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.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:18

42 IT students oriented on Certiport MS Exam

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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.

Various features of MS Teams which help facilitate online classes more interactive and engaging were explored through a virtual workshop conducted by the ELC E-Learning Coordinator on May 19, 2021.

Mr. Antony Jawahar provided hands-on training on different features of MS Teams such as Announcements, Polls, Insights, Integrating Moodle, Class Materials, and Class Notebook. More than 70 participants from the ELC and other departments of UTAS-Salalah attended the virtual workshop, and all their queries were addressed.

Before the workshop started, Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, HoC-ELC, appreciated the staff for their efforts and encouraged them to effectively use the said online platform. Ms. Aminah Sutphen, Level 3 Coordinator and member of E-Learning Committee, moderated the workshop.

The Research and Consultancy (R&C) Committee of the Business Studies Department (BSD) organized an online session on “Project Awareness for Staff Supervisors and Students on Project Guidelines” via MS Teams on May 11, 2021 at 10:40 a.m.

The speaker was Dr. Navaneetha Krishnan, BSD Lecturer of UTAS-Salalah.  The session was one of the series of R&C committee’s workshops, which aims to help senior project students understand the procedures and assessment criteria to be followed in their projects, and to provide them the relevant tools and knowledge to complete their project requirements. 

During the session Dr. Navaneetha highlighted the general guidelines in preparing the graduation/senior project, along with responsibilities of the students and the supervisors. He explained the basic rules and procedures on how to effectively prepare the project and its contents including the timetable for submission and completion.

Dr.,Ghanim Shamas, HoS-Accounting and R&C committee member, also shared his expertise on the critical contents of the project specifically on the literature review and how it is supposed to be written. The session was well attended by all students, their supervisors, and R&C committee.

Around 45 ELC staff participated a webinar on “Ideas for Teaching Academic Reading Skills” last Tuesday, May 11, 2021, which was organized by the Staff Professional Development (SPD) committee.

The webinar was presented by Ms. Gabriella Lawson, a teacher, presenter and teacher developer at Monash College, Melbourne, Australia. She shed light on teaching various reading strategies and skills. She also shared useful websites, materials, and ideas on how to help students learn vocabulary and summary skills.

At the end of the webinar, the SPD committee chair Ms. Muna Kashoob thanked the speaker, the HoC-ELC, and the participants for making the webinar possible and successful.

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.

Around 40 ELC staff joined a webinar on “Best Online Teaching Practices and Useful Applications” last Sunday, May 2, 2021, which was organized by the Staff Professional Development (SPD) committee.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Lorna Beduya, a former English Language Lecturer at UTAS-Salalah and now working at Hiroshima Bunkyo University, Japan. She gave a brief introduction about her teaching experiences in her current workplace. Then, she recommended useful applications and platforms which facilitate online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. She likewise shared some tips on how to use technology in online teaching.

At the end of the webinar, Ms. Muna Kashoob, SPD committee chair, stated that actively pursuing professional development among the ELC staff helps ensure that their knowledge and skills stay relevant and up-to-date.  She thanked the administration of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki for the support extended to the committee. She also disclosed that her team is planning to conduct another webinar on May 11, 2021.

The research project of four students taking up Chemical Engineering at UTAS-Salalah has qualified for the 8th Undergraduate Virtual Research Competition (URVC) to be held in Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE on May 19, 2021. Their project title is “Plant Economics for Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Manufacturing Process.”

The objective of the project is to calculate the total capital investment and annual gross profit for a PET manufacturing plant with a capacity of 400 TPD (tons per day). The research ranges from site selection to process design, including mechanical design and layout.

The upcoming competition is to be hosted by Abu Dhabi University through the support of H.E. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education. The goal of the competition is to encourage universities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to promote scientific research among undergraduate students and make it an integral part of university education. 

Meanwhile, the four students are Amna Ali Mohammed Makoof Zabanoot, Shuaa Hilal Bakhit Fadhel, Al Wafaa Ahmed Suhail Qatan, and Khadijah Hamid Musallam Bait Said with Dr. Sivamani Selvaraju as their Project Supervisor.

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