Edutech goes back to the blackboard

Technology solution provider teams up with software firm to launch Arabic version of learning tool.

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By  Michele Howe Published  September 5, 2007

Learning solutions provider Eductech Middle East has teamed up with software company Blackboard to launch an Arabic-enabled version of Blackboard’s Academic Suite.

The companies unwrapped the system at Blackboard’s Middle East summit, which is currently taking place in Dubai.

Blackboard’s Academic Suite is a learning management system used by students and teachers to facilitate distance learning and peer-to-peer interaction.

Using the system, teachers can, for example, post digitally new coursework and assignments cutting down on unnecessary paperwork.

Such advanced learning tools will become increasingly common in educational institutions, both public and private, in the Middle East, according to Edutech.

“Higher education institutions across the region are making tremendous strides in utilizing state-of-the-art technologies that enhance teaching, administrative and student experience,” said Eductech’s managing director ASF Karim.

“With 60% of the population in the GCC under 16 years old, academic institutions face a huge challenge to develop a well-educated generation who will be able to actively take part in creating a knowledge economy and can interact in a global society. The youth today are very adept in using technology, and institutions can further their mission and goals by using technology-enabled tools for learning purposes,” he added.

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