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e-LearningA Global Revolution

Adnan Badran

MIT LINC Conference, Dubai

November 2007

What is e- Learning

Is generally defined as any form of learning that utilizes a network for delivery, interaction, or facilitation .

ONLINE learning is the future schooling for providing: education for all and increasing potential of ICT to meet different educational objectives

  • Online Learning

  • Expands opportunity of education

  • Expands quality of learning.

  • Increases delivery of learning.

  • Improves efficiency of teaching.

Old Days’ Memory:

“Central Nervous System”

We used to use the book, managed by a teacher store the knowledge in our memory, and retrieve them as required. It was an educational system of memorization and spoon –feeding of information.

Today’s Memory:

“Digital Nervous System”

The knowledge is downloaded. The teacher is a full-time facilitator to manage information and construct knowledge to deliver skills.

Memory - The Brain

Future of e- Learning

  • Nobody has the exact answer  

  • Graduates will be exposed to new information in one year than their grandparents in a lifetime. 

  • Memorizing facts will have lower value, than utilizing information for decision-making.

Future of e- Learning, cont’d

  • Multi-career.

  • Change of career.

  • Lifelong learning.

  • Just-in-Time (JIT) learning.

  • Career development: learning by the corporate

  • Telecommuting learning: distance

Traditional vs. e-Learning

Potential online-learning: Pros

Potential online-learning: Cons

Potential online-learning: Cons Cont’d




45 years


35 years


22 years


26 years


13 years


7 years

ICT was the fastest growing technology during the last decades.Internet has reached 25% or the world's population, faster than any other innovation.

Number of Internet users in the world per language, 2007


Internet Penetration: Top 10 OIC Countries

Source: http://www.internetworldstats.com and Zou’bi (2007)

Internet Penetration: Lowest 10 OIC Countries

Source: http://www.internetworldstats.com and Zou’bi (2007)

What might learning look like in the future?

  • Time flexible

  • Geography independent

  • Competitive cost / value

  • Learner-centered

  • Technology embracing

  • Ethnically diverse

Creativity and innovations

  • Change of schooling from disseminators to facilitators of knowledge

  • Learning to structure knowledge from avalanche of information

  • Learning to learn, to think, to analyze, and solve problems – to create the analytical mind

  • To develop the inquisitive mind to discover the unknown

  • To integrate ICT in the learning process

  • Self-learning and long-life learning

  • To transfer knowledge into application and technology

ICT-based education

  • brain-intensive, knowledge-driven

  • Renovate educational system: blended integrated approach

  • Motivate bright students to take up careers in technology-enabled education

  • ICT for all

  • Assistantships, fellowships and training

  • North-South and South-South post-doctoral programs

  • Brain-gains into brain-bank for building capacity and excellence


  • Stimulate educational environment to create entrepreneurs

  • Provide co-op education

  • Access to incubators of creative ideas

  • Graduation projects

  • Provide time and space to nurture entrepreneurial trends

  • Provide access to information through networks

  • Access to venture capital

Organizations that deliver learning, need to consider:

  • Realize what market they serve

  • Be responsive to learner needs

  • Prove their value to learners

  • Listen closely to the needs of business

  • Upgrade the quality of instruction

  • Look for partnerships with other complementary organizations

  • Find creative ways to certify learning credentials

To predict learning for the future:

  • The corporate will compete directly with colleges and high schools.

  • Partnerships and mergers between learning institutions, publishers, technology providers will consolidate for the marketplace.

  • Schools and colleges will be taken over or will go out of business

To predict learning for the future: Cont’d

  • Role of instructors will be broken down into multiple positions: curriculum design, content delivery, classroom facilitator, learner support, etc. His role as a spoon feeder will vanish.

  • Top instructors will be hired by the private sector for all the positions stated above.

  • Fewer students will get the traditional on-campus degree, and most will get at least a portion of it online and off-campus.

  • A much greater percentage of learning (formal and informal) will take place online.






Why do people learn?

Many answers

Some intellectuals say that most of us make our living from ‘ thin air’Do We?

This is exactly what Bill Gates, is doing .

This is what is happening in the 3rd millennium:

generation of wealth is no more farms, lands or factories,



Jordan InitiativeEducational Reform For Knowledge Economy Program


  • National Strategy and Public Relations Campaign

  • Organizational Change

  • Education Decision Support System

  • Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Institutional Arrangements


  • Curriculum Renewal

  • Teacher Training

  • Student Assessment

  • Resources for Learning


  • Renovation of Existing Schools

  • Building of New Schools

  • Computer Labs and Science Labs

  • Kindergarten Classrooms


  • KG Curriculum, Licensing and

  • ECE Teacher Training

  • Kindergartens for the Poor

  • Public Awareness and Understanding


of the Substance

of Implementation





of the Process

of Implementation




Source: Ministry of Education - Jordan

Finally, What can we do?

  • e-learning is a new culture of learning

  • Resistance to e-learning is not because of the product, but simply because human nature is reluctant to innovate and change.

  • It is expected that bureaucratic ministries of education and governments will gradually accredit and recognize e-learning or otherwise they become obsolete

  • It is us who can implant the technology – enabled education among our students

  • It is us who can change the rules and implant the culture of e-learning

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