Government College University
Following the coronavirus outbreak, all academic departments of Lahore Government College University (GCU) have quickly turned to virtual teaching for all degree students.
In addition to ensuring that the newly formed IT department ensures the necessary training and faculty training, the chair is required to host all online courses, digital lecture notes, and recorded audio and video lectures.
The principal, Dr Asghar Zaidi, has also set up a WhatsApp group with all the chairmen and provosts to regularly monitor the progress of virtual teaching.
Professor Zaidi said in a speech on Wednesday that the abnormal situation caused by COVID-19 poses additional challenges for all communities and they need to adapt and adopt extraordinary innovative approaches to meet these challenges.
He said that most sectors of the GCU (including history, sports, botany, environmental science, Urdu, sociology, political science, business and finance, and English, etc.) have switched to virtual teaching, and some sectors such as physics are now processing.
He said that in addition to GC University’s Learning Management System (GCU-LMS), various departments also use a variety of different off-the-shelf Android / IOS / Windows applications such as Zoom, Skype, Google Classroom, Instagram live, email, WhatsApp Groups, lectures, and another virtual teaching.
Professor Zaidi acknowledges that some departments, such as the art department, face more challenges because 70% of their teaching is practical and studio-based, but they will also provide students with homework.
He instructed all department heads to maintain virtual participation and find innovative ways to teach and train. Misconceptions about student and faculty leave should be eliminated.
He added: “When the GCU campus reopens, we will take additional measures to meet the rest of the course requirements.” For those returning to remote areas where Internet connectivity is a problem, additional measures have been taken.
The principal, Professor Zaidi, said the university would consider reimbursing at least those faculty and students in remote areas that may need new online courses to pay for the Internet. He concluded, “But students who have the resources they need must not look for excuses to escape their studies.”
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