The Center for Pedagogical Excellence at Habib University spends a considerable amount of time researching best practices for teaching; in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, CPE did not halt this this mission. CPE has done extensive research on the best practices around online teaching and have compiled the findings into comprehensive guides available below;

Recording, Uploading and Sharing Lectures

One of the challenges students face with online learning is we are not physically present all the time to communicate information so it becomes really important to give clear instructions and also reiterate where students can find course related material. This information should be in your course syllabi; restated in the first lecture and reinforced through weekly announcements on Canvas to your class. In a way this also establishes a communication link with students and a check in to establish a connection with them. Please use the guide below to for details;

Recording, Uploading and Sharing Lectures 

Uploading and Sharing Course Material

The Office of Information Technology supports faculty in utilizing Canvas for teaching face-to-face, online or HyFlex classes: the IT staff administers the LMS, manages user accounts, develops course sites, and provides technical support to the Habib community. For assistance, please contact IT at: faculty.support@habib.edu.pk

All faculty at Habib University are expected to use the designated institutional LMS, Canvas, as their primary online teaching and management platform, regardless of the modality in which the course is offered. Faculty are required to share all course resources and materials that best support student learning with their students through Canvas– it is the easiest, most accessible, least expensive and environmentally friendly way to distribute course material. For ALL courses, online, face-to-face and HyFlex courses, resource materials are expected to be placed on the LMS and should include relevant course packs, textbooks, handouts, readings, videos, etc.

Intellectual Property and Consent

Lecture recordings are provided for the personal use of students for educational purposes only. Recordings and parts of recordings may not be redistributed, shared, edited or re-used. For clarification, redistribution, which is prohibited, includes sending a copy to another person by email and adding it to a website / social media website (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter). Misuse of lecture recordings will be treated as misconduct and will be handled as a disciplinary matter. For a detailed guide, please use the link below;

Intellectual Property and Consent

Measuring Student Engagement Level (SEL)

The success of any online learning is closely tied to the level of a student’s engagement with the course. Online learning offers amazing new tools that can enhance the pedagogical experience. However, humans are programmed for direct personal contact, so it’s very easy for us to become alienated from and tune out of online learning unless we feel genuinely engaged. This is why MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have such poor completion rates. Hundreds of thousands may start the MOOC, but few will finish it, because they don’t feel connected to the course. Therefore, successful online educators invest a lot of time and thought into how to engage their students in fun and meaningful ways. Instructors also need to hold students accountable. For a detailed guide for student engagement level, please visit the link below;

Measuring Student Engagement Level (SEL) 

Office Hours

Office hours are an important component of any course. As we pivot to facilitating student learning online, we also need to shift how we think about planning for and implementing office hours. While in-person office hours may be ideal, online courses (and current circumstances) may necessitate moving those office hours to a virtual format. Faculty should clearly mention the time, and preferred format of office hours in the course syllabus and preferably on the announcements page of their course sites as well. For more information, please refer to the guide below;

Office Hours 

Course Files and Assessments

As required by the different accrediting councils, a complete and up-to-date record of every course offering at Habib University must be maintained. This includes copies of course syllabi, measurement instruments, examples of excellent, average and poor student work for each measurement and, at the very end, your own personal reflection about what you learned from this semester’s offering of the course by reviewing the samples of student work. These materials will be crucial for all of the University’s accreditation efforts – both within Pakistan and beyond. With online platforms, collecting and managing all of this critical assessment data can be much easier than it was in an exclusively in-person setting.

Files for each course are available on the Faculty Portal and to be used for maintaining these records, unless otherwise advised by your Program Director or Program Coordinator.

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