National hubs will be created in Jordan and Palestine to modernise education as part of a £1.1 million initiative supported by University of Wolverhampton academics.
METHODS (Modernisation of teaching methodologies in higher education: EU experience for Jordan and Palestinian territory) is a three-year project involving 14 international partners.
Both countries are keen to exchange knowledge with the EU in terms of digital literacy and the project aims to address this and update technology and learning.
Academics from the University of Wolverhampton’s Institute of Education will be working to improve learning and teaching and increase digital literacy.
They will assist with incorporating technological tools that represent best practices and help evaluate, develop and design e-curricula. There will be new e-courses, a pool of experts in specialist subjects and sharing of learning techniques and skills.
Karl Royle, Head of Enterprise and Commercial Development at the University’s Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are co-designing training programmes with Palestinian and Jordanian counterparts in the latest technologies and digital learning techniques, which will help academic staff in Palestine and Jordan.
“These countries currently use more traditional ways of learning which are less interactive so there are challenges ahead but we will be implementing new technologies jointly in an appropriate context so they can be used effectively across cultures.”
The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. It is coordinated by The University of Jordan (UJ) with partners from Jordan, Palestine and European countries.
There will be opportunities for staff from universities in Palestine and Jordan to visit European partners and learn from their work and vice versa.
The University of Wolverhampton staff working on Method with Karl Royle are Professor John Traxler, Diana Bannister and Dr David Scott. They will also be advising on the use of mobile technology.
The work builds on past work the University has undertaken in Jordan and Palestine and also continues its association with the University of Aarhus in Denmark, another project partner, around problem based learning.
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