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International COVID-19 Webinar Draws More Than 1,250 Registrants

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center The Saudi Scientific Society for Medical Education (SSME) at King Khalid University recently launched an international webinar, entitled Medical Education Challenges and Opportunities During COVID-19, headed by Vice Dean for Academic Development & Quality, Taibah University's College of Medicine, Dr. Khalid Shahat, to more than 1,250 participants from all over the world in cooperation with the Virtual Medical Academy. Of note, Dr. Shahat is the founder of the Virtual Medical Academy, which is the 1st health e-learning platform with more than 7 years of experience accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. Medical Education Department Head at Umm Al Qura University, Dr. Rania Zeni, moderated the sessions that notably included the participation of Saudi Scientific Society of Medical Education Vice President, Neuroscience Technology Program Head at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dr. Mona Al-Sheikh. She walked participants through the current situation of Saudi medical colleges, evaluation procedures, students' views of the temporary procedures, and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on long-term medical education. Further, she confirmed that Saudi schools and universities have the infrastructure and manpower necessary to implement online education at the highest levels. Following after, Pakistani Association of Medical Education Head, Dr. Rehan Khan, talked about the practical experiences in online education and assessment, and Dr. Richard Fuller from the University of Liverpool concluded the meeting by reviewing valuable references in this field.
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College of Engineering Pulls Together to Produce Medical Equipment During Pandemic

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The College of Engineering launched an initiative for manufacturing medical equipment, using 3D printing in the Digital Fabrication Lab, to help meet the critical shortage for medical professionals treating COVID-19 patients. Students from the College of Engineering will participate online under supervision highly experience faculty members on the initiative team. His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, expressed appreciation to the College of Engineering, stressing the importance of the participation from all colleges and departments to face this the global pandemic. Initiative Team Head, Dr. Ali Degim, expressed his thanks to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his efforts in facilitating the call to action and coordinating the COVID-19 response. Dr. Degim explained that masks, test swabs, and ventilators are some of the items being produced. Of noteworthy mention, Dr. Ali Anqi, Dr. Sager Alamri, and Dr.Saad Alqahtani are leading consultants in this initiative.
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King Khalid University Prepares for the King Abdulaziz Quality Award

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of Academic Development and Quality, in collaboration with the Deanship of E-learning, organized an online workshop entitled "The University Preparation for the King Abdulaziz Quality Award (KAQA". The workshop was presented by Dr. Zaben bin Aidha Al-Thebaiti, the former CEO of KAQA. He discussed the criteria of the award and provided important notes on preparing for the award. It was highlighted that award criteria represent an organizational excellence model inspired by international models. The award winners must meet several criteria, including management leadership, strategic planning, human resources, resources and partnerships, as well as operation, service, and product management. The criteria also include beneficiary feedback, human resources outcomes, and organizational outputs. Vice Rector for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, explained that this experience is very beneficial because it includes the most prominent global standards and practices for organizational excellence. He stressed the importance of joining efforts and working hard to fulfill all of the required standards, not only to win the award but also to improve institutional work. At the end of the workshop, Vice Rector Al-Shahrani thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his continuous support and interest in developing and improving the performance of the university in all academic, administrative, research and societal areas. He praised the efforts of the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality and all working committees, which held a prominent role in preparing the requirements for applying to this award.
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Neshama Asir: Governor of Asir Brings Telemedicine to the Forefront

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center His Royal Highness, Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Asir Region, launched the Neshama Asir Initiative. Neshama Asir will be implemented by the College of Medicine. It is a community-based medical initiative that aims to provide online medical consultations in a number of specialties with specialized medical counselors. His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, affirmed that this initiative comes within the university's role in societal contribution and national engagement, noting that online medical consultations for patients will be delivered as a response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Dean of the College of Medicine, Prof. Suliman Al-Humayed, explained that this initiative will provide an open channel for patients to have an online medical consultation with doctors in various fields. He noted that consultation will be available daily from Sunday to Thursday from 1330 to 2030. To view the areas of operation and schedule a consultation, please click here.
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Courses on Protecting Electronic Data

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The General Administration of Cyber Security represented by the Administration of Governess and Awareness held a training course entitled "How to Protect Your Data From Cyber Attacks?". This course is part of the CyberSavvy Administration Training and Awareness Program, which calls for 1,000 faculty members to be trained on cybersecurity and data protection. CIO Dr. Mohammed Alsaqer explained that the course was held in two phases. The first was for faculty members and it lasted for seven hours. The second phase was for the students and it lasted for six hours. CIO Alsaqer expressed his gratitude to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his support and interest in the initiative. He also explained that CyberSavvy is a general framework that includes many cybersecurity awareness plans. He added that the current COVID-19 pandemic led to online training. Thus, a wider range of people benefitted from this course. He confirmed that this initiative was successful for its distinguished training strategy. Director of the Administration of Governing and Awareness, Firas Shehbi, explained that the course benefitted more than 500 trainees. He pointed out that the courses offered comprehensive introductory training on cybersecurity. It also enabled trainees to differentiate between cyber-attacks through a simulation process, adding that the human factor is the most important component and yet the weakest link in information security. Of noteworthy mention, the Administration of Governess and Awareness at the General Administration of Cyber Security executed a number of successful initiatives regarding cybersecurity, such as, "Be Safe" and "Women in Cyber Security".
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Saudi Society for Medical Education Proposes New Set of Clinical Exam Procedures

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Saudi Society for Medical Education at King Khalid University recently held its fourth board meeting. A committee of medical education and evaluation experts was formed to study the issue of clinical examination in order to come up with recommendations and proposals. Some of these proposals were submitted to the Committee of Medicine Faculties' Deans in Saudi Universities. Director of the Saudi Society for Medical Education, Head of the Surgery and Medical Sterilization Departments at the College of Medicine, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Amri, explained that this was within the process of producing guidance documents to the clinical examination mechanism. Especially, after the rapid transformation to full e-learning because of the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Al-Amri confirmed that the submitted recommendations and proposals include replacing the midterm exams with specific tasks and assignments. The theoretical final exams, on the other hand, would include 60 multiple choice questions that are designed to evaluate higher thinking skills. As for the clinical examination, three methods have been proposed. The first method is an online oral exam where questions to evaluate the clinical skills are asked. It would be through videos to two students or more. This method would be suitable for students with advanced clinical knowledge. It is also preferable that the examiners are trained in this field. This method is a highly reliable tool to evaluate problem-solving, critical thinking, clinical thinking, data interpretation, and the diagnosis and treatment plan. The second method proposed to the clinical examination is similar to the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). A case or diagnosis data are presented and the student answers multiple choice and short essay questions related to it. This method evaluates cognitive clinical skills not practical skills. The third method was to postpone the clinical examination until this crisis is over. Then the students would be given intensive clinical training and the OSCE as usual. Dr. Al-Amri added that it was also recommended to select a method that depends on the clinical training the student acquired before the shutdown. The skills of the faculty members writing the questions. It was noted that the first two options are not a substitute for clinical training and evaluation.
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Three Online Training Sessions Offered by the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of Academic Development and Quality organized a number of interactive online training sessions. The first training session, explained below, was delivered on 26 March 2020. In the near future, 'Analyzing Education Outcomes' and 'Preparing a Self-Study for a Program' will be delivered. 'Preparing for Program Accreditation: Advanced Models' was delivered by Quality Advisor, Dr. May El-Desouky. She discussed the required timeline to obtain accreditation and associated application procedures. More than 140 faculty members participated. Dean of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Hajri, explained that all three training sessions aim to introduce the importance of program accreditation and requirements in accord with the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) standards.
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5 New Systems to Manage Distance Work Integrated Concurrently With Royal Order

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center As a result of the Ministry of Education's announcement to shut schools and universities until further notice, the General Directorate of iT launched the 'Maakaom' services package, which contains 5 electronic services as a response to the online work requirements. CIO Mohammed Alsaqer added that his administration also provided a user guide containing an explanation of the new services package as follows: 'Mubasher': A system that allows employees, faculty, and students to communicate with officials and track their transactions; 'Balagati': A system which provides technical support to the university 24/7; 'Egtemai': A system where virtual meetings can be conducted concurrently with 'Maakaom'.
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University Rector Issues a Number of Assignment Decisions

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, issued several appointment decisions, wishing those granted extensions continued success in their endeavors. He also explained that we are looking forward to benefitting from the talents and efforts of the new appointees.   University Spokesperson Dr.Mufleh Al-Qahtani announced the extensions and assignments as follows:   Assignment: Dr. Muhammed Hamad Al-Buhairi, University Vice President; Extension: Dr. Nasser Mohammed Al-Qumaishan, Vice Dean of Development and Human Resources, Deanship of Human Resources; Extension: Dr. Mohammed Zaidan Al-Mafood, Vice Dean, College of Education; Assignment: Dr. Gaida Ali Alamri, Vice Dean of Educational and Academic Affairs, Home Economics Department Head, College of Science and Arts at Mohayil; Assignment: Dr. Sami Musbeh Al-Shehri, Vice Dean, Deanship of Academic Development and Quality; Assignment: Dr. Ahmad Ismail Al-Haider, Vice Dean, Deanship of Graduate Studies; Extension: Dr. Tahani Musleh Al-Melbi, Vice Dean, College of Pharmacy; Extension: Dr. Muna Abdullah Al-Shehri, Vice Dean, Faculty of Languages and Translation; Extension: Ali Nasser Al-Sohali, Vice Dean for Academic and Educational Affairs, College of Science and Arts at Sarat Abidah; Extension: Dr. Mohammed Abadi Al-Selaim, Vice Dean of Scientific Research, College of Medicine; Extension: Dr. Abdullah Yahya Al-Zahrani, Vice Dean, College of Medicine College; Extension: Dr. Abdulaziz Saeed Al-Hajri, Supervisor, Organizational Development Unit; Extension: Dr. Huda Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, Supervisor, Biology Department, College of Science; Assignment: Fahad Abdullah Al-Ahmari, Supervisor, Design Unit, KKUx; Assignment: Dr. Salem Fayez Alelyani, Head, Artificial Intelligence Center; Extension: Dr.Hasan Mohammed Al-Musa, Head, Family Medicine Department, College of Medicine; Extension: Dr. Saad Jubran Al-Qahtani, Head, Geography Department, College of Humanities; Extension: Dr. Ali Safar Al-Bassam, Head, Pharmaceutics Department, College of Pharmacy; Extension: Dr. Abdullah Husain Al-Shehri, Head, Qur’an Sciences Department, College of Shariah and Fundamentals of Religion; Assignment: Mansor Mesfir Al-Qahtani, Consultant, Office of the Rector; Assignment: Saad Mesfir Al-Faisali, General Director, Administration of Internal Audit; Assignment: Saad Ali Al-Shahranim, General Director, Administrative and Financial Affairs.
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The University Launches The second edition of Student Activities Forum

Source:King Khalid University - Media Center Vice -Rector of king Khaled university for female students affairs Prof. Kholoud Abu-Melhah sponsored The activities of the Student Activities Forum in its second edition, Which will continue to 29-6-1441AH, in the theater of the College of Sciences in the Academic Campus for Girls on King Abdullah Road. In the events, Prof.Abomelha Noting the importance of encouraging students to adopt all kinds of thinking and empowering talented students in various fields and Promoting the values ​​and responsibilities in the students manners , also providing them with life skills. Prof.Abu Malha raised her thanks to His Excellency Rector of King Khaled University Faleh Al- Solami and Vice Rector for Educational and Academic Affairs Prof.Saad bin Dejim and Dean of Students Affairs Deanship Dr.Abdullah Aledaid and Vice Dean of Female Students Affairs Dr. Fatimah Shaban, for their permanent care and support for these events which taking the university students to advanced level and to Encouraging and motivating them. Dr. Fatimah shaban explaining that this forum is an extension to the success that seen in the first edition last year; Noting that this type of activity is a qualitative transfer in the activities of female students to contribute in supporting the academic process and achieve the required outcomes to the labor market based on the university directions . She pointed also, that This forum aims to encourage and support talented students to show their creation in various fields, such: providing them with life skills based on the Six Thinking Hats theory (objectivity, critically, creativity, Organized, positivity emotionally) , in addition to Folklore performance and the meanings of peace, coexistence, and acceptance of the other that it carries, as well as the fashion show organized by a group of talented students in fashion designing and coordinating that suit different occasions with a modern identity that express reality, also the Six Fitness (Lessons in the Art of Life) courses that implemented with a elite of university professors. In addition to workshops and meetings to acquire various life skills to include the spiritual, intellectual, psychological, social, health and financial aspects
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