Islamabad—Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has taken a number of initiatives expanding its educational programs abroad, through E-learning and massive open online courses. Some of the initiatives already materialized and other are under process, said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui while presiding over a briefing session on E-learning.
The initiatives materialized include development of responsive website and special portal for overseas students in both Urdu and English languages containing all essential information for their online educational support and establishment of customized Learning Management System (LMS).
The new initiatives, Dr. Shahid Siddiqui said provides a comprehensive learning mode that enables the overseas Pakistanis to enhance their academic profile, taking advantage of the new technology. The AIOU, being the mega educational institution in the public sector is fulfilling its national duty meeting the educational requirements of the Pakistanis living abroad, he added.
The University’s Directorate of Overseas Educational Programs and e-Learning has established Virtual Class Environment with features of text chat, audio-visual chat, multi-format presentation and desktop sharing, new layout manger, multiple document formats for presentation in online lectures as well as Audio/Video chat, screen readers for special students and a better audio configuration setup. The initiatives that are in progress include fee Collection from the Overseas Students through plastic money (Master/Visa/Other debit or credit cards), conduct of Examinations for Overseas Students collaboration with the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education and evaluation of the assignments of overseas students at this Directorate and appointment of Honorary Overseas Coordinators and tutors.