Education Minister launches flexible learning pathways initiative

RIYAD – The Minister of Education, Chairman of the Board of the National eLearning Center, Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh, launchesD the flexible learning path initiative to improve professional skills for K-12 education, higher education and professional development.

The initiative is expected to be launched through the national e-learning platform “FutureX”, in partnership with the international platforms: Coursera, Edx, Udacity and FutureLearn. This skills development initiative gives stakeholders access to over 10,000 courses, programs and professional certificates from over 300 leading universities and international companies.

Al Sheikh said flexible learning paths are a breakthrough e-learning and training sector initiative to contribute to the formation of a globally competitive citizen with capacities and skills related to the needs of the labor market.

In its first phase, the initiative’s learning paths are divided into three main paths focused on meeting the needs of the labor market, First, K-12 Pathway which is designed to improve the skills of high school students, which targets 150,000 students. Second, the Higher Education Pathway, designed to improve the skills of higher education students, targets 250,000 students. Finally, the professional development path, which offers flexible career paths for improving skills and retraining, targeting 150,000 employees and job seekers.

The initiative covers several key skills, including digital skills (cloud computing, application development, programming, information systems, systems analysis, cybersecurity), design skills, arts and music (graphic design, design user experience, product design, music and arts, fashion, multimedia), engineering and science skills (civil engineering, robotics, electrical engineering, software engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics), in addition to thinking and life skills (critical thinking, psychology, public health, work ethics, intelligence emotional, thought design) and business skills (accounting, marketing and sales, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, insurance, financial technology, banking).

The initiative helps achieve integration by linking learning pathways to skills, jobs and labor market needs, in addition to the involvement of universities and employers in the design, approval and implementation. recognition of routes. These transferable learning paths will be implemented at national level and recognized by the entities concerned.

The initiative is flexible and allows institutions to design learning paths for interdisciplinary specializations and offers stackable micro-degrees. The initiative also uses learning analytics to enhance the learning experience and provides a unified learning record, in addition to improving financial aspects through integrated efforts.

It should be noted that the national e-learning platform “FutureX” is one of the initiatives of the National e-learning center, which aims to build confidence in e-learning and enable access equitable to reliable and accessible online learning for all.

Norma A. Roth