BUILDING THE UNIVERSITY OF THE FUTURE IN IRAQ
Four e-learning centers have been developed, and their equipment process is underway (Bagdad, Basra, Salahaddin, and Kufa). To support the instructional side of distance learning, 87 Iraqi professors were trained as trainers on on-line course development through a total of five technical workshops. In addition to increasing the capacity of the trained professors, this process also supported the development of a total
of 34 online modules which have been produced in three of the e-learning centers (Bagdad, Basra and Salahaddin), and a scientific board for the evaluation of developed courses was formed based on the Avicenna Network recognized experts. As an additional means to coordinate and share information and resources between teaching staff and students, an Iraqi Avicenna Virtual Campus Portal and Virtual Library has been launched in 2011. As a final achievement in this area, an additional 151 teachers/tutors were trained inside Iraq, through a multiplier effect training programme, and a total of 29 seminars were organized in the newly-developed AVCI inside Iraq (Baghdad, Salahaddin and Basra).
Specific achievements of this project included the following: