Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Global E-Learning: The State of E-Learning in the Middle East- Part II

As was mentioned in the previous post, there are leaders in the Middle East who have a vision for the future of innovation and E-Learning that if carried out, will lead to a better quality of life for the people of the region and will open up doors of opportunity for investors.

One such leader is HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

In an article published by HH, titled: "Innovate or Stagnate"  His Highness was quoted as saying:

"We are building a new reality for our people, a new future for our children and a new model of development" (Feb. 5,2015)

A symbol of this new vision for the future of education is the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University  in Dubai whose mission statement states the following:
"To provide high quality programs using virtual learning environment, supporting the pursuit of lifelong learning, addressing critical activities of economic development in the Arab World, pioneering in e-learning, providing unique learners experience and growing knowledge and its dissemination through excellence in research and knowledge transfer." 

We also have quotes from the E-Learning Association of the Middle East stating:

We can also point to the potential of  MOOCS that are growing in use in the Middle East but we do need to hear from those who are working in the E-Learning area using the different variations of E-Learning . It would be a great disservice to those in other Middle Eastern countries to leave the impression that the only area involved in E-Learning is UAE. This leads me to my appeal.
The Appeal for Thoughtful Collaboration and Exchange of Ideas
The purpose of this appeal is to open conversations that will allow all of us to truly understand the "mosaic of global E-Learning". I would like to entertain these conversations in the professional forums on E-Learning in The conversations should elaborate on three main questions:
  1. What is the state of E-Learning in the education sector of your country?
  2. What are a few successes you can highlight that you have experienced in E-Learning in your country?
  3. What are a few serious challenges that you see now and in the future for E-Learning in your country?
Who Should We Hear From?
 Naturally, we would like to hear from all those who are involved in E-Learning in some way. Government officials, higher education, instructional designers, educators, corporate trainers and even students taking E-Learning.
Framing Your Responses
In order that conversations not be cumbersome, I would suggest the following:
  1. Identify the country you are from
  2. Identify your professional role
  3. A brief response to the questions


Where Do We Start? 
These posts will be shared to the LinkedIn forums on E-Learning and innovation, specifically E-Learning Industry and Learnnovators where I hope that we can stimulate some helpful conversations on the state of E-Learning in a global context. Any comments you post to the blog, I can transfer to the LinkedIn forums which also include the Education in the Middle East forum. For example this came from Waleed in Jan 4, 2015:

"E-learning is getting tremendous success in the region of United Arab Emirates because of the outclass technological facilities are provided to its residents and there a lot of locals as well expatriates already enrolled in online education in UAE because of its convenient learning."

This is an invitation to share your story.................

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