Making Online Education Happen.

The Intersection of Humanities and Technology

Posted by Ajman University on May 8, 2020 6:08:09 PM

Four unique and distinct professors from AU's College of Humanities and Sciences have found ways to ensure that the human touch isn't lost in high-tech course delivery. Although each have different areas of expertise, all four teachers share a mission – and a passion – for preparing students to be problem solvers in the new world.


Dr. Samir Hadid, Professor, says that racing into the digital age has already greatly enhanced learning. "It is a pioneering field of flexible learning," he explains. "I've found it to be a successful platform empowering inter-professional education."

 


After two months of remote course delivery, Dr. Salah Gad, an Associate Professor and Head of the Sociology Department, offers an astute observation: "The virtual educational world that has turned into a real world."

 


Dr. Abd Al Karim Haj Ismail, Assistant Professor, says the key to AU’s success is that “students and faculty dealt with the situation by leveraging their creativity and flexibility.” He believes the future will combine the best of both online and in-person worlds. And he's looking forward to a time when these two ways will work as one.

 


Dr. Enaam Youssef​, Assistant Professor, says the two most important tools in her online courses have been human interaction and discussion – especially since she teaches classes related to "monitoring and analyzing social reality and crisis management." Even in cyberspace, her students were able to explore these timely concepts together. 

 

Topics: Ajman University, Online Learning, College of Humanities and Sciences

Entering a New Era of Higher Education

Posted by Ajman University on Apr 24, 2020 10:56:44 PM
Dr. Dalia Bedewy is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in AU’s College of Humanities and Sciences. Her experience thus far with online teaching has been eye-opening. She believes the future of teaching and learning will be more comprehensive thanks to online models and portals.

For her recent midterm assessments, Dr. Dalia gave students a case study to evaluate for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Not only did the students find it less stressful than a traditional exam, but they also found it to be more engaging and robust. “They had to dig deeper into every topic in the course to be able to provide a scientific answer,” she explains. “I further required that they use the online tools associated with the course so they'd have a command of the learning environment as well as the subject matter.”

In her capacity as the Manager of AU’s Student Counseling Unit, Dr. Dalia has created  three YouTube videos on the topic of “Making Mental Health Happen.”  Click links below for her experise in action:

  1. Five tips for mental wellbeing.
  2. Five tips for staying motivated.
  3. Social distance – not social isolation.

Topics: Ajman University, Online Learning, College of Humanities and Sciences

Essential Tools: Collaboration, Imagination, Communication

Posted by Ajman University on Mar 30, 2020 12:55:06 PM

Dr. Bilal ClassDr. Bilal Ibrahim is the Head of the Department of Foreign Languages in AU’s College of Humanities and Sciences. Prior to commencing online courses, he was concerned that levels of class engagement might diminish. 

As it turns out, student interaction remains high and even deeper levels of thinking are being reached. Dr. Bilal maximizes involvement through constant questions, virtual forums, student-led presentations, discussion groups, and social media.

Collaboration is key, he says. It's also important to continuously solicit feedback about what is working well – and what could be better. 

If we as faculty try to stretch our imaginations even further, we can give students more opportunities to colloaborate and engage. By so doing, we enable them to take charge of their learning.

– Dr. Bilal Ibrahim, Associate Professor

 

Topics: Ajman University, Online Learning, College of Humanities and Sciences