Training IT-aware Pakistani’s (A Case Study)

Zahra Atiq, Saira Anwar

Abstract


Education system of Pakistan focuses mostly on the traditional ways of teaching with varying quality standards, which is due to the fact that there are urban and rural areas in the country. In the rural areas, the education system is not only very basic but is also delivered in their native languages with rare usage of computing technologies. Whereas, in the urban areas the education system is in English and their native language and computer literacy also varies dramatically. This case study is based on a university which is one of the few liberal arts education institutes of the country. There are numerous advantages of liberal arts education, but one of the distinguishing factors is that students are coming from all over the country even the most remote areas. This becomes a challenge for the educators in the sense that they have to design a quality curriculum suited for everyone. This curriculum should reduce the gap between the two extremes and should be interesting. This case study emphasizes on designing and delivery of a basic level IT course for all the students of the university, which has been conducted by keeping in mind the factors mentioned above. The designed course uses the latest technology not only for teaching but for online course management, testing and plagiarism detection as well This case study will also narrate results which have been obtained after statistically analyzing data of 100 students. The success of this course is also measured by a third body university competency examination and the student success in this exam will also be discussed.

Keywords: 

Curriculum Design, Computer Literacy, ICT Education, Liberal Arts Education

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