Saudi e-learning conference opens
Event is themed Unique Learning for the Next Generation, will feature inventor of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee
The Saudi Arabian Minister of Higher Education, Khaled Al-Anqari, has opened the second annual international conference on e-learning and distance education in Riyadh.
This year's conference is themed "Unique Learning for the Next Generation".
The four-day conference was organized by the National Centre for E-Learning and Distance Learning, and is being held at Al-Faisaliah Hotel under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
Visitors to the event include Wikipedia founder Jim Wales, inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and American internet entrepreneur and cofounder and promoter of Wikipedia Jimmy Donal Wales. Around 109 experts and specialists from 17 countries are expected to attend the event over the four days.
"E-learning is considered a major component of an integrated education system in modern societies. It represents an advanced stage in the development of a knowledge-based society. Today, the global trend toward e-learning is associated with rapid and successive developments in the field of technology... E-learning is a source of vital support to the Kingdom's educational system," said Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Ohali, Deputy Minister of Higher Education for academic affairs.
The minister called for more effort among educational institutions in the public and private sectors to benefit from e-learning and distance learning.
Discussions at the forum will cover several main fields, including e-learning principles and applications, international case studies, designing and building e-learning contents, modern technologies and programs, administration and implementation of e-learning, quality in e-learning and distance education, evaluation and electronic measuring.
Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Megren, advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education and director of the National Centre for E-Learning and Distance Learning, said that out of the 415 research papers received by the conference's scientific committee, only 70 were accepted for presentation.
The centre organised 24 workshops dealing with e-learning and distance education, over two days, prior to the official opening of the event, which were attended by over 100 women.
Both national and international delegates are expected to address audiences of over 1,000 people, including professors, instructors, teachers, students and their parents, on e-learning and distance education.
Al-Anqari has also opened an e-learning exhibition running alongside the conference where sixty exhibitors, including 33 universities, are displaying their latest products and services in the field of e-learning and distance education