e-Learning Courses & the Coronavirus: King Khalid University Improves Accessibility in the Virtual Classroom

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center

The Khamis Mushait Community College cooperated with the Center of Persons with Disabilities to deliver online courses with sign language to hearing-impaired students. This move was a precautionary measure taken to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. With evolving learning accommodations and assistive technologies like captioning and transcription services, the Deanship of E-Learning offers students with hearing impairments a more accessible, flexible, and personalized educational experience.

 

In response to the growing demand, a committee was formed to continue teaching these students. Khamis Mushait Community College Dean, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mureea, explained that the committee focused on the importance of maintaining quality standards in the educational process, urging faculty members to do their best to help our hard of hearing or deaf students. Dean's Assistant, Dr. Amal Al Mushait, noted that her proposal was approved. It calls for interpreters to contribute with teachers in delivering course content. Dr. Al-Mushait also explained that the filming and recording of the lectures took place on both the male and female colleges, noting that lectures will be frequently uploaded to Blackboard.

Director of the Center of Persons with Disabilities, Dr. Amer Jaafar, explained that the Center is contributing to all the services offered to the hearing-impaired students.

Of noteworthy mention, the Deanship of E-Learning achieved a full electronic transformation in record time. It is working on supporting both synchronous and asynchronous electronic teaching systems. It is also working on finding alternative plans in case of any system difficulties.

Source: KKU - Media Center His Excellency, the University President, Prof. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al Sulami, sponsored the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Charitable Foundation for Orphans Care (Ekhaa) Asir branch.  Vice President of Business and Knowledge Economy, Prof. Abdullatif bin Ibrahim Al Hedaithy, represented the University in signing the agreement, while Ekhaa Foundation was represented by Prof. Saleh bin Khalif Al Dahmashi, Secretary General of the Charitable Foundation for Orphans Care (Ekhaa), and Consultant of His Excellency the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.  Al Hedaithy, explained that the agreement includes cooperation in the following areas: organizing academic, educational and entertaining programs and events for orphans, working on easing the procedures of accepting orphans to the university academic programs, in accordance to the Deanship of Admission regulations and conditions.  The agreement also includes supporting orphans psychologically and socially by cooperating with the Guidance and Consultation Center at the University, through supporting talented orphan students, and offering training courses. In addition to offering medical care through the university's dental clinics and medical centers. 
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Source: King Khalid University, Media Center His Excellency the University President, Falleh bin Rajaa Allah Alsolami, met the new General Manager of the Ministry of Transport in Asir, Eng. Abdullah bin Ali Al-Ghamdi, in his office in the university city. Upon his arrival  His Excellency the University President thanked Eng. Al-Ghamdi for the visit, and congratulated him on new assignment, wishing him success in serving the region and the country. During the meeting, the two parties discussed  joint projects and road network linking Al-Faraa University City,  they also discussed the plan to achieve our wise  leadership’s vision  and  His Highness, the region’s governor plan , to overcome difficulties and  to encourage collaboration between government agencies.
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