EVALUATING LEARNING ONLINE: DESIGNING OPEN BOOK EXAMS

Capital University of Science & Technology has given special focus to the capacity building of faculty for effective online teaching, after the situation due to COVID-19. Regular trainings are being conducted to enhance the online teaching skills of faculty members. Third session of this training series was conducted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. More than 65 faculty members participated in this training session from all the departments of university. Dr. Sabahat Haqqani, Assistant Professor from Management Sciences Department was the resource person of this session titled “Evaluating Learning Online: Designing Open Book Exams”.

Several important insights and action items were accomplished through this training session. It focused on designing online assessment from andragogic perspective to allow teachers help students demonstrate achievement of their course learning outcomes in a fair, reliable and valid manner. The training session covered the key elements of well-designed open book assessment in accordance with the limitations and strengths of the online environment. Examples of best practice were demonstrated for structuring and crafting questions for online open book assessment.

Dr. Amir Qayyum, Dean QEC in his concluding remarks expressed his satisfaction to note that the resource person has made all efforts to create a good understanding of designing open book exams. Faculty members participated whole heartedly in this session and made best use of their time.

ONLINE ASSESSMENT OF COGNITIVE NATURE ACTIVITIES FROM QUESTION DESIGN TO MARKING

An online training session titled “Online Assessment of Cognitive Nature Activities from Question Design to Marking” was organized by the Quality Enhancement Cell of CUST on May 13, 2020. Dr. Majid Ali, Professor Civil Engineering Department was the Resource Person. The objective of this workshop was to enlighten the faculty members with the assessment of cognitive domain activities in online classes. The training session covered the areas including OBE brief overview, conventional vs online teaching, cognitive domain assessment in its different taxonomy levels and assessment of cognitive domain activities in online classes. The event was attended by around 70 faculty members from all the departments of CUST. It was an effective session where participants actively interacted with Dr. Majid Ali.

Dr. Amir Qayyum, Dean QEC in his concluding remarks expressed his satisfaction to note that the training session was able to achieve its objectives. The respected presenter was acknowledged by Dean QEC for deliverance of provocative knowledge and successful conduct of a seminar.

MICROSOFT TEAMS TRAINING

An online training seminar on Microsoft Teams was organized by the Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) on May 4, 2020. Mr. Salman Ahmed, Lecturer Computer Science Department was the Resource Person. Around 90 faculty members from all the departments of university attended the online training seminar.

The resource person gave a comprehensive presentation covering major aspects of Microsoft Teams. The presentation majorly focused on the mechanism of effective online teaching on Microsoft Teams. He highlighted the problems faced during online classes and discussed how to avoid them. It was an interactive session where participants actively interacted with the resource person to learn from his knowledge and experience. Dr. Amir Qayyum, Dean QEC laid emphasis on the importance of capacity building of faculty staff for effective online teaching. He also showed his pleasure to note that the seminar was able to achieve its most important objectives. At the end of seminar, he thanked the Resource Person and all the participants for their participation.