Dr. Muhammad Asif


Prof. Dr. Muhammad Asif is currently working as a Professor and Director Quality Enhancement Cell at Ziauddin University, Karachi, Pakistan. He is also the Principal Investigator of Data Acquisition, Processing and Predictive Laboratory (DAPPA), National Center in Big Data and Cloud Computing. In his lab, he is working on vehicle and traffic flow modeling and monitoring and environmental data collection to monitor environmental degradation and climate change using smart technologies with the blend of artificial intelligence.
Dr. Muhammad Asif received B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan in 2002, and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Malaysia, in 2007. In USM, he worked with USM Robotics Research Group (URRG) on various underwater robotics and vision systems. In 2015, we received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from NUST. He organized and participated in various robotics competition on national and international levels like ROBOCON, ROBOCOM, NERC, etc. He has more than 50 research publications in international and national journals and conferences.


Academic Integrity and Online Assessment

Digitization and automation have improved the efficiency and effectiveness of systems and processes in all industries, and the higher education sector is no exception. Online learning, e-learning, electronic teaching tools, and digital assessment are changing the way universities and institutes organize their educational processes. The use of online education and LMS is now adopted by many universities in Pakistan, but there is limited university exposure to online assessment and distance examinations.
As we are facing the challenge of managing exams in the middle of Pandemic with possible closure of educational institutes, it is important that we evaluate and examine options of online assessment, to build readiness to do so if need arises.
The "Academic Integrity and Online Assessment" lecture will focus on exploring potentially unfair resources that could be exploited by students during online assessment, and what to do to enforce the integrity of assessment and examination outcomes.
Initial discussion will focus on challenges faced by both faculty and students during the digital transformation, and explore the reasons backing the demand of students to take online exams, if tutoring was also done online. The motivation of students to adopt for online examination seems to be backed by their perception that in an online exam the opportunity to use unfair means would facilitate acquiring better grades.  We will also share research findings on the quality of teaching outcomes in online classes as compared to campus classes.
Before discussion on prevention techniques, will explore possible cheating techniques which may be used by students during an online assessment.  Later, will focus on use of technology to prevent the use of unfair means during online exams. The study will share the smart technology option to proctor students, monitor movements of students, monitoring of user screen inactivation of multiple windows, and cut paste options provided by windows. Special emphasis will be on online proctoring of students during or after examination.