Hebron University Research Projects Abstract

 Smart learning Framework for Higher Education – A case Study – Palestinian Universities

Researchers: Mohammad M. Moreb and Nabil M. Hasasneh (Hebron University)

New technologies enable learners to learn more effectively, efficiently, flexibly and comfortably. Smart education, a concept that describes learning in digital age, has gained increased attention and this type of learning is needed to improve knowledge and skills of the 21st century learning. Over time Smart Learning has grown into a system of research-proven practices that equip all learners with powerful tools for teaching and learning. The Smart Learning approach provides learners of all ages with a research-proven framework and a host of Smart Thinking Tools that motivate deep comprehension and higher levels of achievement. Through work with the Smart Learning framework learners: activate and build background knowledge, improve their practical skills and critical thinking and collaborative learning. This paper discusses an introduction and a key features of smart learning environments in the first section. In the second section we gives a literature review which includes the concept of smart learning, Smart learning environments, and the meaning of smart in smart education. The third section will analyse the current environment regarding smart teaching in Palestinian universities and discuss issues like challenges and obstacles of using smart learning in teaching with require statistics. Section four introduce a smart education framework for higher education to improve learning and teaching process. Results and summary will introduce in section five. Finally, a conclusion and recommendations for this framework are presented.
Preliminary research question is:
How do second year student teachers perceive their knowledge and skills on ICT in smart learning rooms to have improved in an introductory course on apply ICT in teaching and learning.

Reflective writing by students

Researcher: Dr Manal (Hebron University)

This study will examine how deeply do students use reflective writing and to what extent reflection give them insights into how their professional skill and knowledge have progressed. Students will be provided with writing prompts and framework to support the development of reflective writing .Semi-structured interviews will be held to investigate how reflective writing give them insights into how their professional skill and knowledge have progressed. Pre and post content analysis will be used to analyse students’ reflective writings.

What do practicum portfolios reveal about the development of Palestinian pre-service teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and practices?What do practicum portfolios reveal about the development of Palestinian pre-service teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and practices?

Researchers: Mohammed Farrah and Nabil Jondi (Hebron University)

Hebron University prepared a new program for teacher preparation for grades from one to four. Through this program teachers will study five different practicum courses. Those students are proposed to use portfolios in their practicum learning experience. This study aims at investigating the possible impact of practicum portfolios on the development of Palestinian pre-service teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and practices. The study will try to answer the following questions:- What are pre-service teachers’ attitudes towards developing an evidenced-based practicum portfolio? – What does the practicum portfolio reveal about the development of Palestinian student teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and practices?- How does submission of physical portfolios and online portfolios impact on the range and quality of portfolio tasks?A triangulation of data collection methods will be used.  A Pre-post survey, interviews (focus group or individual students)   and mentors reports will be used for the sake of data collection. Moreover, a close analysis of portfolio tasks from a representative sample   to identify themes, perspectives and patterns of meanings