Havas el Harbi joined one of the courses in Mersin. “We learned through the internet in this new system. It has been very good for me. I did not have time at first, but now we watch the lessons online.”
This model also includes limited in-classroom teachings, but is quite flexible and adaptive to changing circumstances. The system works remotely on PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets. Students do not necessarily need to have continuous internet connection.
In parallel with the teaching methodology, an online education system was developed including a learning management system, virtual classrooms, learner analytics and evaluation systems. Teachers and students log in, engaging remotely as courses become independent of time and space. It brings connectivity to teachers and students.
“This model is flexible and interactive, encouraging continuous and individualized learning,” says UNDP project manager Ezg Arslan. “According to scientific research, it has higher learning retention.”
“The flipped classroom” inverts the typical cycle of content acquisition and application. Students are introduced to pre-uploaded content at home and practice working through it at school. They gain necessary knowledge before class, instructors guide students to actively and interactively clarify and apply that knowledge during class.
Benefits beyond learning
The online learning model is also cost effective, since using training materials, classrooms, buildings are limited and it can fully be online without a tremendous amount of investment.
E-education requires specific teaching skills, and through the project, 318 teachers from across Turkey were trained. Turkey now has the baseline human capital for implementing and expanding such a system.
Currently, almost 2,000 Syrian students are involved in language education at the intermediate level, and trainings are now fully online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.