A survey distributed to health academics from Lebanese & Syrian partner universities has indicated a number of issues related to Health Education in Lebanon and Syria:
- Lack of digital skills among health educators combined with limited use of ICT in Higher Education. especially in Syrian universities, with no digital platform available in all partner universities;
- Limited use of innovative Teaching&Learning methods, with instead widespread use of old Teaching&Learning approaches, with no or limited use of modern pedagogic methods especially in theoretical classes;
- Limited online & blended learning in health disciplines.
As a consequence, there is an high risk that:
- Future doctors & pharmacist & health professionals may be digital illiterate;
- Low level of engagement and understanding of taught materials, with a consequent declining attendance rates as lectures become boring and not interactive;
- Disadvantages groups such as refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) are not following programs in health disciplines; as a result, important and most vulnerable segment of the society are prevented from health education, and many initiatives do no offer opportunities to follow onlione programs in health disciplines.
DIGIHEALTH aims at promoting excellence, creative and innovative digital Teaching&Learning approaches through advanced ICT solutions, to improve quality of Higher Education, to prepare well-qualified graduates who are able to adapt to changing healthcare environment, meet societal expectations and sustain healthy environment in Lebanon and Syria.
The main expected output of DIGIHEALTH is the establishment of 2 centers for innovative Teaching&Learning in Higher Education (one foreseen in Lebanon and one in Syria) that will serve as hubs for training health educators on novel digital skills and interactive T&L methods, in addition to developing e-modules that exploit digital revolution.
Those centres will enhance regional collaboration through sharing e-materials, teaching experience and best practices. They will develop e-materials that stimulate critical thinking and imagination, and make concepts easier to teach and understand, achieving greater student focus and higher retention.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- Support Lebanese and Syrian HEIs in adopting and implementing effective new technologies of digital skills and learning methods for an active and collaborative learning.
- Develop the ability of academic staff at health disciplines in Lebanese and Syrian HEIs to employ modern pedagogical and didactical methodologies for innovative ICT teaching and learning settings.
- Open up higher education in Lebanon and Syria to integrate refugees, IDPs and students from disadvantaged groups including women and rural areas inhabitants in inclusive virtual classroom settings.
|European Commission, Erasmus+, KA2 – Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education|
|Linnaeus University, Sweden|
|From 15 November 2018 to 14 November 2021|
|Cristina Stefanelli, c.stefanelli[AT]uni-med.net|