The Center for Educational Technology and Excellence (CETE) is dedicated to provide support to the teaching and learning community of The Maldives National University through activities designed to support educational applications of technology.
The Centre for Educational Technology and Excellence (CETE) will be recognized as a transformative educational services partner to The Maldives National University.
The Centre for Educational Technology and Excellence (CETE) promotes scholarly and innovative approaches to teaching, learning, curriculum and educational technology practices across The Maldives National University through the promotion, support, training, and continuous increase in the use of various educational technology including e-learning.
We are committed to reciprocal relationships developed through consultation to build strong learning communities.
We are responsive to the needs of our stakeholders and engage in initiatives with openness and a balanced approach.
We bring creativity, a passion for exploration and a forward-looking approach to our work. We try new things and learn from them. We lead by example. We consider the future.
We resolve to be responsible, transparent, and invite scrutiny. We acknowledge the contributions of others.
We practice equity and fairness by listening for understanding and supporting inclusivity. We show consideration and appreciation for those with whom we work.
We engage in and facilitate knowledge exchange in a spirit of generosity by sharing insights into pedagogies and technologies and providing a platform for discussion and research.
Ms. Shimna Shakeeb
Head of Centre
She has been serving in the education sector at different levels since 2000 and joined The Maldives National University in 2014. Shimna is a AUSAID scholar, and completed Masters of Higher Education at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia in 2013, and a Bachelor of Arts degree at La Trobe University, Australia in 2005. Her specialized areas include; English Language. English Literature, Teaching and Learning in Higher education, Change Management and Educational Leadership and Comparative and International Education. At present she is pursuing her PhD in the area of English Language Teaching and Blended Learning. Her research interests include, outcome-based pedagogy, critical reflection, instructional design and blended/online learning. She has presented research papers in international conferences held in Indonesia, Shanghai and the Maldives. Her most recent research was based on identifying factors influencing student achievement in a Blended Learning Context. She also holds a Diploma in Teaching Secondary specializing in Teaching Mathematics and Chemistry. During her time at Aminiya School (from 2000-2011) as a teacher and Leading teacher, she headed the Chemistry Department and the English Department.
Ms. Niuma Mohamed
Lead Quality Assurance
Niuma Mohamed is a passionate teacher, learner and a strong advocate who promotes e-learning and the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning. She has completed her Ph.D in Education at Aldersgate University, Philippines, and currently working as a lecturer at the Centre for Educational Technology and Excellence (CETE) in The Maldives National University. She has been actively engaged in research and publications in the field of e-learning and instructional design. She made several publications including the journals indexed by Ei Compendex and Scopus. Her current research projects involve using video pedagogy in teaching learning in higher education and investigating factors affecting student engagement in online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in the public universities of the Maldives. She is also actively involved in reviewing for international academic journals. She believes that the purposeful use of technology allows to close the achievement gaps and ensures academic success for every student. Being an educator and a researcher, nothing inspires her more than the following quote.
“If they don’t learn the way you teach, teach the way they learn”.
Ms. Aminath Zifna
Aminath Zifna is currently a Lecturer at The Centre for Educational Technology (CETE) and Excellence, The Maldives National University. She is leading the CETE training unit as well as providing training for the trainers and students along with the designing and delivery of courses in blended learning.
Her novel research work focused on promoting self-regulation among the e- learners and student support. She presented her research in various academic conferences, nationally and internationally. After being awarded a Master of Education in 2013, she is currently pursuing her PHD in University of Sains Malaysia focusing on providing student support in an e-learning environment.
Mr. Ibrahim Adam
Lead Instructional Technologist
Ibrahim Adam is currently a lecturer at the Centre for Educational Technology and Excellence, The Maldives National University. He received his Master of Multimedia (E-learning technologies) (2018) from Multimedia University, Malaysia and Bachelor of Information Technology (2012) from The Maldives National University, Maldives. For the past four years, he has been involved in providing quality education to the citizens of highly dispersed islands of Maldives through blended learning. He has been actively involved in designing, facilitating, monitoring and delivering courses in blended mode. In addition, he is an advocate for technology enabled learning and consistently look forward new ways of integrating technology to improve teaching and learning through research, by maintaining quality. Moreover, he is highly engaged in training, supporting and promoting quality e-learning at MNU.
Main research interest of Ibrahim is on the pedagogical use of new technology and tools – especially the use of Web 2.0 tools through active learning strategies to meet 21st century learner’s needs.
Ms. Fathimath Mumthaz
Lead Quality Assurance
Fathimath Mumthaz – She is an instructional designer by profession and Lecturer at Centre for Educational Technology and Excellence of the Maldives National University (MNU). She has got Master of Instructional Design and Technology from Open University Malaysia. She began her professional career as a Middle School General Science and Mathematics Teacher and accomplish more than twenty five years in the education field.
Ms. Mumthaz has been serving MNU in the e-Learning department since 2007. She has maintained a good reputation as a lecturer, facilitator, content developer, instructional designer for e-Learning programs at MNU. Furthermore, she has been the Head of e-Learning Department (2014-2016) and training e-facilitators at MNU through short intensive workshops. She also trains e-Learning students of MNU to guide them to become e-Learners. Currently, Ms. Mumthaz is a PhD student researching on mobile learning and instructional strategies in Maldives. Moreover, she is one of the team members of the AMED Project (Advancing higher education in Maldives through e-Learning development) going on at MNU.
Mr. Hamid Ali
Currently working in Maldives National University at Center for Educational Technology and Excellence as a Lecturer (Instructional Designer). Holds a Master’s degree in Research studies, and as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration along with a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Administration.
Previously worked as an experienced and enthusiastic Deputy Principal, who advocated implementing student and staff, continuous improvement programs focused on raising academic levels of students, improving educators’ teaching skills, and encouraging community involvement. Research interest areas include leadership and administration, blended learning, gaming software, online technologies and tools, health and wellbeing, and sociology.
Mr. Ahmed Shareef
Web Developer and Media Editor
Ahmed Shareef has completed Master of Science in Information Technology from the University of the West of England, in 2018. He is a Web Developer working as a lecturer at Centre for Educational Technology and Excellence (CETE) of The Maldives National University (MNU) since 2019. His main responsibilities include web development and media editing. In addition to this, he has been assisting in instructional designing. Since 2015, apart from working as a part-time lecturer for degree students, he has conducted several training sessions for MNU staff.
In addition, he has developed several websites and web applications for MNU and other local establishments including government authorities. He is an enthusiastic teacher who visits islands to conduct workshops for teachers, students and council officers.
His research interest area is educational technology – increasing accessibility with technology by creating a remote learning environment for both normal and disabled students, to be precise.