Filming Begins on Psychosocial Training Modules that will help Teachers meet the needs of Students Affected by Trauma
Ghadeer Al-Otoum of QRTA stands in the spotlight for the filming of the psycho-social training module of the Blended Approach to Teacher Training (BATT) project with UNESCO. The modules will be part of an online course that will help teachers to meet the psychosocial needs of Syrian refugees in their classrooms. The psychosocial course will include a 90 minute online module featuring the video lectures, reading and writing assignments, and online feedback and interaction with instructors and fellow participants.
The project, generously funded by the EU, is working on creating an online teacher-training course that will combine three important factors: utilizing technology, creating specialized content and delivering a blended approach to teacher training (BATT), an approach that includes both online and face to face components. The project’s design and implementation will be applied in two stages. The first stage will concentrate on developing and piloting the blended approach to the training course. The second stage will involve scaling up and extending the training to a large number of teachers across Jordan.
About the Project
UNESCO Amman Office, in partnership with The Queen Rania Teacher’s Academy is implementing the project: “Enhancing Access to Secondary Education and Quality Results for Youth Affected by the Syria Crisis” (EASE): Blended Approach to Teacher Training (BATT). The project, generously funded by the European Union, is working on creating a blended face to face and online teacher-training course that will combine three important factors: utilizing technology, creating specialized content and delivering the BATT. The project’s design and implementation will be applied in two stages. The first stage will concentrate on developing and piloting a blended approach to the training course. The second stage will involve the scaling up and extending the training to a large number of teachers across Jordan.
Contributing to the professional development of teachers is proven to increase the overall quality of an education system. The benefits of well-trained teachers trickle down into the community, as learning outcomes improve for students who are the future citizens of the society. By contributing to improving teacher training through the EASE project and the BATT, UNESCO and its partner are contributing to improving the quality of education in Jordan.
What is a Blended Approach to Teacher Training (BATT)?
The blended approach to teacher training and learning, is usually viewed as a combination of face-to-face and online delivery methods, and has been proven to influence teachers’ perceptions of the learning environment and subsequently their teaching practices. The benefits of a blended approach to learning offers the participants an opportunity to learn at their own pace, and to reflect on their learning while participating and sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues in an open, friendly and conducive to learning environment. Blended learning also has the capacity to reach a larger audience of teachers without adding extra strain on their time or teaching load. The nature of blended learning is in line with the current needs of Jordan’s teachers, allowing them to take advantage of flexible hours, and collaborate with peers easily.
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