Under the supervision of Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi, Dean, Midterms and Final examinations of the English Language Center (ELC) for the First Semester 1435-36 were successfully conducted online via Blackboard.
The tests of ENG 011, ENG 012 and ENG 015 took place in e-Learning Labs (A/1/72, A/1/74, A/1/75, A/1/76 & A/2/83). Approximately 2,000 students took the examination.
Dr. Ahmad Ismail Assiri, Vice Dean, expressed his satisfaction and gratitude towards the adopted pattern of online exams.
Mr. Abdullah Al-Rezgi, Director of the English Language Center, extended his thanks to the E-Learning Deanship and its team for helping the center towards making the online exams a success. Mr. Al-Rezgi mentioned that the exam was a big challenge for the center because of the large number of students. He asserted that the security of the online exams and the reduction of use of unfair means were major concerns. To address these issues more than 85 sets of Listening, Reading & Grammar tests were administered. As part of zero tolerance policy against “use of unfair means,” a total of 111 sets were made and deployed in ENG 011 course alone.
Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, Supervisor of E-Learning Unit, stated “The following strategies have been employed in the exam:
The Firefox browser was used in Listening, Reading & Grammar exams
The ELC Exam Committee prepared invigilator checklists and provided to invigilators
Invigilators entered the exam passwords after students had opened their exam start page
Double password policies were employed
It is worth noting that all technical problems were reported and resolved by on-duty staff as per the agreed format. Mr. Khan also mentioned that E-Learning training workshops on online assessment were organized for students and new faculty members before the exam.
Mr. Abdullah Zubain, E-Learning Specialist, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Faculty for adopting best practice security measures and conducting successful online exams.
Special recognition for their efforts and outstanding teamwork goes to faculty members listed below.
Mr. Javed Ahmed, General Coordinator of ELC
Mr. Rizwan Ghani, Coordinator of ENG 011
Mr. Farouk Haji, Coordinator of ENG 015
Mr. Jahangir Alam, Coordinator of ENG 012
Mr. Salahuddin Abdulrab, Head of the ELC Examination Committee
Dr. Mohammed Asif Ishfaq, Coordinator of Online Examinations
Mr. Ahmed Sholan, In-Charge of E-Learning Lab
All the faculty members of the ELC extended their full cooperation as invigilators to make online exams successful. They entered the passwords, guided the students on how to submit their tests, checked grades and collected feedback when needed. They did an excellent job of invigilation in the most demanding circumstances involving thousands of students from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Mr. Abdullah Al-Rezgi applauded the contribution of all coordinators and invigilators and thanked them for their hard work and commitment.
Date: Spring 2015
Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation