Doha 26th December 2013: Qatar University (QU) in partnership with Canada’s Athabasca University is currently developing a mobile learning application to train employees in the energy industry in the country.
The ‘m-learning’ project, being led by Dr Mohamed Ally is now in its second year. It will be the first of its kind to be used for professional training in the oil and gas industry in the world. ”There is no history of mobile learning applications utilised to train employees in the workplace in Qatar. This project is novel. During our most recent literature review, a hunt for existing applications yielded nothing, indicating that this could be the first mobile learning application under development in the oil and gas industry worldwide,” said Dr Mohammad Samaka, the co-lead researcher for the ‘m-learning’ project.
According to Samaka, the innovative aspect of the project is the marriage of pedagogy and technology to develop an entire solution for QP’s employee training needs. ’M-learning’ complements face-to-face teaching by enhancing the educational experience through our developed interactive multimedia content, based on existing course material, he added.
The application is designed to help employees familiarise themselves with technical English language terms specific to the energy sector in order to enhance their professional communication. The project uses a blended approach to deliver specialised content on mobile devices with unlimited access to the material, allowing learners to proceed at their own pace and convenience.
The content of the project is interchangeable and adaptable so it can be deployed into other areas of society, at school or university level, said Samaka. The QNRF-funded project is now being tested on QU’s foundation level students learning English.