King Khalid University

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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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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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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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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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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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 Civil Service agrees to classify 4 specialized diplomas at the University

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Ministry of Civil Service classified a number of specialized diplomas in the field of computer science at King Khalid University. These diplomas are provided by the College of Computer science in cooperation with the Deanship of Community Service and Continuous Education at the University. All of which aims to meet the needs of the labor market and to develop the skills of high school graduates in this field. The Dean of the Deanship of Community Service and Continuous Education Prof. Omar Alwan Aqeel, expressed that the approval included 4 diplomas. They were: Smart Internet Systems Diploma, Computer Maintenance Diploma, Smart Devices Diploma and Computer Networking Diploma. Aqeel also confirmed that the Deanship is working with all the University colleges to develop qualitative practical diplomas. Such diplomas will provide job opportunities for citizens through qualification, training and practice. He added that four specialized professors from the College of Computer Science will be assigned to teach these diplomas. All of them have a long experience in the field of education and training as well as giving excellent training and educational programs. Aqeel expressed his gratitude to his Excellency the University Rector for His continuous support to the development of the educational diversity in the University. He also thanked the Dean and employees of the College of Computer Science for their efforts in developing these qualitative diplomas.
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Business College Announces MIS Graduation Projects

  Source: King Khalid University - Media Center Business College Dean, Dr. Fayez Dhafrah, announced a bevvy of qualitative student final MIS degree projects. These are "capstone" projects that graduating bachelor degree candidates must complete to demonstrate their overall proficiency in the degree program. Dean Dhafrah expressed his satisfaction with the projects because they serve both the students and the community at large. MIS Department Head, Dr. Adel Asiri, noted the capstone projects span a variety of critical functions, such as smart systems that auto-generate exams based on desired learning outcomes. Two capstone projects involve monitoring educational performance for evaluative purposes. Other projects include: An online driving school, an educational data mining system, advanced encryption software, and a mobile electronic shopping application.     Business College Dean, Dr. Fayez Dhafrah, announced a bevvy of qualitative student final MIS degree projects. These are "capstone" projects that graduating bachelor degree candidates must complete to demonstrate their overall proficiency in the degree program.   Dean Dhafrah expressed his satisfaction with the projects because they serve both the students and the community at large. MIS Department Head, Dr. Adel Asiri, noted the capstone projects span a variety of critical functions, such as smart systems that auto-generate exams based on desired learning outcomes. Two capstone projects involve monitoring educational performance for evaluative purposes. Other projects include: An online driving school, an educational data mining system, advanced encryption software, and a mobile electronic shopping application.
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University Hosts Tuwaiq Coding Bootcamp

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center King Khalid University's College of Computer Science is currently hosting the "Tuwaiq" Coding Bootcamp and Games Programming Course in collaboration with the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity and Drones (SAFCSP) from December 10th to December 14th 2019. The event is designed to develop technical and programming skills and is targeted specifically towards students age 9 to 18. The bootcamp trainers are expert programmers in fields such as robotics and game development. The training program is being held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day. College of Computer Science Dean, Dr. Ali Mohammed Algarwi, highlighted that the department was pleased to host the event. He also noted that developing computer programming skills among the citizenry is a vital part of the national development plan and a stated goal of Vision 2030 and its appendant documents. Dean Algarwi expressed his gratitude to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and SAFCSP for their support of the event. The bootcamp is limited to 150 students, and there has been significant overflow demand by students from all over the region.
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University Hosts Forum for Guidance and Counseling Supervisors

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, hosted the Forum of Guidance and Counseling supervisors in Saudi Universities. The Guidance and Counseling Center sponsored the event at the main campus on Tuesday morning. In his opening remarks, the Rector noted the critical role guidance counsellors play in ensuring the success and well-being of students in need. He also recognized that being a counsellor requires extraordinary talents and patience. The Rector said that the forum would provide counsellors more tools and strategies to perform their essential functions to help the students.   Guidance and Counseling Center Supervisor, Dr. Khadhran Al-Suhaimi, welcomed the attendees, thanking them for their concern and participation. He also thanked the Rector and his administrative team for their continuing support of the center's efforts to serve the needs of the university community.   Guidance Center at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University Director, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Mutaoa, presented a speech on behalf of his institution. He thanked King Khalid University for hosting the forum and reiterated the role of college guidance centers in helping students throughout the nation.   The hosts then presented a short film about the organization and the roles and impact of the Guidance Center followed by summaries of a sampling of counselling cases, which greatly affected students from around the Kingdom.   His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy concluded the event by honouring the participating supervisors and representatives of the Guidance and Counseling Centers from different Saudi universities. His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, hosted the Forum of Guidance and Counseling supervisors in Saudi Universities. The Guidance and Counseling Center sponsored the event at the main campus on Tuesday morning.   In his opening remarks, the Rector noted the critical role guidance counsellors play in ensuring the success and well-being of students in need. He also recognized that being a counsellor requires extraordinary talents and patience. The Rector said that the forum would provide counsellors more tools and strategies to perform their essential functions to help the students.   Guidance and Counseling Center Supervisor, Dr. Khadhran Al-Suhaimi, welcomed the attendees, thanking them for their concern and participation. He also thanked the Rector and his administrative team for their continuing support of the center's efforts to serve the needs of the university community.   Guidance Center at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University Director, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Mutaoa, presented a speech on behalf of his institution. He thanked King Khalid University for hosting the forum and reiterated the role of college guidance centers in helping students throughout the nation.   The hosts then presented a short film about the organization and the roles and impact of the Guidance Center followed by summaries of a sampling of counselling cases, which greatly affected students from around the Kingdom.   His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy concluded the event by honouring the participating supervisors and representatives of the Guidance and Counseling Centers from different Saudi universities.
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