As the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to spread, schools and universities across the UAE are shifting to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Adapting and delivering distance learning to students at this scale has never been attempted before. Then again, extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.
As the first week of distance learning in Dubai schools concluded on Thursday, Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai, Director General Dr Abdulla Al Karam said that in the coming days and weeks, the KHDA will keep on working to ensure that the children’s learning is not interrupted.
Over 92 per cent student of the GEMS Education schools in the UAE satisfaction have expressed satisfaction as the group rolled out remote learning plans for students and parents since the mandated closure of schools and the move to E-learning last month.
Seven thousand and one hundred and thirty-six undergraduate and advanced Zayed University students turn to their online academic platforms, on Sunday, to begin a new phase of the UAE’s education system through“distant learning” for the upcoming, possibly extendable, two-weeks.
A computer teacher died on Monday evening at a hospital in the city of Al Ain. Aysha Elwai Aledros reportedly felt unwell while she was in a remote learning class. She suddenly suffered from a pain in the chest. She was immediately transferred to Tawam Hospital, where she died.
The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) hosted an online Arabic seminar in cooperation with the Association of Arab Universities (AARU). The webinar served as a strategic platform for introducing faculty members of Arab universities, which are also members of the Association of Arab Universities (AARU), to the salient features of the HBMSU’s mission to establish a culture of smart learning and distance learning as an effective tool for investing in youth to raise them as future leaders.
The eLearning environment can be a very soiled place for learning, kids sitting at home in front of their computers, connecting to their courses and learning one subject at a time. For some schools, this has been the mode. However, the cross-curricular aspect of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme has students at IB schools connecting their eLearning across disciplines, making learning at home more engaging, exciting and tangible.
Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has commended the innovative approach to distance learning adopted by Aldar Academies’ schools and awarded the education body highest possible grading following a series of inspections.
As schools appear to re-open in September with the appropriate safety measures advised by the UAE health authorities, the virtual learning experience has been transformative for educators, parents and students. From the rapid rollout and management of the e-learning experience to the shift in mindsets, the journey over the past few months has been both challenging and exciting for the future of learning.
Parents in the UAE have got online platforms to keep their children creatively engaged during the two-month long summer vacation. Madrasa e-learning platform has teamed up with children’s book publishers in the UAE and the region to develop engaging animated lessons to teach children Arabic. On the other hand, the UAE Ministry of Education and Cambridge University Press have formed a collaboration to boost children’s confidence and happiness while they stay at home.