ULAB IQAC Director Presents Paper in Macao Conference
The Macao Polytechnic Institute organized the 12th Higher Education International Conference on Teaching and Learning Quality Assurance in Education on 25 and 26 November 2020. The keynote session held on the first day had four speakers: (1) Mr. Douglas Blackstock, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education; (2) Professor Ronghuai Huang, Dean of Smart Learning Institute, Beijing Normal University; (3) Professor Sonny Shiu- Hing Lo, Deputy Director, School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong; and (4) Professor Jianxin Zhang, President, Asia Pacific Quality Network.
Four parallel sessions were held on the second day - 26 November 2020. Prof. Jude William Genilo, Director, Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh presented a paper in the first parallel session. The paper was entitled: “Responses to the Pandemic: Institutional Quality Assurance Cells in Bangladesh”. The paper documents the responses of the Institutional Quality Assurance Cells (IQACs) in Bangladesh to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. It highlights the government's efforts to ensure quality education, particularly in utilizing IQACs in the various public and private universities. The paper starts with the pandemic situation in the country, followed by the overall responses of the government, including its directives regarding the conduct of higher education. With the mandated shift to full online learning, the paper discusses the efforts of IQACs to ensure quality online education utilizing as framework the Sloan Consortium's Five Pillars of Quality Online Learning - learning effectiveness, student satisfaction, teacher satisfaction, scale and access.