After a long, fruitful journey full of experiences and joy at CETE, it’s time to leave for a while and continue the journey alone toward a bigger destination with a better purpose, inshaAllah.
In this post, I will tell you about what CETE is, how I joined it, and how I felt about working there.
What is CETE?
CETE is quite small yet a bright team. It is the Center for Educational Technology and Excellence of The Maldives National University (MNU). CETE provides support to the teaching and learning community at MNU through activities designed to support educational applications of technology.
CETE strives to be known as a transformative educational services provider for MNU. CETE promotes scholarly and innovative approaches to teaching, learning, curriculum, and educational technology practices at The Maldives National University by encouraging, supporting, training, and increasing the use of different types of educational technology, such as e-learning.
How did I get to CETE?
I was a senior developer at the university when I completed my master’s degree. At the same time, I was teaching university students as a part-time lecturer. While part-time lecturing, I developed a love and passion for teaching and learning.
Due to my love of teaching, I was looking forward to getting into academia as a full-time lecturer and researcher. This was when CETE’s Instructional Technologist, Ibrahim Adam, informed me about CETE’s announcement for a lecturer who could be their developer and media editor, which was perfect for me. I applied and got selected instantly, alhamdulillah.
How was your experience at CETE?
I believe CETE is one of the best parts of the university. It serves not only students but lecturers as well as faculties.
All center staff members are always busy training lecturers about different educational technologies and spreading awareness about emerging technologies. On top of that, we work on research projects and teach in classrooms as well. Only a lecturer can imagine how that life would be. Yet everyone worked with great inspiration.
One of the key tasks at the center in which I was not directly involved was instructional design. However, I took part in supporting the instructional designers, which helped me scratch the surface of the process and learn from the experts in the field.
That is why I never pass up a chance to help someone or teach someone something I know. I had to teach students and train staff on the most up-to-date technologies and best practices to help them move faster and do their jobs better.
I shared productivity tips with colleagues to help them learn more about file management and record keeping. Working in such areas gave me enormous help in my learning curve and encouraged me to grab the most I could. It taught me how to stay ahead and engage myself in helping colleagues in times of difficulty, like COVID.
CETE is the team that stepped forward to spread awareness and took classes to help lecturers move online and continue teaching during COVID-19.
The image above has a few comments from the team members – a little bit exaggerated, I believe. Anyway, many thanks to Dr. Niuma for acquiring these comments. I feel really good to have these words with me. Thanks.
I believe working at CETE/MNU with such an enthusiastic team is a blessing to me (Alhamdulillah).
Thank you to all of you for your kindness, support, and cooperation during my days over there.
I have learned a lot from you. I hope to get reunited again after some time with better motivation and better goals. inshaAllah.
May Allah bless you all. ❤️