Launching of First Webinar series entitled "The Effect of Teaching via E-Learning on the Quality of the Academic Programs and their Outcomes" on October 18, 2020 via Zoom

When Covid-19 was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “Pandemic” it has affected the educational systems worldwide and forced universities across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the world indeed, to suspend physical classrooms and shift to online classes.

 

The transition has been smooth for most of the universities in the Kingdom, but, there are some challenges that are affecting institutions and education group of this sudden transition to online teaching.  With these challenges and opportunities, the Deanship of the Quality and Academic Accreditation under the auspices of His Excellency, Professor Abdullah Al Rubaish, President of the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University has launched their first webinar series on “the effect of teaching via e-learning on the quality of the academic programs and their outcomes” focusing on the effects of the teaching via e-learning.  Distinguished and experts panelists were chosen to have a “chat and talk” regarding the issue.

 

The panelists were composed of:

 Dr. Narimane Hadj-Hamou

She is the Founder and CEO of the Center of Learning Innovations & Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS).  She became the Assistant Chancellor for Learning and Academic Development (Provost) at Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU).  Dr. Narimane had established and led the academic, research and e-Learning vision of HBMeU, for which it was recognized and accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in UAE.  She is also an external reviewer for different external QA agencies and had acted as a Consultant for UNSECO and the European Training Foundation.  Dr. Narimane had delivered more than 100 workshops and keynote addresses globally.  She also ranked among the 200 power Arab women in Forbes Magazine and received award for education among her recognitions as an Arab woman.

 

Dr. Haifa Jamal Allail

Dr. Haifa is the present President of the Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  She has been awarded a Ph.D in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and has served as the first Dean of Girls’ Campus at King Abdulaziz University in 1998.  She is a distinguished leader, respected academic, renowned advocate of youth engagement and author of several articles.  Dr. Haifa had delivered many keynote speeches on women’s education in the Middle East, women and change, entrepreneurship and business.  She was a winner of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

           

Dr. Naser Sarhan

Dr. Naser is the head of the Curricula department at King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA), and QA and accreditation consultant providing the academic support and consultation services for the royal Saudi Air Force and for many HE institutions in Saudi Arabia.  Dr. Naser a full time Consultant at the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) during 2011 until 2019.  He has extensive experience in the field of Quality Assurance and Academic Accreditation in the higher education and military education and training sectors.

 

Professor Mohamed Loutfi

Professor Mohamed is the Vice-Chancellor’s Special Envoy, Coventry University, United Kingdom.  He is also the Vice President of the Arab European Leadership Network (ARELEN), Inaugural President of the Knowledge Hub, Coventry University’s branch in Egypt.  He was a former Pro Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

 

The panelists focus on four (4) areas of their “Chat & Talk:”

  1. Transitioning to online learning: Challenges & Opportunities
  2. What needs to migrate for effective online learning?
  3. Re-thinking of transforming practices: assessment, course design, teaching, etc.
  4. Assessing and measuring the quality of online programs and online learning experiences

 

During the webinar “Chat & Talk” it was discussed the differences between the online education and the emergency remote learning.  The four panelists further explained in details the definition, pros and cons, standards requirements, government support, and other issues of the teaching via e-learning.  Powerpoint presentation were flashed during the session to better understand the effect of the transition of the teaching via e-learning.  Final thoughts about the topic was given by the four (4) panelists to ensure that the audience will have a better understanding of the “Chat & Talk.”

 

The webinar was attended by almost more than 173 attendees.