Students to benefit from state-of-the-art, digital resources.

Preparatory Year Deanship at Um Al Qura University and Pearson Education to provide 13,000 students with e-learning technology
Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 21st May, 2015: The Preparatory Year Deanship at Um Al Qura University (PYP-UQU) has announced it is partnering with the world’s largest learning company, Pearson, to provide students with online learning and assessment technology.

Under the agreement, Pearson will provide the University with 13,000 licences for the digital products, MyMathLab, MyITLab and MasteringPhysics. This will provide PYD-UQU students with a user-friendly, single point of entry for all courses and ebooks.
The partnership will also see Pearson equip PYD-UQU with related software, services and hardcopy books. In order to gain maximum benefit from the new technology, staff at PYD-UQU will be provided with ongoing training from Pearson technical experts.
The agreement follows the emerging trend in Saudi Arabia of higher education institutions taking up learning technology at an institution-wide level. Since the launch of the Saudi Government’s National Plan for Information Technology, many universities in the Kingdom have been moving towards full digital adaption.
It is hoped the implementation of the new technology will drive learner results at PYD-UQU and give educators more time to concentrate on helping their students achieve. Mr. Paul Harte, Country Manager of Pearson, Saudi Arabia, says:
“Every educator will tell you that each and every student learns in a different way. Adaptive learning technology, like the technology being implemented at PYD-UQU allows educators to easily teach to the specific learning needs of individual student. Using data and analytics, learning content is personalised to reinforce concepts that cater to individual strengths and weaknesses. Evidence shows that adaptive learning technology helps to create greater engagement, improved knowledge retention and support subject matter mastery. Pearson is delighted to be bringing these results to PYD-UQU and we look forward to seeing the impact of this new e-learning technology on the University’s students”.
Dr Ghassan Nouman, Dean PYD-UQU, says staff and students are looking forward to the rollout of the new programmes.
“PYD-UQU is keen to embrace the latest and most effective learning technologies available and this agreement will ensure we are on track to achieving this goal. Our lecturers are excited by the benefits this new Pearson technology will bring, helping them effectively engage their learners, and minimise time spent on administrative tasks. Similarly, feedback from learners has been positive, as the new programmes will facilitate their learning anywhere, anytime, and put them at the centre of their learning experience”.

The new technology will be available to PYD-UQU staff and students from the start of the next academic year, beginning in August 2015.

Saudi Educators Excel in Master Trainer Programme

Pearson programme enhancing standard of math and science education in KSA.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 4 May 2015: The Chief Executive of Saudi Arabia’s Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4Edu) has congratulated the latest group of Master Trainers to complete the first phase of the Saudi Math and Science Teacher Development Programme.

The Master Trainer Programme is a key component of the broader Math and Science teacher development project being administered by T4Edu through the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Public Education Development Project (Tatweer), in collaboration with Pearson, the world’s largest learning company. Of the 407 participants that completed the most recent course of the Programme that concluded in December 2014, a 100 per cent pass-rate was achieved, with 94 percent of these receiving the highest available score of an A grade.

Dr Mohammad Al-Zaghibi, CEO of T4Edu, says the results have exceeded all expectations. “I am delighted by what this group of educators has been able to achieve. The scores of those taking part in the Foundation Programme attest to the quality of the programme itself, the commitment of the certified trainers who delivered it and most of all, to the exceptional dedication of participants who have taken part. I have seen first-hand just how hard the participants worked to achieve these outcomes, investing their time and approaching the programme with enthusiasm and commitment. I look forward to seeing the positive difference these Master Trainers will be able to make as they go forward inspiring math and science educators across the country. I am confident that the scale of this project will lead to a tangible and measurable impact – at a national level – on the quality of math and science education throughout Saudi Arabia”.
Dr Mohammad advised that feedback he had received from within T4Edu’s Scientific Committee was that the materials were of a very high quality and standard and had contributed to this project being one of the best ever commissioned in Saudi Arabia. He also advised that the women taking part in the programme had achieved excellent results.
Feedback from the programme’s participants has been very positive. One participant who successfully completed the programme said:
“I enjoyed every single moment of this experience, even if some parts of the journey were quite hard. The success of the programme is due to the skills and the creativity of those who designed and implemented it”.
The Foundation level of the programme has now been completed with 474 Master Trainers having passed this stage. These Master Trainers are now able to progress onto intermediate and advanced level trainer courses, which will begin in April and May of this year.
Under the Master Trainer Programme, designed and implemented by Pearson, participants are trained as “Master Trainers”, provided with the pedagogical skills and knowledge necessary to go onto train over 100,000 mathematics and science educators in schools across Saudi Arabia. The aim of the Master Trainer Programme and associated Blended Professional Development Programme (also being developed by Pearson) is to improve the overall standard of mathematics and science education in the Kingdom and measurably enhance the performance of Saudi learners in these subjects as part of T4Edu’s STEM Initiative.
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