ELI has received the
KAU President Excellence and Creativity in e-Learning Award. The KAU
President, Prof. Abdulrahman Al-Youbi, handed the award to the ELI Dean, Dr.
Abdullah Al-Bargi, during a ceremony held at King Fahad
Center for Medical Research on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
This award is
presented annually in three categories: the Digital Courses
Category, awarded to faculty members for the best digital course; the
Academic Department Category, awarded to academic departments for
excellence in applying e-learning practices; and the Colleges Category, awarded
to colleges and institutes for excellence in activating e-learning tools via
the e-Learning Management System (LMS) “Blackboard”.
The Award criteria
include the quality of digital course design such as: availability of course
description and its alignment with the its particular program, ease of
navigation using the course menu, and clear grade distribution. The Award Jury
also takes into account the following indicators: Number of e-courses activated
in the system, number of faculty members who attended the training courses
provided by the Deanship of e-learning and Distance Education, the number of
question banks for e-courses offered by the academic departments
and colleges via Questionmark or Blackboard LMSs, and the
dissemination of e-learning culture among college faculty members and students.
This year, ELI has
adopted the use of e-learning through Blackboard in its Preparatory Year
English Language Program courses in order to improve the quality of the
program's educational outputs.
According to current
research, e-learning applications are highly beneficial in foreign language
learning and teaching since they create a platform for students and teachers to
interact in a context with no boundaries of time and distance. The main
advantage of e-learning is that it increases the engagement, attendance, and
motivation of students which are requisites for learning. Moreover, they
provide teachers and students with creative and practical ideas that help them
achieve student learning outcomes.
ELI has made hugely
significant progress in recent years on many fronts and would like to thank the
KAU President for his unwavering support.
ELI truly thanks His
Excellency for honoring this ceremony with his presence and for his exemplary
leadership and example to us all here at KAU.