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Canadian University of Dubai to host web learning conference

ICWOAL 14 to focus on web, elearning, social media technologies and policies

ICWOAL 14 will provide a forum to discuss the latest developments in e-learning.
ICWOAL 14 will provide a forum to discuss the latest developments in e-learning.

The Canadian University of Dubai is to stage the First International Conference on Web & Open Access to Learning (ICWOAL'14), at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, on 25-26th November.

The conference, which has technical support from UNESCO and the Institute of Electronics & Electrical Engineering (IEEE), is intended to be a forum for discussion between researchers, practitioners, industry, students, and education policy makers interested in new developments in Web learning technologies, eLearning solutions, smart learning systems, social media and learning, and policies and regulations for open access to learning and education.

The event organisers say that the themes of the event are in line with Dubai's vision of becoming a smart city.

"ICWOAL'2014 aims at fulfilling this vision by promoting the role of ICT in the UAE for the provision of open educational resources for schools, universities, government institutions, and the private sector," said Professor Karim Chelli, president and vice-chancellor of Canadian University of Dubai.

"Open Access to Learning empowers citizens by building their skills and knowledge to ensure their effective participation in a country's sustainable development; building a knowledge-based economy that is competitive, diversified, sustainable and highly productive," said Mr Buti, chancellor of Canadian University Dubai. "Through this conference, we seek to update all stakeholders on latest developments in the field of web and open access learning."

UNESCO is also organising a panel discussion featuring its current projects and initiatives on Open Access to Learning and Education. Over 200 participants, including scholars, University Presidents and practitioners from 33 different countries will participate in the conference. The conference will also feature an International Workshop on "Dubai 2020: Smart City Learning".

"At the end of the conference, Canadian University Dubai will issue the ‘DUBAI Declaration on Open Access to Learning', which will set a strategic roadmap for development, deployment and adoption of various repositories of Open Educational Resources for learning, research and training. We are very pleased to announce that the Canadian University of Dubai will work with UNESCO to be the regional hub for this important initiative," said Professor Rachid Benlamri, general chair of the conference.

The conference will include speakers from UNESCO, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Open University in the UK, the German Workforce ADL Partnership Laboratory, Creative Commons (USA) and the African Online Scientific Information Systems (South Africa).