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HEC Wants Online Academic Councils & Other Criteria Met for Launching Online Classes

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Vice-Chancellors have expressed their full commitment to creating online classes and e-learning a hit amidst the closure of universities within the wake of things created thanks to the COVID-19 crisis.

During the third Vice-Chancellors board meeting held since the closure of universities thanks to the spread of COVID-19, the university heads reviewed the progress on universities’ readiness to supply online classes to avoid academic loss. The meeting, conducted online through Microsoft Teams, was attended by all Vice-Chancellors from across the country.

The Vice-Chancellors expressed their resolve to accelerate their efforts, with the collaboration of HEC, to reinforce the standard of online classes, make sure the readiness of e-learning components, and contribute to the national effort against the prevailing crisis.

The Learning Management System

They thanked the HEC for facilitating the schools in executing the training Management System (LMS). They asserted that they’re committed to resolving all the problems facing the scholars , faculty and administrative staff in making the LMS a hit with the help of HEC.

On this occasion, Chairman HEC Tariq Banuri stressed the necessity for immediate measures, on the a part of universities, to make sure readiness for online classes. He requested the Vice Chancellors to adopt and announce a proper Policy and Standard Operating Procedures for approval of online courses.

If you think that your courses are ready for online dissemination, please communicate in writing to HEC in order that they’ll be brought into practice and made available for college kids .

He emphasized that the training Management System (LMS) has got to be put into place before the beginning of online classes, so as to supply information, track progress, and coordinate activities. Similarly, universities got to establish a governance system for decision-making and adjudication of complaints.

Online Academic Council

He asked universities to assign responsibilities for authorization of online classes to a fanatical decision-making body, e.g., an “Online Academic Council”.

He also requested Vice Chancellors to appoint focal points for COVID-19, online courses, and for technical support, and to gather and share data on online readiness as quickly as possible.

Online Readiness

Chairman HEC highlighted that HEC uses the concept of “online readiness” to assess the standard of online programs. this is often measured in terms of a group of targeted requirements, covering learning management systems (LMS), course syllabuses, faculty training, libraries, technological options, examination arrangements, laboratory instruction, and in particular the support for college kids .

He asked Vice Chancellors to satisfy themselves that each one actions to organize for online courses had been taken. “If there’s any lapse, there should be readiness to deal with it.” He underlined that “each class has got to be certified for readiness.” All course elements must be uploaded on the LMS, which must contain an introduction, Learning Objectives, textbooks, and assignments alongside a lesson plan and rules including grading policy.

“The Vice Chancellors got to ascertain if the professor or teacher concerned has prepared themselves properly for this task.”

Learning Resources

He said libraries must be enabled to supply course material through online means. “Universities got to make proper arrangements for college kids to access digital library from home.”

He also shed light on various aspects of the examination and evaluation system, including its objectives, textbooks, and assignments. He affirmed that detailed guidance on grading policies and evaluation systems are going to be finalized during a few weeks.

Faculty Readiness

Describing faculty readiness, he stressed the necessity for faculty training. Faculty must take a recommended course, catch on help for a test run, revise the syllabus for online availability, restructure lesson plans, and obtain students feedback and address their concerns. “Online teaching is totally different from face to face teaching, because it has different challenges and techniques.” However, he added, it also offers opportunities along side supportive resources.

“We got to raise the standard of teaching generally , but special attention must be paid to online teaching within the prevailing circumstances.” He recommended that the school members require to require a training course for online teaching and also do a rehearsal of their courses to check the system to deal with any unforeseen problems.

Online Authorisation Council found out to seem into faculty readiness will see into the problems associated with faculty.

Student Readiness

The Chairman underlined that student readiness for online classes is that the most vital aspect of e-learning because it features a number of challenges.

He informed the Vice Chancellors that HEC was taking steps to deal with issues facing the scholars , including access to the web , and support to students in need. because the initiative during this regard, he requested Vice Chancellors to gather and share information about students’ location and connectivity challenges.

The meeting concluded with a consensus that the Vice Chancellors, with the assistance of HEC and support of college and students, will keep it up putting efforts for mitigation of educational loss of scholars thanks to the COVID-19 crisis. They agreed to carry frequent meetings to debate and type out solutions to each emerging challenge within the way of online education.

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