AUK Students Engage in Online Learning
As part of its instructional continuity plan, the American University of Kuwait (AUK) has officially launched its eLearning system yesterday as an alternative for students and potential graduates who wish to continue their studies online during the Spring 2020 semester. The decision to move forward with the online approach came shortly after the Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education’s directive to offer online learning opportunities as an option for students to complete the current academic year.
The AUK eLearning system has been developed with a learner-centered approach which accommodates both synchronous and asynchronous forms of instruction through a combination of online applications that have been thoroughly piloted throughout the past 5 weeks in coordination with the University’s accreditation agencies and partner institution, Dartmouth College. The AUK technical teams ensured that all applications can be used across devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. “The efforts that have been put forth during the past few weeks in preparing for the range of the AUK calendar options inclusive of the optional eLearning, and training, is reflective of our teams’ unflinching commitment to our students' success as well as to our university mission. Our faculty have been at the forefront, as have been the administrative areas. I am deeply grateful to everyone involved,” said AUK President, Dr. Rawda Awwad.
The AUK eLearning process will last for the duration of 7 weeks, from April 12 to June 4th, 2020. Students who opt out of eLearning course(s) will be able to complete the Spring 2020 semester on campus in August once normal operations resume.
In order to ensure that students' virtual engagement is as close to inclusive of an all-rounded university experience, all AUK administrative services have been fully mobilized to support students and faculty. This includes, the AUK Library, Center for Teaching Excellence, tutoring services, the writing center, student advising, and student counseling services. In addition, a new AUK eLearning website page
as well as social media accounts have been activated to provide round-the-clock information and answers to frequently asked questions.
The launch of the eLearning platform is conducive to furthering the liberal arts philosophy in which the University has been founded—new experiences in learning and developing new forms of communication will allow students to develop their interpersonal as well as technical skills while retaining the contents of their program courses.
Dr. Rawda Awwad, AUK President