Sultan Qaboos University College Of Education ILT DepartmentSummary of RD8: Strategy and plans for e-learning At Sultan Qaboos UniversityDone by: Hifaa AL-Suhai Muna AL-SHuaili Maryem AL-Mubihsi Nawal AL-Ghafri
Strategy and plans for e-learning at SQU SQU in its endeavor to develop its teaching and learning processes is committed to bringing a quality e-learning environment andstatement .experience to its faculty members and students State Goals State Objectives Methods and Practices Survey/Questionnair Strategy Implementation Plan Steps Quality ControlEnd of semester Survey Monitoring Implementation Evaluation of Strategy
• IntroductionThe goal of higher education in Oman is to produce quality graduates capable of promotingthe healthy growth and development of the country. The appropriate at this time for theUniversity to develop an e-learning strategy to develop a more focused approach, with thedevelopment of quality professionally designed course materials and support inimplementing this initiative as the use of e-learning in teaching becomes disseminated anddiffused into the SQU system. This strategy will serve as a benchmark and a solid foundationfor the development of a more focused e-learning practice and support in its fullImplementation developing technology. • Policy StatementSQU in its endeavor to develop its teaching and learning processes is committed to bringinga quality e-learning environment and experience to its faculty members and students.Therefore SQU supports e-learning initiatives and adopts its techniques towards meetingthe future academic developments on campus and in the community. • Goals 1. Provide courses with a greater flexibility in access to learning. 2. Support faculty and staff in recognizing excellence in teaching using e-learning technology. 3. Explore possibilities of joint projects and collaborative efforts, such as consortia, among Oman and gulf universities. • Objectives1. Course provision a) Develop a range of courses, from e-enhanced to fully online. b) Make courses student-centered and web-based. d) Ensure courses are of a high quality, staff/faculty may access to the delivery system to teach online.
2. Faculty/Staff Support a) Provide four Training modules per year to a total of 120 faculty/staff in e-learning. b) Work with E-learning team and support College Resource Personnel in running online training and workshops. c) Provide support in continuing e-education endeavors.3. Further developments a) Encourage the adoption of e-learning at SQU. b) Provide infrastructural and faculty support capable for delivering a community needs-based quality education through e-learning. c) Encourage the setting-up of evaluation schemes of e-learning courses and framework at the university.4. Consortia a) Initiate a proposal to work with other high quality Universities in Oman/GCC as a virtual consortium. • Methods and Practices 1. Faculty will be responsible for designing their own e-learning materials. 2. The amount of e-learning in each course will be the decision of the faculty and will be affected by analysis of the students and of the course. 3. Assessment/examination practice will be guided by present SQU policy. • Implementation Plan 1. Range of e-courses and minimum of one web-based course per student 2. Provide training, consultation, and personnel support
3. Promotion, distance education and e-learning research and evaluation 4. Consortium proposal • Monitoring Implementation 1. End of semester survey or questionnaire 2. Quality control of course online, based on educational criteria determined by e-learning team 3. End of semester survey on staff concerning awareness on campus of e-learning development and services available• Evaluation of Strategy• An evaluation of an overall view of the effectiveness of e-learning strategy should be undertaken every two years by qualified CET faculty/Educational Services/ College of Education.• The purpose of the evaluation should initially be determined based on the expectations of the Academic Council and other stakeholders.• The strategy goals should be analyzed as well, to help determine and specify the evaluation approach.• The appropriate tools may be selected; some of which may be used during the running of courses, some after course completion. Therefore, the evaluation should be designed in the semester before data collection begins.• The evaluation report should be made to the Academic Council, and should include recommendations for future developments and modifications.• Required Resources1. Human Resources a. CET E-learning team b. Resource Personnel:2. Infrastructural Resources a. reliable Internet and Intranet. b. a lease/loan system to purchase a computer. c. compliant computers with the educational delivery system. d. quality technical backup/help
3. Digital Library a. Available electronic library resources internationally.4. Administrative Support a. university administration to facilitate the full implementation of the e-learning initiative. b. College Administration to support the e-learning initiative and institute a scheme. c. Certification for faculty following participation in online e-learning course. d. Recognition and incentives5. Financial Resources a. Personnel b. Training c. Infrastructure d. Offices and Equipment. e. Budget6. Budget Initial investment