Online Teaching Level 1

Introduction and Background


National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) is the academic arm of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). Its vision is to establish itself as an apex learning institution that will institute and lead a broader national discourse around the purpose, perspectives and policy in Higher Education and help develop high quality human capital to achieve excellence in academic milieu.

NAHE is set to work as a centre of excellence for capacity building, skill development, and promotion of academic and leadership competencies. It will offer generic, as well as need-based capacity building services and will engage in setting standards, defining, and cultivating academic quality, and advancing research on professional resource development.

In keeping with the remit of NAHE, and in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic and post pandemic teaching in a blended or online environment, NAHE is extending support to the higher education sector for the online delivery of courses. To this end, NAHE has developed a foundational level course for online teaching to facilitate the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in the enhancement of online teaching pedagogies, engagement in online learning environment, educational technology, and online evaluation strategies.

Goals and Objectives

The course offered:

  • provides foundational level knowledge and practice in teaching online
  • helps participants explore the instructional design of online learning activities
  • helps participants develop an insight in developing online assessments
  • helps participants explore strategies for enhancing online engagement

Learning Outcomes

After completing the Online Teaching Course, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Apply cognitive load theory in the instructional design of online content
  • Devise ways to engage students in online learning environment
  • Design and give accessible and equitable formative and summative online assessments

 Structure of the Course

For the Online Teaching Course Level I, each module requires 5 hours of commitment from the participants/week. The breakdown of the contact hours is as following:

  • Synchronous Session: 90 Minutes (1 hour session+ 30 minutes of Q & A)
  • Suggested and recommended reading and content: 150 minutes
  • Module Assessment: 30 minutes
  • Module Evaluation: 30 minutes

Orientation to the Course

In a live session, Rector NAHE, Professor Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali will speak about the importance of online teaching for the HEIs in Pakistan. She will also share her vision about online teaching and will outline how NAHE can support HEIs in the capacity building of the faculty for online teaching.

Module 1:  Enhancing Instructional Design with Educational Technology

The objective of this module is to introduce participants to the concept of using educational technology using a framework called cognitive load theory

After completing this module, the participants will be able to:

    • Develop an understanding of educational technology and its use in an online teaching environment
    • Understand cognitive load theory to enhance instructional design in online teaching
    • Exploring ways to use technology in facilitating instructional design

Module 2: Developing Material for Online Teaching

The objective of this module is to introduce participants to best practices of developing and curating teaching material for online teaching.

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish teaching material in terms of quality vs. quantity in online teaching environment
  • Relate the use of guiding questions in understanding the teaching material to students' learning
  • Organize and prioritize teaching material online

Module 3: Student Engagement for Online Teaching

The objective of this module is to introduce participants to ways to engage students in online learning environment.

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of students' engagement in an online teaching environment, both synchronously and asynchronously
  • Identify, locate, and use a variety of online teaching tools to engage students in distance-learning contexts
  • Discover strategies to impart knowledge and learning goals through methods other than lectures

Module 4: Assessments for Online Teaching

The objective of this module is to introduce participants to the fundamental concepts of assessments in online teaching and to strategies and best practices for assessments in online teaching and learning.

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and design of both formative and summative assessments for online learning and their effectiveness
  • Get familiar with online assessment strategies and techniques
  • Develop a connection between students' learning and assessments in an online learning environment

Delivery Approach

The course will be delivered virtually and will follow a 'teach by modelling' approach. During the course, participants will have access to the instructional team online for continuous guidance and discussion on Discussion Forums, live chat, and synchronous workshops.

Learning Assessment

  • Post module quizzes
  • Individual and group discussions in online discussions forums

Schedule of the Course

ModuleExpected Date of Delivery (Saturdays for live sessions)
Orientation                                                                                  20-Mar-2021
Module I: Enhancing Instructional Design with Educational Technology20 -Mar-2021
Module II: Developing Material for Online Teaching27-Mar-2021
Module III: Student Engagement for Online Teaching03-Apr-2021
Module IV: Assessment for Online Teaching10-Apr-2021


Instructional Team

A team of experienced instructors and facilitators have been engaged for the course. These instructors come from a rigorous training of teaching and learning online. Additionally, they have taught online courses successfully at Public HEIs of high repute.

  • Ejaz Chowdary, Chief Technology Officer at iQualify UK:  Ejaz Chowdary brings his business expertise and visionary leadership from his experience in education management, IT and the military. He is the Chief Technology Officer of iQualify UK and shares the ambition of bringing globally recognised professional qualification in accessibility for students and professionals in Pakistan. Prior to joining the education industry, Mr. Chowdary has been an IT professional and has postgraduate degrees in Computer Science, Business Administration and AI. 

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  • Sumbal Manzoor, Head of Studies at iQualify UK: Sumbal Manzoor is a Chartered Manager and an experienced academician and management professional who is currently the Head of Centre at the International Centre of Excellence - ICE. She also holds the Head of Studies and General Manager (Academics) position at iQualify UK and has been associated with the higher education sector, in UK and Pakistan, for the past decade working in different capacities that include Lecturer, Education Manager and Research Supervisor with UK universities

  • Dr. Waseem Ashraf, IPFP Fellow, Bahauddin Zakariya University: I am a pharmacist by profession. I completed my graduation from Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan. I briefly worked with GlaxoSmithKline (a well known pharmaceutical company) for six months and then went to NUST for MPhil leading to PhD studies in Virology and Immunology. During that time, I received HEC 90% scholarship and went to France for PhD studies where I specialized in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacology & Pharmacokinetics) from University of Strasbourg. I also did an MBA from IAE Gustave Eiffel, France and worked as project manager for Living Labs and Living Lab Network in a project related to European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Health). The aim of this project was to support startups in co-creating and validating innovating healthcare solutions with end-users in real-life settings. After that I returned to Pakistan, to fulfill my dream of promoting in academic & research activities in Pakistan and joined BZU as an IPFP fellow. Meanwhile, I have also been assisting HEC in providing training to new / existing faculty members.

  • Laraib Liaquat.jpgDr. Laraib Liaquat, IPFP Fellow, Bahria University Medical & Dental College: I am Laraib Liaquat, born on 19-07-1989, in Karachi-Pakistan. After graduation in Biochemistry from University of Karachi, I secured admission in Mphil/PhD in Department of Biochemistry, University of Karachi. During my PhD research work I participated in different national and international conferences to share my research findings. During my study I got the opportunity to represent my homeland and my university in United States of America. In that conference I was invited as a contributing speaker. Presenting my homeland in USA was a proud moment for me. During the course of my PhD studies I published five papers in international journal and two in national journals. I investigated the protective effects of naringenin against Alzheimer's disease. I also worked with HEC as Assistant Mentor in their faculty development program NFDP, National Academy of Higher Education NAHE, HEC, Pakistan. Currently, I am working as HEC IPFP Fellow in Bahria University Medical and Dental College, Bahria University. 


This is a 20-hour online course offered over the course of one month, expecting a 5-hour commitment from faculty members per week for four weeks. The pricing is based on a tier-model per university depending on the number of faculty members who wish to enroll in this course.

 Tier I – up to 25 faculty membersTier II – up to 50 faculty membersTier III – up to 75 faculty membersTier IV – more than 75 faculty members
PKR 10,000 per personPKR 9,000 per personPKR 8,500 per personPKR 7,500 per person



Faculty members who successfully complete all four modules will get an Online Teaching Course Level I certification from the NAHE to demonstrate their competencies in effectively creating a meaningful online learning environment. The names of successful participants will also be listed in NAHE's database of online-ready faculty. 

Course Registration and Deadline

Nomination can be done online by requesting each nominee to fill the form (click here). The last date to nominate is 17-Mar-2021 at 04:59 PM. For any queries related to the course, please contact here: 

Mohammad Osaama Bin Shehzad

Educational Technology Specialist