Flipped Model Classroom

Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan shared his ideas at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University on October 11, 2017. In his presentation, which was titled Flipped Model Classroom, he highlighted the effectiveness of a flipped model classroom.

A flipped model classroom is, as Mohsin defined,  a pedagogical model in which typical lectures and homework elements are reversed. In his presentation, he mentioned the names of the pioneers (Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams) of such a model. He illustrated the difference between a traditional classroom and a flipped model one. His illustration showed that a traditional classroom starts with ‘lecture today,' whereas a flipped one with ‘activity today.' It means that students watch lectures at home, but do engaging activities in the classroom.

Mohsin emphasized that a flipped model classroom can make our learners more involved in the learning process. Such a model has better learning outcomes, he added. He also mentioned some recent research conducted in Saudi Arabia in this particular area.

It is worth noting that King Abdullah Road and Al Samer campus also joined the session online.        

The seminar was very informative and interactive, and successful.  

Date: 10-11-2017

Source: MD Adil

Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam

FLT Language Instructor, Hassan Costello, delivered a presentation on October 17, 2017, aimed at increasing awareness of the Quality Matters (QM) peer review and certification processes in online education. The presentation, “E-Course Certification,” was organized by the E-Learning Unit under the patronage of the Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi,  the supervision of Dr. Muhammed Shuaib Asiri, Vice-Dean for Academic Development & Quality, and the guidance of  Dr. Munassir Alhamami, Chairman, and Mr. Abdullah Al-Rezgi, Director of the English Language Center. Those who attended got the chance to learn about the QM Rubric and the framework required to improve the quality of their online and blended courses ultimately leading to certification. The foundation of the workshop focused on the three stages of the course development process that need to be implemented in order to meet the rubric standards of the International Quality Matters (QM) Peer Review Board. The three stages are: •             Stage 1: Identify Desired Results •             Stage 2: Determine Acceptable Evidence •             Stage 3: Plan the Learning Experiences and Instruction  “The standards of the rubric are written, so that faculty and reviewers approach a course through the eyes of the student. In doing so, it serves as a method to assure the quality of online courses. There are a lot of great reasons to go through the Quality Matters certification process, and hopefully a few of the examples and resources I’ve made you aware of today have helped you to see that you can do it too," Costello said. A call to action was put forth at the end of the presentation by asking all participants to contact the E-Learning Deanship in cooperation with the FLT’s E-Learning Unit Supervisor, Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, and our assigned E-Learning Specialist, Mr. Muhammed Jabir Asiri. If enough interest is generated, QM's flagship Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses will be conducted in the near future. Date: 10/17/2017 Source: E-Learning Unit Multimedia Contribution: Javed Ahmad
Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan shared his ideas at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University on October 11, 2017. In his presentation, which was titled Flipped Model Classroom, he highlighted the effectiveness of a flipped model classroom. A flipped model classroom is, as Mohsin defined,  a pedagogical model in which typical lectures and homework elements are reversed. In his presentation, he mentioned the names of the pioneers (Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams) of such a model. He illustrated the difference between a traditional classroom and a flipped model one. His illustration showed that a traditional classroom starts with ‘lecture today,' whereas a flipped one with ‘activity today.' It means that students watch lectures at home, but do engaging activities in the classroom. Mohsin emphasized that a flipped model classroom can make our learners more involved in the learning process. Such a model has better learning outcomes, he added. He also mentioned some recent research conducted in Saudi Arabia in this particular area. It is worth noting that King Abdullah Road and Al Samer campus also joined the session online.         The seminar was very informative and interactive, and successful.   Date: 10-11-2017 Source: MD Adil Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam
Under the patronage of the Dean, Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi and supervision of Dr. Muhammed Shuaib Asiri, Vice-Dean for Academic Development & Quality and Dr. Yahya Assiri, Vice-Dean of the College, the E-Learning Unit of the Faculty of Languages & Translation organized a presentation titled,  A Perspective on KKU:  Online International Testing Center by Mr. Rizwan Ghani on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11:00 am in the E-Learning Training Center A/3/86. Mr. Rizwan Ghani proposed establishing an online International Testing Center (ITC) at King Khalid University for holding international tests like the ACT, CLEP, AP, PISA, ACT, GRE and SAT. Mr. Ghani said that the ITC could help students, professionals, and the public gain access to approved international courses, training, examinations, and entry/admission tests locally as part of quality education, standardized testing and community service in the Asir Region. Mr. Ghani also mentioned that the ITC could help KKU to standardize education, reduce costs for many elements of the testing lifecycle, and support candidates realize optimum convenience by offering tests on-demand and year-round. It also serves to assist accelerated graduation pathways. He also pointed out that digital education and computer-based testing (CBT) may help align high school and university education and testing in KKU and the Asir Region with global standards. As a result, our students will be familiar with them from an early age, and it will enable them to do well in courses, examinations entry, admission tests and jobs at the local and global level. Mr. Abdullah Al-Rezgi, Director of the English Language Center, Mr. Muhammed Jabir Asiri, E-Learning Specialist, and faculty members graced the occasion. Mr. Mohsin Khan, E-Learning Unit Supervisor, and Mr. Rizwan Ghani proposed a vote of thanks to the seminar participants for the insightful feedback and recommendations.  Date: 10-10-2017 Source: E-Learning Unit
Nadia Mohammed Aloraij, an MA student, delivered a presentation titled The Hegemony of English in the Linguistic Landscape of Abha at a seminar organized by the Language Research Center of King Khalid University held on October 04, 2017. The seminar took place at the King Abdullah Road campus. In her presentation, she focused on how English has influenced Arabic in Abha in various sectors. The primary objectives of her study were to examine the use of English side-by-side with Arabic and to investigate social and psychological attitudes towards the spread of English in commercial signs and identify the policy of using English on commercial signs in the KSA. Nadia, while talking about the significance of her study, mentioned her concerns about the influence of English that severely affects the mother tongue. For her research method, she chose shop signs on three main streets of Abha. After her quantitative analysis, she concluded that Arabic is still the predominant language.     The seminar was very interactive, engaging and overall successful. It is worth noting that Graigor campus also participated in the seminar through video conferencing. Date: 10-4-2017 Source: MD Adil Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam
The Faculty of Languages and Translation is pleased to announce the re-release of a book entitled Chinua Achebe: Hero in Quest (ISBN.978-81-88730-57-5) by Dr. Haseeb Ahmed who teaches at the Faculty of Languages and Translation. He has attended and presented research papers in many national and international seminars/conferences. In addition to a few pieces of creative writing, he has 12 research papers to his credit. Under postdoctoral studies, he accomplished two research projects. The book deals with the literary endeavors of the most celebrated Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. Achebe has won many prestigious awards including the Man Booker Prize in 2007. He was also nominated for the Nobel Prize. Dr. Haseeb Ahmed explores the fictional world of Achebe with a particular focus on the cultural predicament of his heroes. He demonstrates how Achebe's heroes maintain a balance between the inner and outer, the social and psychological, the individual and communal, and the ideal and practical conditions of their existence. The author points out how these heroes, manifesting African ethos, confront the given adverse situations and present the psycho-dynamics of the self against the onslaught of the colonial authoritarianism, and how they resist and overcome the apparatus of appropriation inserted into the fabric of their consciousness. This book comprehensively deals with the issues of psychological bondage and liberation, cultural and psychic colonization and decolonization, slavery, and freedom in the backdrop of third world countries. Dr. Ahmed's publication is currently available at AbeBooks UK, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. Date: 10/2/2017 Source: FLT Media Center