As a result of the lockdown imposed by the government in March 2020 all educational institutions were required to suspend their classes. The lockdown happened after five weeks of classes of ZCOMS’ spring 2020 semester. ZCOMS promptly responded to the situation by implementing an online learning program in order to avoid delays in students’ education.
With the support from the IT department, ZCOMS planned for the online classes for the remaining semester. All the faculty members were consulted in the process to ensure best possible teaching and assessment methods for achieving desired learning outcomes. The classes, assessments and term projects were all carried out online using latest technology and e-learning platforms were necessary support to the students and faculty was provided by the university as and when required. With support and cooperation from faculty and students, ZCOMS managed to finish the spring 2020 semester on time as had been scheduled in the academic calendar.
To ensure further improvement in the quality of online education, Ziauddin University has collaborated with some of the world’s leading online education platforms such as edEx and Coursera where ZU teachers and students can enroll in hundreds of courses free of cost. All teachers are encouraged to get certification in online teaching in order to understand current international trends in e-learning and become better equipped to teach online, should this pandemic situation prevail in future semesters.
The following faculty at ZCOMS has completed their training in the following courses: