Education 2020
29th - 31st   January 2014
Hall 6, ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Timings: Wednesday, 29th Jan: 10am - 6pm     Thursday, 30th Jan: 10am - 2pm & 5pm - 8pm     Friday, 31st Jan: 3pm - 9pm

Enhancing the teaching- learning experience

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Professional Development Conference

Supported by TESOL ArabiaIf you are a teacher or professional belonging to any level within the education spectrum, the Education 2020 Conference will provide you with adaptable ideas on the new technology paradigm and hands-on teaching practices that will help you excel within the teaching discipline.

Teachers, educators, programme managers and curriculum designers from all levels of education can expect to participate in sessions providing opportunities to hear about new ideas and to develop successful teaching practices and uses of technology that they will be able to incorporate into their own teaching context to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Participants will be able to select from a choice of both theoretical and practical conference breakout sessions led by specialists in their fields familiar with the educational context of the Middle East, participate in plenaries delivered by top educational experts and network with like-minded peers.

Day 1 - 10am to 4.30pm, January 29th 2014 - Student Success at Tertiary Level

This strand of the conference is aimed primarily at those involved with tertiary level education and concerns the issues encountered in this teaching context. Participants will explore new teaching strategies, techniques and activities to inspire students to greater learning and success in their studies, thereby improving academic standards. This strand will look at best practices in the promotion of independent learning, 21st century skills, the use of technology as a tool for learning, critical thinking and active learning.

Day 2 - 10am to 4.30pm, January 30th 2014 - Technology, Technology, Technology

As the title indicates, the focus of this strand will be the use of technology and its impact on teaching and learning across all sectors of education. Participants will engage in sessions showcasing up-to-date technologies and how they can be effectively integrated into all teaching environments to improve the quality of learning. Best practices in eLearning will be demonstrated together with practical sessions on the use of innovative tools, apps and software. Key features will include autonomous and online learning, opportunities and challenges presented by the use of technology, mobile devices as learning tools, technology and assessment, and practical "how to" sessions on a variety of tools, software, apps etc.

Day 3 - 10am to 4.30pm, January 31st 2014 - School Sector Pedagogy

This strand of the conference focuses on pedagogic issues of particular relevance to the school sector. Participants can expect to learn about new teaching strategies and how existing ones can be developed to be better able to implement these strategies in the classroom, and reinforce student learning. Topics covered will include such areas as assessment for learning and how to embed it into everyday teaching, lesson planning, developing 21st century skills, differentiated instruction, learning environments, learning communities and using teacher inquiry to support quality instruction.

Conference starts at 10.00am and finishes at 4.30pm


Dr. Linda Price
Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK
Technology Enhanced Learning at University - How Can Learning Enhancement Be Demonstrated?
This session will present a critical analysis of recent research literature concerning Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and will attempt to develop insights into the various ways in which 'enhancement' is conceived by academic practitioners and researchers. In respect of those different conceptions, we explore the various means by which researchers/practitioners have attempted to demonstrate that 'enhancement' has been accomplished and consider the range of types of evidence gathered for that purpose. The constraints involved in demonstrating enhancement are also explored. The intention is to contribute to a better understanding of the issues involved and to inform and promote the future practices of teachers and researchers in higher education to maximise the effectiveness of TEL.
  • Reforming Education to Meet the Needs of a Knowledge-Based Economy
    Dr. Brian Bielenberg
    Head, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, The Petroleum Institute
    A number of Middle Eastern countries are experiencing extraordinary rates of growth and development and are placing an increasing focus on building sustainable, knowledge-based economies. Critical to efforts to prepare local undergraduates for careers in today's economy, it is argued, is a rethinking of how they are educated. This talk will highlight suggested pedagogical approaches, changes in learning environment, and curricular innovations that can better prepare today's youth for the roles they will play in the 21st century.
  • 21st Century Skills
    Dr. Lawrence Burke
    Education Faculty, Al Ain Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    Notwithstanding widespread support for the inclusion of 21st century skills in a curriculum, there's still widespread disagreement about what they are and which particular skills matter for what particular set of educational or career related circumstances. This presentation offers a critique of the concept of 21st century skills from a pedagogical and historical perspective arguing that in reality they are accessible skills which have existed from pre-history through to the present day.
  • Special Needs at Tertiary Level
    Prof. Eman Gaad
    Dean of Education, Professor of Special and Inclusive Education, British University in Dubai
    Special needs in tertiary level education are often overlooked and underresearched. This presentation discusses the issues and challenges that are related to supporting all types of special needs in that level. Research based evidences are offered as well as a set of recommendations to support future practice.
  • A Pedagogy for the University Classroom
    Dr. Kay Gallagher
    Associate Director (Abu Dhabi), Academic Bridge Programme, Zayed University
    One of the most significant developments in the contemporary higher education landscape is the attention given to the practice of teaching in the university classroom. As tertiary level teaching changes gradually from a transmission-by-lecture model to a more active, participatory and studentcentred approach, a set of pedagogical guidelines recently created by a university in Abu Dhabi to inform teaching and learning in its university classrooms is presented and discussed.
  • Active Learning in Higher Education: Do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks?
    Dr. Cindy Gunn
    Director, Faculty Development Center, American University of Sharjah
    In this interactive session the presenter will first review the pros and cons of utilizing active learning techniques in higher education with the ultimate goal of convincing attendees that the benefits do indeed outweigh the drawbacks. She will then involve the audience through numerous active learning techniques that have proven successful with tertiary level students. She will conclude with a discussion focusing on how the audience can use or adapt the techniques for their classrooms.
  • Improving Critical Thinking: Faulty reasoning with learners
    Dr. Mark Hill
    Program Head, English, University Foundation Program, UAE University
    For effective critical thinking to take place, students should be introduced to logical fallacies and syllogisms. Teaching these can improve the thinking process of students and enable them to recognize and list common fallacies as well as avoid faulty argumentation. This can help students improve their academic performance, better assess articles they read and learn to write more clearly. This aspect of critical thinking can be woven into class work but teachers require some initial training.
  • Development of 21st Century Skills: The importance of teacher identity and self-knowledge
    Dr. Amanda Howard
    Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai
    Tertiary education is changing on an almost daily basis and instructors constantly need to adapt to new working environments where pre-existing methods of teaching may no longer be valid. Using questionnaire and research data, this interactive session will argue that in order to facilitate student success instructors should be able to identify their own strengths and understand where they fit into the spectrum of educational beliefs and practices.
  • Independent Learning, Motivation and the Arabic Speaking Tertiary Learner
    Dr. Peter B. McLaren
    Faculty, UAE University
    This paper reports upon an extensive reading programme designed to improve reading grades and influence students' motivational levels. The results suggested that for improvements to take place students must bring a degree of self-motivation and confidence to the activity. Although inconclusive, a number of questions were raised regarding previous research and the learner variables and constraints evident in the GCC region. The overriding question was how to inculcate the habit of reading and the motivational orientations required for genuine independent learning.
  • Emerging Educational Environments
    Prof. Hassan Mustapha
    English and Education Studies, Chair, English Language Department, Al Hosn University
    This presentation will deal with: • Enrichment of the experience of all learners in tertiary level education • Post-secondary shifts away from teacher-dominated instructional environments • Development of self-regulated individuals • Secrets of change • Pre university educational systems e.g. the IB • The fluid formula that we call educational environment There will be time for further discussion by participants.
  • Peer Observation: What's in it for me? A management perspective
    Barnaby Priest
    Assistant Director, Academic Bridge Program, Zayed University
    Despite being much maligned by faculty for many reasons, peer observation is an essential component of teacher education programmes. This presentation describes a peer observation programme which took place at an English language medium university in the Gulf. Results suggest that teachers found peer observations resulted in both learning opportunities and affective benefits. Results also suggest that peer observation, if presented in a non-evaluative way, can also play a part in the teacher appraisal process.
  • DREAM Management and Reflective Writing Skills to Promote Student Success and Independent Learning at the Tertiary Level
    Dr. Phil Quirke
    Executive Dean Foundations - Academic, Higher Colleges of Technology
    In this interactive presentation Dr. Quirke takes this audience through a series of reflective tasks that he uses with his students in the HCT. Each task draws upon Phil's work in educational management, but applies those DREAM Management Principles to the management of learning. Using examples from his students' successes he shows how this combination of management principles and reflective writing can empower the individual learner to take control of and manage their learning.
  • Identity, Motivation and Active Learning
    Debra McDermott
    Program Supervisor, Academic Bridge Program, Zayed University
    Does active learning increase student motivation? Do students need to be motivated in order to learn actively? What is the role of identity? These are the questions which will be explored in this presentation. Data will be presented from research projects in process and the implications for classroom practice will be discussed.
Conference starts at 10.00am and finishes at 4.30pm


Dr. Linda Price
Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK
Technology, Technology, Technology - is it improving learning?
While technology is increasingly being used in education, there are still questions as to whether is it actually improving learning. Many applications of technology to teaching appear to be technology-led rather than responding to identified teaching and learning issues. This technologically deterministic view tends to mask important issues such as how we actually expect the technology to improve learning - and in what manner. Research has shown that good pedagogical design is of the utmost importance in improving digitally mediated learning. So although technology can enable new forms of teaching and learning to take place, it cannot ensure that effective and appropriate learning outcomes are achieved. Instead, we need to reflect on our views about teaching and learning and whether our approach to using technology helps students achieve appropriate goals.
  • Jim Buckingham
    Educational Technologist/Instructor, Zayed University
    Vance Stevens
    Faculty, Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    Can Badges Become Acceptable Substitutes for Certificates?
    Current disenchantment with traditional assessment methods is giving rise to increasing use of Open Badges in many educational settings. When grounded in best practices or common standards, badges are also finding their way into promoting self-directed PD. The presenters report on their efforts to implement a badge system in an open PD ecosystem in order to understand their viability in PD and other instructional settings.
    Professional Development in the UAE in an Era of Abundance
    The era of abundance creates opportunities for regular online professional development that are neither space nor time-bound. The presenters are amalgamating existing open and institutional spaces such as Edtech Lounge, TAEdTech-SIG, Electronic Village Online, and Learning2gether in order to make such offerings both seamless and more widely available. The presenters explain their progress and how conference delegates can avail themselves of the resulting opportunities.
    How Can the MOOC Model Be Applied in the UAE?
    In MOOCs, teachers create learning objects to help participants direct their learning. Since there are more participants in a MOOC than an instructor can manage, they learn from discussing with one another, thereby developing PLNs to support future learning. There is only one "MOOC" in the UAE, but the presenters bring insights drawn from an online session they are co-moderating to study MOOCs to discuss which aspects of the concept might apply in the UAE.
  • What the Brain Says about Multimedia Learning
    Dr. Lawrence Burke
    Education Faculty, Al Ain Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    Today the majority of professional learning communities agree there is some added value in technology to facilitate learning. In addition, few argue about the intrinsic effects digital learning have on cognitive processes and attention span. This presentation reports on a research project in one professional learning community and how multi-media learning may be improved to create an experience in which learners are empowered to monitor and self-regulate their own educational progress.
  • Mobile Learning in the UAE: The iPad initiative
    Dr. Christina Gitsaki
    Associate Dean of Foundations, Higher Colleges of Technology
    The session will present a research project on the impact of the iPad as a medium of instruction in an EFL course for post-secondary students in the UAE. The study measured the effectiveness of the iPad initiative by exploring how use of the iPad impacted on student motivation to engage in and out of class with independent learning activities, and how the use of the iPad changed learning behaviors to enhance knowledge and language skills.
  • 10 Easy Tips for Designing Effective Activities with Technology
    Sharifa Hajjat
    eLearning Coordinator, Dubai Men's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    There are high expectations that teachers use technology in the classroom. But we are busy covering the curriculum, preparing students for exams and meeting our high standards... Or maybe, some of us are not big fans of technology. No worries - tools are getting much easier than before and there are tools and tips that will be shared in this session, which will bring your teaching methods with technology up-to-date.
  • Creating ePortfolios for free using Wix
    Dr. Neil Hunt
    Education Faculty, Al Ain Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    Aneela Bukhari
    Education Faculty, Al Ain Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    ePortfolios can provide a longitudinal view of a learner's work which paints a picture of growth and continuity over time, in which the learner can collect, select, and reflect using a variety of artifacts, such as graphics, multimedia, blogs, journals etc. in order to present a profile of accomplishment based on evidence.This workshop provides a practical guide on how to develop an ePortfolio using and showcases examples of ePortfolios created by students.
  • Technology: Integrating 21st century skills into the classroom
    Sean Ingoldsby
    Education Faculty, Dubai Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    To graduate student teachers who are comfortable, creative, flexible and inspirational with technology requires a new mind set in which teacher educators increasingly view themselves as facilitators on a parallel voyage of discovery with technology as the primary vehicle; thus modeling the pedagogy for 21st century schools. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a range of practical ideas that could help to ease this passage.
  • Free Online Courses and Resources for the World!
    Duncan Murphy
    Educational Technology Coordinator, Al Ain Men's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    This session will look at some of the huge range of resources and courses that are available now on the Internet that can be accessed for free on any device. It will also look at the platforms used to deliver these courses and show you how to start making your own for use with your students or the world!
  • Using Mobile Devices as Learning Tools: A pedagogical approach
    Troy Priest
    Senior Mobile Learning Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation, Zayed University
    This presentation will look at mobile devices as tools for pedagogical change. Viewing the mobile device as a pedagogical tool, rather than a technological tool, has the potential to transform teaching and learning. This presentation will explore mobile devices as student tools for producing content as well as consuming content. What potential effects do mobile devices have on the classroom environment, student engagement and ubiquitous learning?
  • Web 2.0 Tools For All eLearning Environments
    Rehab Rajab
    Instructional Technology Supervisor and Teacher Trainer, Institute of Applied Technology
    Regardless of the kind of devices students bring to the classroom, they can all use Web 2.0 tools. Web-based applications will never lose their glamour as they overcome the barriers of the operating system and the device. In a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) eLearning Environment, the best way to involve students in collaborative activities is using Web 2.0 tools. In this session, the presenter will share practical ideas to integrate Web 2.0 technology in all classrooms.
  • Blending Face-to-Face and iPad Activities
    Rehab Rajab
    Instructional Technology Supervisor and Teacher Trainer, Institute of Applied Technology
    When students come to class with their mobile devices, all they want to do is use them, all the time. As educators, it is our role to create learning activities where our students use their devices and at the same time benefit from face-to-face communication with their peers. In this session, the presenter will share examples of activities and general workflow Apps that students can use, while at the same time maintaining a good balance with face-to-face interaction.
Conference starts at 10.00am and finishes at 4.30pm


Dr. Linda Price
Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK
What skills do today's students need as tomorrow's professionals in a 21st century world?
Historically, education has focused upon turning-out its pupils and students with a head full of facts and knowledge: content was king. But the context of education across the world has changed. Technology has enabled those from even fairly meagre backgrounds to gain access to a range of knowledge using modest hand-held mobile devices such as phones. No longer do pupils and students need to 'go' to an educational institution just to gain knowledge. The wider social context has also changed: businesses now operate on a global scale challenging international boundaries and politics. Pupils of the 21st century will need more than just an understanding of their field to be successful. So what do we need to equip today's pupils with in order to be successful professionals in tomorrow's world?
  • Teacher Talk: Contribution to children's talk
    Dr. Rozz Albon
    Coordinator, Faculty of Education, Sharjah Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    This interactive session for teachers of young children will review the kinds of teacher talk that encourages children to talk in more and qualitative ways. Based on the need to practice language in order to learn a language, the audience will identify from case studies the impact of teacher talk on children's talk.
  • Differentiated Instruction
    Dr. Fida Atallah
    Associate Professor, College of Education, Zayed University
    Dr. Jase Moussa-Inaty
    Assistant Professor, College of Education, Zayed University
    Differentiated instruction refers to instructional planning and implementation that incorporate considerations and adaptations of the learning environment, content, process and/or products to address learner characteristics and needs. This presentation will discuss the evolution of differentiated instruction, research on differentiation and current differentiation practices in classrooms. It will provide practical suggestions for differentiating instruction.
  • Classroom Management Skills for the 21st Century
    Dr. Toni Briegel
    Associate Professor, College of Education, Zayed University
    Procedures for managing student behavior for optimum learning have changed over the years. Teachers today do not shout at students, threaten students, or inflict corporal punishment on students. How to combine old teacher tricks with relatively new strategies to make classrooms calm and effective places of learning will be discussed.
  • Developing 21st Century Skills
    Dr. Lawrence Burke
    Education Faculty, Al Ain Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    The concept of 21st century skills is not new. From a pedagogical and historical perspective they have existed from pre-history through to the present day. This workshop will explore this assertion through the domains of ways of knowing, ways of working, and approaches to working and skills for living in the world. Through collaborative work participants will leave with some hands on activities to try out in their 21st centuty classrooms.
  • Classroom Behavior: A psychological look
    Dr. Rozz Albon
    Coordinator, Faculty of Education, Sharjah Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    This interactive session will explore a variety of psychological ways to affect motivation and desirable behaviour in classrooms. The audience will be asked to respond to case studies and identify possible expectant behaviours. Further, consideration will be given to planning and implementing strategies in classrooms.
  • Developing 21st Century Skills: Thinking and reasoning with numbers
    Prof. Kenneth Carr
    Associate Dean, College of Educaton, Zayed University
    One of the most pressing needs for education and schooling in the 21st century is the development of the ability to think and reason with numbers. This knowledge and understanding is often referred to as 'numeracy'. This presentation examines trends worldwide in the pursuit of up-skilling students in terms of their numeracy, and then focuses on this issue in the UAE. Recommendations for addressing the current situation will be described.
  • Evaluating the Development of Teacher Leadership through Teacher Inquiry
    Prof. Barbara Harold
    Director, Graduate Programs, College of Education, Zayed University
    Dr. Lauren Stephenson
    Associate Professor, College of Education, Zayed University
    This presentation describes a co-constructed professional learning program of teacher inquiry that emerged from a school/university partnership. The program took place in a context that encouraged socially responsible and sustainable leadership development through the development of communities of practice and aimed to develop teacher leadership; broaden participants' knowledge of best practices; raise awareness of site-based issues in teaching and learning; explore the process of changing practice and use action research as a method for changing practice.
  • Constructing an Effective Learning Community in the Classroom
    Sarah Hyde
    Chair of Education, Dubai Women's Campus, Higher Colleges of Technology
    Joanne Rowe
    Faculty, General Education and Business, Ras Al Khaimah Colleges, Higher Colleges of Technology
    What is a learning community? How can you create an effective learning community? This workshop will introduce you to the concept of learning communities, take you through the process of building a community of learners through active participation and provide best practice models that can be replicated in your classroom.
  • Educational Considerations for Hearing-Impaired Students
    Dr. Robert Moulton
    Director, Fujairah Campuses and Executive Dean for Education, General Studies, and Graduate Education, Higher Colleges of Technology
    Approximately 1% of elementary and secondary students have hearing impairments that impact language development, communication, and academic progress. In this presentation, teachers and administrators will learn about the causes, developmental and social ramifications, and educational implications of hearing loss.
  • Lesson Planning: Making connections through interdisciplinary thematic units
    Vanessa O'Malley
    Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Emirates College for Advanced Education
    Interdisciplinary thematic units combine learning outcomes from multiple subject areas under an overriding theme or topic. This strategy helps students to contextualize their learning, allowing them to connect with the content on a deeper level, often resulting in easier application and transfer of skills and knowledge across subject areas. This session will introduce the general theory behind integrated instruction and provide a basic set of tools and skills that can be applied to your current curriculum.
  • From Founts of Knowledge to Filters of Knowledge: The role of the teacher in the 21st century classroom
    Katrina Sinclair
    Chair of Education, Al Ain Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    The 21st Century demands a different classroom. Therefore, adopting teaching strategies such as cooperative and problem based learning is key to creating students who are equipped with "skill sets" rather than "factual knowledge and data". This workshop will focus on how a teacher's mindset is key to creating positive, motivational, challenging learning environments.
  • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners with Differentiated Instruction
    Dr. Lilly Tennant
    Associate Professor - Education Studies, Emirates College for Advanced Education
    An overview of the philosophy and principles of differentiated instruction for inclusive classrooms will be presented. Specific strategies on differentiating instruction for diverse learners in the classroom will be discussed including resources, pre-assessment, flexible grouping ideas and ways of working with students who have varying abilities, learning styles and interests.
  • What's All the Fuss about Metacognition in Learning?
    Maria McGuire
    Dean of Instruction, Al Ain Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    Katrina Sinclair
    Chair of Education, Al Ain Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology
    This session will be a discussion to investigate the importance of metacognition in the 21st Century classroom. The discussion will explore its role in facilitating learning and what teachers can do to embrace it in the conquest of learning how to learn. All participants are welcome irrespective of their experience of metacognition.

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