Design & Training on Portable Video Conferencing Toolkits & Online Applications for Higher Education
It was an exciting day when Md Saifuddin Khalid, Associate Professor of the Technical University of Denmark, learned that the project application he spearheaded –to design and implement portable video conferencing toolkits and training modules for and with professor, classroom, and student from the West and in and outside the Middle East was awarded the prestigious Erasmus+ grant.
“Higher education teaching contexts involve various teaching scenarios. ‘Chalk and talk’ in mathematics and engineering, design studios in architecture and UX design class, and nanotechnology or mechanical engineering laboratories are significantly different teaching scenarios”
Khalid explains referring to the challenge of bridging the current face-to-face classroom, with its rich multi-modal interactive learning environment onto a digitally supported hybrid context, where the same video conferencing set of resources can be used from home, office room, classroom, or elsewhere.
Mending the gap between face-to-face and virtual learning
In order to mend the gap between face-to-face and virtual learning experience to as many students as possible, Khalid and his team from DTU has partnered with 8 institutions and organizations - four from Europe and four from Asia.
- Aix-Marseille University, France
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
- EdTech Denmark, Denmark
- An-Najah National University, Palestine
- Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand
- Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia
- University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Bangladesh
It’s all about creating a network between those who can shape knowledge, conduct useful research, and engage academics, e-learning consultants, IT support and teacher trainers, students, and national higher education policymakers among the participating institutions and countries.
Support from a powerful and flexible eLearning platform
For the dissemination of the learning resources sustainably, a digital ally that can provide a powerful and flexible eLearning platform was necessary. Previously, Khalid relied on open source eLearning platforms for similar-size projects but we needed a local partner to support with a strong platform. We found uQualio the right partner:
“I needed to go from open source to somewhere in the process where I could outsource my efforts.”
uQualio is a useful partner because of its platform designed for both uploading of learning material, its integral flexibility with other video platforms such as Zoom, and its focus on micro-learning.
uQualio has committed itself to provide hosting and access to the 10 modules that will constitute the digital training environment for this ambitious project and continued available after the project period. Furthermore, uQualio will aid the leading organizations in terms of design and technical support.
uQualio is excited, to say the least, to be a part of this journey. A project that will start from February 22, 2022, but the crude foundation of it has already been established.