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Abu Dhabi University Boosts Distance Learning With Robust IMT Infrastructure

by Eddie Rayner

All classes were held online successfully

As distance learning continues across the UAE, Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is deploying its Information Management and Technology (IMT) infrastructure to develop a sustainable remote learning system for students.

Abu Dhabi University has invested AED 55 million in upgrading its IT hardware and software infrastructure. The University’s IMT infrastructure includes hybrid virtual digital services that are physical and in the Cloud, and a combination of other solutions including a large bandwidth, collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams and Workspace, the readiness of Learning Management System (LMS), the deployment of Virtualization using Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI), the utilization of Cloud storage, and security on Single Sign On (SSO) and reinforcing IT security with Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).

Since the launch of distance learning last week, ADU’s faculty have successfully run all classes and meetings online, with the active participation of the majority of students during peak time. In addition to that, the IMT team has implemented the use of MS Teams, increased Blackboard capacity and VDI, which serves as the backbone platform to enable learning and maintain overall academic excellence.

Active participation of over 5000 users in ADU LMS

Prof. Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University, commented, “E-learning has always been an essential strategy of ADU’s educational plan, equipping students with the skills and resources they need to thrive in a society where information technology tools are pervasive. That our students have adapted to online learning so rapidly rests on the University’s commitment to equipping them with IT and other work-related skills. We remain committed to the continuous development of our students, faculty and staff by providing platforms for success within a positive work environment.”

He continued, “Under the current situation of COVID-19, such transformation may be challenging at first, but it also presents an opportunity for ADU to use its e-learning expertise to ensure a smooth transition from classroom delivery to distance learning. The University’s IT team and faculty have gone above and beyond our expectations, to ensure a sustainable and integrated remote learning experience for all our students, which goes beyond the simple delivery of course content.”

ADU has recorded over 13000 open sessions

The past week has seen over 13000 lectures on Blackboard and 37000 messages between students and faculty on Microsoft Teams across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Al Ain campuses.

At ADU, students and faculty have access to both physical and digital resources for learning and research. Our Library has witnessed 20 percent increase in the overall usage of databases and e-books. The ADU Librarians were able to resolve and answer various queries in a timely manner, delivering documents electronically. Apart from offering services virtually, ADU Libraries have set up a Knowledge Bank (accessible at: http://adu-ac-ae.libanswers.com/), for answering queries in detail, providing hands-on guidance on using services and resources.

AED 55 million spent on upgrading IT Infrastructure

In line with its vision to provide quality education and a rounded education experience, Abu Dhabi University is preparing for the opening of its new smart campus in Al Ain. The campus will use artificial intelligence (AI), as well as data and information management to improve energy efficiency and personalize the services provided.