عــمــادة الجــودة والتــطـويــر

الجامعة الإسلامية - غزة

Quality and Development Center

Islamic University of Gaza

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Two workshops were held to transfer the experiences of a group of academics visited UTA within FinPal project

  • 09/29/2018

Dr. Monawwar Nijim, Dr. Mohammed Abu Odeh, and Dr. Magdy Aqel from the Faculty of Education and Dr.  Mohsen Al-Afrangi from the Faculty of Arts and Dr. Basem Boshnaq from the Faculty of Sharia and Law have participated  in the intensive training week held at the University of Tampere in Finland, which lasted from 10-14.9.2018 within a training program of 190 hours. During this, they did several scientific visits in Tampere in which they get familiar with the modern educational methods and its importance in raising the efficiency in university teaching. The team also visited educational institutions to acquire different experiences in this field. The FinPal project team at IUG arranged and held two workshops to transfer the experiences of this group to their colleagues in other colleges. The first one held on September 29 with the presence of all trainees in the FinPal training program and the second workshop held on October 28 in cooperation with the Scientific Committee at the Faculty of Education at IUG.

Dr. Alyan Al-Holy, member of the FinPal project team at IUG brief a short presentation about FinPal project, its basic stages and the University's partners in Tampere at the beginning of the workshop. Then, Dr.  Majdy Aqel talked about their visit to UTA teacher training school (https://norssi.uta.fi/english/), mentioned that most of the schools in Finland are governmental but only teacher training schools (such as Norssi, which the group visited) are affiliated to universities. They have different kinds of teachers and teacher education: for example, those who will become teachers at secondary schools take 4 years in specialization and general studies, and 1 year in pedagogical studies; they will complete both Bachelor's and Master’s degrees (3 + 2 years). Those who will become teachers at primary school, study Education as their major and complete Bachelor's and Master's degrees (3 + 2 years). Master's degree (including pedagogical studies) is required to get a permanent job at a school.

And talking about their presence in a science class for the sixth-grade students and present some pictures of the classroom which is a large area with a second room inside is similar to the library, there are 40 students and  3 touch screens in the classroom and each student has his own tablet and locker.

He explained briefly about the box of glass circles, which is an educational tool so that each ball is a robot - controlled by mobile through the writing of a code suitable to move the ball to a certain distance and thus integrate and teach several skills for students, including skills in mathematics science and technology. He pointed out that the main reason for Finland's progress in education was the great trust given to teachers.

Then Dr Mohammed Abuowda presented Demola and Y-kampus, two models that support innovation and entrepreneurship in education. Demola (https://www.demola.net/) is an innovative global alliance of students, researchers and companies that facilitates co-creation projects and offers a modern learning experience . Y-kampus (http://y-kampus.fi/en/) provides entrepreneurship and innovation services to the students and staff of the three universities in Tampere.

Dr. Monawwar Nijim presented about their attendance to a seminar for master students at UTA and how the students are encouraged to reach the appropriate research title, the problem they want to study and the role of their supervisor in guidance and support.

At the end of the meeting, a discussion was held on how to benefit from the experiences of colleagues in practice. One of the results of the meeting was the formation of three teams from teaching staff at the Faculty of Education to start writing proposals for international collaborations and participate in the current call for proposal at E+ in order to bridge the gap between their needs and the best practice in prestigious universities in the world  in order to develop and improve the teaching performance and scientific research ultimately.