Tamkeen Training Channel Approaching 1 Million YouTube Views

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center

In response to universities closing their doors and transitioning to e-learning in March as part of a national social distancing and quarantine effort in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Deanship of E-Learning stepped up to the call and rapidly ensured the continuation of the educational process.

During this crisis, the Deanship of E-Learning trained more than 4,000 faculty members, which facilitated opportunities for educators to learn best practices on how to incorporate active learning and maintain an interactive teaching methodology. Through 20 workshops and several training guides and manuals, faculty members were equipped with new knowledge and tools for e-learning along with an inspiration to be an active member of the digital transformation taking place at King Khalid University.

Dean of E-learning, Dr. Fahad Al-Ahmari, confirmed that his team is on a mission to adopt new approaches and tools based on the ever-evolving technological landscape, noting that King Khalid University has an ambitious roadmap for education reform that include a range of digital assessment and social learning tools. Assessment, noted Dean Al-Ahmari, is critical to the education process and teachers need to balance a variety of assessment methods and carefully weigh evidence of student learning in order to generate a reliable and valid grade to students - the main stakeholder. As such, students were the recipient of more than ten workshops to ensure that they are aware of and prepared for their final exams.

Dean Al-Ahmari also explained that his team carried out an awareness campaign on all social media accounts, which have been viewed more than 13,000 times concurrently with nearly 1 million views on the Tamkeen Training Channel on YouTube.

In the attempt of activating e-learning, Dean Al-Ahmari confirmed that among the 50,866 students and 2,847 faculty members, there is a high utilization rate, reaching 94.3%. He also highlighted that there are more than 15,000 full e-learning courses with a total of 1,133,259 entries, 1,745,955 assessments, 9,167,694 electronic activities, 5,735,757 files uploaded, as well as 54,657 virtual classrooms, 55 viva voces with another 30 scheduled to be examined in the coming month.

Dean Al-Ahmari added that the Deanship developed ten courses for people with special needs, as well as creating 563 qualitative and educational content items in line with Universal Design for Learning, which is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. The Deanship also offered 30 educational infographic files and 250,000 educational awareness text messages, as well as 106,125 emails to support and educate individuals during these trying times.

On the technical side, the Deanship of E-Learning delivered technical solutions and support to more than 10,000 users through WhatsApp, phone calls, the Anydesk technology support system, and a frequently asked questions manual containing 63 of the most commonly asked questions.

On supporting and improving e-learning, Dean Al-Ahmari explained that a remote agreement was signed between King Khalid University and Jeddah University in the field of electronic training and the Opportunity Investment During the Coronavirus Crisis Online Forum was held and attended by more than 2,000 people. He added that the KKUx platform offered free courses to the public with certification, which garnered considerable national attention to the tune of hundreds of users in its first week. Dean Al-Ahmari concluded his interview by highlighting that his team has also collaborated with the Deanship of Student Affairs, offering more than 450 iPads for international scholarship students at the Lasan Campus.

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. 
Source: King Khalid University, Media Center King Khalid University participated in the 24th  GCC “Community service Deanships and colleges committee  meeting , which was hosted  by Taibah University virtually.  The university also participated in the 36th National  meeting for the Deans of the Community service deanships committee on Wednesday and which was under the patronage of His Excellency Taibah University President Prof. Abdulaziz Alserani under the slogan “Sustainable development and prosperous society. It's worth noting that Prof Omar Alwan Agheel represented King Khalid University in the meeting. 
Source: King Khalid University, Media Center On behalf of His Excellency the Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh, His Excellency King Khalid University President, Prof. Faleh bin Raja Allah Al Solami, chaired the sixth university council, today Wednesday the 30th of December 2020 , which was held virtually in the presence of the His Excellency the Secretary General of the Council of Universities Affairs, Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Al-Saleh and the council members. The University Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Vice President of Post Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Saad bin Muhammad bin Dajam, explained that the council discussed a variety of topics, and approved the following: -  The restructure  of university departments and programs , which included the recommendation to establish a number of colleges and scientific departments at the university and in the Tihama branch and submitting them to the University Affairs Council. - The approval of  a master's program in management information systems (fee-demand ) in the Department of Management Information Systems in the College of Business. -  The restructure of the editorial board of the University Journal of Linguistic Studies.
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.
Source: KKU - Media Center The Administrative Development Department at King Khalid University, held a number of training courses and programs targeting university members, during the first semester of 1442 AH, a number of training courses were held in coordination with the Institute of Public Administration and the General Court of Audit.  The Dean of Human Resources Deanship Dr. Ali Al Olayani, explained that these training courses and programs are part of the Deanship's efforts to enhance the work performance of university members, to achieve the Deanship's mission of efficient and innovative management and development of human resources, by investing distinguished capabilities, in line with best practices. On his part, the Director of the Administrative Development Department, Prof. Ali bin Saleh Al Dumaih, said that an estimate of 2188 university members benefited from these training courses. These training courses are important to develop the skills and potentials of university employees in areas that include, risk management assessment, professional skills in work procedures, monitoring skills, content analysis in social networks, facility management, leadership skills, achieving excellence in strategies implementation in universities, improving the financial performance during crises, change management, risk-based audit, performance control, governmental accounting, practicing internal auditing in government agencies.