Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

Excellence in the Development of E-Courses: Third Edition


- 2020/10/14

First Category: Excellence in the Development of E-Courses

Overview:

This category of the award enables a staff member to participate in an electronic course that is uploaded to the university's e-learning portal (Blackboard Learning System).

Special terms:

  • The programs and tools needed to browse all course objects should be stated.
  • The participant has not previously received support or financial reward regarding the course nominated for the award.
  • The course should be installed on the Blackboard E-learning System and the content should be verified.
  • To be nominated for the award, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Rationale of refereeing the rating of participating electronic courses:

  • Listing the courses nominated by the main committee.
  • Exclusion of courses that do not meet the specified criteria.
  • Determining the final list of candidate courses that meet the criteria and conditions.
  • Forming two jury sub-committees out of the main committee, each consisting of three members "based on consultation and agreement between members on the two committees' criteria."
  • Distribution of nominated courses to the two sub-committees.
  • Each jury shall referee the candidate courses independently within the tripartite committee based on the timetable to be agreed upon.
  • Applying each sub-criterion to the course and giving deserved evaluation points based on the evidence and indicators or proof that indicate their availability, provided that the criterion is either fulfilled "yes", in which case full points will be given, or not applicable "no", in which case zero points will be given.
  • The "deserved points" are calculated in full for each criterion, if all three referees or two of them agree that the criterion have been met.
  • The "deserved points" are calculated as zero in each criterion, if all three referees or two of them agree that the criteria have not been met.
  • Referees should discuss each course in detail and apply each sub-criterion separately.
  • The total score of the assessment points for each candidate course should be calculated.
  • Writing the necessary recommendations and notes by the committee.
  • Sorting courses according to the results of refereeing.
  • Deliberations and approval of the recommendations and the winning courses by the main committee.

Refereeing criteria and points:

S/N

General Criteria

Sub-Criteria

Points

1.1

Course overview, description and presentation

The presence of instructions for the course clarifying the method of starting the course, and how to access its components.

3

1.2

Introduce learners to the goal of the course and its components (structure) through course description. "Syllabus"

3

1.3

Clarity of rules for use of electronic communication tools (direct discussions, email, forums... etc.).

2

1.4

Stating the university's general policies, or the college policies related to the course that the learner should adhere to, or providing a link to them.

2

1.5

Setting minimum technological requirements, and clear instructions for its use.

2

1.6

Stating the prior knowledge required for the course, and any necessary competencies needed by the learner for this syllabus.

1

2.1

Learning objectives (competencies)

Course objectives (or competencies) should describe the educational outcomes in a measurable manner.

3

2.2

The objectives of each educational module should be linked to measurable learning outcomes and be consistent with the overall objectives of the course.

3

2.3

The formulation of educational objectives (or competencies) should be clearly directed to the student.

3

2.4

The relationship between educational objectives (or competencies) and course activities should be be clear.

3

2.5

The design of educational objectives (or competencies) should be consistent with the level of the course.

3

3.1

Evaluation and measurement

The evaluation of the specific educational objectives of the course (or competencies) should be clear.

3

3.2

The grading system marks should be clearly stated at the beginning of the course.

3

3.3

There are clearly defined criteria for evaluating students' work and participation, and they are linked to the grading policy.

3

3.4

Selected evaluation tools are specific, gradual, varied, and suitable for students' work that needs to be evaluated.

2

3.5

Providing learners with diverse opportunities to measure and track their scientific progress.

2

4.1

Educational materials

The materials contribute to achieving the learning objectives of the educational models in particular, and the course in general.

3

4.2

Clarity of purpose of the course materials with an explanation of how to use them in learning activities.

3

4.3

The course provides for the academic integrity expected of students by providing them with references, and the license to use educational materials.

2

4.4

Educational materials are ready, updated, and relevant to the field of specialization.

2

4.5

The course materials should be varied.

2

5.1

Activities and learner interaction

Learning activities stimulate the achievement of the learning objectives (or competencies) predetermined in the course.

3

5.2

Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction in a manner that supports active learning.

3

6.1

Course technology "technical aspect"

The tools and media used in the course support the learning objectives (or competencies) of the course.

3

6.2

Course tools and media encourage the active participation of the student and guide him / her to be an active learner.

3

6.3

The course uses diverse techniques.

For example, Connect Yard Technologies, Media Site, BB Collaborate Ultra

1

7.1

Learner support

The course should include instructions or a link to the available technical support, and how to access it.

3

7.2

The course instructions clearly state the sources and services of academic support for students, and how to use them for enhanced success.

3

8.1

Easy access and use

Course is easy to use.

3

8.2

The course design facilitates reading clearly, and reduces distraction when browsing.

3

8.3

The course is provided with alternative means of accessing course materials in formats that meet the diversity of learners.

For example, using the tool "Blackboard Ally."

3

8.5

Multimedia embedded in the course should be easy to use.

2

 

Members of the jury:

S/N

Name

Job title

Role

 

Dr. Hasan Al-Sabbagh

Head of the Department of Digital Production

Chairman

 

Dr. Mundhir Hamzawy

Head of the Training Department

Member

 

Dr. Walid Al-Sijini

Academic adviser

Member

 

Eng. Muhammad Nabil Khidr

Senior instruction designer and course development project coordinator

Member

 

Eng. Iyad Al-Badir.

Graphic designer, Department of Digital Production

Member

 

Eng. Muhammad Al-Shimi

Instructional designer Department of Digital Production

Member

 

 

Timelines for the Excellence Award in the Development of E-Courses

Awards:

First place

Golden e-learning course

financial

Golden Shield of Excellence

Second place

Silver e-learning course

financial

Silver Shield of Excellence

Third place

Bronze e-learning course

financial

Bronze Shield of Excellence

 

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