Technology Platforms & Support

Learning Management System: Canvas

From August 01, 2020, Habib University migrated to Canvas, replacing Sakai. Canvas includes a rich variety of built-in course construction and management tools that can be customized to create unique and accessible teaching and learning experiences. Instructional designers and instructors may create and share course content using Assignments, Discussions, Modules, Quizzes, and Pages. They may also choose to foster a collaborative learning experience using Collaborations, Conferences, and Groups. Depending on course settings, students can access these areas in Canvas to find learning materials and interact with other course users.

Note: Course sites on the previous LMS, Sakai will be accessible up till December 2020.

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Video Management System: Panopto

To provide a more seamless, user-friendly and comprehensive video recording, editing, management and sharing experience, Habib University acquired the Video Management Platform, Panopto. It enables faculty to centrally manage their recorded lectures, and is integrated with Zoom. With Panopto, faculty can now easily create videos, automatically generate captions, add assessments inside the videos and have a very powerful search engine within the videos making video search and management very easy. All of these features are available on both desktop and mobile platforms. Panopto is thus the primary tool faculty use for the creation and curation of asynchronous video content. Students can also use Panopto to record their own video presentations. Panopto is excellent for managing all media assets. It is a secure and searchable video platform, and is integrated with both Zoom and our LMS (Canvas).

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Campus Enterprise Management System (EMS): PeopleSoft

HU uses Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Management Solutions, which has been designed specifically for higher education institutions. Faculty can automate course enrolment, record grades and attendance, and monitor student progress and academic advisement.

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Video Conferencing System: Zoom

Habib University has acquired an institutional license for Zoom, which enables faculty to teach in remote and blended teaching environments. Zoom video and web conferencing allows up to 300 participants to simultaneously collaborate over the Internet and offers faculty many options for collaboration and engagements, including: HD audio and video, screen sharing, whiteboards, annotation, breakout rooms, in-meeting chat, etc.

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Using Turnitin

Turnitin is a useful tool to help faculty and students develop and evaluate written scholarship. It estimates the originality of written work so students can properly reference source material. The tool generates a “similarity report” by comparing an uploaded paper to a database of web pages, articles, books, and other uploaded files. When similarities exist, the tool highlights sections of the uploaded paper and displays the original source. The report provides an opportunity for constructive conversations about properly referencing sources.

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Introduction to CPE – 110

In order to help the faculty better understand the new platforms, Canvas; Panopto; and Zoom, Habib University offers a comprehensive training for each. The shift to these new platforms requires an extraordinary amount of effort from faculty. There is a learning curve, and we face many questions as we continue to teach using these new platforms. The CPE-110 course is designed to introduce the various features of the new platforms and to guide faculty members through this learning process.

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Faculty Support

For all IT related concerns: Service Desk

The service desk is the central point of contact to HU community for their queries and issues pertaining to the IT facilities provided by the institution. The desk receives, processes, and responds to service requests calls during business hours.

For academic and administration related concerns: Faculty Support

  • Contact Person: Mr. Alidad Shah, Manager Faculty Administrative Services
  • Extension: 6731
  • Email: support@habib.edu.pk

For quick advice (academic, pedagogical, technological): HU Faculty Support (MS Teams)