Introduction

In this dynamic era of technology, and with everyday advances in communication, multimedia, digital & mobile applications, The university of Business and Technology has to constantly adapt itself to technological advances and develop and improve its own tools in regards to education. The use of educational technology provides an interactive learning environment for students and faculties all around the world. Saudi Universities compete to provide a beneficial learning experience for their students, and some of them have began implementing distance learning options. Along with the new regulated approach of approving online courses by the ministry of higher education, UBT has to adopt and apply E-learning to enhance the educational experience inside their campuses and outside as well.

 
E-Learning
 

E-learning is described as the use of electronic technologies in learning, teaching and research. It provides a set of different tools to enhance the learning experience, such as LMS (Learning management system), CMS (Content management system), interactive course contents, digital libraries, virtual classrooms, and such. E-learning can be applied in classroom based, instructor lead learning or computer/internet based learning, or both classroom and computer (blended education). 

 
UBT E-learning Vision
 

University of Business and Technology to become the premier leader university of E-learning Education in the region

 
UBT E-learning Mission
 

Develop an e-learning world where learners, teachers and researchers use technology to enhance the overall educational experience both in campus and off campus.

 
UBT E-learning Objectives
 
  • Increase the learning & teaching efficiency and increasing flexibility to adapt the changes in the business environments.
  • Improve students’ learning process by interactivity and boost their interest in learning where simulations, video projects, mobile learning, and such can result in fruitful engagement.
  • Enhance the assessment and evaluation process to evaluate students & faculties effectively in a timely manner.
  • Provide lifelong learning resources for UBT graduates and alumni
  • Extend educational opportunities to those masses missing conventional education because of distance, disabilities, or age.
  • Balance educational opportunities for higher education by distance mode for a big amount of the population, including those in employment and others who wish to upgrade their educational level. 
 
E-learning services at UBT
 

LMS-Moodle

Moodle is the known open source web based learning management system that is used in lots of universities and schools all around the world. It is the main communication link between the instructor and the students. Each registered student will have his/her course listed each academic term in Moodle. Instructors are able to use Moodle to post course materials such as presentations, handouts, projects and they are able to communicate with the students using messages, chat and discussion forums. They can also assess the student using quizzes and assignments and other tools.

TurnitIn

Turnitin is the known leading plagiarism software. It is integrated with Moodle, so both instructors and students use the Turnitin Tool when they login to Moodle. Instructors can use Turnitin to detect plagiarized papers and view the similarities percentage to outside content in the web or other published resources. It can help to detect previously submitted work by previous students in the university or in any other universities. Students also can use Turnitin to submit their assignments and view the similarity report to learn what mistakes they have done.

McGraw-Hill Campus

McGraw-Hill Campus is a Book resources tool provided by McGraw-Hill to our campuses though integration with Moodle. It allows the teacher a free access to McGraw-Hill book resources such as instructor materials: presentations, test banks and solution manuals. It also provide the tools of Connect to customize an e-learning platform based on the resources of the, and also instructors are able to customize an E-book version collected from several McGraw-Hill books.

Student can access the customized book and the customized e-learning platform and have access to quizzes and exercises provided by the instructor. McGraw-Hill is always in contact with UBT to provide their continuous support.

Pearson Labs

Pearson Labs are e-learning lab activities, exercises, tutorials and assessments that come with Pearson books. Students get to access the labs per purchasing the book required for the courses. Pearson Team is always in contact with UBT for their continuous support & cooperation.  Example of labs: STAT lab, Finance lab, IT lab, and others.

Computer Simulations

Computer Simulations are simulations provided with specific courses such as Marketing, HR, MIS and Finance. They include license student usage for educational simulations used by the instructor of the class and applied by the students.

Smart Classroom software

UBT campuses install smart software in each classroom and in each instructor computer. The smart software includes smart notebook and smartboard software and such. It allows the teacher to customize and design his/her own lectures to be interactive and animated and present it inside the classroom using the smart touch boards. It transform a rigid text lecture into a creative, innovative interactive experience inside the classroom. The students enjoy smartboard lectures and they get to experience the board when presenting their projects themselves or solve exercises on the board.

 

E-learning Projects
 
  • LMS-Learning management system (Moodle) enhancements
  • Interactive course contents
  • E-Books 
  • Website Students E-learning gateway 
  • Virtual class rooms
  • Exam proctoring- online and centers 

 

Contact
 

Ms. Maryam Balbaid
mbalbaid@ubt.edu.sa
Phone: +966 12 2326777