COVID-19

University Delivers Vital COVID-19 Medical Equipment to Points of Need

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center Members of the College of Engineering's initiative "Manufacturing Medical Equipment and Spare Parts to Protect Against COVID-19" produced the first batch of medical equipment, which boasted 1,200 pieces in nearly 400 packages. The team’s leader Dr. Ahmad Ali bin Dejum explained that the first manufactured batch included more than four jams for three designs by using 3D printers and four hundred controllers that are able to interface with most doors, drawers, and lights. Dr. Dejum added that there has been coordination with a number of entities in addition to the Asir Municipality to deliver equipment to the COVID-19 Crisis Management Operation Room. The Team will begin manufacturing some spare parts and parts of respiratory systems, as well as equipment for the nose swab test in the upcoming days. Dr. Dejum on behalf of the team expressed their gratitude to Asir Gov. Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz for his leadership and directions to facilitate their work. He also thanked King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy for his continuous support.
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University Explains Assessment Policies and Procedures

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center To help ensure continuity in education and training activities, and in response to the COVID-19 disruption, King Khalid University adopted procedures to evaluate student performance through full online learning. The exams are to be carried out through the coordination of the course instructor in accord with all applicable policies.  
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Distance Learning Solutions Key to Success

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, issued a standing directive to support more than 60,000 students in accord with the full transformation to E-learning. In line with providing a student-centered atmosphere, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy explained that clear indicators were planned and benchmarked to other leading international universities, noting that successful integration to online learning is dependent upon robust teacher training. The 'Tamkeen' team at the Deanship of E-Learning responded to the call through the development of specialized training videos that are now approaching 40,000 views on YouTube. This too is complemented by the Deanship of E-Learning's open resources channel on YouTube, which has surpassed over 120,000 views in just one week. Much of the information above was released in a report delivered by the Deanship of E-learning. In that same report, it was noted that technical support services beneficiaries have reached more than 3,500 students so far. Also, nearly 8,200 synchronous virtual classrooms have been conducted in Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, or Blackboard Ultra, while 2,500 students have benefited from asynchronous training. Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Du'ajim, confirmed that the higher committee supervising the Electronic Transformation Plan is continuously monitoring progress to ensure all operational issues are resolved. He further noted that e-learning supervisors within each college, who serve as the first point of contact and a subject matter expert on the effective use of Blackboard, were integral to the rapid shift of lectures to a fully online mode. Additionally, contracts and negotiations were also entered with Zoom to integrate into our learning management system. This effort led by the Deanship of E-Learning was essential to uninterrupted and high-quality online learning and teaching. Dean of E-learning, Dr. Fahad Al-Ahmari, explained that his team made every effort to establish student-centered policies and procedures to benefit from E-learning as required. He added the Deanship of E-Learning's role is not limited to technical support, noting that the user experience is the foundation of an attractive online learning environment. Concerning students with special needs, Khamis Mushait Community College Dean, Dr. Ahmad Al-Muraee, explained that the college in cooperation with the Deanship of E-Learning and the Center of Persons with Special Needs approved the adoption of full e-teaching, noting the availability of interpreters is a critical success factor. Concerning graduate studies, Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amri, explained that online sessions for defending doctoral and masters theses were held. Dean Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmad Al-Fayea, highlighted that more than a hundred people attended every thesis defense session. Of noteworthy mention, the administrations of Information Technology and Cyber Security implemented online work management mechanisms. CIO Dr. Mohammed Alsaqer explained that five electronic services were prepared for this process. He also added that every beneficiary and visitor from outside the university could benefit from these services.
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Eighth University Council Meeting Held Online

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center On 2 April 2020, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy chaired the 8th meeting of the university council online in line with national social distancing measures. The meeting included the participation of University Affairs Secretary-General Council, Dr. Muhammad Abdulaziz Al-Saleh, and all members of the council. Opening with praise to Allah, and Allah's Peace and Blessings upon His Final Messenger, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy began the meeting. Following after, Vice Rector of Graduate Studies, Prof. Saad Alamri, reviewed the topics on the council agenda and the recommendations put forth as follows: Approving the regulations for granting academic honors in the university; Approving the final accounts of Research and Consulting Studies and the University Student Fund for the 2019-20 fiscal year; Restructuring the university's research centers in alignment with modern research trends; Accepting donations to support several student programs at the university; Approving the numbers of student admission numbers for the upcoming year; Approving 7 graduate programs.   Of noteworthy mention, the Scientific Council held its 15th meeting on 31 March 2020 online.
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Department of Media and Communication Holds COVID-19 Media Strategy Workshop

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Media and Communication Department at the College of Humanities held an online workshop on Wednesday discussing media strategies on dealing with the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) news. The three-hour 50 participant workshop included the department's professors, scholarship students, and graduate students. The Head of the Media and Communication Department and Consultant, Dr. Ali Al-Qarni, explained that the workshop discussed the different strategies being utilized around the world to report on COVID-19, noting that there are three common roles that are prevalent: denial, exaggeration or balance. The discussion included the media’s role in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, and the MENA region. Dr. Al-Qarni added that the workshop also focused on the role of the Saudi media. He reviewed and evaluated the Kingdom's media work in accord with professional principles, which included accurate data and information.
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University Continues Key Procedures and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention

  Source:King Khalid University - Media Center               King Khalid University represented by the Department of Operation, Maintenance  and Technical Affairs continues to carry out precautionary procedures and sanitary measures in all campuses to prevent surface transmission of COVID-19. Department of Operation, Maintenance and Technical Affairs Director, Eng. Amer Zaylaie, explained that the university continues to carry out its precautionary measures as directed by His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy in accord with the Kingdom's action plan.
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