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OpenMed Torino Week: Spotlight on Open Education in Jordan


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Spotlight on Open Education in Jordan

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OpenMed Torino Week: Spotlight on Open Education in Jordan

  1. 1. Spotlight on Open Education in Jordan
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  3. 3. Jordan – General Info Population (2015): 9,531,712 1.02 Males/Female Ratio (est. 2016) 94% Literacy rate as of 2009 *Source: Jordan Department of Statistics
  4. 4. Jordan – Economy Mainly Service Oriented • 86.2% of workforce in services • 10.1% in industry • 3.7% in agriculture *Source: Jordan Department of Statistics
  5. 5. Jordan – Service Economic Sectors • Construction & Civil Engineering • Trade, wholesale and Retail • Transport and Logistics • Hospitality • Publishing • IT & Telecom • Real Estate • Education *Source: Jordan Department of Statistics
  6. 6. Jordan – Industrial Sectors *Source: Jordan Department of Statistics • Industries include: • Mining • Light manufacturing • Construction • and Power • Product Examples Include: – Clothing – Potash – Phosphate – Cement – and Fertilizers
  7. 7. Jordan – Higher Education *Source: Jordan Department of Statistics • Total of 47000 graduates with bachelors university degrees yearly • Approximately 4000 graduate yearly with Masters or PhD • Approximately 200,000 students enroll in Universities each year 12% 20% 68% Institution Type Split Public Universities Private Universities Community Colleges 47% 53% Yearly Graduates w/ Bachelor Degrees Male Female
  8. 8. Jordan - Unemployment • Youth unemployment 33%, overall unemployment 13% • Unemployed holding college degrees 40%
  9. 9. The Case for Vocational Training • Significant demand for skilled workers in hotel sector, electronics repair, agriculture…etc. • No need for university degree • Recent regulation allowing exemptions for secondary degree • Some Entities Providing Training: • Government sponsored by vocational Training Corporation as part of Ministry of Labor • Ministry of Education enabled vocational track in secondary education • Luminus Group, private sector.
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  11. 11. Open Education in Jordan
  12. 12. Roots of Online Open Education in Jordan • The University of Jordan provided free and open e- learning courses that can be found without logging into their Moodle e-learning platform, released on 2010. • The Jordan Open Source Association successfully proposed an Arabic Open Educational Resources Platform which was originally due to be launched in June 2011. • A MOOC platform was agreed for launch in November 2013 as part of Queen Rania Al Abdullah’s initiatives under The Queen Rania Foundation.
  13. 13. Open Education in Jordan • The vision of Open Education in Jordan started based on the notion that Open Educational Resources (OER) offer opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning through accessible content. • Through a blended model of teacher-led knowledge and student-centered sharing processes, most Jordanian universities developed structures for sharing, accessing and bringing participants into a more fair level in learning.
  14. 14. OER Movement
  15. 15. OER Movement ‘Open Jordan’ Summit (2014) was the first dedicated event in Jordan to promote openness for the good of the Jordanian society and highlighted local initiatives based on collaborative authoring, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing especially for educational projects.
  16. 16. OER Movement
  17. 17. Current Challenges of OER • Regulations and instructions on institutional and national level. MOHE approved the blended model within 25% of program, yet an alliance of 3 or more Jordanian universities can establish a fully online program as well. • Quality Assurance (QA) constraints: exams, measurement of learning outcomes, funding and cultural perception.
  18. 18. GJU Overview • A public Jordanian university founded in 2005. • Located in Amman, Jordan. • Modeled on the German universities of applied sciences. • Offers over 20 undergraduate and graduate programs. • Positioned itself as a leading institution of higher learning, known for its leading teaching and research accomplishments.
  19. 19. Faculty of Computer Engineering and Information Technology • Three undergraduate programs: • B.Sc. Computer Engineering • B.Sc. Communication Engineering • B.Sc. Computer Science • One graduate program: • M.Sc. Computer Engineering • M.Sc. Enterprise System Engineering
  20. 20. GJU Schools • School of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology • School of Applied Technical Sciences • School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management • School of Applied Medical Sciences • School of Management and Logistic Sciences • School of Architecture and Built Environment • School of Languages • Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Graduate School of Business
  21. 21. GJU Practices towards Open Educational • Providing online educational courses • Agreement with Edraak • One Complete online courses (National Education)
  22. 22. GJU Online Educational Courses • All courses at GJU are linked to the online e-learning system • The e-learning system is based on Moodle • Used mainly to deliver the educational matrials
  23. 23. Agreement with Edraak • In 2016, GJU signed an MoU with Queen Rania Foundation (QRF) for Education and Development to cooperate on developing online courses • The courses are offered for students through Edraak
  24. 24. The National Education Course • GJU has launched the online National education course on Edraak platform • Students taking the course could follow-up with the curriculum online through the Edraak platform
  25. 25. PSUT Overview
  26. 26. PSUT Overview Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), Established in 1991,
  27. 27. PSUT Overview Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), Established in 1991, Non-governmental, Non-profit, owned by the Royal Scientific Society (RSS).
  28. 28. PSUT Overview Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), Established in 1991, Non-governmental, Non-profit, owned by the Royal Scientific Society (RSS). PSUT's area of specialization is IT, Communications and Electronics.
  29. 29. PSUT Overview • King Abdullah II School For Electrical Engineering Electronics Engineering, Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Energy and Electrical Power. • The King Hussein School for IT and Comp. Sci. Computer Science, Computer Graphics and Animation, Software Engineering • King Talal School of Business Technology Management Information Systems, Administration of Business, Accounting, Digital Marketing and Social Media. • The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship The Technology Commercialization Program National Entrepreneurship Diploma
  30. 30. Center
  31. 31. Center Overview • Establishing new strategies to foster creativity in learning. • Objective is to manage and develop e-learning experience at PSUT. • Help and support to design and implement online courses in many disciplines, and to promote the OER tools, method and applications. • In addition, the center aims to develop the regulatory function of online learning, game-based learning, collaborative working and off-campus open resources.
  32. 32. Vision • The role of Instructional Design: Optimization of learning resources. • Two strategy approaches of game-based and online-based sessions (blended) – with the usage of virtual labs, VR, MOOCs and AR applications • Ultimately: PSUT to develop its own Learning Management System (LMS)
  33. 33. Current and Future Trends for the Center • To reinforce the effectiveness of our programs: we will have more board members from market and industry to evaluate the content of PSUT online courses and their match-percentage with business needs + expanding partnerships with leading multimedia pioneers like YouTube, Vimeo, Netsupport. • Continuous support of OER and use them to help reducing the gap between theory and practice; academia and business.
  34. 34. Virtual Lab
  35. 35. Structure of Experiments
  36. 36. Current Study of Effectiveness Using Interactive Video as OER
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  39. 39. Thank You • WhatsApp: +1 269 873 6271 • Number: +962 795420140