|   October 23, 2018

At the University of Nizwa, E-Learning promotes and nurtures technology enhanced learning environments empowering learners to achieve their desired objectives.

VISION

We will align and develop digital learning skills in University of Nizwa graduates, making them productive innovators in their respective fields.

MISSION

Through careful research, development, and implementation of developing learning technologies, the E-Learning Committee will create dynamic learning solutions unique to the University of Nizwa. We will promote and support learning where learners can positively contribute to the local and global knowledge economy. Working collaboratively with staff, faculty, students, and members of the community, our focus is designing efficient and effective learning solutions.

OBJECTIVES

Our team of qualified professionals strives to:

  1. increase the flexibility, accessibility, and personalization of courses for on and off campus students
  2. equip users with relevant E-Learning skills for the contemporary world
  3. consult with members of the community to foster collaboration
  4. support faculty in using learning technologies in their courses

Summary of E-Learning Strategy

MAIN OBJECTIVES

Using E-Learning at the University is meant to solve 5 main problems:

1.      Overuse of photocopies for learning material delivery

2.      Misused textbooks by students and faculty

3.      Consistency, efficiency and effectiveness of course delivery (Quality Control)

4.      Student engagement with learning materials, facilitators, and peers

5.      “Edgeless Classrooms” – Expanding enrolment with virtual classrooms

 

GOVERNANCE / ROLES

Creating E-Learning content passes through a three tiered approach as illustrated below

 

The E-Learning Board decides which projects to pursue

The E-Learning Committee develops specifics relating to each project.

All materials are then developed, either internally or externally, by the learning objects team.

 

TARGETS

Although the E-Learning Strategy presents over twenty projects to develop, the most pertinent are the first two problems presented in part one of this summary. Below are these two problems, their proposed solutions, and the deployment timelines.

Problem

Solution

Implementation

Deadline

1.      Overuse of photocopies for learning material delivery

Immediate reduction of numbers of permitted photocopies per faculty member.

Issue an edict declaring that only X number of copies can be made without requiring CIS approval.

Immediate

2.      Misused textbooks by students and faculty

Choose materials for specific courses that cannot be deviated from.

Committees for each Department will choose materials for each course.

Materials will be standard for any incoming or incumbent faculty.

Summer 2010

3.      Consistency, efficiency and effectiveness of course delivery (Quality Control)

Create materials based on Oman Ministry of Education course objectives and outcomes.

All materials are centralized.

Policy stating that all sections of a course use the same materials.

Professors help team –develop materials or choose textbooks.

Summer 2010.

 

Currently the University of Nizwa uses two Learning Management Systems to deliver course materials: Eduwave, and Moodle.