Deanship of E-Learning

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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Deanship of E-learning to Measure the Impact of Distance Learning Courses

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of E-learning held a meeting to discuss the progress of the move to online learning. The meeting, which focused on e-teaching effectiveness, was held under the supervision of Vice-Dean of E-learning, Dr. Naif Jebali, and E-Learning Units' Supervisor, Abdullah Al-Shahrani Vice Dean of E-learning, Dr. Adel Gamish, explained that the weekly performance reports aim to help faculty members identify areas of opportunities in their courses, noting that this is not an intervention rather a supportive measure to increase teacher-student interaction Later in the meeting, representatives from each college reviewed their college's progress, highlighting strengths and areas of opportunities.
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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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Cooperation Agreement Between King Khalid University and University of Jeddah Signed Remotely

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center In the presence of His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, and His Excellency, University of Jeddah Rector Prof. Adnan Al-Humaidan, a collaboration partnership contract was signed. The agreement, completed online, calls for cooperation in the field of future skills through the KKUx platform. In attendance to the online event were Vice Rector for Business and Knowledge Economy, Prof. Abdul Latif Al-Hadithi, Dean of E-Learning, Dr. Fahad Al-Ahmari, Dean of Knowledge Resources at the University of Jeddah, Dr. Jalal Al-Oweibdi, and more than 75 employees of the two universities. During the signing of the agreement, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy expressed his hope that this agreement will achieve its goals and pave the way for more cooperation projects, which will serve members and students of both universities. His Excellency Rector Al-Humaidan also stressed the University of Jeddah's strong interest in same. He commended King Khalid University's achievements in the technical and electronic training field, considering it a distinguished example in the Kingdom. Dean Al-Ahmari and Dean Al-Oweibdi confirmed that the mechanism of executing this agreement consisted of forming a team of specialists. That team, they noted, worked to activate areas of cooperation and prepared a detailed plan. They confirmed that this cooperation between King Khalid University and the University of Jeddah is a big step in the right direction in accord with Vision 2030.
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15 Viva Voces Held Online

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center In a move to ease the process of graduating students amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Education, the College of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religions, and the College of Humanities transitioned the viva voce, a verbal thesis defense, to an online environment. Last week, six theses were defended in which four were doctoral and two were at the masters level. The total number of attendees reached more than eighty people per session. Three doctoral and six masters theses are to be defended in the upcoming week. Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed bin Yahya Al-Fayea, explained that several viva voce sessions are going through the scheduling process, adding that this digital transformation is a response to national directives. He expressed his gratitude to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy, Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Saad Al-Amri, and all parties who supported the transition. Abdullah Jabra, Yahya Al-Aydi and Muhammad Al-Mubarak of the College of Education and Fawzia Al-Harith and Maram Al-Farhan of the Humanities College expressed their gratitude to King Khalid University for this distinguished academic move. They explained that the online delivery system helped them achieve their dream without any delay.  Of noteworthy mention, the Deanship of Graduate Studies in cooperation with the Deanship of E-learning and the colleges involved were among the first in the Kingdom to implement online viva voces in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  
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