The Faculty of Engineering, University of Kufa organized a seminar during which the Head of the Civil Engineering Department, Prof. Dr. Mohammed Abbas Al-Jumaili, gave his lecture entitled: “The application of e-learning in the universities between challenges and ambition”. The seminar aims to learn about the reality of e-learning in Iraq through its role in the universities.
Al-Jumaili explained the reality of e-learning in Iraq through its role in the universities, and the existence of the great shortage in this field, in addition to the lack of infrastructure to promote e-learning even though the universities today are trying to take advantage of free e-learning programs in developing the educational process after it retreated during the past two decades to a large degree. Despite the presence of important steps that have been achieved in this direction, especially at the level of providing devices and laboratories, and securing Internet connection, the traditional methods of e-learning prevail in all the universities. Explaining the styles of e-learning that are synchronous e-learning, asynchronous e-learning, and blended learning.
At the end of the seminar, Al-Jumaili presented some conclusions, including the inability to dispense with the traditional (urban) method or style of education, and in return, it is not possible to completely rely on the e-learning method, whether in schools or the universities; Because there are advantages that characterize each type of traditional education and e-learning, it can even be said that the presence of urban and e-learning in the educational institution is complementary to the other; This comes in line with many studies that indicate and emphasize the blended learning method, which is a form of education that uses e-learning through educational platforms, with attendance to the classroom in the school or the university; To ensure that the student is tested and evaluated formally and morally. He pointed to many results of studies that apply the strategy of flipped education as a type of blended education and confirms that students’ performance and educational levels improve and increase compared to other types of education, whether traditional or electronic.