AIOU Students Speak out on Lecture Series with SJSU

In October with the help of web- based tools, San Jose State University  [S.J.S.U.]  and Allama Iqbal Open University [AIOU] held a three day lecture series.  Three AIOU students were asked about their experiences in participating in the lecture series and their responses can be seen below.

Ms. Salima Begum, PhD Scholar, Faculty of Education, AIOU.

1)    What does it mean to you to be able to speak with people in a different country about the areas you are studying? 

Education is an opportunity to explore experiences of people working in different countries. In the context of teaching and learning, interacting with education professionals across the globe is critical to learning from each other experiences, system and practices. Classroom assessment, particularly formative assessment is an emerging need of Pakistani classroom. As classroom teachers, teacher educator, I found that assessment in Pakistan is not aligned with teaching/learning process. Therefore, interacting with people of other countries is learning opportunity through sharing experiences and research. The sessions organized by Dr. Zahid Majeed in the collaboration with San Jose State University, USA were extremely important to learn and sharing experience of US scholars/experts. The session on “E-Assessment and Student Learning Outcomes” led by Professor Bobbi Makani and supported by Dr. Zahid Majeed was worth appreciating. I learnt different aspects of assessment with reference to e-learning and also using technology in assessing eLearning programs. One of the significant aspects of the session was use of rubric in assessment. The sessions also broaden my horizon and enabled me to think out of box to study different dimension of assessment and e-learning. The session conducted by Mark Adams was also eye opener for us as we were oriented about eCampus by the presenter.

2) In 2-4 sentences can you tell us about something that really impacted you positively that one of the SJSU faculty shared with you? 

There were many aspects of the session that were noteworthy learning opportunities, but the using rubric in assessment, eCampus and social inclusion were something new that contributed significantly in improving my understanding of eLearning. Using rubric in assessment both, formative and summative provide robust evidence of students learning and performance. The enthusiasm and commitment of Mark Adams, Minna Holopainen, Brockmann and Dr. Bobbi towards learning and acquiring new knowledge was inspiring for me and it helped me to devise my vision for my studies and my professional development. It was very fruitful to learn new learning strategies as a PhD scholar.

Mr. Muhammad Bashir, PhD Scholar, AIOU

1)      What does it mean to you to be able to speak with people in a different country about the areas you are studying? 

It means alot to me as its always great to hear from someone who is from other culture and academic background. The experience was great because it provided me an opportunity to hear a different perspective about eLearning. The online engagement with a foreign Professor has improved my understanding about eLearning. The interaction helped me to learn a different view point by a person who is not from our educational system. In this globalized world, it is very important to learn perspectives from multiple people and improve our worldview about different educational and professional issues. Overall, it was a great experience and it will help me my academics and professional duties.

2) In 2-4 sentences can you tell us about something that really impacted you positively that one of the SJSU faculty shared with you? 

Although all the lectures and interactions were very informative and useful but there were two major things that really impacted me positively:

  1.  The global perspective on eLearning helped me to improve my basic ideas about the eLearning. Now, I can see things in international perspective and my vision is broader as the result of my interaction with a SJSU faculty.
  2. Secondly, I saw the integration of technology in education, that was really impacted me at personal level. eAssessment, COIL, eCampus and Social inclusions really appreciable discussions and interactions with all the Professors.

Mr. Abd ul Qayyum, PhD Scholar, Faculty of Education, AIOU.

1) What does it mean to you to have to speak with people in a different country about the areas you are studying? 

It is always a learning experience while talking with people of different areas, cultures and religions. It provides an opportunity to make innovations in our existing knowledge.

2) In 2-4 sentences can you tell us about something that really impacted you positively that one of the SJSU faculty shared with you? 

It was life time opportunity to interact with SJSU professors. I have learnt a lot about eLearning. I learned alot from the thought provoking ideas of the SJSU faculty professors. Thank especially to Professor Zahid Majeed Sahib who made it possible.

Thanks to

Professor Mark Adams, Professor Bettina BrockMann, Professor ishan, Professor Bobbi Makani, Professor Mina, and professor Zahid Majeed for the precious lectures.

 

 

 

 

 

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