e-Learning Workshops at the College of Arts and Science at Al Majardah Governorate

Source: King Khalid University media center

The Female Section at the College of Arts and Science at Al Majardah Governorate, recently launched the "Excellence in E-learning" initiative, with the aim of educating  college  faculty  members and students on  the importance and mechanisms of e-learning.

Maha Al-Shehri, Dean of the College of Science and Arts at Al-Majardah, explained that the initiative was launched at  the beginning of the current semester, through identifying the tasks ,topics and mechanisms for implementing the initiative,  as well as determining  students and staff training needs.

The initiative includes  a number of training courses and  workshops, such as  “educational resources”, the “basics of learning management system”, blackboard series”, in addition to  “innovation in e-learning”, and a course on  Data analysis using SPSS software.

The initiative,  also  held  a forum  to discuss the difficulties  faced  in education, assessments and electronic tests, and the solutions to these difficulties. In addition to offering  content on the "blackboard"  for new students to  master  Blackboard tools .

It is worth noting,  that the college analyzed reports provided by faculty members on students interaction with e-learning tools to determine the  weaknesses and work on solving them .

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Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University Vice President, Dr. Mohammed Al-Buhairi, congratulated the Class of 2020 and their families. He also congratulated our nation's leaders for providing an environment that will allow the Class of 2020 to contribute to our nation's bright future. Vice Rector for Educational and Academic Affairs, Prof. Saad Du'ajim, highlighted that graduation day is an unforgettable memory. It is the beginning of a whole new journey with new hopes and aspirations. He expressed his happiness in congratulating them on the day when they see the result of their hard work. He prayed to Allah to keep everyone safe and aid the Class of 2020 in developing this great nation. Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Saad Al-Amri, expressed his gratitude to His Royal Majesty the King and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for their continuous support to the education sector. He thanked the Ministry of Education represented by His Excellency the Minister for his support. He also thanked His Royal Highness the Governor of Asir for his efforts in supporting King Khalid University. Vice Rector Al-Amri then congratulated the University Rector for this achievement and congratulated the graduates for their excellence. He urged them to invest everything they learned in serving their nation and developing themselves. Vice Rector for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, pointed out that King Khalid University is like any other Saudi university in celebrating a new class of graduates. He explained that this was a result of our wise leadership’s interest in education and interest in the youth. He congratulated the graduates for their achievement, hoping they would achieve all their dreams and develop their nation. Vice President for Business and Knowledge Economy, Prof. Abdulatif Al-Hadithi, congratulated the graduates. 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He congratulated every hard-working student and thanked every official, instructor and employee who had a role in the educational process that resulted in graduating a generation armed with knowledge that will contribute in developing the nation. Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, confirmed that under these exceptional conditions where our nation prioritized the citizens' safety, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia set an example to the whole world showing what human worth means. Our nation made sure all sectors continued their tasks unaffected by the circumstances. For this reason, he noted, King Khalid University celebrated the graduation of more than 13,000 graduates. Dean Algarni highlighted that he expects them to contribute in building a prosperous economy for our ambitious nation. Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed Al-Fayea, expressed his happiness for announcing the masters and doctorate results of the 22nd batch in different fields. These fields include Religious Studies, Humanities, Education, Science and Medicine. He pointed out that the total number of graduates reached 535, 75 of whom were PhD holders while the other 460 were MA holders. He stressed how happy and proud the university community is in graduating this distinguished batch. Dean of Community Service and Continuous Education, Dr. Omar Alwan Aqeel, explained that this ceremony is a pleasant occasion for King Khalid University because it presents to our county a batch of educated graduates who have developed themselves. There is no doubt that preparing qualified human cadres is a great responsibility. Developing minds is not easy, it is a very complicated process, only a few people master it. He added: "On this occasion, I trust that a graduate from our university will be - by Allah's will - distinguished in their work, religious commitment and manners. You, graduates, are one of King Khalid University's most important achievements, and our doors will always be open for you.” Dean Aqeel congratulated the nearly 600 graduates of applied diplomas in the Deanship of Community Service and Continuous Education.