The e-Learning and Open Educational Resources Unit supports
and promotes technological initiatives that enhance student access and
engagement in the classroom, as well as faculty excellence in the
integration of educational technology into their teaching and research
The unit reviews, evaluates and enhances
the instructional methods applied at the university from a
technological point of view. Moreover, the unit aims to stay up-to-date
with the latest educational technologies to integrate them into the
university educational system, and to improve the experience of both
students and faculty members.
The unit main focus will be on the following Information and Communication Technology (ICT) areas:
The next generation of digital learning environments and resources.
New ICT-based methods for promoting learning and education.
ICT-based methods for learning analytics.
The unit goal is to
promote university education through modern methods of teaching and
learning which are rooted in learning theory and practice and are
enabled by up-to-date educational technology and systematic data-driven
techniques of learning analytics.
Pillars for Enhanced Teaching and Learning
The three pillars of
exploration, adoption and research are guiding the unit activities of
having enhanced teaching and learning.
Exploration: "Support Innovation and Experimentation in Education"
An enhanced culture of teaching and learning requires
faculty and students to explore different and
state-of-the-art educational technology that enrich their
teaching/learning experience and enables effective and interactive
learning. Such technology, fosters faculty to innovate and facilitates
their job to engage students in the learning process.
unit provides a learning space JUSTLearn that supports faculty and
students to explore and experiment a set of effective educational
technology to enhance their teaching and learning experience.
Adoption: "Support Adoption of Effective Practices in Classrooms and Online Courses"
enhanced culture of teaching and learning that recognizes creativity,
experimentation, and evidence-based assessment requires training on
educational technology, dissemination of good teaching and learning
practices, and adoption of effective educational technology and
services. Today, effective teaching is a continuous process that
requires every instructor to access and use effective educational
technology, and have variety of open educational resources to enhance
learners’ learning experiences.
The unit through its learning platform fosters teaching and
learning with a flexible adoption of effective educational technology,
accessible multiple resources for education, and modern approaches of
teaching and learning.
Research: "Assess the Efficacy of Teaching and Learning Methods"
is an integral part of instruction, curriculum building and university
strategic planning. Education research covers a wide range of important
approaches to understanding student learning and evaluating the efficacy
of individual teaching to course components and to entire curricula.
unit provides an integral space of teaching and learning where modern
methods of teaching and learning intersect with best practices
of education enabled by up-to-date educational technology and systematic
data-driven techniques of learning analytics. This integrated space is
continuously improved through educational research and assessment.