30 Apr 2018 – 9:19

QU workshop encourages multimedia use in education

A Qatar University student trains young students as part of the workshop entitled “Using Multimedia in Education”at Al Dana Center for Girls on Thursday evening. Pic: Qassim Rahmatullah / The Peninsula

The Peninsula

DOHA: Girl students of the Department of Mass Communication at Qatar University (QU) taught young students with the help of visual aid to learn about the effectiveness of multimedia use in education.

The initiative was launched by Al Dana Girls Center to improve the learning system using multimedia.

Young girl students, aged from 6 to 13, received the lessons of science and sociology at a workshop entitled “Using Multimedia in Education” organised at Al Dana Girls Center. First, some educational videos were presented then practical tests were conducted to know how much the students had learnt.

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Science and sociology were selected for the exercise because the parents wanted in the questionnaires to make these two subjects interesting and easy for the students. The educational video clips contained creations, growth of plants, seasons of the year, etiquette of eating among many others.

“This is one of the important campaigns to bring about a change in education using multimedia (documentary films, educational materials, educational electronic games),” said Wadha Al Jabr, Director of the Al Dana Girls Center.

She said that this initiative needs to be applied in Qatari society to make the student more interactive than being a recipient.

A workshop spokeswoman said that the  workshop was held in Al Dana Center for Girls to get a new experience that combines education and fun for all girls in the centre.

The student teachers of the campaign, Radwa Al Attar, Tasnim Harbi, Afra Rashed and Ghada Al Kuwari said that they enjoyed the workshop very much. The first opportunity was for them to deal directly with the children and to present the idea of the campaign to a number of children who are considered the target audience for the success of the campaign.

The members of the campaign were surprised by the interaction of girls with the visual materials in this form because it was scheduled to display the visuals twice and then the practical application after the video but the video was presented only one time because the girls confirmed that they had got the message and there was no need to present the video for second time.

They answered all the applications well and this confirms the success of the idea of the campaign.