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E-Learning Experiences in the Middle East Dr. Milad Sebaaly Chief Executive Officer – Levant Region Technology World Company Kuwait – Amman – Damascus – Beirut A G E N D A 1- Introduction 2- Background 3- Transformation Dimensions 4- Challenges Macro Level Knowledge Economy

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E-Learning Experiences in the Middle East

Dr. Milad Sebaaly

Chief Executive Officer – Levant Region

Technology World Company

Kuwait – Amman – Damascus – Beirut


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A

G

E

N

D

A

1- Introduction

2- Background

3- Transformation Dimensions

4- Challenges


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Macro Level

Knowledge Economy

Information Society

Economic Development

Human Capital

Human Resources Development


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Human Resource Development

  • Short-Term: Lifelong Learning

  • Medium-Term: Higher Education

  • Long-Term: Basic Education (K-12)


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Challenges of HRD in the ME

Lifelong Learning

  • Universities are overcrowded

  • Few Lifelong Learning programs

  • Old curricula

  • Traditional culture (lifetime degrees)


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Challenges of HRD in the ME

Higher Education

  • Limited capacity

  • Limited Specializations

  • No link to market needs

  • Aging curricula

  • Unable to attract young scholars

  • Minimal R&D activities

  • Weak Infrastructure

  • Conventional Teaching Methods


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Additional Challenges

  • Limited research on current/future market needs

  • No clear HR requirements

  • Old job profiling

  • Heavy public sector

  • Public spending on education is no more enough


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Additional Challenges

  • Young societies

  • Brain drain

  • Perception of E-Learning and Online Learning

  • Lack of recognition and accreditation criteria by ministries and authorities

  • Resistance from academics


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Change Avenues

  • Advanced Infrastructure

  • Modern pedagogical methods

  • New specializations

  • Instilling Lifelong learning concept

  • Wider access to education

  • Market needs assessment

  • Larger private sector role


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Background

Archers

GI

TWC

UKS

SVU

AUD


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Background

Archers

GI

  • AUD (1998-2002):

  • Conventional University

  • Early stages of eLearning/Technology

  • Applications

  • Extra-curriculum Activities

  • Limited change is allowed to the mode of

  • teaching

  • - Technology Support: Image face-lifting

TWC

UKS

SVU

AUD


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Background

Archers

GI

  • SVU (2002-2004):

  • Full-fledge Virtual University

  • High Level Support

  • Ministry Accreditation

  • Awareness and Readiness Gap

  • Lack of Expertise

  • Local Market Needs

  • Lack of funds

TWC

UKS

SVU

AUD


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Background

  • UKS (2003-Present):

  • Specialized eLearning Solution Provider

  • Advanced technical/academic expertise

    • Infrastructure

    • Tools (LMS, AMS, VC, VLE, etc.)

    • Content Development

    • Training (Teachers, Students, etc.)

    • Change Management

  • Strategy Building

  • Clients: K-12, HE, CE

    • Lack Awareness

    • Lack of funds

Archers

GI

TWC

UKS

SVU

AUD


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Background

Archers

GI

  • TWC (2004-present):

  • Technology Investment Company

  • Financing and Equity Investment in

  • Educational Technology projects

  • Risk Management

  • Project and Operations Management

  • Entrepreneurship and Start-ups

  • New Public-Private-Partnership Models

  • Lack of Awareness, Specialized Funds

TWC

UKS

SVU

AUD


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Background

Archers

GI

  • Archers (2005-present):

  • Specialized Academic Market Research

  • Specialized Sector Intelligence

  • Specialized Awareness and Marketing

  • Global Investment (2006-present):

  • Specialized Funds Management

  • New Academic Financial Models (PPP, BOT, JV, etc.)

TWC

UKS

SVU

AUD


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Archers-GI

From Ideas to successful Projects?

TWC

UKS

SVU

AUD

Blended Programs

Online Education

Lifelong Learning

Content Repositories

Sustainable Change

Ideas

Professors Trials

Preliminary Research

Pilot Implementation


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Academia

Adoption by Academics

Structure

Overall Strategy, Innovative Models

Technology

Latest Technologies and Methodologies

Investment

Entrepreneurship, PPPs

Positioning

Awareness, Communication, Intelligence

Archers-GI

Transformation Dimensions

TWC

UKS

SVU

AUD


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Change Avenues

Technology

Investment

Awareness

Academia

Structure


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

"I never try to teach my students anything.

I only try to create an environment in which

they can learn."

Albert Einstein

E-Learning is not only about

Technology or Content,

It is about

Learning


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Academia

  • Teaching: Learning:

  • Teacher Mentor or Coach

  • Student Learner

  • Synchronous Asynchronous/Synchronous

  • Passive Active

  • Linear Nonlinear

  • Scheduled On-demand

  • Teaching Material Accomplishing a Goal

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

  • How to become an e-Tutor or an e-Student?

  • How to increase Faculty and Students confidence?

  • How to ensure Quality?


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

  • Instructor-based culture resistance

    Fear of Technology

    Fear of Additional Work

    Lack of Incentives

  • Choosing the right blend

  • Language and cultural barriers


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

  • E-Learning/Blended Learning:

  • Is it a substitute to the conventional classroom?

    • When? What Criteria?

  • Is it an enhancement to the conventional classroom?

    • When? What Criteria?

  • Is it equivalent to the classroom experience?

    • When? What Criteria?


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

Educators must:

  • Be willing to devote great effort

  • Be willing to re-think their teaching mode

  • Be willing to make time for frequent communication with their students

  • Get used to the latest tools


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

Administrators should:

  • Allow Professors to work at their own pace in their own environment

  • Eliminate stressors

  • Provide role models

  • Support training

  • Encourage collaboration


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

  • Cultural Issues:

  • Patriarchal System in society (father, teacher, master, boss)

  • Socio-psychological image of Professor (Wise, Leader, Unquestionable)

  • Leadership Style (tendency towards paternalistic styles)


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Academia

I expect results and take control by clearly stating a course of action. I enforce rules that sustain high results and do not permit deviation.

Structure

I support results that establish and reinforce harmony. I generate enthusiasm by focusing on positive and pleasing aspects of work.

I endorse results that are popular but caution against taking unnecessary risk. I test my opinions with others involved to assure ongoing acceptability.

Technology

I distance myself from taking active responsibility for results to avoid getting entangled in problems. If forced, I take a passive position.

Investment

I provide leadership by defining initiatives for myself and others. I offer praise and appreciation for support, and discourage challenges to my thinking.

Positioning

I persuade others to support results that offer me private benefit.

I initiate team action in a way that invites involvement and commitment. I explore all facts and alternative views to reach a shared understanding of the best solution.

Challenges

Leadership Styles:


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

  • Implementing e-learning is complex

  • Many organizations are still experimenting e-learning

  • Implementing e-learning means far more than installing LMS and other tools

  • Implementing e-learning requires new/modified organizational structures

  • Implementing e-learning is about project management, change management, and risk management


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Internet

Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Video

Conferencing

Tools

Positioning

Challenges


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

  • Quality Assurance

  • How to accredit:

    • Local vs. international Programs

    • Blended vs. Online Programs

    • Existing Universities vs. Stand-alone eUniversities

  • What procedures and guidelines for licensure, self study, evaluation, and accreditation

  • Are International Guidelines sufficient?

  • How can Regional/International organizations help?


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

  • Ministries and regulating bodies are behind

  • No experience, very reluctant to step forward

  • Mixing between modern e-Learning and traditional distance learning

  • Copying from other countries experiences without considering local circumstances

  • Different age groups, target audience, and motifs


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Academia

Teaching Aids

LOs Repository

Online Courses

LMS/AMS/VC

Student

Information

Systems

Back Office

Business

Intelligence

Applications

Knowledge Factory / LCMS

Structure

Technology

Portal / Content Management

Investment

Single Sign on

Positioning

Challenges

  • Integration- Localization and development- Infrastructure- Weak open-source movement


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

  • Bandwidth and speed

  • Standards

  • Interoperability between different LMS’s

  • Courses compatibility and reusability

  • Accessibility


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

  • Public Funding

  • Innovative models of Public Private Partnerships

  • Role of Private Sector

  • Specialized long-term low-cost Funds

  • Economy of Scale

  • Financing Options


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

New Concepts to Academia: (Specially Public)

Communication Strategy

Awareness Campaigns

Brand Positioning

Continuous Market Research and Statistics Feedback


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

Change Management

How to get people on board of change:

  • Bureaucracy

  • Laid-back attitudes

  • Low income

  • Free services mentality

  • Political interference


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Academia

Structure

Technology

Investment

Positioning

Challenges

Change Management

  • Passive Learners

  • Classroom-Based Learning culture

  • No / Weak Self-Learning Skills

  • No / Weak Self-Motivation

  • No / Weak Time Management Skills

  • Bargaining mentality


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Critical Success Factors

  • Mass awareness of the benefits of e-learning

  • Phased and planned introduction of e-Learning

  • Change Management

  • Acceptance and commitment of all stakeholders

  • Collaboration between educational institutes with technology enablers, content providers and ISPs

  • Vision, Leadership, and Innovation


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Critical Success Factors

Leaders of Change

  • Know the context

  • Remain positive

  • Make clear decisions

  • Are consistent

  • Bring issues alive

  • Use consistent e-learning terminology

  • Encourage frank discussions

  • Are Creative

  • Are good promoters of the program


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How to Measure Success?

Learner:

Engaging, fun, relevant, fast-paced

Instructor:

Material well received, students learned what was planned. No disruptions

Administrator:

High passing rate, 100% attendance, profitable

Instructional Developer:

Materials flowed well, treated main issues, exercise supported the course


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Thank You

www.twcompany.net

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