Taibah University to get digital learning ecosystem

Pearson to provide comprehensive learning solution to Taibah University

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Taibah University to get digital learning ecosystem The Learning Ecosystem will serve 4,000 students each year.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 13, 2014

Taibah University has awarded a contract to Pearson to roll out an all-inclusive, state-of-the-art Learning Ecosystem for the Medina-based university.

The learning solution will be implemented as part of the University’s preparatory year programme, which is undertaken by more than 4,000 students each year. The agreement is intended to transform Taibah University into a fully blended learning environment over the next three years.

The agreement builds on a close existing relationship between Pearson and Taibah University, which started last year with the initial rollout of customised foundation resources, and continues through the various subsequent phases covered under this new agreement.

Pearson will provide the University with Pearson’s Personalised Learning Platform, a comprehensive learning ecosystem providing a personalised, adaptive and interactive learning experience; design, development and deployment of a full blended learning programme, including digital courseware, digital lesson plans and formative assessments; remediation tools for mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology; enterprise reporting and data analytics and faculty change management and development programme to assist the transition to blended learning.

The training and professional development delivered to faculty as part of the agreement will help Taibah’s educators to fully adopt the solutions and shift approaches to using technology in teaching.

Taibah University’s Dean of the Preparatory Year Programme, Dr. Waleed Bleyhesh al-Amri commented:

“The ecosystem being implemented under the agreement will prove efficient in improving student outcomes by increasing student motivation and attendance. Saudi’s university students are very tech-savvy, and expect their education to reflect the latest developments in digital and online learning. The holistic system that we are employing has been specifically designed to connect with young learners, and make their education more relevant and engaging.”

Pearson’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships in the Middle East, Fadi Khalek added that the introduction of eLearning into Saudi Arabia’s universities will help achieve this vision as well as facilitating the development of a diverse, knowledge based economy in the Kingdom.

“Establishing a strong and efficacious learning culture in education institutions will have a positive impact on the country’s productivity, economic growth and job development. Learners that are equipped with the sophisticated 21st century skills promoted through eLearning programmes are more likely to contribute meaningfully in their future careers, and are better prepared to foster innovation in the workplace, or become involved in entrepreneurship activities.”

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