Using technologies to upgrade teaching
TDT | Manama
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A research team from Arabian Gulf University (AGU) College of Graduate Studies has presented a new research entitled “Smart Information Technology Innovation Management in Higher Education” at a virtual conference in Athens.
The conference was entitled “Continuity, Innovation and Change Management in a Post Covid World: Technology, Politics and Society.” Researchers from Arab countries, East Asia, Europe and the US participated in the conference as well as a number of graduate students who took part to enrich the dialogue and made recommendations for the application of new technologies in the field of education globally.
Professor Rustum Mamlouk, Prof Dr Tayseer Jarada, Dr Salman Riyadh, Dr Abdulaziz Salama, Dr Tayseer Al Khozali, Professor Dr Al Ajab Ismaeel, and Prof Musbah Tabasum took part in the research presented at the conference by Dr Mamlouk.
As part of the presentation, Dr Mamlouk highlighted that the higher education institutes were quick to adopt new technologies in the digital age often even before their educational value is proven.
He said that higher education institutes have experimented with smart technological development such as the use of smart boards, computer networks and laptops for many years until some technologies became an essential part of the higher education institutes.
He said that this has led to the replacement of traditional educational technologies such as filmstrip projectors and 16m movie projectors with more advanced and cost-effective technologies such as interactive whiteboards, Google tools, content management systems as well as the Mega Open Online Course (MOOC).
Dr Mamlouk explained that the use of modern smart information for smart technology in teacher and learning plays a major role in the development of the educational process such as easing access to information and its interactivity.
He said examples such as the ease of spreading scientific materials and resources regardless – at school or university – which has often led to the decrease in the dropout rate among school and university studies because the courses are available online.
He highlighted that this enhances the experience by enriching the scientific levels while new technology allows the students to take part in joint projects in the education process requiring academic cooperation on the university level and enables the teacher to diversity the methods used.
“The implementation of medical simulations at AGU using smart high-resolution models (high intelligence technology) has provided final-year students at the college of medicine and medical sciences the opportunity to work in a safe environment with the option to repeat errors and clinical skills until they reach the level of competence,” said Dr Mamlouk during the conference.
“It also allows students to commit errors and learn from them without any adverse consequences while also providing a variety of clinical trials for clinical cases that are rare or difficult to access in the hospital without burdening the hospital.
“Information debriefing, such as using new methods of teaching using high-tech smart technology, provides the implementation of the clinical scenario as a way to enhance the long-term memory of the student.