Clear, simple and self explanatory. The Advanced Education Program [AEP] is a renovation of the Learning Management System, and doesn’t fail to prove that. How? Well, The Advanced Education Program works as a platform where students learn to control technology and not be controlled by technology. A few years ago, NIS became the first school in the Middle East to implement a successful online learning system, the Learning Management System. Though the system faced criticism and multiple malfunctions at the beginning, NIS continued to shape it to become one of the most useful tools ever used in the history of education around the country. This is what was later transformed into what we know, now, as AEP.
Through the Advanced Education Program, NIS students are able to submit their assignments, attempt online quizzes, watch NIS videos, contact teachers… etc.
In a world full of automation, our school makes sure that all students are professionally using technology, which is why students start using the AEP independently starting Grade 3 and up through Grade 12. Not only does that help them progress to the use of similar programs in their later studies, but it teaches them how to independently learn and and understand topics through a clearer, more technical method.
pic/// grade 3 student using aep
NIS also implements a different classroom system through the AEP. Students are expected to watch pre-week videos of their own teachers explaining the following week’s topics. During their first class period, students are assigned a short series of questions to ensure their understanding of the topic. By the end of the session, students are assigned an Exit Ticket so the teacher is confident that all the students in their classroom understand the topic clearly. This classroom system is called the Flipped Classroom methodology, which literally translates into its name, meaning: instead of wasting time in class, students prepare topics over the weekend so that the time they spend in their classroom can be sufficient and effective; a classroom in reverse. This classroom system has also relieved students from most of their homework, because all we have to do over the weekend is watch a few videos. How cool is that?
The first advantage students think of when the AEP is mentioned is disregarding the trouble of books. So, instead of requiring a stack of heavy books everyday, students are required to bring a laptop and a notebook, which gives us the ultimate satisfaction.
AEP doesn’t fail to satisfy teachers as well, because we all know we certainly can’t “forget” our homework, book, or notebook because we have everything we might possibly need on our laptop, and teachers are well aware of that too. Not only that, but teachers also fully comprehend that technical malfunctions exist, which explains why we have a team of IT specialists all day – everyday.
The AEP is wonderful for tracking grades, too. On all courses, there is a specific “Grades” tab, where we can access our grade level and track every single assignment, quiz, performance task, or participation grade. If we question a certain grade or we desire to find out why we received it at all, we could easily contact teachers through the AEP to specify the reason for it.
Here is a short survey of students and supervisors opinions on the AEP…