Completion of ERT handover of responsibilities to academic departments
Completion of more than 14 training workshops for students, faculty, and CBA admins in both Arabic and English languages.
77 of 126 faculty teaching in Spring 2020 have completed Checkin, which represents 61.11%.
1590 from 2966 students complete the Checkin process which represents 53.6% of enrolled students
More than 95% of faculty have successfully participated in departmental meetings using MS Teams.
The following figure shows progress by comparing week 3 to week 1 status of faculty:
Summary of Risk and Challenges Until Week 3
Most common concern is how students will be evaluated if distance learning is implemented:
Note: Given the significant privacy and security risks and the ease to which students can circumvent online proctoring systems, we do not recommend their use when evaluating students. Instead, we forward the following alternatives:
Using pass/fail grades to reduce impact of the current situation, which we hope is temporary, and give students the options to retake courses they pass.
Replacing conventional final exams with other activities that can be used to evaluate students, such as projects, presentations, and discussions whenever possible.
Assign Incomplete grade to students and delay final exams in the hope that the situation improves in the future.
Arrange for conventional exams with social distancing an proper procedures to prevent the spread of viruses among students.
Students with no access to laptops
Technical support for students
Nature of some topics might present a challenge for instructor using distance learning to deliver content
Workaround: Testing broadcasting of lectures from lecture halls
Lack of student participation in voluntary preparation activities or difficulty in reaching them
Incomplete CheckIn Data
Numbers might be slightly larger
Systems achieving goal of enabling faculty monitoring and communication with students
A significant proportion of CBA Admins have no access to computers at home and might require to be in their offices at CBA to perform their duties.
Email domain name confusion, we have:
cba.ku.edu.kw for students
ku.edu.kw for faculty and employees
cba.edu.kw the older CBA doamin that is still operational
How will we deal with incomplete internships
While number of faculty that we cannot reach is low, there should be a plan in place for unified sections where a large number of students can be affected if faculty are not able to continue instruction in August
Teaching assistants have a critical role to play, especially with faculty that have difficulty using MS Teams and they must not be overlooked when planning
They face the same challenges as faculty
Uncertainty given there is no guidance yet on tutorials and labs
Academic department privacy issues related to Checkin
Resolved by showing only results to heads for their department only
Still waiting on guidance on how students should be evaluated from KU
Detailed tracking of faculty preparation is no longer under the control of ERT and results are likely not reliable, will rely on CheckIn system to assess preparedness of CBA
Special needs students will represent a significant challenge in distance learning
A significant number of students are not responsive to our campaigns to prepare for distance learning