Mr. Roshan Kolar, Director of E-Learning, Majan College - Oman
Chromebooks in education is gaining momentum in schools abroad and in the region, but when it comes to Higher Education it is considered a marketing stunt to attract students. I believe in something bigger and that's all about my Chromelab initiative.
47% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years according to a research by Oxford University. Education is changing, because the job market is more competitive than ever. Robots and AI based automation are taking over, and that leaves us with one question: What do we do to make our students future ready?
The answer is inculcate collaboration, creativity, invention and empathy
Majan University College launched the Chromelab on March 2018 after a year's worth of research and planning. The Chromelab was designed from the ground up with flexibility in mind. The innovative and colourful lab features furniture specially selected to facilitate Chromebook use, The lab is equipped with a 40 x 360° flip screen Chromebooks a Google Chromecast, whiteboards and a projector screen. Through using Chromebooks students develop skills in collaboration, communication, research, problem solving, creativity, inference and critical thinking. The Chromelab is a hands-on action classroom where 'learning by doing' takes precedence. The lab is designed to facilitate a student experience in which digital and traditional classroom learning are mixed, and where students are exposed to both experiential learning using technology and presenting their concepts verbally. The mobility of the furniture means that the lab is multi-functional. For example, it can host group discussions, debates, in-class tests, staff development sessions and a variety of other dynamic classroom activities.