In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, activities on campus have stopped, but the good news is that the University of Karachi (KU) will take online education. KU prepares to do online classes and does the task of delivering knowledge to students’ doorsteps.
A meeting was held to hold an online class at the Karachi University Vice Chancellor (VC) Secretariat. “We need to ensure that the learning process continues. Considering the number of students at Karachi University, we need to ensure that our homes are well organized before we begin online education. We don’t want to do any accident in this matter, “said KU VC Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Iraq at the meeting.
“What we need is a plan that is carefully thought out to enable each student to learn and meet the learning objectives only.” The meeting was also attended by KU Registrar Prof. Dr. Saleem Shahzad, all deans, Student Advisor Dr. Syed Asim Ali, Main Communication Network of Incharge Prof. Dr. Sadiq Ali Khan and Deputy Director of Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Jawaid Akram. The agenda is to discuss possibilities and opportunities related to online education.
In the first phase of online learning, KU will ensure that teachers are well trained in using online platforms and video conferencing software to take online classes. That Learning Management System (LMS), which has been accessible to the Pakistan Higher Education Commission through Virtual Universities, will be prepared for use by KU teachers and students for assignments, assessments and sharing lectures.
The meeting decided that KU will integrate LMS as an online education platform within two weeks while QEC universities will prepare content and video tutorials for general use of online learning tools such as Zoom, Adobe Connect, and others.
KU VC created a committee of technical experts which will be overseen by the Director of QEC Prof. Dr. Syed Jamil Hasan Kazmi. The committee will submit its report at the next meeting. It was also discussed at the meeting that students from remote areas did not have access to the internet and they might face various difficulties in taking online lectures. One member observed that this step would facilitate distance learning among students.
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