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Outcome-based (Engineering) Education (OBE): International Accreditation Practices

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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International Accreditation and Credentials: International Division Technical Session 1

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International

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Diversity

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40

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10.18260/1-2--35020

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Junaid Qadir Information Technology University, Lahore, Pakistan

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Junaid Qadir is an Associate Professor at the Information Technology University (ITU)—Punjab, Lahore since December 2015, where he directs the ICTD; Human Development; Systems; Big Data Analytics; Networks (IHSAN) Research Lab. His primary research interests are in the areas of computer systems and networking, applied machine learning, using ICT for development (ICT4D); and engineering education. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers that have been published at various top conferences and journals. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Electrical Engineering department at ITU. He was awarded the HEC Best University Teacher Award, the highest national teaching award in Pakistan, in 2012. He is a senior member of IEEE. He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker for a three-year term starting 2020 and an ACM Senior Member.

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Aamir Shafi National University of Computing and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

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Aamir Shafi is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Computing and Emerging Sciences. Aamir did his bachelors in Software Engineering from NUST Pakistan in 2003 and PhD in Computer Science from University of Portsmouth, UK in 2006. Aamir was also a Visiting Scientist at MIT, USA in 2010-11 where he worked on the award-winning Cilk technolgy. Aamir's research interests include designing and implementing parallel software on high-end computing platforms. Aamir is an architect and the main developer of an MPI-like library called MPJ Express (http://mpjexpress.org).

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Ala Al-Fuqaha Hamad Bin Khalifa University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-0903-1204

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Ala Al-Fuqaha received Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering and Networking from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City. He is Professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. His research interests include the use of machine learning in general and deep learning in particular in support of the data-driven and self-driven management of large-scale deployments of IoT and smart city infrastructure and services, Wireless Vehicular Networks (VANETs), cooperation and spectrum access etiquette in cognitive radio networks, and management and planning of software defined networks (SDN). He is an ABET Program Evaluator (PEV) with the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC). He served on many academic program design, review and planning efforts. He serves on editorial boards of multiple journals including IEEE Communications Letter and IEEE Network Magazine. He also served as chair, co-chair, and technical program committee member of multiple international conferences including IEEE VTC, IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC, and IWCMC.

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Abd-Elhamid M. Taha Alfaisal University

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Abd-Elhamid M. Taha is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering At Alfaisal University. His research spans radio resource
management, Internet of Things (IoT) services, and modeling in networked cyber-physical systems. Abd-Elhamid is a senior member of the IEEE, and a recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Early Career Researcher Award as well as several awards at Alfaisal University for distinction in teaching and research.

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Kok-Lim Alvin Yau Sunway University

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KoK-Lim Alvin Yau received the B.Eng. degree (Hons.) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia, in 2005, the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in Network Engineering from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in 2010. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Computing and Information Systems, Sunway University, Malaysia. He teaches Computing subjects and has received numerous University Excellence in Teaching Awards based on student evaluation surveys over the years since joining academia in 2011. He was nominated by the University to conduct outcome-based education (OBE) workshop. He manages the PhD in Computing programme and has been implementing OBE to design curriculum and courses, contributing to its successful accreditation. He serves as a panellist in the accreditation of various programmes and courses. He publishes research works in the areas of applied artificial intelligence, networking, as well as information and communications technology in education.

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João Ponciano University of Glasgow Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8411-8617

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Eur. Ing. Dr. João Ponciano (CPE, LLB (Hons), M.Eng (Hons) , M.A. (Distinction), PhD, FIET, C.Eng, MBCS, CITP, SFHEA, MIEEE, FinstLM) started his career as a researcher for the International Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, working on the West Area Neutrino Facility and North Area 48. Since then João has held several positions in teaching and management in higher education at institutions across the UK, Middle East, Africa and Asia. At Leeds Becket University, João specialised in teaching Mobile and Fixed Networking Technologies and introduced compendium-based teaching practices and led the design and implementation of the first Mobile and Distributed Computer Networks postgraduate course in UK.

João authored and managed a European Social Fund Project in Women in Engineering contributing to widening participation and inclusion of women engineers, developed and ran world-class innovative academic practice methods in Career Development, Employability and designed and managed staff workload models.

Since 2014, João developed and led transnational education partnerships in several countries in south East Asia and led a group of institutions under the group Star Education based in Singapore as Executive Dean and Senior Vice President. His management and leadership practices have warranted João the grade of Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. In the UAE João led the review of all of the University of Wollongong’s Dubai educational policies and procedures for accreditation under the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the Ministry of Education (MoE).

João’s has held public office as chairman of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in Greater Manchester, UK and been an international accreditor and panel chair under the Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes – Engineering Council UK. João has also held role as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy promoting and ensuring the professional standards and guidelines for higher education providers and leaders across the UK Higher Education Institutions.

João has published in the areas of educational practice, in particular employability and career development. He is an editorial board member of two international journals in the area of wireless and computer networks and consumer electronics.

João’s achievements in academic practice have conferred him the grade of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Sajjad Hussain University of Glasgow

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Sajjad Hussain is a Lecturer in Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow, UK. He has served previously at Electrical Engineering Department, Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST), Islamabad, Pakistan as Associate Professor. Sajjad Hussain did his masters in Wireless Communications in 2006 from Supelec, Gif-sur-Yvette and PhD in Signal Processing and Communications in 2009 from University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France. His research interests include 5G self-organizing networks, industrial wireless sensor networks and machine learning for wireless communications. Sajjad Hussain is a senior member IEEE and fellow Higher Education Academy.

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Muhammad Ali Imran P.E. University of Glasgow Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4743-9136

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Muhammad Ali Imran (M'03, SM'12) Fellow IET, Senior Member IEEE, Senior Fellow HEA is a Professor of Wireless Communication Systems with research interests in self organised networks, wireless networked control systems and the wireless sensor systems. He heads the Communications, Sensing and Imaging CSI research group at University of Glasgow and is the Dean University of Glasgow, UESTC. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA and a visiting Professor at 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK. He has over 20 years of combined academic and industry experience with several leading roles in multi-million pounds funded projects. He has filed 15 patents; has authored/co-authored over 400 journal and conference publications; was editor of 7 books and author of more than 30 book chapters; has successfully supervised over 40 postgraduate students at Doctoral level. He has been a consultant to international projects and local companies in the area of self-organised networks. He has been interviewed by BBC, Scottish television and many radio channels on the topic of 5G technology.

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Sajid Sheikh Muhammad National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

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Dr Sajid is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences which he has served since 2007. He got his doctorate with excellence from Graz University of Technology (Austria) in 2007, and grew from an Assistant Professor to a Full Professor from 2007 to 2016. He remained the Department Chair of Electrical Engineering from 2016 to 2019 for a successful tenure of 3 years.

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Rao Naveed Bin Rais Ajman University, UAE

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Dr. Rais is currently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Collge of Engineering and Information Technology, Ajman University, UAE. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering with specialization in Networks and Distributed Systems from University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France in 2007 and 2011 respectively. He has experience of more than 15 years in teaching, research and industry with research and development. Dr. Rais is author of several of publications in internationally recognized journals and conferences. His research interests include Network Protocols and Architectures, Information-Centric and Software-Defined Networks, Network Virtualization and Internet Naming and Addressing issues. He has also got several years of experience in Outcome-Based Education and Quality Assurance.

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Muhammad Rashid Umm Al Qura University

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Muhammad Rashid has 20 years of academic and industrial experience in the domain of electrical and computer engineering. He is the author of more than 30 impact factor journals and around 40 international conferences. In the context of engineering education, he has published novel ideas for curriculum design and innovative courses.

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Boon Leing Tan Xi'an International University

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Boon currently lectures at various universities, in the areas of Operations Management and Business Management, where he also supervises dissertation students at UG, PG and Doctoral levels. He is currently a guest professor with Xian International University and consults at SSC (Singapore) .

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Abstract

Outcome-based education (OBE) is a paradigm in which instructional and assessment/ evaluation are explicitly designed for ensuring the attainment and mastery of predefined learning outcomes. OBE is now the underlying paradigm followed by global accreditation efforts such as the Washington Accord (ratified in 1989). The shift to OBE is so pronounced that some education experts identify the shift to outcome-based education and accreditation as one of the top 5 major changes of the last 100 years. OBE is starkly different from the previous content-based educational approaches in shifting the aim from covering the content to a student-centric mastery that is driven by exit-outcomes and educational objectives. And while OBE is often criticized for straitjacketing education, and resisted by hesitant faculty members suspecting additional burden, studies show that the OBE movement, on the whole, has helped in improving the educational standards and outcomes by helping ensure proper planning of curriculum and assessment and their alignment with the program objectives and desired outcomes. OBE is also flexible in the sense that it does not dictate the choice of specific education strategies or teaching methods. New OBE schemes have also diversified in response to early misgiving about OBE (related to excessive paperwork, and bean-counting-like auditing) and now admit diverse types of evidence (including qualitative and quantitative, formative and summative, formal and informal assessments). In this paper, we present—as a geographically dispersed set of academics from Pakistan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia—a global international perspective on OBE accreditation standards, practices, and attitudes. We will trace the historical development leading to the great shift to OBE in recent times and also synthesize insights from our diverse transnational experience in meeting accreditation requirements in different countries.

Qadir, J., & Shafi, A., & Al-Fuqaha, A., & Taha, A. M., & Yau, K. A., & Ponciano, J., & Hussain, S., & Imran, M. A., & Sheikh Muhammad, S., & Rais, R. N. B., & Rashid, M., & Tan, B. L. (2020, June), Outcome-based (Engineering) Education (OBE): International Accreditation Practices Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35020

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