AHAS KIRKHS ensures quality online teaching and learning

By Ariani Mohd Nor

GOMBAK, 28 December 2021: The AbdulHamid AbuSulayman Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (AHAS KIRKHS) considers its ability to overcome challenges of Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning (ERTL) and the current Remote Teaching and Learning (RTL) as a great achievement for the Kulliyyah, according to Assoc. Prof. Datin Dr. Aini Maznina A. Manaf.

She said this when delivering her keynote speech titled “The role of university in managing teaching and learning community post-COVID-19 pandemic: The Experience of IIUM” at the 3rd International Seminar on the Roles of University in Responding to Psychosocial Issues in the Community (ISRUPIC) 2021 today.

Assoc. Prof. Datin Dr. Aini Maznina, who is Deputy Dean (Academic and Internationalisation), said that this is one of the Kulliyyah’s achievements when ERTL started to be implemented in March 2020 following the government’s announcement of the first movement control order (MCO).

“Shifting from physical classroom to the computer was never easy especially during such an unprecedented period,” Dr. Aini added.

However, there have been a lot of efforts taken by the Kulliyyah in order to ensure that both lecturers and students could have teaching and learning session being conducted without sacrificing the quality.

Dr. Aini noted that some of the challenges came from the practicality, reliability, and the validity of online assessments.

The shift from physical classroom to ERTL and RTL requires students to have laptops and a good internet connectivity. Moreover, she added, many lecturers were not familiar with online teaching method and using online teaching tools like the I-Ta’leem which required a fast adaptation to the new technology.

She said there were also rising matters on how online assessments can be reliable and valid as students can easily find ways to cheat and find shortcuts and make learning outcomes difficult to achieve.

“Still, AHAS KIRKHS had tried its best in catering for everyone’s needs, especially during virtual classes where it can be conducted both synchronously and asynchronously.”

One year into the online learning phase, Dr. Aini felt that AHAS KIRKHS has implemented a quality online learning system that best fit for its students and teaching faculty.

Dr. Aini hopes that in the future, the Kulliyyah can improve through the implementation of blended learning and online teaching and learning that is only subjected to students’ readiness.

ISRUPIC has been organised as an academic collaboration activity based on Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Universitas Islam Riau (UIR) and IIUM since 2019.

This is the 3rd ISRUPIC of the Faculty of Psychology, UIR organised together with AHAS KIRKHS, IIUM and this year’s seminar is on the theme “Managing Psychosocial Issues Post-COVID-19 Pandemic.” ***

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