Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

52 Thousand Users of the Blackboard System at UQU

After 3 days of the application of the distance learning plan for the UQU male and female students, a total of 52,300 people have used the system, including: 49,731 students, and 2,569 academic staff members. This comes within the university's precautionary plan to continue the educational process, immediately after the Ministry of Education announced the suspension of study.

The Deanship of E-Learning and Distance Education commenced its daily training courses for the academic staff members, and set schedules to train the leaders and administrative staff. The number of those who attended the virtual meetings during the first day of the implementation of the plan amounted to 721 beneficiaries from the university's different deanships and departments.

Time plans were also set to train students on using the e-learning system, including a package of training courses and workshops on the mechanism of presenting the scientific material, distributing the assignments and tests, and ways of receiving and responding to them.

The deanship was very keen to boost the means of communication with the system's beneficiaries, and receive their inquiries via phone calls and personal meetings during office hours. In this regard, the support team provided services for 290 affiliates and students during the first day, and conducted 6 personal meetings for cases needing direct support.

It should be mentioned that, during the past period, the deanship provided a package of training programs for its staff, in collaboration with the Blackboard Company. This was to enable them to activate the e-learning system with high professionalism, in addition to providing training for more than 1271 academic staff members and linking more than 22 thousand courses for the second semester of the current academic year 1440/1441 A.H.