UKS teams up with MIT to bring the MIT-LINC Conference to the Middle East for the first time
The MIT LINC conference brings together a group of educators from around the world who are interested in using e-learning technologies to help their respective countries increase access to quality education, particularly in high schools and universities. UKS, the Middle East’s leading learning solutions enabler, has been an active participant and a platinum sponsor of this year’s conference, taking place in Jordan and Dubai. The Dubai executive sessions have been attended by top representatives from government, academia and international organizations. The discussions have covered strategic directions for education and the role played by the UAE in shaping them.
"The Middle East region is becoming a leader in the incorporation of technology into the educational processes. Educational institutions are actively exploring new educational models that can help them meet the educational challenges unique to the region”, says Carlos Garcia, Manager of the UKS Higher Education Division. “We are delighted to be sponsors of the MIT-LINC 2007 conference and we are very pleased to be sharing our experiences with the attendees".
Mr. Garcia presented a case study at the conference titled “Experience in Implementing a Blended Model of Education at Al-Ahliyya Amman University”. This case addresses the successful implementation of the UKS Blended Model of Education in a university setting.
UKS also conducted a pre-conference workshop titled “Implementation of a Blended Model of Education Delivery in Higher Education” at the Marriott Dead Sea resort in Jordan. In this workshop, UKS consultants presented attendees with a detailed walkthrough of the steps necessary for the successful adoption of a blended model of education in a university environment. The topics covered included: Hybrid Education Principles, Instructor Role in Blended Education, Collaborative Learning, Incorporation of Web2.0 technologies in blended learning and Use of e-content, Support Infrastructure and Student Assessment techniques.
The UKS blended model of education workshop has been extremely popular with university audiences and UKS will conduct additional workshops in the region. On December 10 a workshop will be done for the Higher Colleges of Education (HCT) in Dubai and others will be announced shortly.
“We are delighted with the overwhelmingly positive feedback to our MIT LINC workshop and for the acceptance that our blended model of education is receiving in the university community”, said Nada El Marji, UKS Director of Sales & Marketing. “Attending a UKS Blended Model workshop is a great opportunity for universities in the region to have hands-on experience on this innovative approach to teaching in higher education”, added Ms. El Marji.
More information on UKS and its education offerings can be found at www.uks.ae
Universal Knowledge Solutions - (UKS) is the Middle East’s leading learning solutions enabler, with years of experience in the fields of education and training. UKS utilizes its unmatched expertise and strategic partnerships with leading educational and technological providers to deliver a comprehensive range of learning products and services that serve Schools (K-12), Higher Education and Government & Corporate sectors.
Our highly experienced technical staff works with clients to design, develop and deliver flexible, cost-effective and customized learning solutions, based on state-of-the-art training needs analysis frameworks, blending online and face-to-face learning.
UKS is a subsidiary of Al Tanmiya Holding, a conglomerate committed to the development of Human Capital in the corporate and academic worlds.
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