For at Least eight year, Ahliah School has been gradually integrating digital tools and virtual learning platforms through wiki spaces, blogs, Google Sites, Google Classrooms, Edmodo, and other tools. Since 2016, Ahliah has been using G Suite at the core of its Virtual Learning and communication platform and most teachers have started in 2018 to integrate Google Classrooms as an integral component of the teaching and learning process.
Within the emerging events of this year, the October closure and the current pandemic, the academic team and teachers throughout the school divisions with the support of the IT Department have managed to complete a major step transitioning completely to a Virtual Learning Environment.
As the prospect of resuming regular school anytime soon is still unclear, one of our main objectives at the moment is working diligently on enhancing and leveraging our Virtual Learning Environment, and making sure that our students’ needs are being met. We have started to add essential departments and services to this environment as well including the Academic Support Department, counseling services, and support with university applications and tertiary education.
Virtual Learning is taking place through a combination of virtual classrooms mainly Google Classroom and live online sessions using tools like Google Meet or Zoom.
Google Classrooms provide space for teachers to share learning materials with students, present content, assign tasks and assignments, carry out assessments, and provide ongoing feedback. They also ensure open and continuous communication between students and their teachers, in addition to a space for students to collaborate. Through this asynchronous mode of work, students can study the material, and complete the assigned work at their own pace and time within the duration set by the teachers.
The live-online sessions are set within a fixed weekly schedule. They enable teachers and students to interact and collaborate in real-time. Teachers could introduce new concepts, hold live discussions, enable students to ask and answer questions in-depth, work on projects, share the outcome of their learning and demonstrate specific skills.
The full transition to Virtual Learning requires modification to our curriculum, teaching strategies, and assessment and evaluation methods. This new environment and structure of teaching and learning is still developing and we are constantly working on enhancing the experience and collecting ongoing feedback from the school community to provide our students with the best education possible.