access to educational resources for those not studying at the university
As part of its growing portfolio of community-focused educational initiatives, Canadian University Dubai (CUD) is launching a new set of beginner French and Spanish courses that will accelerate people who want to learn to conversation level in just seven to eight weeks. The first to launch on March 10 will be French for Beginners, delivered over a seven-week period in collaboration with the UAE's only official French language certification center, Alliance Française. The course will take place over two afternoons per week and will take a fun and interactive approach to language learning.
Canadian University Dubai, supported by UNESCO, is set to become a regional hub for Open Access to Learning, according to the Dubai Recommendations on Open Access to Learning, a strategic roadmap developed by attendees of the first International Conference on Web and Open Access to Learning (ICWOAL).
Under the ‘Dubai Recommendations’ passed at the conference, CUD will be developing an Open Education Resource (OER) platform to fast-track open access to learning, based on global best practices drawn from top online learning empowering institutions.
The recommendations mark a historic moment in the growing movement for Open Educational Resources in the MENA region. The ICWOAL conference saw around 200 education practitioners from 33 countries gather at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai to discuss the future of open access to learning, against the backdrop of changing global trends, which are seeing an increasing number of learners opting for online courses.
Organized by CUD in conjunction with UNESCO and the Institute of Electronics & Electrical Engineering (IEEE), ICWOAL brought together a host of internationally renowned speakers, including Carlo Ratti, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mike Sharples from the Open University in the UK and Muammar Al Katheeri from Dubai’s Silicon Oasis Authority to share their experiences and expertise.
Dr. Karim Chelli, President and Vice-Chancellor of Canadian University Dubai, said, “Under the leadership of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE is already at the forefront when it comes to the use of digital technologies.
“The creation of the Dubai Recommendations will help us build on this vision by working together with other education specialists to put ICT at the heart of the UAE’s teaching institutions’ future planning to promote open access to education for all.”Mr Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of Canadian University Dubai, said, “We are truly honoured to have hosted the first ICWOAL. It is our hope that the Dubai Recommendations will be the first step in building an infrastructure for Open Access to Learning in the UAE. This, we believe will help to empower anyone with an interest in growing their existing skills, to ultimately help build a knowledge-based economy that fits with the vision of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. ”Dr. Bhanu Neupana, Program Manager, Open Access to Scientific Information & ICT, UNESCO, said: “It’s important that no one is left behind when it comes to access to education.
While ICT has changed the life of most people, the spread of education can be accelerated only by using technology to allow open access to learning for all and the development of the Dubai Recommendations is just the start.”CANADIAN UNIVERSITY DUBAI TO BECOME REGIONAL HUB FOR OPEN ACCESS TO LEARNING Recommendation passed at International Conference held in Dubai The creation of the Dubai Recommendations will help us build on this vision by working together with other education specialists to put ICT at the heart of the UAE’s teaching institutions’ future planning to promote open access to education for all.
Canadian University Dubai hosted hundreds of potential students and their family's at our campus on May 3, 2017, where they had the opportunity to learn more about our 40 program offerings in Business Administration, Public Health and Health Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science & Technology, Architecture and Design, Communication and Media Studies and the Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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Canadian University Dubai hosted six students from Repton School Dubai’s International Baccalaureate Career Program (IBCP) in May in order to introduce the students to the University’s Business Administration programs and have them participate in a special e-Business simulation.
The simulation, which was designed to teach the students how to become digital entrepreneurs, required the students to create a fictional start-up company and develop a business model and live website for it which was then presented to the instructors.
“We decided to give the students a ‘crash course’ in e-business lab, rather than the usual lecture about the program,” said Dr. Anas Najdawi, Assistant Professor and Chair of e-Business program. “e-Business at Canadian University Dubai is all about innovation and keeping ahead of the competition with latest technologies, so by role playing as entrepreneurs trying to establish a start-up company, which is an active learning tactic we use with our own students, they were able to walk away with a much better idea of what kind of programs Canadian University Dubai has to offer and how this type of blended learning environment can help them in their future careers.”
The six students were chosen to participate in the activity because of their involvement in Repton’s IBCP and Business Technology (B-TEC) program, which prepares them with career-based qualifications and the skills they need to move on to higher education or go straight into employment. They are the first class enrolled in the program at Repton and to date they have participated in a number of hands on activities, including organizing an event at Repton that raised 12,000 AED for the Red Crescent Society, and participating in internships with leading Dubai organizations.
“The IBCP program at Repton utilizes a lot of the latest technologies to teach the students, and engage them in their classes, so the opportunity to participate in an e-business simulation activity with Canadian University Dubai was a perfect fit,” said Aimon Sabawi, IBCP Coordinator and Teacher of Business & Economics at Repton. “The students really enjoyed it, and walked away with a better understanding of the benefit an undergraduate degree could have on their future career paths. It’s certainly been an eye opening year for them, and I hope Repton and Canadian University Dubai can continue to organize events like this for future students.”
Canadian University Dubai offers a range of business administration and marketing programs aimed at providing students with a high quality education in e-business, finance and accounting, luxury marketing, sports marketing, human resource management and event and tourism management.
Organized by Canadian University Dubai, the International Conference on Web & Open Access to Learning (ICWOAL 2014) was held at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, UAE on November 25th to 27nd, 2014.
Open access to learning and education encourages a variety of pedagogical and technological approaches to achieve the dissemination of knowledge, skills and competencies across diverse social and cultural backgrounds.
In 2002, UNESCO adopted the term Open Educational Resources (OER) to refer to the “open provision of educational resources enabled by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)”. Though much progress has been made in the field of OER and online learning, such as open access journals, learning objects, and open source software, there are still challenges in addressing the global education gap.
The three-day conference provided a platform for debate between researchers, practitioners, industry, students, and education policy makers interested in new developments in web learning technologies, eLearning solutions, smart learning systems, social media & learning, and policies and regulations for open access to learning and education. The event also featured a special workshop on Dubai 2020: Smart City Learning.
Among the keynote speakers were Carlo Ratti, Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab, and Mike Sharples, Professors of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK.
ICWOAL 2014 included five tracks:
Track 1: eLearning Solutions for Open Access to Learning
Track 2: Smart and Virtual Learning Systems
Track 3: Web Technologies for Open Access to Learning
Track 4: Social Networks and Open Access to Learning
Track 5: Curriculum, Policies and Social Concerns for Open Access to Learning & Education
For more information about ICWOAL 2014, visit http://www.icwoal.org