On April 3, 2012, the 6th annual eLearning in Action conference took place at the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology.
Over 320 educators, from the Higher Colleges of Technology and other educational institutions in the UAE, were in attendance.
The theme of the conference was Opening up Learning and the 40 presentations focused on how educators were using technology in their teaching to design and deliver learning activities that help to open up learning, providing students with richer, more personalized learning experiences in the process.
The conference was opened by Dr. Ged Ryan, Associate Director of the Sharjah Higher Colleges, followed by keynote speeches from Dr Ahmed Dhabbagh, Ankabut, Mr Carl Robinson, Oxford University Press, and Mr Fadi Abdul Khalek of Pearson.
Presentations covered a range of technology-related topics, including web-based and mobile learning applications, online learning management, ePortfolios, blended-learning delivery and faculty and student digital technology training programs.
Overall, presenters, delegates and sponsors expressed great satisfaction with the conference, with Carl Robinson from Oxford University Press remarked on the “buzz” around the conference. Presenters commented that the delegates were really keen to find out about new things.
Ian Delahunt from Sharjah HCT commented that “all five sessions [he went to] were interesting and that “[he] would really like to have more time to try things out”. Likewise, Rejitha Ravikumar from Ras Al Khaimah HCT said that it was a “very professionally organized conference” and that she intended to try out a few things she picked up.
In addition to the conference, 18 presenters contributed articles focusing on the practical application of educational technology in the classroom. These 18 articles will make up the first eLearning in Action volume, to be printed by HCT Press in May, 2012.