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Department of Health Professions Education organized an educational development webinar. The deans and faculty from different medical colleges nationwide were invited to attend the session.  The title of the webinar was “Emerging role of blended learning in medical education” and it was held on Saturday 19th Dec 2020. Dr. Tahira Ayub from DHPE, SCM moderated the webinar.

The session commenced with the recitation of Holy Quran by the Dean FHS Prof. Dr Muhammad Amir, followed by an address by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Muhammad Iqbal khan; he welcomed the honourable speakers and international participants to the webinar.

The event comprised of lectures by two guest speakers; the first one was Dr Abel Pienaar from South Africa, presently working as Professor and Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Research, Shifa College of Nursing, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University. He is leading the team for the development of a Blended Learning Course for Educators. He talked about how to utilize diverse teaching and learning strategies to enhance blended learning competencies. He also shared a pre-test and post-test activity with the participants.

The second speaker was Prof. Dr. Alam Sher  Malik, Professor of Paediatrics and Medical Educationist at the International Medical School of Management and Science University and Consultant Paediatrician at MSU Medical Centre, Malaysia. In Medical Education his areas of interest include curriculum development, assessment and staff development. He talked about how to design a blended curriculum and outline a plan for assessment. He emphasized that the curriculum should not be modified to suit for blended teaching /learning but blended learning should be used to enhance the curriculum. It was an interactive session where the participants took an active part in the discussion by sharing their experiences. There was a question-answer session at the end of presentations.

Vice-chancellor ShifaTameer e Millat University Prof. Dr Muhammad Iqbal expressed thanks to the speakers for their valuable participation, he also appreciated the prominent educationist and scholars among the participants. The session ended with concluding remarks and dua by Dean Faculty Health Sciences and Principal Shifa College of Medicine, Prof. Dr Muhammad Amir.

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