DUBAI, Aug 22, 2021 (WAM) – The Digital School and Arizona State University (ASU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Digital School to develop innovative tools and mechanisms to advance digital education in the region and in the world.
The agreement was signed by Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications and Chairman of the Board of the Digital School, and Michael M. Crow, ASU President, in the presence of several officials. of both parties.
Under the agreement, the digital school and ASU will cooperate in the design of programs to develop the capacities of teachers and digital education providers, to exchange knowledge and expertise in the processes of learning, capacity building and research, and to define frameworks for the use of advanced technologies in digital learning for the underserved. communities.
Arizona State University will thus be a strategic partner of the digital school over three years to enable approximately 1,500 teachers and pedagogical supervisors enrolled in the digital school to acquire the skills necessary to master digital education, by granting them accredited certificates.
The university further contributes to the development of an advanced program for digital education in line with the growing demand for digital educational materials in various disciplines, by conducting relevant studies on its results at different stages.
During the virtual signing ceremony, Al Olama stressed that the repercussions of the coronavirus have highlighted the need for a sustainable digital education ecosystem. He noted that the best prepared countries have succeeded in mitigating the impact of blockages through digital tools.
He added that digital learning is advancing around the world with an unprecedented opportunity to reach wider segments of the population, which speaks to the need to make digital tools readily available, to use cutting edge technology. and standardize innovative practices. He noted that digital learning must be enhanced by joining forces with academic and educational institutions as well as with the technology and humanitarian sectors to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for education.
Al Olama underscored the UAE’s willingness to share their experiences and successes in using their technological infrastructure to find innovative solutions serving communities around the world.
Commending the decades-long academic role of ASU which has resulted in the implementation of pioneering projects in the United States, United Arab Emirates and around the world, Al Olama said: “The expansion of strategic partnerships and Global alliances to improve digital education will benefit all parties involved in digital school. These collaborations also contribute to the realization of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, with whom he launched the Digital School in November 2020 – to provide equal access education for all, especially in developing and underserved communities. ”
Referring to a report by the World Economic Forum which found that the value of the digital education market will reach approximately US $ 350 billion by 2025, Al Olama said, “We must work together to launch initiatives and unite our efforts to build on a common vision – a future of digital education with resounding impact.
The Digital School and ASU will partner to help teachers, facilitators and coaches deliver quality online education to reach the greatest number of students, especially those from low-income communities and refugee camps. The MoU also establishes the basis for both parties to exchange knowledge and best practices, as well as to work on the development of innovative digital educational tools.
“Arizona State University is committed to providing quality education to learners regardless of their geographic location,” Crow said. “By partnering with the Digital School, we will advance the mission of access that our organizations share by bringing the educational expertise of ASU Prep Digital to one million students in remote and developing regions, by supporting the critical preparation of teachers and leveraging our digital innovation to strengthen educational pathways around the world. ”
School closures, due to global COVID-19 closures, affected more than 1.2 billion students in 186 countries last year. The availability of a strong digital infrastructure has allowed some companies to quickly adapt to the new reality imposed by the pandemic and adopt digital learning solutions. We want to share our lessons learned to help prepare for a complex future, ”he added.