In pursuance of the directions by the Punjab government in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have suspended their scholarly activities and shut down until 31st May 2020.
A gathering of the accompanying committee established by Punjab Higher Education Commission was held here Tuesday to talk about the online teaching-learning process during this period and to evaluate the status of universities for readiness to transfer lectures/course materials/assignments on the Learning Management System (LMS).
PHEC is organizing with all partners to give the essential help to universities in Online Courses, Smart Classrooms, and IT offices.
The committee individuals, including UET Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar, KEMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Khalid Masud Gondal, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Information Technology University, Lahore, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, University of Education, Lahore, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha, Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore, Rector Dr. Naeem Tariq, Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore Principal Prof Dr. Rukhsana David went to the gathering.
Administrator PHEC, Prof Fazal Ahmad Khalid, invited the individuals who valued the endeavors made by PHEC for coordination to work with all universities and to draw in students in an online and mixed-method of teaching and learning process. The committee finished up with the accompanying approach guidelines for the universities for the online education office to the students.
The universities should begin online and mixed teaching-learning forms guaranteeing consistency to least prerequisites and offices accessible on the grounds, for example, accessibility of Learning Management System (LMS), utilization of various programming, for example, Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Class, Hangouts, and so forth.
Universities ought to likewise give training to and encourage faculty individuals associated with a mixed method of learning and guarantee access to the students to connect with them in lectures, arrangement material, direction and advising meetings, assignments and activities’ supervision as a component of the accomplishment learning results.
In the event of some remote territories and access issues, those students who can’t go to online meetings indicated for a course ought to have a chance to get to course material and join guiding meetings as determined by the course educator through email/WhatsApp.
The university can likewise choose to give them a possibility for semester freeze or makeup classes during summer when the ordinary scholastic meeting is continued. As the universities are self-ruling they can reexamine their scholarly schedule as required and detail arrangements to guarantee the quality, support of least necessities for online education and correction of appraisal and evaluating approach for assignments/tests, midterm, and end of the year tests.
On account of commonsense tests, lab work and undertakings the faculty individuals are encouraged to give online direction to the students with the goal that they can finish their viable work and ventures on the resumption of the scholastic meetings.
It has concurred that institutions like UET Lahore and Virtual University that as of now have great Learning Management Systems (LMS) that can support different institutions. A subcommittee is established to work out programming and equipment prerequisites of universities.
Issues of capacity limit, data transmission, and equipment were likewise talked about to get support from HEC and PITB. PHEC will work with HEC and HED to refresh on approach matters and check with universities to assess their necessities of IT framework, mechanization, appraisal, and LMS to evaluate money related prerequisites for incorporation in the following budgetary year spending plan.
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