For the first time in Bangladesh, library professional got hands on training on eXe (eLearning XHTML editor) learning software. The software helps the library professionals to design, develop and publish web-based learning modules without having proficiency in XML/HTML or complex web-publishing applications. The workshop participants found the software as an easy-to-use tool to create an eLearning environment, for example, creating interactive and attractive modules on Library instructions, Information literacy, E-resource discovery, Reference management, Plagiarism avoiding, Predatory journals, etc.
A total 29 participants from 20 organizations have participated in the workshop. BALID was overwhelmed with the number of responses from the prospective participants. BALID extended its capacity and allowed 29 participants, though at least 10 more participants have been regretted.
The participants acknowledged that the standard of the workshop crossed the limit of their expectations and they are confident enough to create real life modules and publish the same by themselves. The majority of the participants expressed that they will introduce eLearning modules for their users through this software as soon as possible, as they also come to know how to evaluate online learning modules that are available in different libraries all around the world, and create their own according the organizational users' need.
During certificate award ceremony Mr. Md. Mukhlesur Rahman, Assistant Librarian, Independent University, Bangladesh informed the audience that the same workshop was offered by the same resource persons on 11 December 2014 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium for 40 international participants. The international participants ranked the workshop as the most significant learning among others, he added. Ms. Hazera Rahman, Head of the Library, Southeast University gave thanks to BALID and the resource persons for taking initiatives to introduce the eLearning platform. Libraries in Bangladesh will upgrade their role from conventional to extraordinary through the use of such an eLearning platform, she added. Resource person Ms. Momena Khatun enlighten that they are happy to share their expertise, and have observed potential experts on the software among the talented participants. She expected that BALID should continue this workshop.
The Chief Guest Rear Admiral (Retd.) Md. Khurshed Alam, BN Secretary (MAU) distributed the certificates among the workshop participants in presence of Special Guest Dr. Vasanthi Rajendran, Director, Information & Communication Division and Director (Training), CIRDAP and Dr. Mirza Mohammad Rezaul Islam, BALID chairman. Ms. Momena Khatun and Mr. Jakaria Rahman jointly conducted the workshop. The workshop was organized by the BIIM,BALID in collaboration with CIRDAP.
List of Participants