Virtual Learning Environments
E-learning is an important part of all MTC programmes. Virtual learning environments (VLEs) are used to enhance the student learning experience by providing variety in course delivery and opportunities for students to learn collaboratively and independently via engaging and dynamic platforms.
Moodle is used across all departments and programmes to complement lectures and practical learning. Course documents and materials are typically found on Moodle and students may use it to submit assignments, take assessments and receive feedback on their work.
Modules on Moodle might contain:
- Support materials such as lecture notes, videos, presentations and interactive activities
- Discussion or chat forums for students to communicate with each other and with their instructors
- Quizzes and tests for formative and summative assessment
- Resources such as glossaries, external links, forms and file-sharing
- An announcement section for important module information
MTC also uses Moodle to conduct electronic surveys and feedback forms.
Metaverse Learning Centre (MLC)
The Metaverse Learning Centre (MLC) is a specialised lab which delivers learning materials using cutting-edge Extended Reality technologies. A first of its kind in the Sultanate, the centre includes 31 integrated virtual reality platforms equipped with VR computers, headsets, and interactive screens.
The MLC enables students to:
- receive virtual training on equipment to facilitate understanding
- apply practical training on hard-to-reach parts and equipment
- assimilate knowledge more quickly than via traditional training processes
- moving quickly between different environments to undergo multiple experiences in a short time
- reduce exposure to the risks normally associated with direct practical training
Other e-learning tools
In addition to Moodle and the Metaverse Learning Centre, students may also use the following e-learning tools:
- Software for particular applications and tasks such as data analysis, programming, drafting, design and modelling
- Computer-aided equipment and machinery
- Interactive whiteboards
- Online resources via the LRC and UoP library and LRC including databases, e-books, and electronic journals