Deanship of E-Learning

Deanship of E-Learning Issue Report on Final Exams Conducted Online

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of E-Learning at King Khalid University delivered a report on a number of statistics related to the online final exams conducted during the month of Ramadan 1441. Dean of E-Learning, Dr. Fahad Alahmari, explained that his team was able to effectively facilitate the smooth transition to a fully online assessment environment thanks to God and His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy. He also sent his gratitude to Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Saad Du'ajim. The report stated that there were over 5,257 courses distribute over 29 colleges in 4 different areas: diploma, bachelor's, master's and doctoral. The total number of students reached 50,866 with 20,888 being male and 29,978 being female. The total number of faculty members reached 2,847 with 1,667 being male and 1,180 being female. In tests and evaluations, 203,921 students were able to take 5,795 tests; 9,293 students were able to submit 656 projects; 4,526 students submitted 487 papers; 4,072 students delivered 452 presentations, and 4,957 students were able to perform 292 oral tests.
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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.
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More than 11 thousand virtual sessions on the seventh week

Source: King Khalid University_ Media Center The Deanship of e-learning at King Khalid University continues to offer its electronic services. The Deanship’s statistics for the seventh week of the academic year 1442, showed 11710 virtual sessions and 11456 recorded lecture. The e-learning Dean Dr. Naif Jabali explained the Deanship offered a number of training courses for faculty members which benefited 690 people. These courses included a lecture to introduce ConnectYard, a course in designing affective online tests through Blackboard, and a course on professionally hosting a Zoom Meeting. The Deanship also organized a lecture entitled “How to Start in Cyber Security” which benefited 415 people. The Deanship also offered three guidance infographics for students and faculty members, and a guidance booklet for faculty members. Tamkeen’s YouTube channel had 127636 views since the beginning of the first week, a total of 3808.2 hours. It’s worth mentioning the Deanship offered during the seventh week technical support services, 118 of which were through the phone, 389 through the What’s App, 20 emails and 14 through the Deanship’s office. 67% of these services were for faculty members and 33% for students. Technical support services were delivered through Zoom and LiveChat.
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KKUx Delivers More Than 28 Training Courses

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University's KKUx online training platform delivered a number of courses in different areas of specialization. These training courses are a part of the platform’s Maharat (Skills) Program, which is planned to continue to September 2020. Dean of E-learning, Supervisor of KKUx, Dr. Fahad Al-Ahmari, explained that the platform focuses on entrepreneurship, design and technology. It also holds training courses on company formation, entrepreneurship, design thinking, artificial intelligence, programming using Python, the basics of Mandarin and more. He pointed out that all the skills were designed to meet labor market requirements in line with Vision 2030. Dean Al-Ahmari also explained that the courses reached 28 in number. They included: Python for All, Arabic Calligraphy, Basics of Advertising, Cyber Security, Data Analysis, Designing using Illustrator, Crisis Management Strategies, The Basics of Mandarin, User Experience Design, Emotional Intelligence, Design Research, Artificial Intelligence, Designing and Developing IOS Apps, The Basic Principles of Designing, Design Thinking, Developing 2D Games, The Basic Principles of Designing 2, The Basics of Start-ups formation, Social Media Analysis, an Introduction in e-commerce and e-retail, Project Management PMP and the Art of Data Visualization. Dean Al-Ahmari added that the platform, in collaboration with the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises, has organized an additional five training courses. The courses would be on electronic commerce, the effective management of financial performance, design thinking, the Internet of Things, and e-marketing. Dean Al-Ahmari confirmed that the courses are available for registration by (clicking here) and (here).
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Dr. Naif Jabali Assigned as Dean of E-Learning

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center   His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, issued a decision assigning Dr. Naif Jabali, in the position of Dean, at the Deanship of E-Learning with effect from the Fall 2020 semester. Dr. Jabali expressed his thanks to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for the trust, asking Allah to help him meet expectations. Of note, Dr. Jabali's previously held positions include the Vice Dean for the E-Learning Deanship for Innovation and supervisor of the e-learning unit in the College of Education.
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Starting Fall 2020 on the Right Foot: 13K Virtual Classrooms in the First Week

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of E-learning at King Khalid University announced the statistics for the first week of the Fall 2020 semester. The statistics included the login of 2,480 faculty members and 54,196 students distributed across 14,569 sections. Dean of E-learning, Dr. Naif Jabali, explained that the current educational process at King Khalid University is electronic. He praised the response of faculty members and students in facing the change to an online learning environment, noting that reports pulled from Blackboard showed 13,206 virtual sessions in which the number of participants reached 257,028. The Deanship of E-Learning offered several courses to train faculty members and students for the Fall 2020 semester. They included the E-Learning Practitioner Course to 272 faculty members and Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to 25 faculty members. Student-centric training sessions notably included a course on preparing students and required courses to start online teaching to 497 faculty members, the Effective Use of BlackBoard to 119 faculty members, and ten courses for freshmen students, benefiting nearly 5,000. Of note, the Deanship of E-Learning designed five informative infographic designs for students and two for faculty members. It also offered 12 training packages for students and posted 233 educational videos on the Tamkeen YouTube channel for faculty members and 44 videos for students. The channel reached 33,537 views in the first week. In terms of support, the Deanship offered 700 technical support services through the phone, 500 through WhatsApp, 100 through the Deanship's office, and 34 through emails. 40% of these services were for faculty members and 60% for students.  
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13K Virtual Classes in Third Week of Fall 2020 Semester

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of E-learning at King Khalid University announced the statistics for the third week of the Fall 2020 semester. The statistics included the completion of 13,202 virtual sessions for 50,782 students distributed across 14,752 sections among 2,654 faculty members, resulting in 534,084 impressions. Dean of E-learning, Dr. Naif Jabali, explained that the current educational process at King Khalid University is electronic. He praised the response of faculty members and students in facing the change to an online learning environment, noting that his team delivered a training course to 369 faculty members on designing recorded lectures. Dean Jabali also noted that the course titled" E-Learning Practitioner" was delivered to 146 faculty members. "The Deanship of E-Learning is eager to offer educational courses on the mechanisms of e-learning. In week 3, we also delivered a training course titled 'E-Learning Skills' 1,829 students," he concluded. It's worth mentioning the Deanship of E-Learning — during the third week — offered services of which 536 were through the phone, 336 through WhatsApp, 7 through the Email, 6 through Zoom and 26 through the Deanship's office. 56% of the services were for faculty members and 44% for students. Of note, the Tamkeen YouTube is approaching 75K views since week 1 of the semester.  
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Deanship of E-learning Releases Report on Full Online Teaching

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of E-Learning released a statistical report on the transformation to full online courses. Dean of E-Learning, Dr. Fahad Al-Ahmari, explained that his team tirelessly worked to improve the electronic educational process and raise its efficiency during the suspended period. He then provided information concerning training as follows: 20 training courses were delivered to more than 4,000 faculty members; 10 courses were delivered to more than 10,000 students; The new telegram channel witnessed the participation of 4,245 faculty members and 54,390 students. Dean Al-Ahmari continued his report by mentioning statistics on courses over the past 4 weeks as follows: Interaction reached 92%; 150,000 online courses were delivered to 867,995 students (overlapped); 1,283,063 assessments were conducted; 6,283,876 activities were conducted; 4,328,504 portfolios were conducted; 46,840 virtual classes were delivered; 42 viva voces were conducted with another 30 scheduled over the next 2 weeks. Dean Al-Ahmari also confirmed that both faculty and student performance in 29 colleges were monitored from the first day of the crisis, noting that 181 performance reports have been created for faculty and students. Additionally, approximately 10 special needs courses were developed. He noted that e-learning units within each college played an integral role, leading to periodic meetings. This, too, was supported by a robust social media presence. In terms of technical support, more than 6,000 inquiries were responded to and closed. Dean Al-Ahmari noted that this included WhatsApp, phone support, remote desktop software, and a comprehensive FAQ section. The Deanship of E-Learning is dedicated to meeting the strategic goals of the university and Vision 2030 by tailoring plans to the rapid development needs of the Kingdom. Some of the more notable and recent accomplishments are as follows: An agreement with Jeddah University; The organization of an online forum entitled "Opportunity Investment During the Coronavirus Crisis"; Opening all KKUx courses to the public for free; Providing international scholarship students with iPads.
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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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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.
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