Higher Education

E-Course Certification

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
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New Student Orientation

Under the supervision of Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi, Dean, and represented by Dr. Abdulkhaleq Al Qahtani, Vice Dean of Higher Studies,  the English Club held an orientation for all first level students on March 5, 2017. Dr. Abdulkhaleq Al Qahtani, Dr. Mohammed Assiri, Vice Dean of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Munassir Alhamami, Chair of the English Department, Dr. Basim Kanaan, Academic Advisor, and Hassan Asiri, Director of Student Activities, presented the program. They all stressed critical points to success that included but were not limited to, helpful resources, policies, and general strategies. Dr. Abdulkhaleq Al Qahtani added that the purpose of the orientation program was to engage students and to introduce them to campus resources and opportunities. He further reasoned that a successful transition for students from their previous environment into the Faculty of Languages and Translation (FLT) is paramount. This year’s orientation leaders were eager to share their experiences. "Orientation is the next step for students in joining the KKU FLT community," said Hassan Asiri, Director of Student Activities. “It was an opportunity to meet new students. For many of them, this was a great chance to ask questions,” said Haitham Hawi, President of the English Club. Ahmed Al Otaibi, Vice President of the English Club, remembers going through the orientation program when he first started and learned how to get involved. “I like providing assistance where it is needed,” Al Otaibi said. “Also, I wanted to let new students know about the English Club so that they can join us.” In conclusion, Dr. Abdulkhaleq Al Qahtani emphasized the importance of orientation as being key to student success. He further reiterated that we aim to support the student experience inside and outside of the classroom. Date: 03-06-2017 Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation Multimedia Contribution: MD Sirajul Islam
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