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Series of Online Workshops Conducted by NDHPE to Endorse “Online Readiness”

The Corona Virus Pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has brought to light how amazingly individuals and community groups have come forward to support each other in these difficult times. Aggressive measures at all levels have tried to salvage normalcy of all activities including education.

In this context, Higher Education Commission Pakistan introduced the concept of “Online Readiness” and required transition of Universities and Higher Educational Institutes to online classes with readiness on six fronts including University, Library, Technology, Faculty, Course and Students.

NUMS Department of Health Professions Education (NDHPE) was assigned the challenging task of preparing the faculty members of constituent and affiliated colleges for online teaching and assessment without compromising quality of teaching and learning.

Two hours Online Zoom sessions were designed in collaboration with Digital Technology (DT) Directorate team, where in educational principles and concepts were applied to develop and implement teaching through the use of Digital technology. These were facilitated by NDHPE Head and faculty.

The content included was in alignment with HEC guidelines and focused on Types of Online Learning, essential elements of a course and strategies for synchronous and asynchronous teaching and assessment.

Over a period of three weeks 11 workshops were conducted for 12 institutes and a total of 610 faculty members. These were designed and customized to suit each institute, in coordination with its focal person.

Number of Faculty members from each institute are as follows:

NUMS: 53

AMC/AFID/AFIRI/AFPGMI: 64

CIMS Multan: 50

KIMS Karachi: 77

CMH Lahore Medical College: 151

HITEC IMS Taxilla: 50

CIMS Bahawalpur: 8

QIMS Medical College: 91

CMH Kharian Medical College: 66

Each participant of the session was awarded 02 E Certificates, 1 for Online teaching and assessment from NDHPE and second for use of online teaching from DT Directorate.

Future hands on workshops are being planned to suit the needs of each institute on their request.