Top e-learning experts at Dubai summit
Dubai, March 8, 2014
Educational experts from around the globe are in Dubai to discuss efficacy of digital learning innovations at a key conference.
The Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University Congress brings together three different conferences in the fields of healthcare, quality and education.
This year’s education conference was the 6th Conference on E-Learning Excellence in the Middle East, with the theme “Leadership, Design and Technology for 21st Century Learning”.
Furthering excellence in digital education is of special importance to the UAE and its neighbours, as governments in the region pour unprecedented funding into “smart technology” for classrooms and lecture halls. Through projects such as the Federal Mobile Learning Initiative, the UAE has been at the forefront e-learning uptake in schools and universities, said the organisers.
Speaking at the conference, senior VP at Pearson, Katelyn Donnelly emphasised the need for evaluating the capacity of e-learning tools to create measureable improvements to the learning outcomes of students in the region.
Donnelly, who also works as a consultant to governments on education system transformation and delivery, led a session around the findings of a recent publication she co-authored entitled, “Alive in the Swamp: Assessing digital innovations in education”.
The Report identifies the gaps that exist in learning technology innovation and makes recommendations for what still needs to be achieved if technology is actually going to transform the learning experiences of individuals for the better.
The authors of the report believe that the industry should be striving to create digital learning tools that produce at least twice the learning outcomes for half the cost of currently available tools.
Donnelly says that the Report contains an Index, which will allow for the systematic evaluation of new digital innovations, and should help policy makers and educators when deciding which digital innovations to invest in, as well as guiding developers in designing new e-learning tools.
"We are in a period of unprecedented digital innovation – we have designed the Index to add clarity in a market constantly being flooded by new options. By making the Index simple and easy to use we believe that it will drive an improvement in digital learning products and an improvement in the way those products and services are employed in classrooms," she stated.
"We hope that the Index encourages entrepreneurs in this field make their products more efficacious and more impactful on the entire education system," added Donnelly.-TradeArabia News Service