Project

JOVITAL – Jordan opportunity for virtual innovative teaching and learning

Why JOVITAL?

Rapid advancements in ICT impose significant change in almost all aspects of our life. Networked technologies offer opportunities to reshape human interaction, and create new possibilities in key sectors including health, business and education.

Although ICT-based teaching practices have been present in research and development for decades, the major digital transformation towards user centered, participative, immersive, social interactive and online international learning experiences still remains unexploited for many Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Scientific evidence urges action to modernise teaching practices in Higher Education in the Middle East, including Jordan, by introducing new pedagogical and didactical approaches that foster learner-centered teaching, critical thinking, problem solving, group work, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The JOVITAL project wants to add a significant value to the teaching process in Jordan by empowering academic staff with contemporary teaching competencies. A comprehensive capacity building programme will be implemented to facilitate intensive know-how transfer among the consortium members to address the problems of outdated instructor-centred frontal teaching methods, limited physical academic mobility, and ineffective use of ICT in formal higher education in Jordan.

JOVITAL offers HEIs in Jordan a chance to explore, implement, and disseminate state of the art academic practices to enhance teaching quality and improve learning outcomes for individuals studying both within and beyond the institution, including disadvantaged learners .

Wider objective

The overall objective of JOVITAL is to improve quality of teaching in Jordanian Higher Education Institutions by introducing innovative collaborative tools and methodologies and fostering academic international exchange.

Specific objectives

Specific objectives for JOVITAL are:

  • Qualification of academic staff at Jordanian Higher Education Institutions on modern pedagogical and didactical methodologies for innovative virtual teaching and learning settings;
  • Support Jordanian Higher Education Institutions in adopting and implementing effective ICT-based internationalisation at home activities and integrate Jordanian HEIs in a global network for Virtual Mobility;
  • Open up higher education in Jordan to integrate disadvantaged groups including women, rural areas inhabitants, and refugees in inclusive virtual classroom settings.

Expected Results

  1. Didactical design patterns of technology-enhanced collaborative learning scenarios for teaching staff in Jordanian higher educational institutions;
  2. Educational case studies with local practical relevance for problem-based group work in the virtual classroom;
  3. Best practices for Internationalisation at Home strategies development and implementation;
  4. Awareness raising events of modern educational technologies in different cities in Jordan.

Impact

Supporting Jordanian HEIs in designing and implementing effective ICT-based internationalisation at home activities and integrating them in a global network for “Virtual Mobility”.

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