The UOC extends its e-learning model to the Middle East with a project in Jordan
The UOC, together with other European universities, will be leading a three-year project that has the support of the Jordanian government and institutions to develop quality standards in e-learning initiatives that will be applied in blended on-site and distance learning courses. The UOC hosted the kick-off meeting of the project from 10 to 12 March at Barcelona’s MediaTIC
Entitled Enhancing Quality of Technology-Enhanced Learning at Jordanian Universities, the project is part of a European initiative based on good neighbour policy aimed at developing collaboration with countries neighbouring, but not a part of, the EU, such as countries in North Africa and the Near East.
The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) hosted the kick-off meeting from 10 to 12 March at Barcelona's MediaTIC building. Vice-President for Strategic Planning and Research Marta Aymerich, Director of International Development John Zvereff and Director of the eLearn Center Christine Appel opened the meeting, which also was attended by figures such as Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Sultan Abu Orabi and a Vice-President of the University of Jordan.
At the request of the Jordanian institutions, the UOC presented the project to the Tempus programme of the European Commission and the work has finally been selected to be carried out under the leadership of professor Christine Appel, for whom the news represents proof that "the university has become an international benchmark in the field of e-learning".
As well as the UOC, which will be responsible for the general coordination, the other European partners in the initiative are Finland's University of Turku and the Italy's Marconi University, along with the Quality Agency of the Catalan University System and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
As regards the local project partners, the work will be carried out primarily at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Jordan, where a large part of the work with regard to the identification of standards will be done, although experts from the European coordination team will be making study visits and travel to Jordan to develop blended online and on-site teaching courses in the areas of economics and IT.