Faculty Profile

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  • PhD   McGill university,  Montreal, Canada
    Masters in Arts  Concordia University, Edmonton, Canada
    MBA  University of Central Oklahoma, US

Areas of Interest
Informal Learning, Social networks, Diaspora, Identity, Middle class constructions

Shakib Ahsan

Assistant Professor & Director


He is a visiting faculty member at ULAB where he teach two courses in Business and General Education. He also head the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). His area of research is South Asian Diaspora, Informal Learning and Middle class constructions. He has published more than fifteen papers at various educational conferences and peer reviewed journals on Media, Technology and Higher Education. His experience includes, among other things, developing workshops and courses for the Government of Canada and designing new faculty training for university faculties. With a background in inter-disciplinary works he has taught at McGill, Concordia, University of Quebec at Montreal and Canada School of Public Service. In the past ten years he has worked as an Instructional Designer developing online training modules using various adult learning theories.

Research & Awards

Current Project
Design and implement Center for Teaching and Learning (CETL)
(May 2016-Aug 2017)
Design and develop faculty professional development programs as per UGC requirements

Administer and train new faculty, staff and TA orientation programs

Implement standards for assessments and standardizations for faculty self evaluations and departmental supervision

Design and develop a website for CETL as part of the knowledge ecology

Promote a Community of practice by creating a wiki using social constructivism

Facilitate faculty in research, advising and student engagement activities through showcasing best practice models

Assist various Departmental and Center Heads in planning and designing Strategic goals in line with vision 2020.
Design courses for Federal employees on Web accessibility at CSPS
(May 2015-April 2016)
Designing Performance Support Tools for intranet mandated by the Canada School of Public Service vision 2020.

Redesigning e-learning courses for Managers and Web developers to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)-A313 and T710

Content development on essentials of plain language and web writing for managers and functional communities

Designing and development of content based on the information architecture based on the Web Experience Toolkit (WET 4).

Developing storyboards for audio-video productions as required by the Canada.ca Web Renewal initiative.

Provided training to instructors on appropriate teaching methods for efficient use of technology and tools
Andrew Eagle- The life of a modern jajabor: Ditching the map while making sense of the road, Jun 16, 2016, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
PhD scholarship: Provost’s award (2009)
GREAT travel award (2009)
ABDUL scholarship award (2012)


Journal Articles

Ahsan, S., Biswas, M. & Fitzgerald, A. (2009). Online Practice Test: Problems of Writing Questions using Bloom’s Taxonomy. In I. Gibson et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 2218-2223). Chesapeake, VA: AACE

Ahsan, S., Biswas, M. & Fitzgerald, A. (2009). Online Practice Tests for Secondary Board Examinees in Bangladesh: An Innovative Step toward Quality Education. In I. Gibson et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 2224-2

Ahsan, S., Biswas, M. & Fitzgerald, A. (2009). A Database of Structured Questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy for Secondary School Board Exam Preparation in Bangladesh: An Inclusive Approach of ICT Integration. In T. Bastiaens et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate,

Ahsan, S., Holmes, B., Wasty, S. &Hafeez, K. (2010). The Knowledge Box: Can a technology bring schooling to children in crisis? In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010 (pp. 3965-3970). Chesapeake, VA: AACE 


Ahsan, S., Wasty, S., Holmes, B. &Arseneault, M. (2016). Biharis in Bangladesh: A Baseline Survey of Camp Clusters in Dhaka and Khulna. In S.N. Amin, V.Ganepola & L. Dissanayake (Eds.), Changing Nature of Forced Migration: Vulnerabilities and Responsibilities in South and South-East Asia (part 4). D

Conference Proceedings

Ahsan, S., Holmes, B. &Wasty, S. (2010). Using Distance Learning for Capacity Development in Bangladesh Refugee Camps. The 3rd Annual Forum on eLearning Excellence 2010 held at Hamdan Bin Mohammed University, Dubai, 1-3rd February 2010

Ahsan, S., Wasty, S., Holmes, B. &Arseneault, M. (2011). From Statelessness to Recognition: A Baseline Survey of the Biharis in Bangladesh. International Conference Changing nature of forced migration: Vulnerabilities and responsibilities in South and South East Asia, held at Asian University for Wo

Ahsan, S., Teacher Identity on Teacher Adda: Using a culturally embedded Teacher Inquiry Methodology in Teacher Education in Bangladesh, EGSS Conference 2012, held at McGill University, Montreal, QC, 9-10th March, 2012

Ahsan, S., An inquiry into the identity constructions of the Bangladeshi diaspora in Greater Toronto Area through their social networks, EGSS Conference 2015, held at McGill University, Montreal, QC, 9-10th March, 2015

Program Affiliations

Courses Taught

The Universityof Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.