Symposium to promote e-learning

A symposium on e-learning is being organised by the UAE University to help academic insitutions to formulate a cohesive and comprehensive strategy for e-learning in the GCC.

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By  Vijaya George Published  May 5, 2002

A two-day international symposium on e-learning will be held at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Dubai on May 12 and 13 to mark the silver jubilee of the UAE University. The objective of the event is to facilitate the exchange of ideas between scholars from different countries and formulate a cohesive and comprehensive strategy for e-learning in the GCC. Dubai e-government is one of the chief sponsors of the event.

“One of the stated objectives of Dubai e-Government is to promote and propagate the use of the Internet and its various utility roles so that we can facilitate the establishment of an e-literate community capable of conducting financial, business and personal transactions over the Web,” said Salem Al Shair, director of e-Services, Dubai e-government. “This symposium is an excellent opportunity to emphasise the significance of e-learning and its growing importance in the world. The fact that this symposium will have learned speakers from around the world will also facilitate the free exchange of ideas and information and will give us a chance to benefit from the experience of other nations,” he added.

Speaking at the press meet was also Prof. Khaled A. Kamel, dean, College of Information Technology, UAE University, who commented that "e-learning has become of utmost significance, as it cuts across barriers of age, culture and nationality to offer people from all walks of life access to extensive information and knowledge."

The symposium will cover issues such as e-learning in the GCC, e-learning management, tactics and technologies in e-learning and delivering meaningful content for e-learning. The two-day event is expected to have over 30 research presentations and five workshops in addition to a round table and panel discussion.

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