Studying Islam Online

Technology has enriched the way students and faculty do everything on campus—from registering for courses to taking exams. Almawrid Institute of Islamic Science is no exception. Almawrid has been named to one of the largest Islamic Online Education institutes across the globe. Twenty-four hour network access for faculty, staff and students and outstanding user support allow every member of educational system to benefit from Internet technology, including a comprehensive program of Web-enhanced classroom instruction.

In 1999, Mr. Shehzad Saleem Director Almawrid Institute of Islamic Science concluded that Almawrid needed to implement a course management system. Mr. Shehzad Saleem experimented with several popular packages of e-Education software and ultimately visited RAD Corporation for the development of new customized learning management system. For the development of e-learning platform, RAD approach was to keep pedagogy ahead of technology which after one year ultimately resulted as a new system based on social constructivism in an active learning environment using technology as cognitive tool. Though at RAD Corporation efforts had already started to develop such system but Almawrid became the first test bed. The 1999-2000 academic year was an experimental year in which the RAD Corporation introduced intelligent quizzing technology with some dynamic content functionality named as ‘ActiveLearning’.

Today “Studying Islam” which was the proposed name of Online University reaches to the registration status of 5,000 students from 35 countries and has dominated physical campus of Almawrid Institute of Islamic Science.

In discussing their reasons for supporting e-Education, Mr. Shehzad emphasizes the benefits to the Almawrid Islamic community as a whole. For students, Shehzad states that “students are extremely busy people; the online tools of a platform like ActiveLearning make it easier to learn, which makes it more likely that a student will learn.” ActiveLearning’s multiple communication tools also let students communicate with instructors one-on-one or as part of a group, at times that are convenient for both students and instructors.