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Ministry of Education: Over one million users visit Summer Training Platform

The number of the Summer Training Platform users has
exceeded 1,153,526 within less than two weeks, specifically from 04 July to 16
July 2020, according to the Ministry of Education.

Over 406,326 persons who work in various educational
positions have joined 3,516 training programs as part of the Summer Educational
and Professional Development Programs, in conjunction with the educational
departments and government-run universities across the Kingdom.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Juhaimi, the General Supervisor of the National
Institute for Educational and Professional Development thanked the Minister of
Education and Deputy Minister for supporting these various programs, which the
institute launched on 08 July 2020 to help all staff in educational posts
develop professionally. The programs, Dr. Al-Juhaimi added, also help enhance
the performance of the education sector and create an environment conducive of
training that depends on information technology and encourages creativity.

“The summer programs include specialized modules based on
the needs of professional development. All modules are meant to improve the
professional performance of participants according to professional standards of
teachers in order for teachers to raise the quality of teaching and enhance the
culture of professional development among educators,” he explained.

The ministry forged a partnership with eight domestic
universities to offer 108 training programs as part of the Summer Educational
and Professional Development Programs 2020 (third phase – remotely) during the
summer holidays.

Two phases of the program were completed between 22/3/2020
and 16/4/2020 in collaboration with educational departments and the National
Center. During the two phases, nine universities offered 65 training programs
attended by 13,190 participants, focusing on the professional development of
the ministry’s staff working in educational posts.

The partnership between the ministry and the domestic
universities includes the provision of education consulting, the implementation
of educational and professional development programs on the universities’
Blackboard Platforms, and training courses and programs concentrating on the
use of the digital applications and systems found on the ministry’s standard
education system. The partnership offered virtual class management courses,
interactive presentation of curricula, remote assessment and evaluation
methods, digital education communication tools, Google and Microsoft
applications and open digital education and training platforms.

Special courses were offered on how to manage the class
environment virtually and more efficiently and how to manage files between
teachers and students using cloud computing, as well as design of interactive
and exciting curricula, merging education with technology using Microsoft
applications and the preparation of e-tests in line with the 21st century

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