Due to paradigm shift in education that shifted teaching, learning and assessment from on-site to online, following the outbreak of COVID-19 since last year, universities and colleges were compelled to develop learning management systems, online strategies and simulated teaching of psychomotor skills. A workshop titled as “Online Student Engagement” aimed at engaging students online for all these activities was organized by the University College of Dentistry as part of the 2nd UHS International Dental Conference.
This skills enhancement session facilitated by Prof. Dr. Mahwish Arooj (Principal UCMD & Director Medical Education Department) and Dr. Tayyaba Azhar (Assistant Director Medical Education, UCMD) attracted numerous health professions educators, academicians, facilitators and mentors involved in teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate programs from various cities of Pakistan.
The facilitators highlighted various techniques on various aides for the engagement of students during online teaching and learning sessions and demonstrated the attention grabbing tools during such teaching and learning sessions. The workshop also engaged the participants in practical assignments in which they were able to share their findings and queries with the facilitators.
Prof. Moghees A. Baig (Institutional Coordinator and Dean UCD) appreciated the facilitators and the efforts of Dr. Arooj ul Hassan (Assistant Professor, HoD Community & Preventing Dentistry, UCMD) in making the workshop a success. He further acknowledged institutional lead of University of Health Sciences (UHS) for their collaborative efforts during the workshop as a part of this annual conference.