Arisona State University, which was established in 1885 is recognized as country’s the most innovative school and ranked as number 1 in innovation straightly 8 years Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report, is in collaboration with AlmaU university since 2020.
ASU is the largest provider of online courses on Coursera and has been a leader in online learning for about 10 years. Thus, collaboration between two universities is bearing fruit, as the institution is now offering a variety of online courses for teachers and students. Furthermore, beginning in 2022, the language center is using offered online courses for students’ independent work to teach and practice English. The resources available are targeted for elementary and higher levels and include listening, reading, speaking, vocabulary, grammar, and writing activities. Learning is also totally autonomous and asynchronous, with learners able to view multiple lectures while engaging in activities that reinforce previously taught information. What’s more, the lecturer may control the learning process by offering exercises online via the HeRo platform or on the Teams platform, and students can ask the teacher questions about obscure topics during online sessions.
Students were invited to complete a quick survey about their opinions and ideas regarding online learning via the platform in order to assess the effectiveness of the platform, and the majority of students responded positively. They described extracurricular as an «innovative and engaging way of learning» since the lectures contained videos that were more enjoyable to watch than merely reading texts. «I quite liked these independent courses because I had weak listening and speaking skills, so I deliberately chose activities to practice my listening and speaking skills, and it helped me a lot» said one of the participant of survey. Furthermore, another student stated, «I have read that Kazakhstan is now attempting to form collaborations with foreign universities from Europe, Korea, and the United States, and seeing our university integrating different courses is very impressive.» It is apparent that students are involved in the learning process, while online extracurricular activities are receiving favorable feedback from students.
COLLABORATION OF ALMAU AND ASU UNIVERSITIES-USE OF NEW TEACHING INNOVATIONКоспанова Аяулым Досканаткызы
Алматы қаласы, AlmaU университеті