First-ever Online Orientation Workshop for the Faculty Members held at IUB
Being one of the pioneers of online teaching, Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) organized the first-ever Online Orientation Workshop for its faculty members from June 28-29, 2020. More than 500 fulltime and adjunct faculty members took part in the Workshop where the theme was, ‘Learning and Teaching Online’. The event was inaugurated by Prof. Milan Pagon, Vice Chancellor (Acting), IUB.
This two-day Workshop was initiated by the Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) in collaboration with the Center for Pedagogy and Central Information Technology Services (CITS) at IUB. The initiative was very unique in its kind; by using the state-of-the-art facilities and technical equipment, which were made available to IUB classrooms, this Workshop successfully accommodated the new normal situation sprouted due to Covid-19 pandemic. The Workshop covered numerous objectives including technical and connectivity aspects, pedagogy of online teaching, context and reality of online teaching, delivery and code of conduct, and online assessment. An extensive question-answer session followed each of the discussions with the active participation by the distinguished participants. The resource persons were all IUB personnel, Prof. Sarwar Uddin Ahmed and Obydullah Al Marjuk from IQAC, Prof. Imtiaz A Hussain from Center for Pedagogy and Syed Mahfuz Ahmed and his team from CITS.
Earlier Prof. Milan Pagon discussed the challenges and opportunities of higher education in the new normal settings by inspiring and motivating the faculty members and Prof. Sarwar Uddin Ahmed welcomed the participants. The Workshop unveiled a new horizon of opportunities in learning and teaching, if realized, IUB can be a path-breaking institution at the advent of online teaching in the higher education sector in Bangladesh.