Conference Chair Message

Dear participants,

The 6th e-Learning Excellence in the Middle East Conference will take place on the 4th and 5th of March 2014, in the context of the 3rd Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University Congress at the Atlantis hotel in Dubai, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMeU.

On behalf of the organizing team, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to participate in this new milestone of progress and recognition of e-learning and online education in the Arab world.

Leadership, design, and technology for XXIst century learning - theme of the 6th e-Learning Conference - highlights the necessary synergy between learning design and learning technologies to achieve effective online learning and teaching. Educational resources are now increasingly available online, from simple drill and practice exercises to Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered with open access from the most prestigious universities. Nonetheless, educational leadership will only emerge from innovative processes that allow people to harness the latest technology to increase access and make learning more effective. One of the most important issues for educational institutions in the Arab world in the coming years will be to propose solutions for bridging the gap between informal clouds of learning provided on the internet, and formal learning and degrees leading to better employability.

We invite you to become engaged in triggering this synergy to support change, innovation, and excellence in online education by submitting full papers, extended abstracts, case studies, or poster presentations, offering you a valuable opportunity to share your experiences and practices. All submissions should to be made against any of the following subthemes of the 6th e-Learning conference:

  • Teaching, Design and Quality
  • Quality frameworks for online institutions
  • Social Online Learning
  • Massively Online Open Courses
  • Cultural integration of Open Educational Ressources
  • Educational leadership
  • Technological innovation

We are confident that you will take an active role in this event by presenting your work, participating in the discussions, or simply honouring us with your presence, and we wish you a fruitful and enjoyable time at the 2014 Conference on e-Learning Excellence in the Middle-East.

Prof Alain Senteni, Chair of the 6th Conference e-Learning Excellence in the Middle-East