Distance EducationCapacity Building in Palestine
The Fobzu Distance Education Capacity Building project ran from March to September 2021. The project comprised a series of interactive online workshops and a programme of cascade training designed to support Palestinian university faculty in delivering accessible and engaging education online during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Launched in March 2021, an intensive four-week programme supporting staff development in online and blended learning was held with key Palestinian faculty at four universities in the occupied Palestinian territories: Birzeit, An-Najah, Bethlehem and Al-Azhar.
Delivered by the internationally leading Centre for Distance Education (CDE) at the University of London and designed with input from Palestinian stakeholders, the course covered core themes in the designing of effective teaching, learning and assessment.
Through workshops and the online resource platform, a community of learning and knowledge exchange was built between academics from the University of London and the four Palestinian universities.
The initiative responded to the request for assistance to Palestinian faculty who have been conducting teaching online since the Covid-19 pandemic reached Palestine.
The project has ensured sustainability by adopting a cascade learning approach with dissemination activities undertaken at participant universities, reaching up to 160 members of staff and faculty.
The distance education project implemented through Fobzu has helped train five education change champions from engineering, health and humanities who are now leading the transformation towards competence based learning campus wide at An-Najah University.
Since eLearning began, studying became harder since everything I could learn depended on my phone’s screen and its poor internet connection. Until I received a laptop from Fobzu – that I couldn’t get without them – and suddenly that screen became much more comfortable to focus on all day long. They are also covering our internet fees…This scholarship lets us focus less on financial stuff, and more on studying and creativity.
(Doing my course work) this semester was much easier than the previous one, and this was reflected in my marks which became much better…I believe I will be on the honour list this year. Thank you very much Fobzu.
At the beginning, my experience with electronic education was poor because I lacked a computer, so I was borrowing one from my relatives on which to do all my work.
As a student studying a multimedia major, not owning a computer was such big crisis for me. 80 percent of my studies depended on using computers, and with eLearning my need for a computer has increased. But now thanks to God and thanks to Fobzu, I now have my own computer and sufficient internet access.
The Fobzu Distance Education Capacity Building in Palestine project was kindly supported by the Welfare Association.