faculty

Dr Md Aktaruzzaman

Assistant Professor (On Leave)
Dept. of Technical & Vocational Education

  • akhtar81@iut-dhaka.edu
    +880 9291254 Ext. 3274

Biography

Dr Md Aktaruzzaman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE), Islamic University of Technology (IUT), a subsidiary organ of OIC, Gazipur, Bangladesh. He has approximately 10 years’ experience of teaching and research (with postdoc) in the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at IUT Bangladesh and Monash University Australia, particularly in the educational technology cohorts. Dr. Aktar was born on 03 June 1981 in the village Dosotina of Jhikargacha thana under Jessore district of Bangladesh. He completed PhD in ICT Education from Monash University Australia in 2016. He also have a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters degree in the integrated field of ICT and Education (ICTE). Although he started his engineering education at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1998-99, he got an opportunity at IUT in 2000 and obtained a Bachelor degree (Hons) in Computer Science and Information Technology in 2006. He successfully completed Secondary and Higher Secondary from Jhikargacha Pilot High School, Jessore and Dhaka College, Dhaka in 1996 and 1998 respectively. 

Dr Aktar published more than 25 articles in journals and conferences of international standing relating to educational technology, pedagogical innovations and curriculum development. In recognition of his high quality research works, he has been awarded a number of prestigious scholarships and awards at home and abroad. He was invited to present his distance education theory and its application to the Harvard Graduate School of Education (USA), Athabasca University (Canada's Open University) and the Open University UK. Dr Aktaruzzaman is the author of the book, “Methods, Evaluation and Research in Education– An approach towards computerisation of research”, which has been highly appreciated by the teachers and students of different universities in Bangladesh and abroad. The self-instructional tutorial of the book is available at www.youtube.com/akhtariut. He has involvement in supervising and examining postgraduate research and undergraduate projects. Since the beginning of his career, Dr Aktar has been working as an ICTE expert, resource person, coordinator, and team member of different national/international seminars, workshops and conferences.

Qualification

PhD (ICT Education, Monash University, Australia), MSc & PGD (ICT Education, Islamic University of Technology [IUT], Bangladesh), and BSc (Computer Science and Information Technology, IUT, Bangladesh)

Experience Portfolio

  • 2016 - till date : Assistant Professor, Dept. of TVE, Islamic University of Technology, Gazipur, Bangladesh
  • 2012 - 2016 : PhD Researcher - Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2011 - 2012 : Assistant Professor, Dept. of TVE, Islamic University of Technology, Gazipur, Bangladesh
  • 2008 - 2011 : Lecturer - Dept. of TVE, Islamic University of Technology, Gazipur, Bangladesh.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • ICT in Education (ICTE)
    • Open & Distance Learning (ODL)
    • Computer Aided Instruction (CAI)
    • Blended, Online & Digital Learning (BOLD)
    • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
    • Learning & Content Management System (LCMS)
    • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
    • Open Educational Resources (OERs)
    • Technical & Vocational Education (TVE)
    • Big Data & Learning Analytics
    • Methods & Techniques of Teaching
    • Assessment & Evaluation in Education
    • Educational Research & Statistics

    Research Supervision

    Supervised Thesis/Project(s)

    1. Georges, M. L. E. (2017). First year learning experiences from students' perspective in a multicultural setting: The case study of Islamic University of Technology (IUT). Department of Technical and Vocational Education, Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Gazipur, Bangladesh. Main Supervisor (Masters Thesis).

    2. Mamun, A. A. (2017). A comparative study on SSC (VOC.) and Dakhil (VOC.) student performance at secondary schools and madrasahs in Bangladesh.  Department of Technical and Vocational Education, Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Gazipur, Bangladesh.  Main Supervisor (Masters Thesis).


    Publications

    Books/Book Chapters

    1. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2011). Methods, Evaluation and Research in Education - An approach towards computerization of research (1st ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Mou Prokashoni. (ISBN: 978-984-33-4078-8). In association with Professor Khushi Muhammad (Pakistan) and Professor Che Kum Clement (Cameroon).

    2. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2010). CAI in Education and Research (1st ed.). Saarbrücken: Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG., Germany (ISBN: 978-3-659-13957-4).

    Refereed Journal Articles

    3. Aktaruzzaman, M. & Plunkett, M. (2017). A socio-technological approach of addressing distance education issues in developing countries. Submitted to International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL), Athabasca University, Canada.

    4. Aktaruzzaman, M. & Plunkett, M. (2017). Institutional and community perceptions of distance education in Bangladesh: preparing for the 21st century. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (TOJDE), 18(3), 2017. DOI:10.17718/tojde.340370

    5. Aktaruzzaman, M. & Plunkett, M. (2016). Adapting Structuration Theory as a comprehensive theory for distance education: the ASTIDE model. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning (EURODL), 19(1), 19–35. https://doi.org/10.1515/eurodl-2016-0002

    6. Aktaruzzaman, M. & Plunkett, M. (2016). An innovative approach toward a comprehensive distance education framework for a developing country. American Journal of Distance Education (AJDE), 30 (4), 211-224. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08923647.2016.1227098

    7. Elbushari, I. E. & Aktaruzzaman, M. (2012). Identification of the problems and prospects in vocational education and training of Bangladesh. Asian Journal of Management Science & Education, 1(1), 76-89.

    8. Aktaruzzaman, M. & Muhammad, K. (2011). Impact of Computer Aided Instruction on Students Achievement in Educational Research and Statistics. International Journal of Computer Science Research and Application, 1(2), 2-11.

    9. Aktaruzzaman, M. & Clement, C. K. (2011). Job Satisfaction among the Teachers of the Technical Training Centres (T.T.Cs) in Bangladesh. Academic Research International, 1(2), 375-382.

    10. Aktaruzzaman, M., Shamim, R. H. & Clement, C. K. (2011). Trends and Issues to Integrate ICT in Teaching-Learning for the Future World of Education. International Journal of Engineering and Technology, 11(3), 114-119.

    11. Shamim, R. H., Aktaruzzaman, M. & Clement, C. K. (2011). Factors influencing use of ICT in Technical and Vocational Education to make Teaching-Learning effective: Case study of Polytechnic Institutions in Bangladesh. International Journal of Basic and Applied Science, 11(3), 164-170.

    12. Aktaruzzaman, M. & Clement, C. K. (2010). Vocational Education and Training in Human Resource Development: A Case Study of Bangladesh. Academic Research International, 1(1), 1-10.

    13. Aktaruzzaman, M., Raihan, M.A., & Tapan, S. M. (2006). ICT to Enhance Learning. Journal of Teacher Education, 4, 39-52. School of Education, Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur-1704, ISSN: 1812-7517.

    Refereed Papers in Conference Proceedings

    14. Aktaruzzaman, M., Shamim, M. R. H., Raihan, M. A., & Khan, M. S. H. (2017). Assessing the need of work integrated curriculum in open and distance learning in Bangladesh: A community perspective. Abstract published at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2017, Canberra , Australia.

    15. Georges, M. L. E., Aktaruzzaman, M., & Haolader, F. A. (2017). First year learning experiences from students' perspective in a multicultural setting: The case study of Islamic University of Technology (IUT). International conference on Skills for the Future World of Work and TVET for Global Competitiveness, Organized by Institution of Diploma Engineers (IDEB, Bangladesh) and Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC, Manila), 27-29 July 2017, IDEB, Dhaka.

    16. Mamun, A. A., Haolader, F. A., & Aktaruzzaman, M. (2017). A comparative study on SSC (VOC.) and Dakhil (VOC.) student performance at secondary schools and madrasahs in Bangladesh. International conference on Skills for the Future World of Work and TVET for Global Competitiveness, Organized by Institution of Diploma Engineers (IDEB, Bangladesh) and Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC, Manila), 27-29 July 2017, IDEB, Dhaka.

    17. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2016). A socio-technological approach of addressing distance education issues in developing and developed countries. Paper presented to the Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER), December 7-8, 2016, Athabasca University, Canada.

    18. Aktaruzzaman, M. & Plunkett, M. (2015). An innovative approach towards the development of a comprehensive distance education framework for a developing country. Paper presented at the 21st Century Academic Forum Conference, September 20-22, 2015, Harvard University, USA.

    19. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2015). Inspiring thoughts and practices through adapting structuration theory as a global comprehensive theory for distance education. Paper presented at the MERC Annual Conference 2015, July 03, 2015, Monash University, Australia.

    20. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2014). Community perception towards integrating vocational elements in open and distance learning in Bangladesh. Peer reviewed paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, December 01-04, 2014, QUT, Brisbane, Australia.

    21. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2012). ICT based distance education framework for a developing country: A Case of Bangladesh. Peer reviewed paper presented at the Research In Focus Conference, September 27-28, 2012, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria, Australia.

    22. Clement, C. K., Khan, S. H., & Aktaruzzaman, M. (2010). Practice of Lifelong Learning in Technical and Vocational Education: A Case of IUT. Peer reviewed paper presented at the Lifelong Learning International Conference (3LInC), November 10-12, 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Workings Papers, Reports & Other Publications

    23. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2017). Solutions for challenges in TVET teacher education. Working paper presented at the First OIC-VET Summit in association with Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Ankara, Turkey, 15-16 November, 2017.

    24. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2011). Competency Based TVET Curriculum for the OIC Member States. Working paper presented at the IUT Annual International Workshop in association with ILO Bangladesh and Islamic Development Bank (IDB), 27-30 November, 2011.

    25. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2010). TVET and Poverty Reduction in the OIC Member States. Working paper presented at the IUT Annual International Workshop in association with IRTI (IDB), 27-30 November, 2010.

    26. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2008). Integration of ICT and Pedagogy to Enhance Teaching-Learning. Working paper presented at the IUT Annual International Workshop in association with UNESCO and IRTI (IDB), 15-19 November, 2008.

    27. Aktaruzzaman, M. (2007). Integration of Technology and Pedagogy in the Technical and Vocational Education of the OIC Member States. Working paper presented at the IUT Annual International Workshop in association with UNESCO and IRTI (IDB), 01-05 December, 2007.

    Awards & Commendations

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS, Australia)
  • Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS, Monash University)
  • Paper Publication Award (PPA, Monash Institute of Graduate Research)
  • SGS Scholarship (Memorial University, Canada)
  • Postgraduate Researcher Award of Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • Monash Education Research Community (MERC, Monash University)
  • Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) Travel Grant for Harvard University Conference
  • Top Scholarships in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education Levels in Bangladesh.

  • Professional Associations

  • 2016 - present Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER) – Member
  • 2016 - present Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (TOJDE) – Reviewer
  • 2013 - 2015 Monash Education Research Community (MERC) – Founding Coordinator, Gippsland
  • 2012 - present Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) – ECR Member
  • 2006 - present the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) – Associate Member
  • 2009 - 2012 IUT Computer Society (IUTCS) – Adviser and Representative of the Department.

  • Patent/Outstanding Contributions

    Title: Adapting Structuration Theory In Distance Education (ASTIDE) 

    The ASTIDE theory is considered as a comprehensive and promising theory in this field that can transform education systems in different parts of the world. It will encourage entrepreneurship through social business and get education with minimum support from the government. This type of research could make a significant impact to the Bangladeshi society and to the greater global community. The theory has been published in the European Journal of Open Distance and E-learning (EURODL) and its application has been published in the American Journal of Distance Education (AJDE)Dr Steven Hutchinson, Head of Education Department, the Open University UK, ascribed the dimensions of the ASTIDE as “5 golden threads in the model … a very strong piece of work”. Professor Michael Moore, Professor Emeritus (Education), the Pennsylvania State University and Chief Editor, AJDE (USA) considered it as “promising”, and Professor Terry Anderson of Athabasca University and Guest Editor, IRRODL (Canada) commented on the article on ASTIDE as, “a very thoughtful article which goes beyond most theoretical positions ... I look forward to seeing more and in using this in my own work”.