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  • 22 Feb 2015 1:31 PM | Deleted user

    WHEN - Wednesday, March 11, 2015  12:00PM EST

    In the last decade, we have seen the emergence of many digital learning technologies in both training and education.  Many practitioners and researchers are saying that we are at the tipping point where the use of educational technologies with accelerate.  To talk to us about this phenomenon, we will have a discussion from 3 distinguish researchers and practitioners that are monitoring this market:

    • Mr. Gary Stairs is the CEO of the First Mobile Education initiative and will talk about the implication of mobile technologies in our Canadian education system
    • Dr. Claude Martel is a Professor in Educational Technology at Concordia University and will explain how new models of education and training are changing the learning landscape all over the world.
    • Mr. David Smith is a Trade Commissioner for Canadian Consulate General in Denver and he will bring the Canadian perspective and how Canadian companies and institutions should prepare to compete in the new global market of education and training.

    Mr. Robert Martellacci, President & Publisher MindShare Learning will moderate the discussion.  

    To register, please go to: 

  • 04 Feb 2015 8:35 PM | Deleted user

    For Immediate Release  

    E-Learning's Bright Future in the Middle East

    Innovation Arabia 8

    [UAE, 04 February, 2015]
    As the Middle East grows, so does the need for a well-trained, globally competitive workforce ready for tomorrow’s challenges. As many experts believe, e-Learning will be increasingly essential to address skills shortages and ensure the Middle East continues to grow and innovate.

    The e-Learning industry in the Middle East is experiencing high demand for new educational technologies, and is expected to reach revenue heights of $560 million by 2016. With millions more beginning to use these technologies, big data piques the interest of corporations and institutions who can use the information, for better or worse.

    Prof. Abtar Darshan Singh, Dean of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University’s School of e-Education and Chair of the e-Learning Excellence track at Innovation Arabia 8, believes the global understanding of big data still hasn’t reached its peak; nevertheless, the better established e-Learning regions will be quickest to take up new technologies as they hit the market.

    “Due to the dynamic growth in online learning and technology improvements in schools, the rate of acceptance and implementation of big data technologies will be far easier in the MENA region,” says Prof. Darshan Singh.

    Rather than being relevant only to children and tertiary students, Prof. Darshan Singh cites e-Learning as the “a way of life” that is permeating all sectors internationally, including the healthcare, architectural and agricultural industries. Though for e-Learning programs to be successful, a tailored design approach that considers culture, content and expectations is essential – only by studying the audience can the program deliver results.

    The Innovation Arabia 8 track e-Learning Excellence will explore the current and next-stage trends in eLearning, from blended learning to flipped classrooms, and experimental smart learning to innovation in curriculum design. Keynote speaker for the track Dr. Alan Bruce, CEO & Director of Universal Learning Systems and Vice President of EDEN, will share knowledge and experience in the open education sector with participants at Innovation Arabia 8 in Dubai.

    Through workshops, presentations and extensive networking opportunities, the conference will provide an overview of how e-Learning innovations are transforming the Middle East and beyond.

    Note for Editors:
    Innovation Arabia 8 will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.

    The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovate, Collaborate, and Differentiate: Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present, and Shaping the Future”. This theme reflects the belief that innovation is the path towards growth, progress and a better tomorrow for the Arab World.

    Innovation Arabia 8 will feature four tracks: Quality and Business Management, e-Learning Excellence, Health and Environment, and Islamic Banking and Finance. Innovation Arabia will help to unleash the economic opportunities waiting within the region.

    When: 16-18 February, 2015

    Where: The Address Dubai Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University – The first Smart University in the UAE - and the organizer of Innovation Arabia 8 – was established in 2002 as a response to the aspirations of a new Arab generation, with an emphasis on e-Learning as the future of education and empowerment in the region.

    For more information:

    Twitter: #InnovArabia8

    Press Contact:
    Andrea Ricciarelli
    Tel.:+4930 310 18 18 – 43


  • 18 Dec 2014 3:28 PM | Mollie O'Neill (Administrator)

    Researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) studied how students interacted with 69 million MOOC (Massive Open Onlline Course).

    Students like shorter videos and  they like to see a person - so yeah, a talking head is preferred to a series of slides with no personal presence.

    For a summary of the seven major findings and recommendations:

    To read the researchers' paper: How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos
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