UGC Builds Capacity on Online and Blended Learning

Prof. Dr. Kazi Shahidullah, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) and Prof. Dr. Madhu Parhar, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Center for Asia (CEMCA) during the online and blended learning workshop

University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) organized the Online and Blended learning Workshop Inaugural session (on Virtual Platform) entitled “Capacity Building Programme on Online and Blended Learning in Higher Education at Bangladesh,” which was held on 23 September 2021, Thursday at 10:30 AM. The session was presided over by Prof. Dr. Kazi Shahidullah, the UGC Chairman. UGC Members Prof. Dr. Md. Sazzad Hossain, Prof. Dr. Abu Taher and Dr. Ferdous Zaman were also present in the inaugural session. The international and local dignitaries as well as the workshop facilitators included Prof. Dr. Madhu Parhar, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Center for Asia (CEMCA); Dr. Manas Ranjan Panigrahi, Senior Program Officer, CEMCA; Prof. Mostafa Azad Kamal, Treasurer and Dean, School of Business, Bangladesh Open University; Mr. Purandar Sengupta, Master trainer and Mentor Designer and Facilitator of learning programs, CEMCA; and Dr. Shaunak Roy, Resource Person and National Trainer, CEMCA. CEMCA organized the said workshop (20 days via asynchronous mode and six days via synchronous mode). About 500 participants from 20 public and private universities in the country joined the workshop. Target participants include teachers from the fields of Science and Technology, Finance and Business, Social Science, and Arts and Humanities. The workshop also puts together senior faculty members, deans, chairpersons, department heads, chief librarians, ICT directors, and IQAC Directors. The workshop sessions revolved around the following questions:
* How to develop a blended learning module in your university?
* What are the various ICT tools that can be used in a class?
* What learning models and taxonomies are applicable in in blended learning?
* How to conduct evaluation and assessments in the blended learning context?
Dr. Jude William Genilo, Director of IQAC along with other faculty members and officers of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) participated in the sessions.