The University of Jordan in
collaboration with other partners in the Erasmus+ Project entitled "Modernization
of teaching methodologies in higher education: EU experience for Jordan and
Palestinian territory (METHODS)", organized a two day training workshop, which
was held in Dead Sea for the faculty members from the Jordanian and Palestinian
partner universities on 12 and 13 May, 2017.
Prof. Ahmed Al-Salaymeh, the
General Coordinator of METHODS Project, inaugurated the workshop and gave a brief for the new participants about
the projects aims, the objectives of the workshop, the expected results and the
next steps of the work.
The training programme of the
first day was focused on train the faculty members on modern methods of
teaching at University, including Problem based Learning (PBL), Flipped Based
Learning, Competency-based Teaching (CBT), Massive open online course(MOOC),
flipped Learning. Also; a special
session was dedicated for the quality assurance guidelines for the process of
developing the courses according to these new teaching methods, and it was delivered
by Prof. John Traxler from The University of Wolverhampton in United kingdom.
In addition; an online session
about Competency-based Teaching (CBT) was delivered by Prof. Josep Juando from World
University Service followed by another one about Problem based Learning (PBL) delivered
by Prof. Rikke Magnussen from Aalborg University Copenhagen in Denmark.
Moreover; a session about the Massive
open online course(MOOC) and its application in the context of METHODS project
was delivered by Prof. Wasel Ghanem, the local coordinator of METHODS in
During the second day of the
workshop, the participants from The University of Jordan, Jordan University of
Science and Technology, Hashemite University, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan,
Birzeit University, An-Najah National University, Bethlehem University, and Palestine
Polytechnic University presented their recent work , achievements, and challenges
in the process of developing their courses in the frame work of METHODS
project, which was followed by a fruitful discussions to improve their work.
The workshop ended with a session
dedicated for updating the partners about the status of different work packages
of the project and presenting the action plan and the next activities in the
project, delivered by the General Coordinator, Prof. Ahmed Al-Salaymeh.
The workshop aimed at
strengthening the faculty members capacities on modern learning methods. This
workshop is considered as the second training workshop in METHODS project
following the first one that was held on March 27-31, 2017 in United Kingdom,
it was conducted to give the opportunity to other academic staff who weren’t
able to attend the first training and to monitor the process of developing the
courses according to METHODS framework.
The participants involved were
very satisfied about the training workshop, recognizing that the knowledge
acquired will be instrumental for METHODS activities at all levels.