Monthly Archives: August 2010

4th Conference on e-Learning Excellence in the Middle East

A leading educational institution is one that positively affects the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of its learners and its staff, so as to prepare them for success in a world where certainty is no longer the standard, where the ability to adapt to new situations has become crucial, where competitors can be either next door or on other side of the world. Already departing from rote learning, memorization and traditional classroom activity, newer paradigms are needed to harness the potential of social media and emerging types of learning technologies, to create new type of learning interventions, to make learning more effective to make sense of what people are doing together.

The theme chosen for the 4th eLearning Conference will emphasize knowledge-based, technology-enhanced educational change, effectively contributing to the emergence of a learner-centred participative environment. We invite all those engaged in triggering and managing educational changes, innovation, and excellence in e-learning to share their experiences and practices by submitting research papers, case studies, view points and reviews:

Abstract Submission: 15th November, 2010
Full Paper Submission: 1st December, 2010
Author Notified: 20th December, 2010

Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings, which will be available at the Conference on CD-ROM. Papers will also be entitled to a Best Paper Award, and to be published in the University’s refereed International e-Journals of Excellence in e-Learning. Corporate Showcases & Exhibitions opportunities enabling companies to present recent developments will also be available throughout the 2010 Conference, in addition to poster presentations.

All submissions need to be made against a particular subtheme of the Conference:

Re-Engineering Learning, Teaching, & Quality
Collaborative Knowledge Building
Shared Meaning-Making Practices
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Pedagogical Scenarios for K-12 e-Education
Activity-based Classroom Management
Writing to learn (links between language and learning)
Teachers training for XXIst century quality education
Best practices in Arabisation
Reusability, Standards and Learning Objects
Technologies for Learners’ Empowerment
Multi-Users Knowledge-Building Environments
Content, Community & Collaboration Mgt Systems (C3MS)
Web 2.0 & Social Computing
Educational Video
Gaming to Learn
Collaborative Learning Environments
Virtual Worlds
Change Management, Leadership, Policies, & Innovation in Education
Shared Leadership and Quality
e-Learning Effectiveness
Evaluation, Certification & Quality Assurance
Professional Standards for Teachers
Institutional Strategies & Policies
Global Trends in technology-Enhanced Learning Intellectual property rights & copyright issues
Creative Commons
Networks, Partnerships, and Exchanges
Global Trends in e-Learning
International e-Marketplace for Higher Education

Important Information:

  • You are requested to submit your abstract(100 words) with a brief resume, contact details & digital passport size color photograph using Congress online paper submission system.
  • Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings, which will be available in the Delegate Bags. Papers will also be entitled to a Best Paper Awards and Best Presentation.
  • Corporate Showcases & Exhibitions opportunities enabling companies to present recent developments will also be available throughout the 2011 Conference, in addition to poster presentations
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    Blackberry messaging to be blocked in the UAE

    The United Arab Emirates tends to be one of the more moderate nations in the Persian Gulf region, which may have contributed to its rise as a major financial center. The bankers apparently brought their BlackBerrys with them, creating a small but dedicated group of users on the UAE’s local carriers, like Etisalat. But one of the selling points of the BlackBerry—strong encryption between the hardware and RIM’s e-mail servers in Canada—hasn’t sat well with the UAE’s security services. After previous attempts to subvert the encryption, the UAE has now decided to simply ban sales of the devices. Meanwhile Saudi Arabia is considering blocking the use of RIM’s instant messaging service.

    The problem, from the security service’s perspective, is that the e-mails never spend any time where the UAE’s security services can examine their contents. In what appeared to be an earlier attempt to get around this issue, Etisalat attempted to get RIM users on its network to install some software that simply took any e-mail that had been decrypted and forwarded it on to a server within the UAE. This effort was quickly discovered, however, and RIM washed its hands of the whole thing publicly.

    Now, the UAE has apparently decided that if you can’t subvert them, you might as well kill them. As of October, RIM devices will be cut off from Internet access when using carriers based in the UAE. The security services would apparently accept the company setting up a local proxy server for monitoring, but the user population is small enough that RIM may be comfortable walking away from that market instead.

    But there are some signs that the UAE isn’t alone in this. A BBC report on the same topic mentioned that some BlackBerry services would be banned by Saudi Arabia; both mentioned India being concerned with its inability to monitor traffic from the devices. If other security-conscious nations follow suit, RIM could find that, collectively, the moves would threaten a considerable fraction of its customer base.

    Why the apparent ire is focused on the devices themselves rather than the general approach isn’t clear. An SSL connection to an offshore e-mail server would seem to create just as much trouble as RIM’s approach, but there don’t seem to be any efforts afoot to clamp down on other smartphone platforms.

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    Daily Stack

    Daily Stack is a playful tool that helps you become more aware of your daily work-flow and time management. By creating a physical representation of your tasks, Daily Stack speaks subtly to your conscience and helps you manage your time through unobtrusive ambient feedback. Daily Stack consists of a base device and a collection of wooden bricks in different shapes and colours. The bricks represent different kinds of tasks and time-intervals. By adding a brick to the base you commit yourself to the task and time span that the selected brick represents. Daily Stack communicates with an desktop widget on your computer that enables you to keep track of your time and tasks in progress. It also enables you to browse through your past and and compare your days in a colourful informative pattern.

    Sadistically Demanding Brainteasers

    The May 09 issue of Wired magazine was oozing with oodles of brainteasers, which were compiled by Mike Selinker, the founder of puzzle-game studio Lone Shark Games, and Teeuwynn Woodruff, the company’s creative director. Lone Shark enlisted the help of some of the biggest names in the puzzle world, such as New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz and the legendary Martin Gardner, who boggled the minds of several generations of geeks with his puzzle column that ran in Scientific American from the 1950s to the 1980s. Sharpen your virtual pencils!


    Clik here to download a copy of the Wired Puzzles
    Click to go and play Digidoku (and more)