The future of Roshd Network is promising; however, this educational platform is sometimes less welcome by students, teachers and families.
Roshd, launched nearly three decades ago, is known as an educational, training and electronic platform that enjoys the maximum capacities of information technology, Public Relations and International Affairs Office at Organization for Educational Research and Planning reported.
The network attempts to realize certain desirable Islamic values, to strengthen religious and national identity, to enrich students’ leisure time, to complete formal trainings, to foster creativity, to inform users of varied educational contents and, finally, to provide a space for them to exchange their experiences. However, although it will soon be 30 years old, it is known to its audience for nearly one decade.
In the early years of its inception, it would produce content solely for certain educational stages, but, in the present decade, it has produced content for the entire levels. The maximum content has been produced for elementary stage, followed by first secondary and second secondary levels. Last summer, circa 3,000 videos and educational pieces were added to the content produced on this network.
Roshd was less popular with people in the previous decade as students, teachers and families had not properly been informed about this network through the mass media.
Another reason for its unpopularity was that Ministry of Education did not stress on using Roshd's content by various addressees. The ministry notified using Shad Network to all schools while no notification on enjoying Roshd was communicated to them.
Then, the officials believed that there must be no compulsion for students to use Roshd since its content was to enrich their leisure time and its role was assumed to be complementary. Furthermore, they were worried about the purity of cyberspace.
Also, Roshd Network faced content poverty in the previous decade, specifically at secondary level. The reason for this shortcoming was the high number of books in this level as well as the lack of cooperation by the private sector to produce the required content.
Given that its content produced for the elementary level is rich and students can see all the content they need, the Roshd present goal is to enrich the content for the secondary as well as technical vocational levels. As a consequence, by the end of this year, over 7,000 educational contents for these two levels will have been uploaded on this platform.
Generally, the network content has been divided into four types of educational videos, audio files, interactive contents and the Roshd Magazines, as well.
Educational films have been provided to teachers and students; audio files contain religious, Persian, Arabic and English lessons. Interactive content includes tests, experiments, repetitions and exercises; and, lastly, the Roshd Magazines contain stories and poems appropriate to each stage and lesson. Students can receive these materials and use them in their spare time.
Using new technologies such as the Internet and cyberspace, Roshd Network is like an educational package that aids the Iranian educational system to strengthen, complete and deepen all educational programs and school-related activities.