Within the framework of the Community Service and Openness to the Outside World Program by the Deanship of E-Learning and Distant Education, two training courses on “Flipped Classroom” were organized. The courses were presented in parallel and at the same time in the Abediyah-based Male Students Section by Dr. Hassan Al-Sabbagh and Dr. Mondher Al-Hamzawy, and the Al-Zaher-based Female Students Section by Prof. Areej Banjar (presenter), Prof. Modha Al-Sharif (assistant) and Dr. Hanaa Yamany, Vice-Dean at the Girls Section, (supervisor). This was on Tuesday, 5th December 2017 (17th Rabie I 1439H) at 10:00 am. In addition, the Course targeted the academic cadres in public education and the training package of Flipped Classroom.
During the courses, the significance of such education method was stressed. In other words, such education methodology came within the framework of mixed e-learning. It depended on flipping the traditional education method by giving students the opportunity to receive lectures at anytime and anywhere on condition that they should be present in the classroom for exercises and tests.
In the same context, scientific studies of innovative practices in education showed that students at traditional classrooms spent 90 percent of their time listening, while only 10 percent were left for application. Therefore, the flipped classroom methodology aimed to increase student achievement. Thus, the courses explained the mechanisms and techniques adopted to implement such proven methodology.
It is worth mentioning that the courses were welcomed by the attendees who paid great attention to their content and participated in their various activities. In addition, the participants extended deep thanks and gratitude to Dr. Bakri bin Maatouq Assas, President of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU), for such distinctive programs. They also thanked the Dean of E-Learning and Distant Education for the good organization and full management of such courses.