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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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Workshops

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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Flower DarbyDirector of Teach & Learning, Northern AZ 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.

Flower DarbyDirector of Teach & Learning, Northern AZ 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 AlBuainainDeputy Chief Executive Officer of Academic Affairs, 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 AlBuainainDeputy Chief Executive Officer of Academic Affairs, 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-Saiethe Education Leader for the Middle East Cluster, Microsoft

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-Saiethe Education Leader for the Middle East Cluster, Microsoft

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
  • Auditorium
  • Room B
08:30 AM - 09:00 AMRegistration / Networking
09:00 AM - 09:30 AMKeynote Speaker 1 By Dr. Susan E. SaxtonAUBH President

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09:30 AM - 10:00 AMKeynote Speaker 2 By Dr. Flower DarbyDirector of Teach & Learning, Northern AZ University

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10:15 AM - 10:45 AMKeynote Speaker 3 By Dr. Maha BaliProfessor of Practice, American University of Cairo

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

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
  • Dr. Flower Darby, Director of Teach & Learning, Northern AZ University
  • Dr. Maha Bali, Professor of Practice, American University of Cairo

12:00 AM - 01:30 PMResearch Session 1
02:00 PM - 03:30 PMResearch Session 2
12:00 AM - 01:30 PMOnline Learning from the Students’ Perspective By Discussion Leader: AUBH Student

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
02:00 PM - 03:30 PMCreative Teaching Competition

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
  • Auditorium
  • Room B
08:30 AM - 09:00 AMRegistration / Networking
09:00 AM - 09:30 AMKeynote Speaker 4 By Prof. Tom CrickProfessor of Digital Education & Policy, Swansea University
09:30 AM - 10:00 AMKeynote Speaker 5 By Dr. Stephanie MooreAssistant Professor Organization, Information and Learning Sciences, The University of New Mexico
10:15 AM - 11:00 AMPanel Session 2: Creating an Engaging Virtual Learning Experience – Methods and Technologies
  • Moderator: Dr. Mark D. Shermis, Provost, AUBH
    • Dr. Stephanie Moore, Assistant Professor Organization, Information and Learning Sciences, The University of New Mexico
    • Dr. Reem AlBuainain, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Academic Affairs, 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
01:30 PM - 03:00 PMResearch Session 4
Maintaining Academic Standards-The QA of Online Learning
11:30 AM - 01:00 PMMaintaining Academic Standards-The QA of Online Learning

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

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

  • Auditorium
08:30 AM - 09:00 AMRegistration / Networking
09:00 AMWorkshop Session 1: Engaging Students in Online and Hybrid Environments

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.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMWorkshop Session 2: Online and Hybrid Course Design for Student Retention

Online and hybrid learning constitute drastically different learning environments compared to traditional classrooms. How do we build online classroom environments that create student-centered learning spaces? How can we use technology and virtual tools in conjunction with our traditional techniques to help students meet our learning outcomes?
In this 3-hour interactive workshop offered through Microsoft Teams, we look at best practices for designing online and hybrid course materials with an eye on keeping students actively engaged throughout the semester.

Objectives:
a) Examine optimal module design for learning in hybrid and online environments.
b) Explore different avenues of communication to help you establish and manage different ways to stay connected.
c) Contrast and compare assessment practices online versus on-campus.
d) Address the future of learning in a post-pandemic higher education landscape.

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