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Research and More

In addition to keynote speeches, an expert panel discussion, and research sessions, we have organized additional activities for educators and students, such as a Creative Teaching Competition and panel of students to discuss online learning from the students’ perspective.

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Two workshops led by experienced instructors and IT professionals to enlighten and teach the audience about designing online courses and engaging students in online learning systems will also be offered during the conference.

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Who’s Speaking

We are excited to announce the full list of Keynote Speakers and Panelists for AUBH E-Learning Conference 2021

Dr. Susan E. SaxtonFounding President American University of Bahrain (AUBH)

With over 25 years of leadership experience as an international executive in both industry and academia, Dr. Susan E. Saxton is the Founding President of the American University of Bahrain (AUBH). She has held key leadership roles with Laureate Education (the world’s largest private higher education network) including Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Academic Officer, Global Products and Services. She has also served as the Chief Strategy & Development Officer for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) in The Hague.

Dr. Saxton has played an integral role starting and transforming university campuses across the world to higher levels of academic quality and fiscal sustainability. During her distinguished career, she served as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President, Innovation and Emerging Strategies, at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, part of Laureate Education. Prior to working with Laureate Education’s universities around the world, she held the roles of Vice President of Strategy & Product Development and the Dean of Students at Kaplan University, Founding Dean of the College of e-Learning at Lynn University, and Founding Dean of the School of Business & Technology at Capella University.

Dr. Saxton has two Doctors of Philosophy (Ph.D.s), one in Organization and Management, and the other in Human Services/Psychology; a Master of Laws in International Business from the University of Liverpool; a Master of Science in Business Administration in Finance from Boston University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Wellesley College.

Dr. Susan E. SaxtonFounding President American University of Bahrain (AUBH)

With over 25 years of leadership experience as an international executive in both industry and academia, Dr. Susan E. Saxton is the Founding President of the American University of Bahrain (AUBH). She has held key leadership roles with Laureate Education (the world’s largest private higher education network) including Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Academic Officer, Global Products and Services. She has also served as the Chief Strategy & Development Officer for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) in The Hague.

Dr. Saxton has played an integral role starting and transforming university campuses across the world to higher levels of academic quality and fiscal sustainability. During her distinguished career, she served as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President, Innovation and Emerging Strategies, at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, part of Laureate Education. Prior to working with Laureate Education’s universities around the world, she held the roles of Vice President of Strategy & Product Development and the Dean of Students at Kaplan University, Founding Dean of the College of e-Learning at Lynn University, and Founding Dean of the School of Business & Technology at Capella University.

Dr. Saxton has two Doctors of Philosophy (Ph.D.s), one in Organization and Management, and the other in Human Services/Psychology; a Master of Laws in International Business from the University of Liverpool; a Master of Science in Business Administration in Finance from Boston University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Wellesley College.

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Prof. Mansoor Ahmed Al-AaliPresident of Ahlia University

Professor Mansoor Alaali became President of Ahlia University in 2015. He joined Ahlia University in 2009 after a long academic career. Professor Mansoor’s research interests are applied computer science, data mining, algorithms, Artificial Intelligence and Ethics. After graduating from the University of Teesside (UK), he gained his Master of Science and PhD from the University of Aston in Birmingham (UK). Prof. Mansoor is a member of numerous professional bodies. An editor and reviewer for international refereed journals, Professor Mansoor has written several books and numerous journal and conference articles; delivered keynote speeches; and is a committee member for local, regional and international conferences. Professor Mansoor was a member of Bahrain National Qualification Framework’s Verification Committee; previous roles include external consultant for international off campus programmes of the University of Greenwich (UK) and the University of Sunderland (UK); and IT strategy and training Adviser to Bahrain’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. He worked as an IT and business consultant, developing and advising on various major commercial solutions. Professor Mansoor is a board member and chairman of various community organizations.

Prof. Mansoor Ahmed Al-AaliPresident of Ahlia University

Professor Mansoor Alaali became President of Ahlia University in 2015. He joined Ahlia University in 2009 after a long academic career. Professor Mansoor’s research interests are applied computer science, data mining, algorithms, Artificial Intelligence and Ethics. After graduating from the University of Teesside (UK), he gained his Master of Science and PhD from the University of Aston in Birmingham (UK). Prof. Mansoor is a member of numerous professional bodies. An editor and reviewer for international refereed journals, Professor Mansoor has written several books and numerous journal and conference articles; delivered keynote speeches; and is a committee member for local, regional and international conferences. Professor Mansoor was a member of Bahrain National Qualification Framework’s Verification Committee; previous roles include external consultant for international off campus programmes of the University of Greenwich (UK) and the University of Sunderland (UK); and IT strategy and training Adviser to Bahrain’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. He worked as an IT and business consultant, developing and advising on various major commercial solutions. Professor Mansoor is a board member and chairman of various community organizations.

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Prof. Riyad HamzahUniversity of Bahrain President

Prof. Riyad Y. Hamzah is President of the University of Bahrain; Kingdom of Bahrain (since 2016). He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Houston, USA and is a Professor of Biotechnology. He has served as Secretary General for Higher Education, Kingdom of Bahrain 2011-2016 where he was responsible for the improvement of the overall higher education sector in the Kingdom and the launch of the first National Higher Education Strategy and National Research Strategy. Prof. Hamzah was involved in the establishment of the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Kingdom of Bahrain from inception having also served as Vice-President from 1994 to 2005. Other key academic and administrative posts at AGU include Director General of Finance and Administration (1986-1994) and Dean of the College of Applied Sciences (1990-1994). Prof. Hamzah was Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Gulf Journal of Scientific Research, and he is a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) based in Trieste, Italy. He is a founding member and member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) in Beirut, Lebanon and is currently a jury member for the UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Khalifa Prize for the use of ICTs in Education. In 2011, Prof. Hamzah was awarded the Distinctive Medal - First Degree, from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain.

Prof. Riyad HamzahUniversity of Bahrain President

Prof. Riyad Y. Hamzah is President of the University of Bahrain; Kingdom of Bahrain (since 2016). He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Houston, USA and is a Professor of Biotechnology. He has served as Secretary General for Higher Education, Kingdom of Bahrain 2011-2016 where he was responsible for the improvement of the overall higher education sector in the Kingdom and the launch of the first National Higher Education Strategy and National Research Strategy. Prof. Hamzah was involved in the establishment of the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Kingdom of Bahrain from inception having also served as Vice-President from 1994 to 2005. Other key academic and administrative posts at AGU include Director General of Finance and Administration (1986-1994) and Dean of the College of Applied Sciences (1990-1994). Prof. Hamzah was Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Gulf Journal of Scientific Research, and he is a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) based in Trieste, Italy. He is a founding member and member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) in Beirut, Lebanon and is currently a jury member for the UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Khalifa Prize for the use of ICTs in Education. In 2011, Prof. Hamzah was awarded the Distinctive Medal - First Degree, from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain.

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Prof. Flower DarbyFaculty in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University

Flower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. As faculty and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for over 24 years in a range of subjects including English, Technology, Leadership, Dance, and Pilates. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, Darby loves to apply learning science across the disciplines, and to help others do the same.
Darby speaks, writes, presents and consults on teaching and learning theory and practice both nationally and internationally. She has helped educators all over the world become more effective in their work. She is the author, with James M. Lang, of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes, and she’s a columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book on emotion science and teaching with technology is forthcoming from West Virginia University Press.

Prof. Flower DarbyFaculty in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University

Flower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. As faculty and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for over 24 years in a range of subjects including English, Technology, Leadership, Dance, and Pilates. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, Darby loves to apply learning science across the disciplines, and to help others do the same.
Darby speaks, writes, presents and consults on teaching and learning theory and practice both nationally and internationally. She has helped educators all over the world become more effective in their work. She is the author, with James M. Lang, of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes, and she’s a columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book on emotion science and teaching with technology is forthcoming from West Virginia University Press.

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Dr. Maha BaliProfessor of Practice, American University of Cairo

Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org (a grassroots movement that challenges academic gatekeeping at conferences) and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound (an equity-focused, open, connected intercultural learning curriculum, which has also branched into academic community activities Continuity with Care and Socially Just Academia). She writes and speaks frequently about social justice, critical pedagogy, and open and online education.

Dr. Maha BaliProfessor of Practice, American University of Cairo

Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org (a grassroots movement that challenges academic gatekeeping at conferences) and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound (an equity-focused, open, connected intercultural learning curriculum, which has also branched into academic community activities Continuity with Care and Socially Just Academia). She writes and speaks frequently about social justice, critical pedagogy, and open and online education.

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Dr. Stephanie MooreAssistant Professor Organization, Information and Learning Sciences, The University of New Mexico

Stephanie Moore is Assistant Professor in the Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences program and is the Barbara Bush Foundation / Dollar General Foundation Fellow. Her work with these foundations focuses on the use of learning technologies for adult literacy and guidance for foundations wishing to invest in the development of learning technologies. Her research includes the use of performance improvement for assessing the needs of new teachers and developing targeted micro-instruction as well as the development of effective online and blended human resources workforce development for the federal government that can lead to eventual certification. She presently consults with clients on a range of projects including online learning, the use of technology for learning, and organizational performance improvement. Her areas of expertise include online and blended learning, educational / learning technologies, multimedia learning, performance improvement, ethics of technology and integration of societal impact into the design and planning process, as well as a deep background in accessibility and UDL.
Prior to joining the OILS program, she was Assistant Professor of Instructional Design & Technology in the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia where she taught instructional design, performance improvement, online learning, and ethics for learning and workplace technology. In 2018, she received the Casteen Teaching Fellowship, named for the former president of the University of Virginia, and accompanying grant from the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life to further develop her work on ethics of learning technologies. Across her career, she has helped to build and lead effective online learning programs that have won multiple awards and recognitions such as the AACTE Innovation of the Year Award and the Leadership in Education award presented by the Southern Piedmont Technology Council. The latest online program for which she led the development is now ranked #3 in its category.
She has served as President of the Division for Systemic Change in the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and as President of the AECT Foundation. She has presented at the International Society for Performance Improvement. Recent awards include the AECT Presidential Award for Excellence and Award for Distinguished Service to the Change Division. She is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Computing in Higher Education and is also a speaker for the US Speakers Program at the US Department of State through which she consults with foreign embassies on effective online learning.

Dr. Stephanie MooreAssistant Professor Organization, Information and Learning Sciences, The University of New Mexico

Stephanie Moore is Assistant Professor in the Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences program and is the Barbara Bush Foundation / Dollar General Foundation Fellow. Her work with these foundations focuses on the use of learning technologies for adult literacy and guidance for foundations wishing to invest in the development of learning technologies. Her research includes the use of performance improvement for assessing the needs of new teachers and developing targeted micro-instruction as well as the development of effective online and blended human resources workforce development for the federal government that can lead to eventual certification. She presently consults with clients on a range of projects including online learning, the use of technology for learning, and organizational performance improvement. Her areas of expertise include online and blended learning, educational / learning technologies, multimedia learning, performance improvement, ethics of technology and integration of societal impact into the design and planning process, as well as a deep background in accessibility and UDL.
Prior to joining the OILS program, she was Assistant Professor of Instructional Design & Technology in the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia where she taught instructional design, performance improvement, online learning, and ethics for learning and workplace technology. In 2018, she received the Casteen Teaching Fellowship, named for the former president of the University of Virginia, and accompanying grant from the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life to further develop her work on ethics of learning technologies. Across her career, she has helped to build and lead effective online learning programs that have won multiple awards and recognitions such as the AACTE Innovation of the Year Award and the Leadership in Education award presented by the Southern Piedmont Technology Council. The latest online program for which she led the development is now ranked #3 in its category.
She has served as President of the Division for Systemic Change in the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and as President of the AECT Foundation. She has presented at the International Society for Performance Improvement. Recent awards include the AECT Presidential Award for Excellence and Award for Distinguished Service to the Change Division. She is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Computing in Higher Education and is also a speaker for the US Speakers Program at the US Department of State through which she consults with foreign embassies on effective online learning.

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Prof. Tom CrickProfessor of Digital Education & Policy, Swansea University
Prof. Tom CrickProfessor of Digital Education & Policy, Swansea University
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Dr. Reem AlBuainainActing CEO, Bahrain Polytechnic

Dr Reem Al Buainain is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Academic Affairs at Bahrain Polytechnic. Dr Reem Al Buainain holds a PHD in Quality Management in Higher Education from the University of Southampton.
At a professional level, Dr. Al Buainain was the Director: Quality, Measurement & Analysis and Planning at Bahrain Polytechnic. Prior to this Dr. Al Buainain was the Chief of Academic Accreditation Standards and Licensing at the Secretariat General of the Higher Education Council. Dr. Al Buainain has a long experience in Education in Bahrain. She worked with a variety of educational entities and participated in many education projects and initiatives on the national level.
Dr. Al Buainain is also a member of many organizations and national committees; she is a Member of the Higher National Academic Accreditation Committee. She was a Board member representing Bahrain in “Gulf quality and accreditation Network”. The Board is responsible for GCC quality assurance and accreditation agency establishment. Dr. Al Buainain is an Approved Qualifications Evaluator and expert in academic accreditation and higher education institutions’ international ranking, institutional listing and courses placement. She conducts and participates in many assessments for higher educational institutions.

Dr. Reem AlBuainainActing CEO, Bahrain Polytechnic

Dr Reem Al Buainain is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Academic Affairs at Bahrain Polytechnic. Dr Reem Al Buainain holds a PHD in Quality Management in Higher Education from the University of Southampton.
At a professional level, Dr. Al Buainain was the Director: Quality, Measurement & Analysis and Planning at Bahrain Polytechnic. Prior to this Dr. Al Buainain was the Chief of Academic Accreditation Standards and Licensing at the Secretariat General of the Higher Education Council. Dr. Al Buainain has a long experience in Education in Bahrain. She worked with a variety of educational entities and participated in many education projects and initiatives on the national level.
Dr. Al Buainain is also a member of many organizations and national committees; she is a Member of the Higher National Academic Accreditation Committee. She was a Board member representing Bahrain in “Gulf quality and accreditation Network”. The Board is responsible for GCC quality assurance and accreditation agency establishment. Dr. Al Buainain is an Approved Qualifications Evaluator and expert in academic accreditation and higher education institutions’ international ranking, institutional listing and courses placement. She conducts and participates in many assessments for higher educational institutions.

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Dr. Azza El-ShinnawyHead of Education for Middle East and Africa and Head of Egypt, Public Sector, at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Dr. Azza El-Shinnawy is Head of Education for Middle East and Africa and Head of Egypt, Public Sector, at Amazon Web Services (AWS). With over twenty years of professional and academic experience, El-Shinnawy helps customers in the region realize the full potential of cloud computing to transform education and better serve citizens. Before joining AWS, she worked at Microsoft for nine years in education and public sector roles. Prior to that, El-Shinnawy worked with the Government of Egypt as an advisor to the Minister of Investment, with the World Health Organization as an expert on health policy, and at the American University in Cairo, where she taught public policy at the graduate level. She has also undertaken numerous public sector consultancies and advisory roles with multilateral organizations, becoming a recognized expert and published strategist on health, trade, and industrial policies, and on FDI strategies in emerging markets.

El-Shinnawy holds a PhD in International Development from the London School of Economics in the UK, an MA in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia in the UK, and an MA in Public Administration from the American University in Cairo.

Dr. Azza El-ShinnawyHead of Education for Middle East and Africa and Head of Egypt, Public Sector, at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Dr. Azza El-Shinnawy is Head of Education for Middle East and Africa and Head of Egypt, Public Sector, at Amazon Web Services (AWS). With over twenty years of professional and academic experience, El-Shinnawy helps customers in the region realize the full potential of cloud computing to transform education and better serve citizens. Before joining AWS, she worked at Microsoft for nine years in education and public sector roles. Prior to that, El-Shinnawy worked with the Government of Egypt as an advisor to the Minister of Investment, with the World Health Organization as an expert on health policy, and at the American University in Cairo, where she taught public policy at the graduate level. She has also undertaken numerous public sector consultancies and advisory roles with multilateral organizations, becoming a recognized expert and published strategist on health, trade, and industrial policies, and on FDI strategies in emerging markets.

El-Shinnawy holds a PhD in International Development from the London School of Economics in the UK, an MA in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia in the UK, and an MA in Public Administration from the American University in Cairo.

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Ewoud de KokCEO, FeedbackFruits
Ewoud de KokCEO, FeedbackFruits
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Hamad Al-SaieEducation Sector Lead, Microsoft - Middle East Cluster

Hamad Al-Saie is currently the Education Leader for Microsoft’s Middle East Cluster. His responsibility is to land a digital transformation strategy for multi-country segments focusing on Education Transformation Framework, industry solutions spectrum, driving future ready-skills in K-12 & Higher Education, and growing the business for Educational devices, modern classrooms and intelligent cloud.
Mr. Al-Saie has 25 years of experience in the banking & I.T. sectors, holds an Accounting Post graduate Degree/MCSE, and is expected to finish his MBA next year. He started with Bahrain Islamic Bank, and then moved into the Payments Industry working on Banking Solutions with ACI Worldwide for 9 years.
During his tenure with ACI, he held different roles all revolving around customer management and pre-sales consultancy, and lastly, he became the Regional Sales Director looking after the Gulf, Levant and North-Africa regions.

Hamad Al-SaieEducation Sector Lead, Microsoft - Middle East Cluster

Hamad Al-Saie is currently the Education Leader for Microsoft’s Middle East Cluster. His responsibility is to land a digital transformation strategy for multi-country segments focusing on Education Transformation Framework, industry solutions spectrum, driving future ready-skills in K-12 & Higher Education, and growing the business for Educational devices, modern classrooms and intelligent cloud.
Mr. Al-Saie has 25 years of experience in the banking & I.T. sectors, holds an Accounting Post graduate Degree/MCSE, and is expected to finish his MBA next year. He started with Bahrain Islamic Bank, and then moved into the Payments Industry working on Banking Solutions with ACI Worldwide for 9 years.
During his tenure with ACI, he held different roles all revolving around customer management and pre-sales consultancy, and lastly, he became the Regional Sales Director looking after the Gulf, Levant and North-Africa regions.

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Schedule

Innovative Learning and Teaching: Lessons from COVID-19​
24 - 26 May 2021 - Manama, Bahrain

  • Day 1 24 May 2021
  • Day 2 25 May 2021
  • Day 3 26 May 2021
  • Room A
  • Room B
  • Room C
08:30 AM - 09:00 AMOpening Ceremony, On behalf of the Patron, H.E. the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa Al Khalifa, Secretary General of the Higher Education Council
09:00 AM - 09:30 AMKeynote Speaker 1: How did Covid-19 affect institutions around the world? By Dr. Susan E. SaxtonAUBH President

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Abstract:

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented itself as a challenge and an opportunity. It has affected how we live, learn, work, and socialize and pushed us to rethink how we connect, engage, share, and transfer. We will explore how this pandemic affected institutions all around the world and how can we take this pandemic as an opportunity to improve and develop teaching and learning experiences.
09:30 AM - 10:00 AMKeynote Speaker 2: Fostering Social and Emotional Connections to Create Engaging Online Classes By Prof. Flower Darby Faculty in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University

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Abstract

Online courses are often characterized by a feeling of disconnect for both students and faculty. And research shows that this challenge persists. Yet we know that feeling connected to the people in our classes can help students engage, learn, and succeed. We’ll explore practical strategies to strengthen social and emotional connections in online environments to improve online teaching and learning experiences for all.

10:15 AM - 10:45 AMKeynote Speaker 3: Providing Agile Faculty Development in Times of Uncertainty By Dr. Maha BaliProfessor of Practice, American University of Cairo

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Abstract:

The move toward emergency remote teaching meant educational development centers suddenly had to train and support all who teach at their institutions simultaneously.
This session will focus on the agile, responsive and value-centric faculty development done locally via AUC’s Center for Learning & Teaching, the glocal opportunities offered via DigPINS, and the curation of openly available community-building resources available to educators worldwide. Central to all of these initiatives is that centering equity and care in how we support faculty will trickle down to the ways faculty treat their students during the trauma of the pandemic.

10:45 AM - 11:30 PMPanel Session 1: A New Reality – A Look at Post-Covid19 Education Trends

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Moderator: Mr. William D. Hurt, Chief Operating Officer, AUBH

  • Dr. Susan E. Saxton, Founding President American University of Bahrain (AUBH)
  • Prof. Mansoor Al-Aali, President of Ahlia University
  • Prof. Riyad Hamzah, University of Bahrain (UoB) President
  • Prof. Flower Darby , Faculty in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University
  • Dr. Maha Bali, Professor of Practice, American University of Cairo

12:00 PM - 01:30 PMResearch Session 1 – A

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Blended and online education
Moderator: Dr. Wafa Almansoori, AUBH, Bahrain
AuthorTitle
Dr. Peter Sharp Regent’s University London, UKLearning from Online Professional Practice in Higher Education in the Covid-19 Knowledge Economy
Dr. Irfan Abdul Karim Shaikh Bahrain Training Institute, BahrainChallenges in virtual learning: A reference to India
Dr. Harris Saseendran Bahrain Training Institute, BahrainDigital Learning through Dynamic Strategic Planning: A Case Study of Bahrain Training Institute
Dr. Philippe Pringuet Mr. Anthony Friel Dr. Philippe Vande Wiele Bahrain Polytechnic, BahrainCodeRunner: a case study of Bahrain Polytechnic ‘programming 101’ transition to online learning
Dr. Shadma Iffat Rahmatullah College of Science and Arts, King Khalid University, Khamis Mushait, Saudi ArabiaBlackboard as Online Learning Management System in Saudi Context: Challenges and Prospects
Dr. Mohd Faiz Hilmi Fatimah Hassan Azli Meor Azli Ayub Universiti Sains Malaysia, MalaysiaExploring Student Learning Behavior: A Machine Learning Approach
02:00 PM - 03:30 PMResearch Session 2

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Digital content creation / Challenge of passive learning / Future of HE education / Accreditation issues / Key global technical challenges
Moderator: Dr. Sabri Dogan, AUBH, Bahrain
AuthorTitle
Mr. Keneth Adrian P. Dagal Nasser Vocational Training Center, BahrainSimplifying and Performing Analogy of Procedures in Learning Mathematics on a Digital Platform
Dr. Yomna Abdulla University of Bahrain, College of Business Administration, UOBWhen a challenge becomes a merit: Student interactions in the Time of COVID 19
Dr. Ghada Ahmed Jassim University of Bahrain, English Language Centre, Bahrain Ms. Dalal Ahmed University of Bahrain, BahrainMicro-credentials Life & Employability Skills: Evaluating Students and Teachers Attitudes Towards Implementing Micro-credentials in Higher Education
Dr. Esra AlDhaen College of Business and Finance, Ahlia University, BahrainRevamping graduate attributes for sustainable future
Dr. Samudra Sen Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, IndiaQuality and Accreditation Metrics: Examining the Relevancy in COVID and Post-COVID Scenarios
Dr. Moustafa Ibrahim Collage of Science, University of Bahrain, BahrainCinematic Approach to Online Mathematics Lectures
12:00 PM - 01:30 PMOnline Learning from the Students’ Perspective By Discussion Leader: AUBH Student

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Online Learning from the Students’ Perspective

A panel of students representing different universities will share their experience of learning online. The students will discuss the degree to which they found learning online to be effective, meaningful, and fair. The discussion will focus on various areas, including:

  • The online classroom experience: what works and what doesn’t?
  • Engaging with faculty and other students
  • Assessments and examinations
  • What is missing?
  • Recommendations to HE institutions, faculty, and regulators

Moderator:

UniversityName
American University of Bahrain (AUBH), BahrainDana Al Jishi

Panel Members:

UniversityName
American University of Bahrain (AUBH), BahrainZainab Taher
Bahrain Polytechnic, BahrainRaheel Ahmed Mohamed Mustafa Abdulla Alabbasi
Applied Science University (ASU), BahrainSara Ebrahim Saad Salim Rashed
Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), BahrainYusra Mohd Munshi
The Royal College of Surgeons  (RCSI), BahrainJessica Sefen
University of BahrainAlanood Sami Alshaer

02:00 PM - 03:30 PMCreative Teaching Competition

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Creative Teaching Competition

This session will allow faculty members to share best pedagogical practices. Faculty members are invited to share creative teaching and/or assessment methods used in their virtual classrooms. Submitted proposals will be shortlisted by an independent jury of teaching and learning experts before the conference, and participants will be asked to deliver a short presentation during this session. Presenters will have 10-15 minutes to demonstrate and discuss their innovative solutions to the audience. The jury will then make a final judgment and select the winner of the AUBH Creative Teaching Competition.

Interested faculty members need to submit the following:

  • A short description of the activity/method, explaining how it was used, what makes it unique and indicators of its success (no more than 1000 words).
  • Supporting documents, such as a lesson plan, exercise sheets, faculty manual/instructions, or marking scheme/rubric.

Session Leader: Ema Janahi, Director of Academic Development, Commercial and Community Initiatives

Jury Members:

  • Ema Janahi- Director of Academic Development, Commercial and Community Initiatives
  • Dr. Sana Almansoori – Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Dr. Chrissie Boughey, Professor Emeritus, Center for Postgraduate Studies, Rhodes University

Presenters:

Order of PresentationTime SlotCandidateAffiliation
114:00-14:15Dr. Poonam AnandUniversity of Bahrain (UOB), Bahrain
214:15-14:30Ms. Kubra EdhraboohBahrain Polytechnic, Bahrain
314:30-14:45Dr. Maria del Mar de Fez LasoAmerican University of Bahrain (AUBH), Bahrain
414:45-15:00Dr. Maryam Al MahdiAhlia University (AU), Bahrain
515:00-15:15Dr. Neesha Khan MalikUoB
615:15-15:30Mr. Arpan StephenArabian Gulf University, Bahrain
12:00 AM - 01:30 PMResearch Session 1 – C

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Evaluation of E-learning technologies / Asynchronous learning
Moderator: Dr. Sarah Shono, AUBH, Bahrain
AuthorTitle
Ms. Shurooq Ahmed Part-timer at the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Bahrain, BahrainExploring Architecture Students’ Acceptance of Online Learning of Technology Courses Through TAM during COVID-19
Mr. Mahmood Ali Akbar College of Administrative & Financial Sciences, AMA International University, BahrainInvestigating the Intentions to Adopt E-Learning; A Perspective of COVID-19
Mr. Abubaker Abdulkarim Alhitty English Language Center, University of Bahrain, Bahrain Dr. Safwan Shatnawi College of Applied Studies, University of Bahrain, BahrainUsing E-portfolios for Writing to Promote Students’ Self-Regulation
Dr. Vijay Goudappa Padaguri Syed Akram Pasha University of Technology and Applied Sciences, OmanSynchronous Online Learning versus Asynchronous Online Learning: A comparative analysis of learning effectiveness
Dr. Arvin Kim A. Arnilla Teacher Education Center, Aklan State University, PhilippinesCoaching Teachers Remotely during COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives and Experiences from a Developing Country
Ms. Fatema Akbar University of California, Irvine, US Dr. Taha Yasseri University College Dublin, Dublin, IrelandEngagement and Progression in Open Online ‘Micro Lessons’: An Analysis of Learners’ Log Data from an Online Learning Platform
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  • Room B
09:00 AM - 09:30 AMKeynote Speaker 4: Emergency remote teaching, digital disruption and a new (ab)normal: reflections on the impacts of COVID-19 on UK universities By Prof. Tom CrickProfessor of Digital Education & Policy, Swansea University

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Abstract

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic imposed “emergency remote teaching” across education globally, leading to a rapid shift to online learning, teaching and assessment (LT&A) across all settings, from schools through to universities. This talk draws on large-scale national and international empirical research conducted over the last 14 months that looks at the impact of these disruptive — and ongoing — changes to those working and studying in UK higher education institutions. Our major focus has been on the challenges associated with digital education and a transition to remote working, and how these have been differentially experienced by academic faculty; university learning technologists; professional service staff; and obviously, students.

Our research has revealed myriad impacts of the pandemic as relates to digital disruption and the longer-term transformation of learning, teaching and assessment; future digital pedagogy and practice; physical and mental health and wellbeing; occupational precarity and inequality; and the pandemic as an accelerator of a pre-existing economistic agenda transforming higher education across the UK and various other jurisdictions. In this session, we will share recent and emerging quantitative and qualitative insights, to illuminate not just the experience of the pandemic, but how the pandemic is potentially accelerating permanent change for university communities — both positive and negative. This empirical snapshot of the UK HE sector will also provide insight into emerging LT&A strategies that will likely continue to be impacted by COVID-19 throughout 2021 and beyond. More information here: https://proftomcrick.com/tag/covid-19/

09:30 AM - 10:00 AMKeynote Speaker 5: Institutional Resilience: Architecting Learning Ecosystems in a Post-COVID Environment By Dr. Stephanie MooreAssistant Professor Organization, Information and Learning Sciences, The University of New Mexico

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Abstract:

The debate over the role and value of online learning, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and as we transition into a post-COVID environment, has been a hotly-contested discussion. Some have argued that 2020 has proven that online or virtual learning is an abysmal failure, concluding we should dispense with any further consideration of online learning. Others – including myself – have argued that these opinions are both inconsistent with decades of online learning research and practice and confound emergency measures enacted during a crisis with carefully-designed online instruction and program planning. I contend this is no time for short-sighted dichotomies such as “online vs face-to-face” but instead is a time to define an institutional vision and mission around resilience and how we can build more robust learning ecosystems by leveraging the strengths and affordances of the face-to-face, blended, and online modalities. Research on institutional planning for online and blended learning as well as organizational performance planning provide specific principles and actions that institutions can use to architect a learning ecosystem that is both more resilient and more effective.

10:15 AM - 11:00 AMPanel Session 2: Creating an Engaging Virtual Learning Experience – Methods and Technologies

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  • Moderator: Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, Provost, AUBH
    • Dr. Stephanie Moore, Assistant Professor Organization, Information and Learning Sciences, The University of New Mexico
    • Dr. Reem AlBuainain, Acting CEO, Bahrain Polytechnic
    • Dr. Azza El-Shinnawy, Head of Education for Middle East and Africa and Head of Egypt, Public Sector, at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Ewoud de Kok, CEO, FeedbackFruits
    • Hamad Al-Saie the Education Leader for the Middle East Cluster, Microsoft
11:30 AM - 01:00 PMResearch Session 3

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Pedagogical and practical issues / Virtual classroom management / Virtual laboratories, classroom, universities
Moderator: Dr. Paula Smith-Hawkins, AUBH, Bahrain
AuthorTitle
Dr. Philippe Pringuet Dr. Philippe Vande Wiele Mr. Anthony Friel Bahrain Polytechnic, BahrainTransition to blended delivery: a case study of Bahrain Polytechnic ‘Mobile Programming course’
Mr. Anthony Friel Dr. Philippe Pringuet Dr. Philippe Vande Wiele Bahrain Polytechnic, BahrainAn Illustrative Study: The Zone of Proximal Development in Demonstrating the Challenges for a Student in Lean Start Up
Dr. Iskender Gelir Early Childhood Education, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman Early Childhood Education, Siirt University, Turkey Mr. Nurullah Duzen Early Childhood Department, Siirt University, TurkeyThe Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Quality of Early Childhood Education and Suggestions for a Sustainable Early Childhood Education
Dr. Mohamed Abbas Ali Language Studies, Arab Open University, BahrainElectronic Portfolios: An Effective Educational Tool
Dr. Lama Al Mahadin College of Arts, University of Bahrain, Bahrain Dr. Lilian Hallak American University of BahrainThe Lack of Visual Interaction in Online Classes and its Effect on the Learning Experience of Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Survey of a Bahraini Private University Students 
Dr. Maryam Husain Almahdi College of Business and Finance, Ahlia University, Bahrain Dr. Ghadah Al Murshidi College of Education, UAE University, UAE Dr. Osama Al-Mahdi Bahrain Teachers College, University of Bahrain, BahrainOnline Learning Experiences in the COVID-19 Era: A Look at the Collaborative Learning, Sense of Community, and Social Presence of University Students in the UAE
01:30 PM - 03:00 PMResearch Session 4

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Effective teaching modality / Student centered strategies
Moderator: Dr. Mohamed Mukhtar, AUBH, Bahrain
AuthorTitle
Dr. Paula Smith-Hawkins American University of Bahrain, BahrainA Tale of Two Sections: Assessment Variation in Hybrid Teaching of Introductory Sociology Classes during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ms. Anthonia Eboseremen Bamidele Center for General Education, AMA International University-Bahrain, BahrainStudent-Centered Interactions within an ESL Classroom using Online Breakout Room
Dr. Sankara Muthu Kumar Sadayan Bahrain Training Institute, BahrainOnline Learning Preparedness: A Study with special reference to Commercial Studies Division (CSD) Students of Bahrain Training Institute
Dr. Kholood K Alabdullatif College of Education, Seattle University, USSomething Old, Something New: How Digital Storytelling Plays a Role in Leadership Development in Saudi Arabia
11:30 AM - 01:00 PMMaintaining Academic Standards-The QA of Online Learning

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Unconventional times call for unconventional measures. Shifting to online teaching and learning imposed considerable challenges not only on educational institutions but also on regulators and QA agencies. This session will address the risks emerging from the shift in teaching and assessment modalities and how internal and external QA practitioners responded to them. Themes of discussion will include:

  • Online learning and the public trust
  • How to ensure that students acquire the stated practical skills and competencies
  • Walking in the dark: the first semester from the internal QA perspective
  • How “malleable” are the existing frameworks?
  • The external QA reaction
  • What still needs to be done?

Session Leader: Dr. Nina Abdul Razzaq – Consultant/Advisor, Academic Affairs | General Directorate, Educational & Vocational Institutions Review

01:30 PM - 03:00 PMBeyond the Classroom

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Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students during a time of loneliness and isolation is exceptionally critical. Maintaining a holistic learning experience and engaging students in the wider learning community is not an easy job. This session will allow educators to exchange views about strategies and practices that can be implemented to stimulate students’ participation in extracurricular activities and help them stay in touch with other students. The session will address the following topics:

  • The impact of isolation on students’ wellbeing
  • The role of Student Affairs and Counselors
  • The virtual campus life
  • Stimulating engagement

Session Leader: Dr Amal AlQallaf, RCSI

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09:00 AM - 11:30 AMWorkshop Session 1: Engaging Students in Online and Hybrid Environments By Dr. Paula Smith-Hawkins Associate Professor - Sociology, AUBH

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Engaging students in online and hybrid learning can be challenging and even daunting for educators. How do you select which technology to use? How do you adapt your classroom materials and activities to work in an online or hybrid environment? How do you keep learners engaged and participating? How can you ensure your students actively learn in your course?
In this 3-hour interactive workshop, offered through Microsoft Teams we look at best practices for engaging higher education students online and we test a few theories ourselves. Together, we will explore visioning and storytelling can help teach more effectively. In addition, we look at a range of online materials and communicative tools to engage our learners, encourage interaction, and support their learning in the online and hybrid classroom.

Objectives:
a) Examine barriers to engagement online and how to overcome them.
b) Survey cutting-edge student retention research.
c) Explore myriad activities and techniques for online and hybrid student engagement.
d) Examine which resources available to instructors are the most effective for you in engaging your online and hybrid students.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PMClosing and Award Ceremony By Dr. Hanan Naser (Conference Chair), AUBH

Conference Date: 24 - 26 May 2021- Manama, Bahrain

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