The University of Karachi is implementing Online Learning Management Systems to conduct classes, examination, and assessment during the next semester within the campus as well as in its affiliated colleges.
The Higher Education Commission Pakistan will provide technical assistance in installing and configuring the Moodle-LMS on the campus. HEC would also extend its support regarding administration, faculty, and students’ training.
Deputy Director KU Quality Enhancement Cell Jawaid Akram Bukhari announced this while sharing the information with the participants of the meeting on Wednesday. The KU Vice-Chancellor Khalid Mehmood Iraqi chaired the meeting which was held at the VC Secretariat and attended by the HEC Consultant for LMS Dr. Muhammad Asim Noor, HEC representatives Alishba Siddiqui and Mansoor Hussain through video link from Islamabad.
Meanwhile, Professor Dr. Moazzam Ali Khan, Dr. Nadeem Mahmood, Dr. Sadiq Ali Khan, Dr. Mustafa Haider, Mukesh Kumar, Jawaid Akram, and Engineer Ishfaque Khanzada were also present in the meeting.
KU has already established a committee to manage the procedural and operational activities, which would be in accordance with the directives of the HEC and Quality Assurance Agency. The committee would be supervised by Professor Dr. Moazzam Ali Khan while two representatives from HEC are also part of the committee.
KU’s VC Professor Dr. Khalid Mehmood Iraqi has directed the committee to implement the Moodle-LMS at the University of Karachi at the timeline prescribed by HEC. The committee has been told to make sure that the Moodle-LMS would be customized for campus usage and easy to deliver lectures, and help in processing evaluations, assessments, and monitoring process.
Jawaid Akram briefed the meeting that during the current semester, a majority of the departments and institutions of the University of Karachi were using licensed Microsoft Teams whereas some teachers were using other applications like Zoom and Google Meet to take online classes.
He mentioned that after the implementation of the Moodle-LMS data of the faculty, courses, and students and lecturers would be listed and available at the cloud server. The members of the meeting were informed that the committee would need to acquire data related to the category of courses, list of courses, details of faculty, teaching assistant, lab engineers, students, and course-wise student’s enrollment.
Meanwhile, Dr. Muhammad Asim Noor hoped that the University of Karachi, after successfully implementing the Moodle-LMS, would help other universalities in this regard. He informed the meeting that HEC has already developed and share managerial accounts with the University of Karachi.
Earlier, KU VC Professor Dr. Khalid Iraqi observed that the HEC is supporting the higher education institutions of the country to conduct online classes during the pandemic. He said that Moodle-LMS is flexible and could be customized as per the requirements of the varsities.
He directed the committee to collect relevant information from each department and institution and said that chairpersons could also nominate a focal person who would be responsible for collecting, assembling, and sharing the required data and information with the committee.