Ajman University has now completed a full week of remote education. Thanks to our agile IT team and our nimble faculty, the technology and pedagogy were ready to go on day one! We’ve been seeing outstanding results ever since.
Here are a few statistics from AU’s first week of Making Online Education Happen:
- The average number of lectures per day since March 15: 387
- The average number of participants/learners per day since March 15: 18,947
- The average number of sessions per day with minimum 20 Attendees: 253
- The average number of sessions per day with minimum 50 Attendees: 32
- The average number of sessions per day with minimum 100 Attendees: 11
Here’s what two AU professors from the College of Pharmacy had to say about the experience after the first day:
It was definitely a surprise to me, and a pleasant one! When I logged-in, and started “lecturing” about ethics in healthcare and resolving ethical dilemmas, my students took the concept of interactive class to the next level! Was it because they are used to social media? Are they more comfortable in their own homes? Whatever the reason was, this experience worked really well. Students interacted and responded readily to my questions – some of which I asked just to ensure that they were with me – and they clearly were having fun! While we had to enter into this experience in haste because of the Corona Virus, I can say, with confidence, distance-learning is here to stay.
– Dr. Nadir Kheir, Associate Professor & Manager of the Student Success Center
I delivered 3 lectures to three sections, each was 90-minutes long. The largest group had 42 students. I started by saying that we miss them, and the University without the students is sad. I informed them that I would ask questions from time to time. I stopped during the lecture and chose several names to ask if they were present. At the end, they asked me to review certain slides. Additionally, I told the students to go to Dr. Samir Bloukh on Youtube to find each lecture after I deliver it.
– Dr. Samir Bloukh, Associate Professor
Another AU professor has some helpful tips for teachers everywhere:
Students feel more connected when they are able to see their instructor's face rather than just listening to audio. For online teaching to be successful, the course instructor should be completely aware of the handy online tools available to provide an interactive experience. Group activities and pop quizzes help in keeping students engaged. Make your slides speak for themselves through the addition of more images and video files. It is very important to create a collaborative atmosphere between the students themselves, as well as the instructor and students. This can simultaneously boost student retention and performance in the course.
– Dr. Sai Boddum, Associate Professor
In subsequent posts, we’ll be sharing diverse voices and stories from our “cyber campus” as we explore more facets of making online education happen. If you’ve got a story to share about adventures in distance learning, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next story will feature a dentistry professor who is taking online connections to the next level.