A three-day online training workshop for teachers of all University of Engineering and Technology campuses, Lahore, was organized by Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) New Campus from 18-20 August 2020. Now, the question arises what QRA is? Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) basically implements the university’s internal quality assurance (IQA) mechanism. QEC’s are established on all campuses and are run as per HEC guidelines. QEC is responsible for reviewing quality standards and quality of teaching and learning in each subject area, and explicit standards as a reference point to the reviews to be carried out.
An online training workshop on Outcome Based Education (OBE) was held in which more than 20 teachers from all the campuses of the university participated. In the training workshop, Dr. Syed Mohsin Ali Kazmi, Focal Person for QEC, New Campus, as a resource person, taught the teachers about the philosophy of OBE, curriculum development, learning process, student examinations, and national and international standards of grading. Informed and practiced. Outcome-based education is an educational theory that bases each part of an educational system around goals (outcomes). By the end of the educational experience, each student should have achieved the goal. The focus on outcomes creates a clear expectation of what needs to be accomplished by the end of the course. Students will understand what is expected of them, and teachers will know what they need to teach during the course. Clarity is important over years of schooling and when team teaching is involved. OBE can be compared across different institutions.
On an individual level, institutions can look at what outcomes a student has achieved to decide what level they would be at within a new institution. On an institutional level, institutions can compare themselves by checking to see what outcomes they have in common and find places where they may need improvement, based on the achievement of outcomes at other institutions. Outcome-based education is an internationally recognized system. In the early 1990s, all states and territories in Australia developed intended curriculum documents largely based on OBE for their primary and secondary schools. Criticism arose shortly after implementation. Officially, an agenda to implement Outcomes-Based Education took place between 1992 and 2008 in Western Australia. Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee adopted an outcomes-based approach to teaching and learning in 2005. No specific approach was created, leaving universities to design the approach themselves. Universities were also left to ensure their students’ education to contribute to social and economic development, as defined by the university’s community. With little to no direction or feedback from the outside, universities will have to determine if their approach achieves their own goals.
Moreover, Certificate Ceremony for the Training Workshop was held on 14-09-2020 at Kala Shah Kaku, New Campus of the University, in which Campus Coordinator, New Campus Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kamran distributed certificates to all the teachers participating in the training. He also presented a shield to Prof. Dr. Shahid Imran for participating as a training auditor. All the attendees appreciated the efforts of the QEC New Campus. They called for more such training workshops in the future as per the Pakistan Engineering Council’s guidelines to enhance the capacity of teachers.