin Shikan Scholl have lots of strong point in terms of it has a complete process ofevaluating the quality beginning from the stating the goals and the objectives andending by the recommendations or the feedback of all the process that has been done.The quality assurance plan of the learning resource centre of Mohammed bin ShikanSchool is considered as inclusive plan because it cover all different areas that relatedto the learning resource centre like the personnel who dealing with the learningresource centre (teachers and student), the content that available at the LRC whetherprinted or digital one, also the environment of LRC. Also it apply appropriate tool forcollecting the needed data and appropriate methods for analyzing and presenting thatdata. Also the quality assurance plan has a recommendations or feedback whichconsidered as final revision for the all process that have been conducted earlier. The Quality Assurance Plan Diagram
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