UFred BBA faculty member Dr. Amna Khaliq presents at the 2024 ARLE IFTE Conference in Australia

The ARLE IFTE Conference offers education experts and innovators an opportunity to come together to share research from around the world. Among the distinguished presenters was Dr. Amna Khaliq, a faculty member for the University of Fredericton’s Bachelor of Business Administration program, who brings a wealth of experience and insight into the evolving landscape of online learning. Her participation in this conference highlights a commitment to advancing educational methodologies and fostering global collaboration as she presents her research on Strategies for Canadian Institutional Support by Enhancing the Online Learning Environment.

Motivation for attending and presenting

Attending the ARLE IFTE Conference presented a unique opportunity for Dr. Khaliq to connect with leading experts, stay informed about the latest research methodologies, and continue expanding her supportive community of fellow educators.

"This conference offers a unique opportunity to connect with the leading experts in education and their advanced research in this area. It keeps me updated with the latest research methodologies and innovations, which are necessary for my growth as a researcher and as an educator. The conference helps me connect with fellow researchers, practitioners, and educators around the world, helping with educational projects and collaborations.”

Inspiration behind the research

Driven by personal experience and observations, Dr. Khaliq chose to focus on the topic of Strategies for Canadian Institutional Support by Enhancing the Online Learning Environment. Her interest in this topic began in 2017, when she taught and created course content for online programs. Since then, she has seen an increased interest in online education and the flexibility it offers students to balance their personal and professional responsibilities while pursuing further education.

“… I saw a revolution in online education, where students prefer to take online courses to aid their learning while maintaining a balance between their professional and personal responsibilities. This inspired and motivated me to see what is happening in online education, as it is the next new normal. I believe online education has the potential to take over traditional face-to-face learning method.”

Research overview

“This phenomenological qualitative narrative research study aims to find online learning (OL) strategies for Canadian business institutions to create a healthy work environment for education leaders and students. OL has experienced rapid transformation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has impacted education institutions with students’ engagement and participation in online learning as many international students are enrolled in Canadian institutions with limited digital classroom and technology abilities. The research methodology is phenomenological qualitative research, where professors explain their experiences with online learning. The paper considers past literature and compares the information with primary qualitative research. The study suggests that Canadian institutions’ business leaders should promote peer-to-peer collaborative learning with faculty professional development and invest in technological infrastructure.”