AUAF Participates at E-learning Conference on "Nurturing Avenues in Quality Enhancement" in Herat
On October 17 & 18 2015, American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) delegates, Dr. Mark English, the University President , Dr. Sharif Fayez, the University Founder, Dr. Maryam Qudrat, Second Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Edress Kakar, Development Officer, attended an e-learning conference in Herat. After the first successful E-learning conference in Kabul, hosted by AUAF on August 2nd, 2015, in partnership with Ministry of Higher Education and Presidential Palace, the second conference on E-learning with the theme Nurturing Avenues in Quality Enhancement was held at Herat University.
The main agenda of the conference was to plan the implementation of e-learning in higher education sector of Afghanistan and to review the newly adopted national e-learning policy. The conference was attended by Chief Education Advisor to President Ghani, Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, officials from the Ministry if Higher Education (MoHE), The World Bank, other public and private universities' officials and Professors and guests from across Afghanistan.
In his speech at the first day of the conference, Dr. English expressed his delight for having AUAF as part of the e-learning conferences. “This conference is a continuing of the e-learning initiative and it is my hope to not only talk on the challenges but on creative opportunities as well”.
Dr. Qudrat delivered a comprehensive presentation on different models of blended learning with statistics from regional countries.
“E-learning can be used as a model for standardization of classes across Afghanistan”. she said.
Dr. Qayoumi, who brought the e-learning initiative into discussion at the national level, during his speech, promised all possible support for the e-learning education.
“We will sit with MoHE officials to assess all the needs and then the assessments will be presented to the government for the support of all universities," said Dr. Qayoumi.
MoHE proposed to launch E-learning education at major universities at the initial step and then gradually expand the initiative to other universities and higher education institutions across the country.
Following the first day of the conference, three working groups were formed to work on evaluation of the E-infrastructure , and teaching capacity of universities for introducing e-learning, and to draft the action plans for the universities based on their status. These working groups comprised of different university representatives and professors , who will work to evaluate the current status, needs, and recommendations of their respective universities.