In line with the celebrations of Digital Learning Week across the Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) organized an online “Showcase of Digital Learning in Virtual Classrooms”. This showcase was well received by the educators, technology experts and students equally. The showcase was led by two MPhil students of AKU-IED; Sahar Damani and Munir Tharwani.
The opening of the showcase was preceded by an overview of digital learning landscape at AKU-IED by Dr. Tasneem Anwar, the lead faculty for Virtual Learning Environment at AKU-IED. Dr. Anwar emphasized the critical role of purposeful selection of technology tool, digital content, and the right kind of instructional strategies to ensure digital learning happens. Alongside, Dr. Anwar shared some digital learning experiences at AKU-IED that became possible due to strong support for faculty development in the use of digital tools, presence of a community of practice to share potential affordances, and specialized e-library resources and IT support.
The showcase presented four video artifacts of digital learning by Ahmad Amirali, Ghania Saeed, Nesha Dewshi and Muhammad Ibtehaj Hassan. During the showcase audience were also invited to share their digital learning stories. The Viewer’s Choice award went to Muhammad Ibtehaj Hassan who shared a digital learning artifact that demonstrated contextualized learning management system with contextually relevant resources for secondary and higher secondary grades.
Finally, the Dean AKU-IED, Dr Farid Panjwani closed the showcase by sharing a dilemma of digital learning for all vs the issue of social justice and posing two thought provoking questions to the audience. The first question raised by Dr Panjwani brought to light ‘how much of cognitive load could young brains bear in this increasing digital learning era?’ and ‘How do we ensure safety of our youth while navigating through the explosion of digital content?’ This showcase ended with positive deliberations for ethical and human-centered digital learning.