The Research and Consultancy (R&C) Committee of the Information Technology Department hosted a university-level webinar entitled “Research Talks on May 25th 2021 via Google Meet platform to encourage staff to undertake research, enhance their research skills and find some research opportunities.
During the first session of the presentation, Dr. Nitesh K. N, discussed about research proposal, stressing all important areas like objectives, significance, review of literature survey, and outline of good a research proposal.
Dr. R. Venkateswaran, speaker of the second session, shared information about MoHERI and EJAAD and some opportunities for funding and innovation awards programs through these platforms.
For the last session, Dr. Shrahda Dwivedi highlighted the selection of journal publications, impact factor and its merits and methods of calculation, h index, JCR, SJR and ORCiD numbers and their role in research activities.
About 40 staff from different departments in the university who participated in the webinar gave their positive feedback for such an enriching experience.
The Information Technology Department, UTAS-Salalah, hosted an orientation program on Certiport Microsoft Examination to 42 IT students from various levels and specializations via Google Meet on May 5, 2021.
Dr. R. Venkateswaran, a lecturer from the Networking and Information Security section and a proctor and member of Certiport UTAS Salalah, co-facilitated the program with Mr. Sunil Thomas Karickom, Mr. Mohamed Sinnaiya Chithik Raja, Mr. G Baskar, and Mr. Leo Lobramonte.
During the orientation program, Dr. Venkateswaran explained about Certiport and the landscape of the Microsoft certification exam. He also demonstrated the student registration process to take the exam, showed a sample badge after passing the exam, and provided reference study materials for exam preparations.
The program was coordinated with the Student Development Committee. Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari, the Head of IT Department, appreciated the entire team for initiating such an event for the students.
To keep abreast with new trends in technology and teaching, the Human Resources Development Committee, headed by Mrs. Melissa Juanillo, organized an online training entitled “Using Google Workspace Education Tool for Online Teaching and Learning,” for the IT staff on Tuesday, 3rd of May, 2021.
Mr. Franco Nicolo Addun, a Google Certified Innovator/Educator and an Education Technology and Technology Integration Specialist from the Philippines, shared his knowledge on the features and capabilities of the three Google apps: Google Sites for creating websites, Google Jamboard for enhancing student online interaction, and (3) Gmail tips and tricks for email management.
The participants learned that Google tools help increase opportunities for critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, all while supporting the learning objectives for the students.
Facilitators of the said training were Dr. Mohammed Maqsood, Mrs. Asra Anjum, and Dr. Benciya Abdul Jaleel. A total of 35 participants from the IT and other departments gave their positive feedback about the online training, and each of them received e-certificates of participation.
A virtual seminar on the overview of “Kali Linux Platform 202” was organized by the Networking and Information Security and Information Security Section, IT Department, UTAS-Salalah on May 11, 2021.
The presenter was Dr. R. Venkateswaran, IT lecturer, who shared information about Kali Linux software, its features, installation procedures in the personal computer, basic commands, and use of reconnaissance tools.
About 30 staff joined the webinar with Dr. Niteshnanthakumar as the host. Mr. Jonathan Tambaoan, Coordinator of NIES Specialization, delivered the welcome speech while Dr. Abhishek Dubey, HoS-Information System, addressed the vote of thanks.
Aimed at updating IT staff on Oracle technologies, an online training on Rapid Application Development Using Oracle Apex 20.2c was organized by the Database Specialization (DB) Section, headed by Mr. G. Baskar, on the 23rd of March, 2021.
Mr. Hansel Delos Santos, a senior database lecturer and an Oracle APEX certified professional, shared his knowledge on the features and capabilities of this software. He demonstrated a simple functional system using the Oracle Apex 20.2c, which made the participants realize on how easy and fast it is to develop applications using this technology.
The participants likewise learned that it is possible to develop their own application when they are equipped with the basic understanding on database systems, entity relationships, structured query languages, and most especially using an Oracle account and workspace. The said platform is being used by the DB Specialization BTech Course Project students.
The program facilitators were Dr. Chandrapal, Mr. Suresh Kumar, and Mr. Azeem Qureshi. A total of 45 participants from the IT Department of UTAS-Salalah and other staff from different departments and colleges gave positive feedback and received their e-certificates after the training.
Meanwhile, the online training was conducted as a part of the Professional Development Programs for the IT staff in coordination with the IT-HR Committee.
The Information Systems Specialization of the IT Department fluently initiated and organized the 4th day of the “IT Festival 2021” on March 10, 2021, from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. The IS Virtual Career Day was filled with remarkable words, brimming knowledge, and practical guides from the superb motivational speakers who are experts in HR, personality, and professional development. The IS student representative confidently presented the Specialization Induction. The Talent Hunt, Logo, and Web Designing competitions were conducted to unleash the technical skills of the students. The presence of Dr. Nasser Salim Al-Kalbani, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs of the UTAS-Salalah, and his welcome remarks added more meaning and color to the event.
The “IT Festival 2021” of the IT Department marked its 3rd day with spectacular success through the dynamism of the members of the Database Systems Specialization on March 9, 2021, from 4:00-6:00 P.M. Fabulous activities lined up were well fully participated by the students as coordinators and participants of the event. Competitions on Database Design, Mini Software Development, and SQL BuZz (Quiz Bee) transpired along with the specialization induction and inspiring talks delivered by selected students and graduates of the said specialization.
The Networking and Information Security section of the IT Department has successfully conducted different competitions in networking, IoT problem scenarios, and interactive quiz bringing a competitive spirit among the students during the third day of the IT Festival held on March 9, 2021, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Further, the students were enthusiastically driven by the inspiring and exceptional words of the selected Alumni as guest speakers from the Networking and Internet Security specializations on the latest technology and their success stories. Best projects were presented also by selected students. Their sharing commendably moved the students to pursue their best and strike all opportunities while still studying as these would be their tools for their future success.
The second day of the IT festival of the IT department held on March 8, 2021, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. was filled with activities that focused on showcasing the knowledge and skills of the IT students through programming, web design, and online quiz competitions. The IT specialization induction also made the program more interesting and meaningful. The event was successfully organized by the IT section.
Organized by the SDC and IT Club, the IT festival of the IT Department was successfully inaugurated. It was graced by representatives from the industry, university staff, and IT alumni who gave keynote speeches and inspiring talks to staff and students who showed full support on the event.
The Research and Consultancy unit of Information Technology (IT) Department hosted a webinar entitled “Big data analytics using Spark”. The event was successfully conducted on February 23rd 2021, at 12.30 p.m. using the Google Meet platform. It was organized by the Research and Consultancy (R&C) Committee headed by the Chair, Dr. R. Venkateswaran with the guidance of Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari, HOD, IT department. The event was planned for the teaching staff of all the departments in our university of Technology and Applied Sciences – Salalah with the support of our Dean Dr. Mohammed Rashid Al-Mamari and Assistant Dean –Academic Affairs- Dr. Nasser Salim Al-Kalbani.
The main objective of this webinar is to develop the research skills of the teachers specifically in the field of big data domain and related research opportunities.
The webinar formally started with Opening remarks by Dr. Mohammed Al-Mahri, Chair –Research and Consultancy Committee – University level and welcome address by Dr. R. Venkateswaran, Chair- R&C committee-IT followed by an introduction to the speaker by Mr. Muni Balaji T, Faculty-IT. Prof.Dr. Asadi Srinivasulu, Blue Crest University, Liberia unselfishly shared her expertise as the speaker of the said event. During the first part of the presentation, the speaker gave a concise yet clear discussion on the importance of big data and research areas in big data, big data challenges and its applications. . Further, the speaker presented the big data analysis using spark application and Scala programming at the end.
50 staff participated from different departments in the university in the said webinar. They will receive an e-certificate prepared by the HR Committee of the IT department.
All the participants were very grateful and showed deep appreciation to the R & C Committee for the initiative and the effort and to the speaker for her generosity in imparting her expertise and for the great and very interesting discussion. The feedback was good and participants were expected to conduct similar programs to support their research activities.
The session was concluded at 2.00 p.m.
Ms. Melissa Juanillo, Chair- HR Committee would like to thank the research and consultancy committee and the IT Department for the continuous support in all their research development activities.
The OJT Committee of Information Technology Department of UTAS-Salalah and PACA Salalah conducted a collaborative five days’ online workshops on “Basic Linux Administrator” from February 2nd to February 6th, 2021, 4 to 6 PM through MS Teams. The workshop aimed to provide basic understanding on the GNU/Linux operative system to the students. One of the renounced expert in Linux in the Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Mohamed Suhail Musallem Gedad (Acting Director of Meteorological Department, was the speaker of the workshop. He demonstrated theories concepts as well as practical application of Linux Administrator. He covered the basics of Linux with example and syntax. The workshop was well participated by around 35 students of the department who have been wishing to learn Linux Administration concept. The workshop concluded in the 5th session with the collection of training feedback and e-certificate distribution.
The event was initiated by Industrial Link Committee of the university (UTAS). The arrangements were done by Dr. Ujjwal Agarwal (OJT Coordinator), with help of Mr. Bernard Ugalde (Chairman of SDC), Mr. Suresh Palarimath (Member of SDC), Mr.Syed Khaja Mohideen (Coordinator of E-Learning) and Mr Wasim Haidar SK (Member of OJT). The event was well hosted under the guidance of Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari (Head of the Information Technology Department) with the support of college management.
The Information Technology section of the IT Department of UTAS-Salalah conducted online workshops in Python Programming last 26th of January and 2nd of February 2021 in response to the request and needs of the IT department for expertise in Python programming. The workshop aimed to prepare staff to teach Programming I and Programming II courses that were newly introduced in the IT curriculum. One of the renounced lecturers in programming in the university, Mr. Wasim Haidar SK, was the speaker of the workshop. He demonstrated practical applications of the programming theories and concepts using Python as the programming language. He covered the fundamentals of python programming, data types, variables, decision control structures, loops, and advanced topics on strings, lists, and tuples. Practical explanation and coding was done using Jupyter Notebook. The workshop was well participated by 41 staff of the department who have been wishing to learn Python programming. The workshop concluded in the second session with the collection of training feedback and eCertificate distribution.
The two-day workshop was led by Mr. Zahid Mahmood under the supervision of the head of the section, Dr. Mohammed Al Mahri, and the head of the department Dr. Fatma Al-Shanfari, in coordination with the HR Committee.
The Math Section of UTAS- Salalah Organised a Webinar on “Innovation and Sustainability in Teaching and Learning”, on 18th January, 2021, under the able guidance of Convener, Dr Mallika Natrajan, Head of Section, Math Section.
The goal of the Webinar was to refresh the skills of our faculty to integrate the new range of instructional approaches and resources for the current scenario to meet the diverse needs of our students. The Webinar focused on how our students can learn successfully, with constrains and limitations of the current situation and create a purposeful learning experience for our students.
The Session began with an address by Dr Abhishek Dubey, Head of Section, IS Section, followed by a welcome address by the Webinar Convener, Dr Mallika Natrajan, Head of Section, Math Section. They were six lectures delivered on varying topics.
The inaugural lecture was delivered by Dr. Radha Rammohan, Professor, Faculty of Computer Applications, Dr.M.GR. Educational & Research Institute, Chennai, India. Dr. Rammohan, spoke on “Reasons for Attrition and Drop out in Online Teaching”. His lecture focussed on Student-Institutional Expectation Gap and Strategies to overcome it.
The Second Lecture was delivered by , Dr.D.Nagarajan, Professor and Coordinator, Department of Mathematics, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai, India. Dr. Nagarajan gave an insight into Collaborations, Team Skills, Intellectual Property, Patent Process and Geographic Indicators.
The next lecture was delivered by Dr. Malika Natrajan, Head of Math Section, UTAS-Salalah, on the topic “Changing the Role of Instructor in Online Mode of Instruction”. Dr. Malika emphasized on technological pedagogical content knowledge, blended learning, personalization technology in learning, learner community association, the future of technology in education and online teaching best practices.
Her practical suggestions of Using a mix of content delivery methods such as text, audio, video, and presentations, having short video lessons of 10 minutes or less-as they are easier to watch, breaking up long lecture recordings into bite-sized chunks that would result in more video views and improved retention and engagement, were appreciated by all participants.
Dr.Akhilesh Mishra, Lecturer, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Salalah, delivered a lecture on “Blended Learning” explained about the effective way of online and offline teaching methods.
As part of a Lecture on “Digital tools to support interaction in online learning” , Mr. Rajesh Menon, Lecturer, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Salalah, had a brief discussion on 3D Modelling using Sketch-up, 2D Modelling and Constructions using Math-Pad, and use of Casio Emulator for teaching calculator skills.
Mr. Suresh, Lecturer, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Salalah, displayed the working of MS Teams Breakout Rooms and its utility in conducting group discussions in online classes and in conducting online exams with separate rooms for girls and boys.
The Webinar was successful and witnessed a participation of more than one hundred faculty Members from all over Oman and other countries.
The success of the Webinar would not have been possible without the constant support of Dr. Fatima Al Shanfari, Head, Department of IT, and the cooperation of the Dean’s Office.
We wish to extend our gratitude to Ms. Aminah Sirajuddin, for moderating the Webinar and ELC Department for providing Technical Support.