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Ministry of Education training platform records over 1.5m visits in 3 weeks

The Ministry of Education’s Summer Training Platform has recorded over 1.5 million visits over the past three weeks, with 6.5 million sessions conducted through the platform.

The Ministry said the platform provided 3,705 training programs to 430,623 participants, both male and female, with the teaching curricula and methods courses being the most popular among the trainees, who work as teachers.

The courses focus on a variety of teaching strategies for most of the school curricula, mainly the use of critical thinking, cooperative learning, learning by deduction, merging thinking into teaching, varied teaching, creative teaching, differentiated teaching, concept maps, motivation towards learning, learning patterns and applications, constructive teaching, competence-based teaching, constructive learning, merging technology into teaching, planning for understanding and conceptual comprehension.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Juhaimi, the General Supervisor of the National Institute for Professional Educational Development, pointed out that the Ministry changed the option of training from a secondary option to a strategic one, which is instrumental for professional and education development for all teachers. That is why the Ministry launched phases one and two of the distance learning summer professional and education development programs for the 1441 H/2020.

“The Ministry aims to raise the performance level of professional teachers and enhance sustainable growth of the education sector in order to improve the quality of teaching offered to students,” Al-Juhaimi explained.

Over 974 programs have been offered to teachers who have shown a keen interest in developing their teaching methods, he said.

The Ministry forged partnerships with seven domestic universities to offer 102 training programs as part of the summer professional educational programs 2020 (Phase 3 – remotely) during the summer vacation.

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.

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