Introduction to Blackboard and its Application to Master Students

Dr. Mohamed Makkawi, Assistant Professor at Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and department representative of E-Learning unit delivered an introductory lecture to the newly admitted master students in Clinical Laboratory Sciences on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 10:00 am at E-Learning Lab (C/3/113). Dr. Makkawi explained the basic facilities available on the blackboard and how students can use it for their academic purpose. He focused on Start here, announcement, lectures, assignments, quizes, discussion, grade centre and tools on the blackboard. At the end of session Dr. Makkawi explained to the students that how they can access quality research paper from Saudi Digital Library (SDL) through King Khalid University website. 

In  2019 King Khaled University has been achieving a lot in various fields, administrative, academic and education, besides the Social responsibility, educational environment and Women's empowerment. The university achievements coincides  the university's vision, mission and goals, including efficiency of the administrative system, Development of the university Organizational structure to reach the  performance efficiency and innovate number of administrative units As well as reorganizing the linkage of some parties in order to Promote development and inclusiveness. In the quality of academic programs, 9programs were accredited by ABET and by National Center for Academic Accreditation and Assessment, In addition to preparing 14 academic programs for accreditation, the development of 87 academic programs in postgraduate  studies and BA degree within the university project "Wakeb", moreover opening 3 new  PhD programs, 4 higher diploma programs, 7 master's programs, and a Bachelor program, in addition to creating 11 accredited and classified diplomas and  the Authorization of 321 scientific research. Furthermore, in the globalization of education and  scientific research, 1158 scholarship students from 65 countries has been taught. Sign  8 International  cooperation contract with international universities . Establishing 39 scientific conferences and symposia. The percentage of published researche increased upto 70% in contrast to 2018 with 2707 researches. The percentage of scientific references increased up to 50% in contrast to  2018 with 7588 reference.    In YouTube's Open Courses channel 20 courses has published with More than 200 thousand subscribers from all over the world.   KKU Climbed to higher levels with the new decisions and development. ​​And in the social responsibility, 351 activities were presented to serve the local community with more than 48260  Beneficiary, also contributing to local development through 67 research and consulting studies and 63 agreements and partnerships with the government and the private sector, furthermore raise the contribution in blood drive for Decisive Storm in Southern border With more than 200 contributor from university employees. In The educational environment, KKU Speeding up the completion of the university city project in Al-Qara'a through the establishment of a special housing office, and the appointment of a general supervisor preparing for the gradual transition , And the completion of the buildings of Science and Arts college in Mahayel and Meajardh  bwsides the University administration building in Tehama , in addition to, recommendation to approve the establishment of a new college in Al-Harjah. In Human resource, KKU held 248 training courses benefited 5,520 academics and administrators in general and specialized skills, and finishing the strategic planning initiative for the professional development of faculty members to lead development inside and outside the university, in addition to appointing 177  Saudi academic staff and 13 from families of martyrs of duty. And in The internship, The university has trained 163 students from all disciplines internationally, in United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. To meet Saudi 2030 vision KKU Building human capacities, empowering women And increasing the awareness of future skills And to create safe and health environment; The University presented sports activities , events, and awareness and health programs for the university's students, academics, and administrators including : walking events, blood drive, the  initiative of eliminate visual distortion  And provided more than 95867 medical services, benefiting 22435. To enhance earning through activities, the university  innovated 4students club and presented 92activities in addition to 25students participated in international conferences and competitions, They received 25 awards. And the great attention was for digital transition including  the development of online education platforms : "kku now" platform and "kkux" reinforcing by seminars and "mooc" programs on artificial intelligence, , Entrepreneurship, Design, Programming, Chinese Language, Cyber ​​Security, etc., and 26 thousand beneficiaries of the university’s platforms from different countries of the world, in addition to innovated a 50 electronic services including: Create a game club and its apps, programing club, Establish a "Twaik" camp to teach children programming, Providing more than 50 training hours to develop and program electronic games, 1600  beneficiary From games development programs and courses. The university involved women in decision-making through chairmanship most administrative and scientific committees, in addition to appointing her in leadership positions, complete administrative leaders women preparation  , through 8 programs with  55 female leaders.
To help King Khalid University accelerate digital transformation, iT HUB, a platform built to better meet internal stakeholder needs by leveraging technology and data, was recently launched by the Digital Transformation and Quality Initiative Unit to allow for greater agility across the university. CIO, Dr. Mohammed Alsaqer, explained that iT HUB is a flexible governance model that supports a rapid flow of information, experimentation, and iteration, noting that teams will operate as a network instead of the traditional hierarchy. CIO Alsaqer further explained that iT HUB aims to raise the efficiency of work and accelerate the adoption of digital transformation. By utilizing data in the digital ecosystem hosted by iT HUB, actionable intelligence will a cornerstone of digital strategy development. Overall efficiency in using new technologies and data to uncover new possibilities will be a common occurrence, leading to a shift from traditional a traditional university administration to a 'smart' university that applies 'disruptive' technological innovation in higher education. A series of tech challenges were held, leading to iT HUB. In brief, it started with the Electronic Communication Challenge, which aimed to create innovative ways to accelerate the communication process between university members, the Service Challenge to improve the quality of the myKKU and mySITE electronic services, the Digital Marketing Challenge that aimed to virtually highlight the university's long-standing record of accomplishment, and the University Environment Challenge that required the adaptation of technology in creating an environment suitable for people of determination. The challenges consisted of a number of stages, first of which, is the 30 to 45-day idea stage where participants provide initial solutions to the challenges. This is followed by the sorting solutions and nomination 3-day stage to build the prototype. Towards the end is the presentation and award stage whereafter the projects are carried out by iT. Of noteworthy mention, the proposed technologies for solutions are data use and analysis, artificial intelligence applications, gaming and virtual reality applications, IoT (internet of things) devices, social networking application, 3D printing, modern technologies in 5G communications, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and e-learning platforms.
On behalf of His Excellency the president of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Raja Allah Al-Selami, the Vice President for Educational and Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad bin Mohammed bin Dajam, on Monday morning, sponsored the celebration of the University represented by the Department of Radiological Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Abha, World Radiology Day. At the headquarters of the university city in Abha. Immediately after the arrival of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Academic Affairs at the ceremony, he was briefed on the accompanying exhibition. After the tour, the speech began to celebrate the speech of the general supervisor of the World Radiology Day. Chairman of the Department of Radiological Sciences, followed by a session entitled "It could be a game changer" presented by Dr. Mohammed Al-Qahtani, as well as the celebration included a speech by the Vice President for Educational and Academic Affairs Including enjoys the activities and events of the university support and great interest from the Rector.  At the end of the celebration, the initiative of the "Radiation" Award for innovation and research excellence was launched. The annual scientific day initiative was launched for the bachelor students scientific day undergraduate. At the Saudi German Hospital (Sponsor of Celebration), Al-Ghad International College, Asir Health Affairs Department, Asir Central Hospital, Khamis Mushayt Hospital, University Medical City, and Media Center.
Dr. Mohamed Makkawi, Assistant Professor at Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and department representative of E-Learning unit delivered an introductory lecture to the newly admitted master students in Clinical Laboratory Sciences on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 10:00 am at E-Learning Lab (C/3/113). Dr. Makkawi explained the basic facilities available on the blackboard and how students can use it for their academic purpose. He focused on Start here, announcement, lectures, assignments, quizes, discussion, grade centre and tools on the blackboard. At the end of session Dr. Makkawi explained to the students that how they can access quality research paper from Saudi Digital Library (SDL) through King Khalid University website.