Karachi University came to a sudden halt due to the coronavirus outbreak,so now the campus has decided to arrange online classes for more than 40,000 students.
A high-level meeting was carried out on Wednesday at the Vice-Chancellor Secretariat,where Dr. Khalid Mahmood Iraqi Vice Chancellor Karachi University was also present. He said that before starting the online sessions with the students we need to make sure that our administration is in order and well prepared. For that, a well-thought strategy is required so that every single student can learn and meet the course learning objectives.
Along with the VC of Karachi University, all the deans, Dr. Saleem Shahzad the Registrar Professor, in-charge main communication network Professor Dr. Sadiq Ali Khan, Student’s Advisor Dr. Syed Asim Ali and Jawaid Akram Deputy Director Quality Enhancement Cell were also present. The meeting aimed to discuss the opportunities and possibilities in online learning.
The University of Karachi will assure that only trained teachers use online learning platforms and video conferencing software for conducting online sessions.
The LMS (Learning Management System) made by the HEC Islamabad will be used by both the teachers and students for sharing lectures, assessments, and assignments.
The online sessions will be executed within 2 weeks while the varsity’s QEC will prepare videos and tutorials for the commonly used video conferencing tools; Microsoft Teams, Adobe Connect, Zoom, and many others.
Dr. Khalid Iraqi formed a technical expert committee supervised by Professor Dr. Syed Jamil Hasan Kamzi Director QEC in which Student Advisor Dr. Syed Asim Ali, Dr. Sadiq Ali and Engineer Ishfaque Khanzada from MCN, Deputy Director QEC Jawaid Akram and Dr. Abdul Waheed Director Distance Learning Program were also appointed.
The final report will be submitted in the next meeting which will take place the next week. In the meeting, the officials also focused on those students belonging to remote areas where there is a lack of internet facilities and students will face various difficulties in taking online lectures.
For this purpose, the VC asked the in-charge MCN to prepare a standard operating procedure to ease students.
All the deans of different departments are asked to contact their faculty members and students to begin the online sessions with the students.
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