The Ministry of Education and Higher Education continued its efforts related to the distance learning system under which it has been allocated 5 education centers to teach via electronic platforms.
Mentors and teachers are preparing video lessons and digital educational materials on a daily basis, the ministry said, adding that it has monitored the interaction and response of parents with the system since the early hours of its launch on Sunday.
The Ministry said the mentors and teachers are preparing educational content for all grades from the 1 to 12, by photographing and producing videos of daily lessons that are available via electronic links on the digital platforms launched by the ministry. It added that students of early education until the third grade use Microsoft Teams platform, while the rest of the grades use the Learning Management System (LMS) platform, pointing out that the focus is on providing the students with special concepts and values in these daily lessons.
The ministry stated that it provided all the inputs and technical and technological aids needed to start distance- learning, including selecting an elite group of well-trained, competent and experienced teachers to undertake this task so that students can continue their education and complete their academic year.
Regarding the kindergarten stage, it noted that it is working on the participation and interaction of parents with it as short video lessons are prepared to explain the worksheets in order for the parents to help their children in solving them, in addition to offering enrichment activities and various links, and presentations prepared by kindergarten teachers.
It pointed out that educational research confirmed that the academic level of the child is affected negatively if learning is interrupted for a long time. That is why it is very important for the educational process to continue using modern technical means, and through short video materials not exceeding ten minutes, which the student should complete by doing exercises in the book or as determined by the teacher in the video.
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education stressed the importance of the partnership between parents and schools in this regard, and provided them with a number of useful advice on the practice of distance-learning.
The ministry has also prepared detailed files and videos explaining how to log in to the distance learning platforms for students and their parents.
With regard to people with disabilities, the Ministry has provided educational materials that meet the needs of this group of students according to the level and type of disability. The ministry has also directed specialised schools to select the best teachers and instructed them to provide video lessons and workshops and upload them on the Learning Management System at the school site, and send text messages to parents to notify them.
In the context of its preparations to implement the distance learning system in government schools, the ministry used social media and YouTube channels as a way to include educational materials and receive feedback from students and parents, and for this purpose the ministry has created a new educational channel on YouTube entitled "Qatar's distance learning" for general education students (from Primary 1 to 12) to ensure the readiness of students, their parents and teachers to use the distance learning system, and learn how to use the Microsoft Teams program that first-grade students will use, and the LMS program that will be used by students from grades four to twelve.
These programs help students learn freely and remotely, and also enables them to access content and homework through continuous daily and weekly evaluation, and thus will reduce the efforts of teachers in the daily and weekly evaluation process, and on the other hand enable them to share interactive lessons through the use of the whiteboard, text, audio and video, enabling them to record video lessons, ensuring that students have access to them at any time.
The distance learning system has many advantages, such as flexibility, where the lessons are available in the form of picture and electronic exercises that the student can solve and re-watch at any time he wants, and also allows the interaction and communication with the teacher.
The main source of learning (textbooks for school subjects) will be provided in PDF format, as well as more supportive videos, and a set of sample answers for parents will be provided.
The ministry will provide technical support to implement distance learning, whether for schools or parents in the event of any obstacles or challenges in this system.
The ministry has taken many educational policies and procedures during the last period, to deal with the emergency conditions the country is going through in light of the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19).
The ministry adopted the distance learning system in all public and private schools, with the intention of facilitating the educational process, enabling students to continue their education in flexible ways that take into account their different conditions.