Alecso Apps Award – Dubai 2016:
OLC staff developed the course of Strategic Management to be used on mobile devices which led the University to obtain Alecso Apps Award 2016 in the field of education. The contest was held by Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization.
Developing the infrastructure of e-learning:
- Unifying the visual identity of the University’s e-learning platforms in cooperation with ICTC.
- Developing Digital Content Framework which is easy to use and can be utilized for different purposes. It also works on computers, tablets, and mobiles.
- Setting work producers for designing and developing e-learning in compatibility with the design of digital learning content (2015).
Developing e-courses and the digital content:
- Developing self-Learning Open Online Courses in cooperation with QOU’s T.V Channel and the University’s faculties. The project aims at developing the University’s courses to fulfill the needs of learners and digital natives. The courses are uploaded as Open Educational Resources and target learners around the world.
- Developing four online self-study courses (Learn how to Learn, Arabic Language 1, Jerusalem History, and Strategic Management) for the academic year 2016/2017. The courses were uploaded to Google Play as an app and to QOU’s digital content repository to be available for all learners around the world.
- Initiating a project to produce taped lectures to be broadcasted on QOU’s T.V channel and to be uploaded on QTube as Open Educational Resources courses.
- Designing and producing 230 videotaped educational episodes for 22 courses.
- Initiating a cooperation project with Edraak in Jordan to develop the courses of MOOCs which are directed towards learners and researchers from around the world. Such as the course of remedial math and life.
- Developing four new e-courses for the Diploma of French Language.
E-training and capacity building programs:
- Developing 8 self-study training programs to build the capacity of students and faculty staff in the field of blended learning and tools of e-learning.
- Developing an informative and training program in all the branches of the University in the field of blended learning. The Center designed posters that explain the offered services of e-learning, and held more than 150 workshops directed towards the faculty staff and students on e-learning, self-study courses, and tools of e-learning.
- Contributing in an action research project that aimed at evaluating Mobile learning at Palestinian schools, through field work, activities design, statistics analysis and supervision.
- Initiating a project to train and develop the capacities of students enrolled in majors related to computers. The project enables students to train and volunteer at the Open Education Center to develop their skills. The project is in cooperation with OLC, Students Affairs Deanship, and Deanship of Technology and Applied Sciences.
- Initiating a course on IT employment in education which targets school teachers in Tubas and Jordan Valley. The course is designed within the project of mobile learning.
- Providing virtual classes for the initiative Virtual School to Tamoun Secondary School.
- Participating in the institutional self-assessment project in the field of continuing education, community service, academic programs, and teaching methods.
Awarded the first place in education nationally in ALECSO Mobile Apps Award 2016 from the Arab League Education, Culture and Science Organization (ALECSO).
The infrastructure of e-learning at the University was restructured and modernized- including its work mechanism, resources, platforms and systems- according to the latest developments of technology to address the rising requirements of e-learning at QOU. Several accomplishments of OLC can be traced in the field of e-learning infrastructure:
- Upgrading e-learning platforms (Moodle, QTube, etc.) to be used on different electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, in cooperation with E-learning Support Unit at ICTC.
- Upgrading digital content repository in cooperation with ICTC for storing, retrieving, and indexing all digital content at QOU such as documents, research papers, eBooks, learning resources, etc.
- Developing a platform for SlideShare by E-learning Support Unit at ICTC.
- Adaptation of Metadata Dublin Core to spread and index digital content.
- Developing certain educational and technical criteria to design e-learning content.
- Adoption of Creative Common License to publish and circulate e-learning content.
- Adoption of MS Project Server to manage and organize the operations of OLC.
- Adoption of technology that enables safe browsing of digital content through various types of smart devices.
- Developing Tadreeb, an online training platform, in accordance with the latest developments in the field, through using MOOCs to train students, staff, and local institutions.
- Setting up procedures to monitor and follow up with e-learning and e-training at the branches in cooperation with the Quality Department.
Development of Digital Learning Content
Development of the new digital content and restructuring the old one.
- Developing (Learning How to Learn) course which follows self-study approach. The course is available in three formats, two of which can be accessed offline and the other is accessed online through smart devices.
- Developing four self-study courses for the French Language Diploma.
- Republishing and storing the digital content, along with its metadata in QOU digital repository.
Faculty Staff Capacity-Building Programs and online Training
The OLC offered Programs designed to build capacities of students and faculty staff in the field of e-learning and blended learning were presented in the form of workshops and trainings as follows:
- Training programs on more than eight topics such as, power point and its use in presentation and education, academic portal, virtual classes, online courses, Qtube, QOU digital repository, etc.
- Course on “Digital Learning Resources Development” which follows self-study approach, directed towards faculty staff to improve and update the digital content of courses according to the latest standards.
- Two self-study courses on basics of computer and effective use of internet as part of the project Mobile Computer Lab.
- Training course on “Teaching Methods of Technological Pedagogical Content knowledge” (TPACK), directed towards school teachers at southern Hebron, and implemented within the project of Mobile Computer Lab.
- 70 face-to-face workshops held in all QOU branches, to empower Faculty members and students in the fields of blended learning and e-Learning, under the supervision of E-Training Unit and e-learning lab technicians.
- Brochures and posters about services of e-Learning circulated among QOU’s branches.
OLC Staff Capacity-Building programs
These programs are designed to enhance the competency of OLC staff in the field of e-Learning along with its latest tools and techniques though using self-study courses, other online learning resources, and training courses designed by experienced OLC staff. The capacity–building programs included different topics such as:
- Instructional design.
- Project management.
- Task management and supervision using MS Project Server.
- Creative commons.
- Development of learning resources through using HTML5 and Bootstrap to create responsive designs.
- HTML5 for dynamic charts.
- Development of digital learning resources using Cordova Framework to design smartphones applications.
- Followed educational and technical standards for developing learning content.
- Blended Courses:
All the courses of the University is now offered as blended courses that have webpages and virtual lectures besides the traditional classrooms to offer an interactive educational tool and a network that link students and instructors from the various branches of the University. The webpage of each course contains syllabus, files management tools, discussions, students’ forum, and coordinators’ forum.
- Virtual Classes:
All classes of the University have virtual classes to reinforce the content knowledge of the courses and provide a flexible system for students where they can virtually revise the material and discuss trainings as well as exams questions.
- Development of the Digital Content:
27 courses at QOU have been developed to contain digital content divided into sections, based on the structure of assigned textbooks, and on the form of recorded lectures, trainings, and educational videos. The content also has a demo examination for self-evaluation.
- Mobile Learning
OLC has developed a service called Mobile Learning to offer educational material through smart mobile devices. A special responsive content has been designed to enable students from revising material on mobile phones.
- Virtual Experiments
15 virtual experiments have been developed by OLC using Semmlabs and Opale, five of which have been offered in the first semester 1131, the rest have been offered in the second semester 1132. The OLC are also developing an online self-study practical course for Physics to reinforce the acquainted knowledge and skills obtained in lectures. The staff of OLC are going to develop similar feature for other courses which have a practical application.
The OLC staff have been able to develop Arabic version of MOOCS using edX platform. The center also established a cooperation with Edraak (online classrooms) to upload MOOCS on their website.
- Launching E-learning Website, where it operates as an online archive for all the digital learning content in all its forms (recordings, videos, text, etc.)
The website can be accessed via the following link: http://elearning.qou.edu
- Organizing a series of workshops and trainings for faculty staff in all branches through the project “Development of Digital Content” in cooperation with the Instructional Design team.
- Publishing a series of guidebooks in the field of e-learning to raise awareness about the standards of high quality in education and develop the competency of faculty staff in e-learning, blended learning, and their tools. The guidebooks also raise awareness about e-learning and the role of the University in its development.
The Guidebooks can be accessed via the following link: http://elearning.qou.edu
- Organizing e-trainings for students to develop their academic and cognitive competencies and knowledge, as well as acquainting them with professional skills such as e-trainings in SPSS, Project Management, etc.
- Translation of the international quality standards of e-learning from English to Arabic for its importance in the educational process at the University.
- Creating an introductory profile for the center to explain about its mission, aims, and accomplishments, as well as its units.
- Obtaining a grant from IYF to implement youth capacity-building program.
- Designing and implementing a series of TOT in the field e-learning directed towards the faculty staff.
- Implementing “Empowerment and Capacity-building of OLC Staff” to acquaint the staff with the latest developments of e-learning and to discuss suggestions and proposals for updating the e-learning service at the University and the Digital Content.
- Development of “Jerusalem History” self-study online course to expand the knowledge of students.
The Course can be accessed via the following link: http://www.qou.edu/course0104/index.jsp
- Participation in international conferences and exhibitions such as Expotech 2011.
- Expanding Technical Support to include faculty staff and students and making it available around the clock.
- Issuing the Knowledge Newsletter, which is a periodical newsletter issued each semester and tackles issues in the field of e-learning.
The Newsletter can be accessed via the following link: http://www.qou.edu/newsletter/index.jsp
- Development of Moodle, a specialized platform for conducting e-trainings and capacity building programs. Moodle is also used as a platform for managing online learning.
- Development of training programs that targeted more than 1602 participants from faculty and administrative staff and more than 62 students (some employees were enrolled in several training programs.) All these programs were implemented and supervised by OLC.
- The total number of training hours carried out and supervised by the OLC in cooperation with all educational branches and study centers exceeded 1500 hours, they were also recorded for virtual classes.
- Monitor of more than 1500 hours of recorded lectures.
- Implementation of training on "self-assessment tools" for more than 167 participants from faculty and administrative staff.
- Management and implementation of the capacity-building program funded by World Bank and the European Union under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
- Design and teaching 128 e-courses using blended learning model (e-Activities, e-Assignments, e-Courses Template, and video streaming). More than 90 thousand students enrolled in one or more of these courses.
- Capacity-building Project, phase I: the project proposal was a result of the recommendations of QOU’s institutional self-assessment in 2007. The self-assessment showed the need of the University for following higher quality standards and developing better capacities. Consequently, a mechanism for implementation the project was proposed.
- Implementation of Capacity Building project, phase II: After the mechanism of the implementation was designed, phase II of the project initiated which targeted developing e-learning infrastructure and conducting trainings, $30,000 were received from World Bank and the European Union to fund the project.
- Development of a proposal for the project "Student Support in E-learning Environment", in cooperation with the various departments, branches and study centers of QOU.
- Development and supervision of an educational network directed towards faculty staff in cooperation with the directors of different academic programs. http://qoupal.ning.com.
- Conduct of more than 250 online tests to evaluate the participants in the training programs in the field of e-Learning from faculty and administrative staff and students.
- Development of a proposal for the project “Capacity Building Teachers and Students Competencies in E-learning at Secondary Schools in West Bank and Gaza", OLC also submitted the proposals for obtaining funds.
- Design of a database for self-assessment for faculty and administrative staff through the Capacity Building project. The database includes questionnaires, answered by the target group, and then later statistically analyzed to conclude some recommendations. The database can be accessed via the academic portal http://odlc.qou.edu. These questionnaires, pedagogical texts, and benchmarks are utilized to develop e-learning at the rest of QOU’s branches, similar to the branches in Hebron, Ramallah, and Rafah.
- Obtaining Access to 6 global e-journals and 27 books, all specialized in open learning through funds by World Bank and the European Union.
- Improving the infrastructure of OLC through the capacity-building project. The center purchased new computers along with their accessories, it also set up new advanced servers.
- Development of a new professional diploma in open learning and e-Learning at higher education institutions in cooperation with the related departments and centers at QOU.
- Supplement of instructional material to QOU’s branches to teach following the models of e-learning, blended learning and their techniques.
- Forming a team of specialists to provide educational and technical support for the concerned students and instructors at QOU.