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Title: MIT LINC Conference OCTOBER 2007


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MIT LINC Conference OCTOBER 2007
  • E-LEARNING IN THE REGION
  • OVERVIEW OF JORDANS INITIATIVES
  • Dr. Khaled Toukan
  • Minister of Education, Higher Education and
    Scientific Research
  • The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • THE STRATEGIC APPROACH TO EDUCATION REFORM
  • Education is central to real economic and social
    development
  • All strategic priorities that will be adopted and
    the
  • policy options and actions that will be
    implemented to
  • promote the transformation of education
  • must address
  • the broader development objectives of access,
  • equity, inclusion, empowerment
  • and sustainable change through
  • the provision of relevant and high quality
  • educational programs and services for all
    students

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • THE STRATEGIC APPROACH TO EDUCATION REFORM IN
    BASIC
  • AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • BASED ON POLICY REVIEW, ANALYSIS,
  • OPTIONS, CHOICES, STATEMENTS AND ACTIONS
  • for
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Learning Resources Development and Acquisition
  • Teacher Training and Professional Development
  • Student Assessment Practices
  • ICT for Learning and Teaching
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Changes in Governance and Institutional
    Development
  • Human and Financial Resource Planning and
    Allocation
  • Investments in School Planning, Building and
    Equipment

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES Planning the Type and Pace of
Change
Systemic Change TRANSFORMATION
Change by Explosion REVOLUTION
Incremental change DIFFUSION
  • Risk Factors
  • Top- down
  • Rapid directive framework
  • Sustainability is an issue
  • Risk Factors
  • Slow
  • Often lacking direction
  • Risk Factors
  • Need to work at different
  • levels at once
  • Labor time intensive

Education reform in Jordan is adopting the
transformational path for change

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007

E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES THE STRATEGIC
APPROACH TO EDUCATION REFORM IN BASIC AND
SECONDARY EDUCATION
The Transformational Approach Outcomes
driven Learning and process oriented Long
term Changes root causes of dysfunction or
inefficiency Reflected in institutional change
in the culture of learning Sustainable
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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • THE STRATEGIC APPROACH TO EDUCATION REFORM IN
    BASIC AND
  • SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • The Reform Initiatives

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • THE STRATEGIC APPROACH TO EDUCATION REFORM
    IN BASIC AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • EDUCATION REFORM FOR KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY PROGRAM
    2003-2007
  • ERfKE I is a ambitious and complex
    five-year multi-funder and multi-donor program of
    reform in governance and administration,
    institutional development, transformation of
    programs and practices, school construction and
    renovation, and early childhood education.
    Central to the reform is the desire to provide
    learning opportunities for students that promote
    the development of essential skills and
    competencies that are required for successful
    further study and work in the information society
    and knowledge economy.

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES EDUCATION REFORM FOR KNOWLEDGE
ECONOMY PROGRAM
  • COMPONENT 1
  • National Strategy and Public
    Relations Campaign
  • Organizational Change
  • Education Decision Support
    System
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Institutional Arrangements
  • COMPONENT 2

  • Curriculum Renewal

  • Teacher Training

  • Student Assessment

  • Resources for Learning

  • COMPONENT 3


  • Renovation of Existing Schools

  • Building of New
    Schools

  • Computer Labs and
    Science Labs

  • Kindergarten
    Classrooms

  • COMPONENT 4


  • KG Curriculum, Licensing and


  • ECE Teacher Training

Appropriateness of the Substance of
Implementation
ACCESS EQUITY QUALITY
Effectiveness of the Process of Implementation
PLANNING COORDINATION LEADERSHIP
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EDUCATION REFORM FOR KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY PROGRAM

MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • COMPONENT 2
  • Curriculum Renewal
  • Student outcomes oriented learning
    materials and
  • supplementary resources that will be
    progressively
  • moved from a text-based to a e-content
    based focus
  • for student learning and achievement
  • Teacher Training
  • Training on the
    new curriculum, new methodologies and strategies,
  • use of ICT as a
    tool for learning and new ways of facilitating,
    supporting and
  • assessing learning
    will provide the basis for improved student
    success


  • Student Assessment

  • National assessments based on indicators and
    benchmarks which are linked

  • to student outcomes, performance based student
    assessment, and a greater

  • variety of classroom assessment approaches will
    support the quality of

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • THE STRATEGIC APPROACH TO EDUCATION REFORM
    IN BASIC AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • THE JORDAN EDUCATION INITIATIVE
  • The JEI is built upon a public-private
    partnership model for educational change and was
    established at the World Economic Forum in 2003.
    It has developed and piloted e-content curriculum
    in over 100 schools in Amman (the Discovery
    Schools), and has explored ICT-based initiatives
    in Life-long Learning and ICT entrepreneurship
    and industry development. The success of the JEI
    has been translated into similar projects in
    Palestine, Egypt, Rajasthan (India) and the
    Global Education Initiative

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • THE JORDAN EDUCATION INITIATIVE
  • Status of e-Content Development and Deployment
  • First Semester 2007
  • SUBJECT NO. OF GRADES
    STATUS
  • ARABIC 1-12
    (12) ROLLOUT 1-6,
    PILOT 7-12
  • EFL 7-12
    (6) ROLLOUT 7-10, PILOT
    11-12
  • ICT 1-10
    (10) ROLLOUT 1-10
  • SCIENCE 1-12
    (12) ROLLOUT 1-8,
    PRE-PILOT 9-12
  • MATH 1---12
    (12) ROLLOUT 1-12
  • TARGET E-MODULES FOR 52
    GRADES
  • PROGRESS
    ROLLOUT IN 40 GRADES (77)

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • THE JORDAN EDUCATION INITIATIVE
  • Teacher Training Requirements for First Semester
    2007
  • Subject Rollout Grades Total Number of
    ICDL Took Subject Need Subject
  •         Teachers/Grades Certified
       Specific Training Specific Training
  • Math roll out 4-12 442 353 80
    383 59
  • roll out 1-3 270 183 68
    235 35
  •              
  • Science roll out 4-8 493 378 77 70
    423
  • roll out 1-3       70
    200
  •              
  • Arabic roll out 4-6 587 351 60 198
    389
  • roll out 1-3       53
    217
  •              
  • EFL roll out 7-10 472 329 70
    240 232
  •              

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • ICT in Education
  • Accomplishments to date
  • Eduwave as a learning portal has been established
    by a local software company and students teachers
    and supervisors can access their learning
    materials through Eduwave.
  • All MoE schools have been supplied with at least
    90 of their required ICT equipment and other
    essential infrastructure( electricity, network,
    air-conditionsetc.).
  • Schools Internet and intranet networks have been
    established by local company
  • (Jordan Telecom, now Orange). Connected
    schools ADSL schools 2145, L.L schools 157.
  • MoE has built its own data center (Hashem II) and
    JT has committed to manage the data center and
    ensure its operations, security, supportetc.
  • MoE is working in coordination with MOICT to
    connect schools and other MoE sites with National
    Broadband Network( NBN) through Fiber optic
    media (100mbps). Currently over 200 MoE sites are
    currently connected by NBN in Module 1 in Amman.

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • ICT in Education
  • Accomplishments to date
  • Various technology models were implemented at
    some of MoE schools Computers on Wheels, Thin
    Client, Multipurpose Rooms etc.
  • MoE has signed a maintenance contract with local
    firm to support all schools with maintenance,
    support, spare partsetc.
  • JEI implemented a Discovery School model in 100
    MoE schools laptops and projectors have been
    distributed to Math and Science teachers and JEI
    supported the computerization of the c-content
    materials with the Curriculum and Textbooks
    Directorate and the local companies, and
    delivered many training sessions and workshops
    for teachers with the Directorate of Training in
    order to increase their capabilities in the use
    of ICT to support student learning

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • THE STRATEGIC APPROACH TO EDUCATION REFORM
  • The Goals, Parameters and Challenges
  • in the Implementation of ICT
  • as a Tool for Learning in Basic
  • and Secondary Education

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF
JORDANS INITIATIVES
  • Key Questions
  • How can ICT be effectively integrated into the
    school curriculum?
  • How can ICT contribute to the creation of
    teachers networks,
  • associations, and communities of practice?
  • How can ICT be used as alternative education
    service delivery systems
  • in rural and remote areas?
  • What are the critical constraints- financial and
    otherwise-
  • for the use of ICT in schools?

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ICT in Education
MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • Key goals for the progressive infusion of ICT as
    a tool for learning
  • Qualified teachers and supervisors in effective
    use of ICT
  • Proper understanding of role of ICT to support
    and enhance both teaching and learning quality
  • Enhance teaching and learning with latest
    technologies and models that increase students
    capacities to learn
  • All schools get their fair share of resources
  • All E-learning materials digitized, installed and
    ready to access.
  • Well managed E-learning platform that acts as an
    e-learning portal
  • All schools connected into one network which will
    facilitate management, monitoring and support
  • Students, teachers and supervisors will access
    E-learning materials with high speed and ease
  • Healthy environment for ICT equipment by ensuring
    an up to date maintenance plan, technical support
    system and an operational helpdesk

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ICT Key Factors
MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
ICT in Education
  • The Digital Access Indicators of the
    International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
    measures the overall ability of individuals to
    access and use ICT and the following criteria are
    the five ICT key factors

Usage
Infrastructure
Affordability
Quality
Knowledge
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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • Strategic Directions for ICT
  • AS AN ENABLER FOR LEARNING

Coherent National ICT Framework Encompassing ICT
Strategy and Policies
Determine the effect and impact of all
investments, including total cost of ownership,
on learning
Architecture framework that clearly identifies
and maps connections and linkages
Driven by clear policy decisions and directions
to guide the implementation process, such as ICT
in Education Policy E-content Development and Use
Policy Appropriate Use Policy
Build institutional capacity in the use and
mastery of ICT for all functions
Develop core learning content and supplemental
enrichment resources, reference materials,
teacher manuals and guides
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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES Potential of ICT a Solution for
Improving the Effectiveness and Quality of
Learning
  • Planning for effective use of ICT in education
    necessitates an understanding of the potential of
    technologies to meet different educational
    objectives and, consequently, to decide which of
    these objectives will be pursued . This decision
    influences the choice of technologies and the
    modalities of use.
  • Expanding Educational Opportunities
  • Increasing Efficiency in Learning
  • Expanding Quality of Learning
  • 4. Enriching Quality of Teaching

From Potential to Effectiveness If ICT possesses
all this remarkable potential, why have we not
experienced such drastic effects? If technologies
are the solution they are claimed to be, then
what or where is the problem?
The potential of ICT to support learning is not
realized automatically The problem is not
strictly technological it is educational and
contextual constraints must be alleviated and
conditions for success met . Experience points to
eight parameters necessary for potential of ICT
to be realized in enhancing quality education
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8 Parameters that are required for potential of
ICT to be planned, realized and assessed

Educational Policy Technology is the instrument
Content Ware Curriculum-based
Infrastructure Appropriate, Cost-Effective and
Sustainable
Effective Approach Champion, Planning,
Commitment and Appropriate Scale
Committed and Trained Personnel
Financial Resources
Piloting Multifaceted Process
Integration Introduction into Educational System
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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES From Pilots to System-wide
Implementation
  • MEASURES THAT SUPPORT SUCCESS........
  • Start small but think big
  • A holistic and complete approach
  • Approaches that are widely networked
  • Approaches that are well integrated in the
    system
  • Initiatives that have the potential to
    develop into
  • a movement
  • Initiatives that enjoy leadership (s) over a span
    of time with a high level of commitment and the
    ability to motivate and mobilize
  • Initiatives that manifest continuity of focus (by
    agencies governments), and enjoy sufficient
    funding over time, and have strong community
    involvement, participation, empowerment
  • and demand for quality

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  • MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
    E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
    INITIATIVES
  • Challengesgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgt
  • For the Ministry of Education in the
    implementation of ICT for learning and
    teaching..
  • Specific Questions to be answered
  • How can we afford enough multimedia-capable,
    internet-connected computers so that a classroom
    computer is always available for all students?
  • How can we afford enough multimedia computers and
    telecommunications connectivity to sustain new
    models of teaching and learning?
  • How can many educators who are disinterested or
    phobic about computers and communications be
    induced to adopt new technology-based models of
    teaching and learning?
  • How do we prove to the public that new
    technology-based models of teaching and learning
    are better than current instructional approaches?
  • How can educational technology increase equity
    rather than widen current gaps between haves
    and have-nots?

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Strategic Issues for the Ministry of
EducationScalability Affordability
Sustainability
Integration
Institutionalization
Commitment to Change
Organizational
Structure
Operational Processes

Focus and Direction
MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES Challengesgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgt For the
Ministry of Education in the Implementation of
ICT for learning and teaching.. Moving
forwards requires rapid evidence from pilot
initiatives that is soundly researched and
readily available to provide the basis for full
implementation of ICT at all levels of the
system. The monitoring and evaluation of current
approaches must yield clear information to guide
future planning for the system.

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • ICT in Education
  • The Challenges that Remain
  • Teachers and supervisors are challenged in the
    transition from traditional teaching ways to
    advanced technology ways
  • Teachers and supervisors are overwhelmed with
    many training programs and workshops that adds
    more pressure and responsibilities
  • Long and often delayed process of tendering
    procedures
  • Limited utilization of some initiatives due to
    lack of scalability vision
  • Need for evaluation studies that assess the
    implemented technology models
  • ICT equipment life-long limitations that needs
    regular maintenance and upgrades

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • ICT in Education
  • Next Steps
  • Well defined plan for ICT deployment for all MoE
    schools to ensure equivalent competencies and
    covers all schools needs from the available ICT
    resources.
  • New connectivity approaches that ensures an
    excellent schools connection for greater access
    to E-learning by initiating new connectivity
    contract as well as more NBN progress.
  • Several evaluation and assessment studies of the
    current technology models, Eduwave as a learning
    platform, and the number of the required data
    centers around the country.
  • Central and unified helpdesk that support all
    schools with essential services and technical
    assistance.
  • Completion of the digitization of the E-learning
    materials.
  • Implementation of a new technology model that
    support ICT labs and meet financial constraints,
    e.g. ( Multi-purpose room project).

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MIT LINC CONFERENCE October 2007
E-LEARNING IN THE REGION OVERVIEW OF JORDANS
INITIATIVES
  • THE STRATEGIC APPROACH TO EDUCATION REFORM
  • ICT
  • in Higher Education
  • In Jordan

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ICT Infrastructure Accessibility
  • Momentum began in 2000 Higher Education
    Development Project, covering 8 public
    universities (20012007) basic ICT
    infrastructure established
  • PC labs created across campuses for student use
    computers hooked to Internet
  • PCs in faculty members offices Internet
    e-mails
  • Establishment of ICT faculties or colleges
    offering BS and MS programs in CIS, MIS, BIS,
    etc.
  • Establishment Development of Websites

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ICT Literacy Courses Training
  • Computer skills courses for all admitted
    students required University and Faculty
    requirements
  • Training courses for new and existing faculty
    members and administrative staff Internet, ICDL,
    Blackboard, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Computerized Exams University requirements, core
    specialization courses
  • Basic forms of e-government
  • Experimental e-courses

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E-libraries
  • Digitalized services cataloguing, search, loan,
    inter-library loan
  • E-books and reference material
  • E-library networks
  • Subscriptions to digitalized international
    research resources

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ICT Symposia Forums
  • Workshops on individual campuses
  • Participation in ICT local, regional, and
    international workshops and conferences
  • Higher Education Development Forum, 11-12
    February 2007 A strong ICT Session
  • Some international cooperation links and programs

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Higher Education Strategy 2007-2012
  • One whole Component (no. 4) on Technical and
    Technological Education
  • Goal 1 Revising study plans, programs and
    specializations in community colleges gearing
    them toward technical education
  • Implementation Steps Updating existing programs
    by adding practical and training components and
    stopping non-technical academic specializations
  • Goal 2 Expansion in technological education at
    bachelors level
  • Implementation Step permitting holders of school
    certificate in applied streams to apply to
    parallel technological programs, increasing
    scholarships for students in technological
    programs, and boosting vocational culture via
    university requirements
  • Implementing parties Al Balqa Applied
    University Higher Education Council
    Accreditation Commission MOHE Universities

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MIT LINC Conference OCTOBER 2007
Overview of Jordans Initiatives
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