King Khalid University

Ramdank Quran One of the Initiative Mubadaroon ’s projects

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University represented by the Deanship of  Community Service and Continues Education in collaboration with the College of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion are to hold a project entitled “ Ramdank Quran with cash prizes  during the 4th to the 20th of Ramdan, which is part of the Mubadaroon. The Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Prof. Omar Alwan Aqil, stressed that the program includes several categories, workshops and sessions  for correcting recitation, memorizing the Holy Quran, as well as Children recitation  and the project is to be held online. The program targets all groups of society, in order to achieve several goals, most notably linking society to the Holy Quran, improving and correcting recitation of the Holy Quran, and studying verses from the Book of Allah Almighty. It’s worth mentioning ,that all sessions  and competitions are held from Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to 11:30 pm.
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The university communication and media department discusses 13 graduation projects

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center For 3days, Communication and Media Department at King Khaled University organized an online forum, to discuss graduate projects of the department's students, with all the department  paths : (Strategic communication in public relations, journalism and electronic editing, Radio and television) , in the presence of Prof. Ali Alqarni, Head of Communication and Media Department ,Ms. Sara Alslemi, the supervisor of the department of female section, Dr, Ali Alqahtani the training supervisor and number of faculty members. The forum is presenting 13 graduation projects and 6 awareness and educational Campaigns talks about different topics related to children and media, raising awareness of  digital entrepreneurship, reinforcing of cultural identity, raising awareness of the rules and behaviors in public, enhancing  the culture of investing skills in supporting identities, rising  the importance of pre- marriage examinations to limit the hereditary diseases. The students also presented image for launching a conference entitled" Media and digitization - planning and strategies", a media exhibition entitled "kku informatics", and 3 digital reports: The urban scene in Asir, Aseer Regional Museum, and "my service" report which aims to focus on the service at the Public Relations Department in Aseer Education, The students also presented a magazine entitled "E-learning" and a movie entitled The Other Side. Prof. Alqarni said: the students were aware enough to face corona pandemic, they start  working in their project earlier, and they adapted to  the suspension and using all the technology provided by the university with the nature of their projects. Alqarni added, we were pleased to monitor these projects and to organize discussion meetings, noting that these projects were excellent in substance, preparation, and valuable scientific outcomes, we also felt the joy that our students expressed about their graduation ,especially that graduation projects are the last requirements for graduation, and it is  an important imprint in the student’s university life. In other hand, Sara alsolami said; this forum comes within the department’s keenness to improve training outcomes and qualify them for application field,as the graduation project represents the point of departure of the students towards media work and supporting the Saudi media.
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Mubaderon Project Launched During Ramadan

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center Today, the University announced the launch of the "Mubaderon" project, which targets different segments of society, university members and students during Ramadan and the summer term. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy explained that this integrated project will continue until the end of Dhu al-Hijjah. This project comes within the "Neshama Asir" initiative, which was launched under the patronage of His Royal Highness, Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Asir Region. "Neshama Asir" is a community-based medical initiative that aims to provide online medical consultations in a number of specialties with specialized medical counselors. Of note, Mubaderon is also under the supervision His Excellency, Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Shaikh. Mubaderon aims to enhance community partnerships and benefit society by offering courses and scientific consultations for students and planning and executing projects that serve the community and develop skills through qualitative programs. All university colleges and representatives will serve under three main themes: development programs for students, faculty members, and the community. In related news, King Khalid University launched a number of qualitative initiatives related to the national efforts in fighting the Novel Coronavirus.
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Summer Term Admission Dates

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of Admissions and Registration announced the mechanisms and dates for admission to summer 2020 courses, noting that all activities will only be offered online. For those who are expected to graduate in the summer and visiting students, registration will be available to those with 12 hours or less from the 28th to the 30th of Shaʿbān through Academia and Tawasol. Registration will be open to students with more than 12 hours required to graduate from the 1st to the 4th of Ramadan for KKU students and from the 3rd to the 7th for visiting students. Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdulmohsen Algarni, explained that the summer term would begin on Sunday the 8th of Shawwāl and end on the 2nd of Dhu al-Hijjah. He confirmed that graduate students are allowed to register for up to 12 hours. As for other students, the maximum would be 10 hours.
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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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Crisis Management Amid COVID-19: 1,900 Participants in Workshop Held by Media Center

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The General Administration of Media and Communication recently organized an online workshop entitled "Crisis Management: COVID-19 as an Example". The workshop, delivered by Prof. Ali bin Shuwail Al-Qarni, was well received with 1,900 participants. Director of the Administration of Media and Communication, Sarah Al-Qahtani, moderated the workshop as it moved through examples from around the world on COVID-19 crisis management, the scientific foundations of media crisis management, media portrayals of COVID-19, and media strategies employed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Of note, a deep dive into the reactions of information overload was presented. Prof. Al-Qarni explained that the workshop aimed to introduce crisis management and provide a comparative analysis of the road map used in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the world. He related that it is important not to engage in sensationalism, noting that this type of tactic is always at the expense of accuracy. During the workshop, Prof. Al-Qarni explained that a crisis on this scale can reorder society in dramatic ways, and it is normal for the effects to be long-lasting on both the economy and world politics. He also said that this crisis distinguished the role of "The White Army" or "The New Experts", which are terms that refer to the medical employees whose role has been clear and compelling. He praised their role and stressed the importance of collaborating with them. "As the world grapples with COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has done a great job in its preparedness and capacity to address the spread of coronavirus within the Kingdom. We should listen to all instructions and messages," said Prof. Al-Qarni. On the topic of media delivery, it was explained that educating the community on the field of public information is critical to awareness. He also addressed the responsibilities of both the sender and receiver in the context of media. Prof. Al-Qarni viewed the characteristics of COVID-19 media coverage from countries around the world, saying that "the most prominent feature of COVID-19 media coverage around the world is the fact that the infected are neglected." Considering the importance of having an official media arm to make decisions, organize efforts, and manage the crisis, Prof. Al-Qarni commended the actions of the Emirate of Asir in establishing a "Coronavirus Crisis Management Operations Room," highlighting that this was bolstered by effective social media presence in the Emirate of Asir YouTube channel that hosted several leading officials in the Kingdom. He then maintained that His Royal Highness, Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Asir Region, adopted a scientific and methodological approach in dealing with this crisis and recognizing the unsung heroes of the Kingdom. Media Center Director, University Spokesperson, Dr. Mufleh Al-Qahtani, confirmed that this workshop was held contemporaneously with this crisis to introduce the appropriate mechanisms in media crisis management, noting that it also served to develop the skills of media professionals and train students.
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Grad Programs Accept More Than 700

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Deanship of Graduate Studies announced, in the first stage of scholarship based admission, the acceptance of 707 male and female students to programs in 1442-43 AH academic year on the basis of their individual merits, abilities and aptitudes. Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ahmed Yahya Al-Faya, explained that this stage comes after completing all the admission procedures and approving the results in specialized scientific councils. He confirmed that all admission procedures were performed electronically, following specific operational plans and schedules. Dean Al-Faya also added that there would be a number of new specializations in a number of departments and colleges at the beginning of the next academic year in accord with the objectives of Vision 2030. He encouraged all applicants to check the results and procedures by clicking here. In case of an incomplete admission form, admission would then move to the waiting list in sequential order.
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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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Guidlines for Final Grades and Student Procedures Announced

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center Following the Ministry of Education's directives during the COVID-19 global pandemic, King Khalid University reannounced the implementation of a flexible grading system and scheduling plans, noting that the spring 2020 semester will end on 23 April 2020. All classes were suspended on 8 March 2020, and classroom instruction continued through a successful transition to a fully virtual educational model under the guidance of the Deanship of E-Learning. Facing this unprecedented challenge, the development of student engagement guidelines were critical to success early on. This included a wide variety of assessments, which was conducted in Blackboard, on a weekly basis, totaling 60 marks. It is important to note that 60 marks are based on Blackboard assessments while 20 marks are based on the first progress test, which took place before 8 March 2020. To ease the burden on our students and minimize negative outcomes, not in their control, students will be provided an opportunity to review their grades until 23 April 2020 with options. Those options include the ability to withdraw from the semester without penalty and choose to apply a "No grade-Pass (NP)" or "No grade-Fail (NF)" to their courses. In the case of NP or NF, students will not be assigned grade point average (GPA) points, and therefore, this will not affect their GPA. The Deanship of Admissions and Registration also offers students the ability to apply grades of this semester if it is equal to or greater than the GPA of the prior semester, noting that this will ensure the best quality education possible and the most equitable manner of assessing student performance. Regarding the final exams, the university clarified they will begin on the 3rd of Ramadan 1441 AH with final exams accounting for 20% of the total grade. The Deanship of Admissions and Registration noted that students will be allotted 1 hour for each exam, except for some courses from the health colleges. Courses that do not require exams or courses that only require a graduation project will follow guidelines sent directly to their respective academic councils. On the topic of tuition, students who elected to withdrawal for this semester will be reimbursed in the form of credits applied towards next semester.
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Opportunity Investment During the Coronavirus Crisis Online Forum Set to Launch in Sha'ban

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center On the 13th of Sha'ban, His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy will sponsor the online forum titled "Opportunity Investment During the Coronavirus Crisis". The online forum, organized by the College of Education, will take place over three days from 4 pm to 9 pm. College of Education Dean, Dr. Thabit Alkhahlan, thanked the Rector for his sponsorship and support and provided the topics of the forum as follows: "Positivity in Crisis and Opportunity Investment"; "How to Learn Online"; "Family Roles in Strengthening National Identity"; "COVID-19 Crisis Management: Psychologically and Socially"; Crisis Management Practices"; "How to Use Google Classroom in e-Teaching?". The forum will be launched at 4 pm with an opening speech from Rector Al-Solamy in which he will highlight the efforts of the College of Education and the Deanship of E-Learning.
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