Employing Online and Offline Qualitative Interpretive Case Studies in Understanding E-Procurement Effectiveness (Published)
This paper aims to shine a light on how an interpretive case study qualitative is being used in understanding the effectiveness of government e-procurement implementation and use contexts. Our study is based on a case of social media discussion and posting on government e-procurement implementation and use in Indonesian regency. We collected data from e-procurement users’ social media exchange, postings, and conversations posted by local businessmen and companies and from offline in-depth interviews with implementers. The findings show that social media observation can be used as research setting to enhance understanding of a topic being studied and as a medium for triangulation in an interpretive study. Our study also proves that using social media in interpretive study can reduce challenge in participants’ recruitment, access to study sites, and bias in interviews. More importantly, data from social media can enrich and verify offline interview data. While this study contributes to online interpretive research, the data was collected from online participants whose identities are difficult to verify. The data neither was validated with face to face interview. The use of social media for an interpretive study also raises an ethical dilemma because we observe and draw content from posted material in an online setting without users’ consent. This needs to consider new ethical issue by exploring ethic discourse in social media study.
Investigating Students’ Learning Strategies of Medicalvocabulary: Case Study of the Faculty of Medicine, Karari University- Sudan (Published)
The aim of this study is to examine the students’ learning strategies of medical vocabulary at the faculty of medicine, Karari University- Sudan. The researchers use a questionnaire and an interview for collecting the data. Then, they adopt the descriptive analytical method to analyse it by utilising the SPSS programme. Some findings are as follows: Most students of medicine (87%) at the above faculty rarely employ cognitive, memory and determination strategies. Moreover, they never use metacognitive and social strategies in learning medical vocabulary. The following are some of the researchers’ recommendations. First, programmes of learning medical vocabulary in an integrated way, that is to say learning content through the target language, should be developed for the benefits of the students of medicine at Karari University. Second, regarding the students of medicine weakness in the productive medical vocabulary attention should be paid to the teaching of such vocabulary.
Quizizz as a Students’ Reading Comprehension Learning Media: A Case Study at the Eleventh Grade of Dwi Putra Bangsa Vocational School in Cimanggu (Published)
This study aims to find out the use of quizizz application as a learning media and contribution of smartphone-game based online learning in the eleventh grade of Dwi Putra Bangsa Vocational School in Cimanggu Pandeglang Banten. One of the important components in education is the use of learning media. The fact that at technology plays a much larger role in the digital era than it did. Nowadays millennial generation having a high level of technological literacy. This literacy coupled with recent technological advances has led to the expansion of education. From the millennial generation, these are the generations that are in classroom today and they share unique characteristics that define their generations expect to be engaged in their learning activity, technology has to be embraced in today’s education and teachers have to apply part of the students learning. This paper reviews the generations of learners that teach today and how these generations impacted the transformation of education. In the paper also presents some of the emerging technologies and discusses the transformation to invent new forms of teaching and learning as well as the redesigning and rethinking education in the digital era. This research was conducted at the Dwi Putra Bangsa Vocational High School in Cimanggu Pandeglang Banten. The subjects of this study were teacher and eleventh grade students of Computer and Network Engineering Department (TKJ). The result of this study showed that usage of quizizz as a learning media can make students enthusiastic in participating in learning activity, so students can focus and maximizes their mobile phone as a fun learning media. The concept of maximum learning will help students’ reading comprehension skill in English Learning. So it will improving students learning outcomes in school.
How to Teach English Lessons during Prevention and Control of COVID19: A Case Study of a Higher Vocational College in China (Published)
During prevention and control of COVID-19 in China, different modes of online education are conducted in all kinds of schools, from primary to universities. This paper illustrates how College English course is taught in Shandong College of Electric Technology in China. With reference of MOOC and SPOC theories, lessons are carefully redesigned and provided on Chaoxing Platform, one of the 37 leading online education platforms in China. Taking advantage of MOOC, SPOC and micro-course online videos, all lessons are deliberately redesigned and provided either on live or in recordings. Survey shows over 80% students are gratified with the online course and effectiveness of the online course is equal to classroom teaching.
Politics and Terrorism: Case Study of Pakistan (Published)
Pakistan is facing a wave of terrorism and political actors and its policy makers are trying to find solutions to effectively execute counter terrorism strategies and bought peace back in Pakistan. Pakistani politics lacks consistency where its political culture is weak and political systems keeps on changing that effects the working and performance of formal politics and government. This research study intends to find a relationship of formal politics on the terrorism in Pakistan. The case study for the research study is Pakistan but it is reviewed in both Pakistan’s terrorism history and global patterns of terrorism. It also considers the politics of Pakistan through history and patterns of formal politics that includes political culture and political systems in Pakistan. One of the major research objective was to elaborate on the causes and effects of the relationship between politics and terrorism in Pakistan. World have seen four major waves of terrorism, where Pakistan was affected maximum by forth wave of terrorism also known as religious wave of terrorism that came in 1980s. Pakistan have seen two major political systems i.e. dictatorship and democracy, where in authoritarian regimes political culture diminished and decisions and policies were made without political involvement from elected members. Democratic regimes promote political activism and inclusive culture, which in turn enable government to understand needs of people and execute policies in better manner. Evolving democracy have flourished national and grass root level politics due to which they have taken comprehensive measures to eliminate terrorism in collaboration with military establishment like military courts and counter terrorism operations. Qualitative research, analysis and systematic data analysis shows that Formal politics, active political culture and democratic system can play positive role in elimination terrorism to spread and eliminating it from Pakistan. The result outcomes of this study will benefit all the researchers whose aim is to pursue their research on the relationship of politics and terrorism. It provides policy recommendations for different stakeholders so that they can perform better policy making.
Emphasis Related Capstone Class: The Use of Real-Life Experience to Enhance Workforce Readiness (Published)
Preparing students for the workforce is one of the most important priorities in the education sector. The needs of industry are constantly changing and educators strive to find the best way to meet these needs. Providing a culminating experience in classroom settings is one strategy that allows students to apply the knowledge that they gained throughout their undergraduate coursework. This paper explains these efforts to develop a high-impact senior capstone course for Engineering Technology related majors. This research aims to explain a proven strategy for teaching this course after its two-year pilot phase. The course was created to address concerns of industry. The creation of an industrial environment in the classroom helps prepare students for the real world of work. This research is based on a course titled “Emphasis Related Capstone” (ERC), which is offered at Bemidji State University. The ERC course centers on product design and development and is used to prepare students for future careers. Steps for designing the capstone course are shared in this paper. Multidisciplinary teams (e.g. electrical manufacturing, design, project management) were formed to achieve deliverable outcomes. Examples of manufacturing projects conducted in the capstone course are also provided and instructors’ responsibilities for teaching capstone courses summarized. In addition, a grading strategy for such capstone courses is provided.
EVALUATING THE FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE OF BANKS USING FINANCIAL RATIOS- A CASE STUDY OF ERBIL BANK FOR INVESTMENT AND FINANCE (Published)
This study investigates the financial performance of Erbil Bank for Investment and Finance, Kurdistan Region of Iraq during the period of 2009-2013. Several financial performance parameters are used such as financial ratios analysis which is used to measure the financial position for the bank and on broader range statistical tools also have been used for analysis purpose of several variables which would affect the banking system in general in order to know whether these variables are significantly correlated with the financial performance for the bank. The findings of the study show the positive behaviour of the financial position for Erbil Bank and some of their financial factors variables influence the financial performance for the bank. Then, it is found that the overall financial performance of Erbil Bank is improving in terms of liquidity ratios, assets quality ratios or credit performance, profitability ratios (NPM, ROA, ROE). This study suggests a set of recommendations regarding the development and enhancing of some banking operations which will boost the bank’s profitability and improve the financial performance for the bank
This paper attempts to compare the financial reporting of two Islamic insurance companies “takaful” in two different countries; Bahrain and Sudan. Where Sudan is the first country to host takaful insurance in the year 1979. A case study methodology is applied where the financial reports of these two companies are studied over the years 2009 to 2012. The points under investigations are: Internal organizational structure, financial statements, financial policies, disclosure and notes to the financial statements, and management expenses. The results highlight that takaful companies in Bahrain are using mudharabah and wakalah models and their financial reports are prepared in accordance with IFRS are more informative and clearly understood. On the other hand takaful companies in Sudan use wakalah model and that their financial statements lacked elaborate disclosures rendering some of the information as not up to the standard. A closer look is taken by this study to investigate what could be the underlying factor for differences between these two companies in two countries
Accounting Policies and Financial Reporting – A case study (Review Completed - Accepted)
This paper attempts to compare the financial reporting of two Islamic insurance companies “takaful” in two different countries; Bahrain and Sudan. Where Sudan is the first country to host takaful insurance in the year 1979. A case study methodology is applied where the financial reports of these two companies are studied over the years 2009 to 2012. The points under investigations are: Internal organizational structure, financial statements, financial policies, disclosure and notes to the financial statements, and management expenses. The results highlight that takaful companies in Bahrain are using mudharaba and wakala models and their financial reports are prepared in accordance with IFRS are more informative and clearly understood. On the other hand takaful companies in Sudan use wakala model and that their financial statements lacked elaborate disclosures rendering some of the information as not up to the standard. A closer look is taken by this study to investigate what could be the underlying factor for differences between these two companies in these two countries