A Remarkable Achievement for KKU in the E-Learning field at the level of Arabian Gulf Universities

Deputy Premier, Chairman of the Committee on the development of education and training and head of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology, Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, inaugurated today the Fourth International Conference on e-learning, organized by the Zain e-learning Center in the University of Bahrain at the Crown Plaza Bahrain Hotel.

Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, handed over Award of the GCC General Secretariat for excellence in the design and development of e-courses as won by six professors: Professors from the University of Bahrain, and tow  professors from the University of King Khaled, Saudi Arabia, and professors at the University of Kuwait , He also presented plagues to both the key sponsors and speakers, and a commemorative gift to the President of the University of Bahrain in recognition of sponsorship for the conference.

King Khalid University was the only Saudi university to receive two awards in this competition .

In this occasion, The E-learning Deanship congratulates the Minister of Higher Education , the University President and the wining colleagues. 

New E-Learning Stage at the College of Education

In coordination with E-Learning Unit at College of Education , Mr. Abdullah Asiri, e-learning specialist from e-learning deanship and Dr. Mustafa Ibrahim, e-unit supervisor at college of education, visited the Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Mohammed bin Hassan Saeed Safran; in order to determine the needs of the college and the future aspirations regarding e-learning and its activation.

Many things discussed during the meeting including the e-unit and new e-learning lab preperation along with mobile iPad lab which will be provided by e-learning deanship to cover the students needs in the college of education.

The visit was fruitful and the Dean of the College of Education showed his full support to e-learning. 

Training Unit Achievements at E-Learning Deanship

Below is the detailed report of training unit achievements at E-Learning Deanship for the first semester.

Training Unit Report6.81 MB

Two-Day eLearning Awareness Campaign for Faculty Members at College of Languages

Under the patronage of Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean of the College of Languages & Translation, the eLearning Unit organized a two-day “eLearning Awareness Campaign for Teachers”.

During the campaign, the College eLearning Unit accompanied with a team of eLearning Deanship visited teachers in their respective offices on a one-on-one basis.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Melhi, Dean of the College of Languages & Translation, accompanied with the team of the College eLearning Unit and interacted with the teachers. Dr. Al-Melhi motivated the teachers to use the eLearning system i.e. the Blackboard effectively and pointed out the importance of the eLearning system in today's world.

Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, the eLearning Unit Supervisor, said: “The aim of the campaign was to make teachers aware of the necessity and effective use of the King Khalid University eLearning system and to solve the individual problems faced by the teachers in using the Blackboard."

Dr. Khaled Mohanna, Mr. Ahmed J. Al-Shaflut, Mr. Abdullah Zubain and Mr. Abdullah Aseri,  eLearning Specialists from Deanship of eLearning, joined the campaign and said that they were much impressed by the way of organizing such a campaign. They also suggested to organize this kind of teachers awareness programs in all the colleges of the University.

Dr. Mohammad Asif Ishfaq and Mr. Javed Ahmad, organizers of the Campaign, said: “During the campaign, our main target were teachers. To achieve the purpose of the campaign, the College eLearning team organized and conducted various activities. The eLearning brochures, teachers help guides, and  CDs prepared by Mr. Rizwan Ghani were distributed among teachers."

Mr. Nasir Al-Khatany, Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Kamaluddin and Mr. Jhangeer Alam provided holistic support to make the campaign a success.

Pennsylvania State University Team, visiting E-Learning Deanship at King Khalid University

Within implementation of the cooperation and services agreement signed between the King Khalid University and Pennsylvania State University, USA, team of five experts from PSU is currently visiting the Deanship of e-learning at King Khalid University.

The team visit will be for one week and include various workshops and meetings with the following titles:

    1-  Workshop : Overview of Penn State's World Campus

    2-  Workshop: Forces of Change and the Landscape of Higher Education

    3-  Workshop: Learning Design from Concept to Delivary

    4-  Workshop: Successful Student Services and Operational Excellent

    5-  Workshop: The World Campus Faculty Development Model

    6-  Workshop: Dimensions of Leadership


What's New in Blackboard Learn at King Khalid University

Look here for the latest information about releases and product updates and supported building blocks. The following vedios lists the recent releases for Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP10 and SP11. 

1- Social Learning Tools Update

With the new social learning tools available for Blackboard Learn, you and your students can discover, connect, and collaborate with others from your school as well as other Blackboard Learn schools. We have created a Blackboard Learn global learning network to allow users to learn from each other through social, informal means - complementing the more formal classroom and online course experiences. 

2- Discussions

The Thread Detail page is thoroughly redesigned yet maintains all of its existing functions. Highlights include:

  • All posts on one page - all of the posts in a thread are now visible at the same time on one page. 
  • Role highlighting - posts made by forum managers and moderators now contain the user’s course role and forum role.
  • Inline replies - when replying to a post, the content editor used to write a response appears on the same page, in the context of the discussion.
  • Post First Setting - instructors can use a new forum setting to require students to post to a forum before they can see other students’ posts. 

3- Calendar Update

The Calendar in Blackboard Learn has been significantly enhanced:
  • When accessed from My Blackboard or the Tools menu on the My Institution tab, the calendar displays a consolidated view of all institution, course, organization, and personal calendar events for a user. Calendar events are color coded by course.
  • When accessed from a course, instructors and students see the course calendar from the course menu on the Toolspage. Instructors can use the calendar course tool as a primary way of managing and communicating the schedule of events and assignments in the course. Calendar supports due dates, if set, for gradable items. Clicking on calendar items allows an instructor to view or edit the item, or grade attempts on the associated item.
  • Students can use filtering options to selectively view only course level items. They can then click on an item to view item details, and if supported, create an attempt against the item.

4- Video Everywhere

Video Everywhere is a feature of the content editor. Once installed and activated, you will see a new icon in the content editor that accesses your webcam. The feature provides the ability for intructors and students to:
  • Record a video on the fly using a webcam and have it seamlessly embedded in course materials, interactions, and feedback through the content editor.
  • Reuse previously recorded videos by choosing from one’s own “library” of videos.


A Delegation of e-Learning Deanship in Al-Namas Campus

To develop and implement more effective use of blackboard in the curriculum of King Khalid University, a delegation of e-Learning Deanship, King Khalid University conducted a students’ training on the theme of “Blackboard+ Learning” and a teachers’ workshop on the theme of “Quality Content Management in Blackboard” on Wednesday, 13 March 2003 in the College of Arts & Sciences and Community College, Al-Namas. Both sessions were conducted the same day.

In response to an invitation from the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Community College, Dr. Ali Faiz Al-Hashim, a delegation consisting of Dr. Khaled Al-Muhanna, Mr. Abdullah Zubain and Mr.Ahmad Jabran visited Al-Namas Campus. Dr. Abdullah Al-Shehri , the vice Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Community College, welcomed the delegation and presided over the both students and teachers’ sessions.


Delivering the training in “Blackboard + Learning”, Mr. Ahmad Jabran outlined the environment of blackboard and learning opportunities for the students.  Mr. Abdullah Zubain responded the students’ problem in using blackboard and provided solutions.  Dr. Khaled Al-Muhanna informed them about students’ training by e-Learning Deanship and sources of online training for students. Mr. Ahmad Asmari anchored the program.


Giving a workshop on “Quality Content Management in Blackboard”, Mr. Abdullah Zubain explained the importance of improving the quality of course content and standardizing e-learning process.  With reference to the award winning e-course in the 3rd International Conference for e-Learning, he explained the 'Quality Matters' Standards and offered practice in course review based on these standards.  Dr. Khaled Al-Muhanna, Mr. Ahmad Asmari, Mr. Ammar Anas, the e-Learning Unit supervisor at Al-Namas Campus assisted the faculty members in quality content management and application of the Quality standards in their courses.


Dr. Abdullah Al-Shehri, the vice Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Community College, appreciated the efforts of e-Learning Deanship and extended his gratitude for blackboard training and Quality workshop. He ensured that these efforts are certainly going influence the e-Learning environment in the college. Mr. Sharique, Mr, Ahsan Raza Noori, Mr. Shamimiul Haq, Dr. Khalid Zaki, all made invaluable support in the conduction of this e-Learning event.


New Evaluation Strategy for Blended and Full Courses - 2013

We would like to inform you that we have designed a new evaluation strategy for Blended and Full Online courses. The new strategy contains the most important standards from Quality Matters and E-learning Rules at King Khalid University.

These standards are to help improve online courses and to help fix some problems that may online courses have. There will be an evaluation team from ELD members who evaluate Blended and Full courses regularly and send suggestions and recommendations about each course.

We will distribute the new evaluation strategy among faculty members to start applying standards on their online courses and to let them know how their courses will be evaluated.

Instructors can refer to QM Rubric and E-learning Rules Book to get explanation about each standard.

The attached files contain ( Evaluation standards of blended/full online courses, QM Rubric, E-learning Rules):

blended e-learning courses.pdf212.69 KB
full e-learning courses.pdf218.88 KB
E-Learning Rules.pdf974.38 KB