2009, Volume 1

2009, Volume 1

The 2009-2010 eJournal was the first edition to be published. This first issue of the journal dealt with the ICT implementation in different colleges within the UAE. Overall, it focused on college level Educational Technology and eLearning in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


Table of Contents

An examination of faculty use of Blackboard Vista and Web 2.0 tools to determine strategies for faculty training

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An examination of the use of Web 2.0 tools and Blackboard tools for the purposes of determining the direction in which training should take place is the main focus of this article. Education and training is informed by education theories, the demands of a community and the technology which supports teaching. Research is done within the English department to determine what training is required to enhance and facilitate teaching and learning.

Why a Wiki?

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This paper describes the reasons for using a wiki with B.Ed students at Sharjah Women’s College along with a discussion of the underlying issues. Student feedback on the on-line tool is presented. Wikis are demonstrated as very effective tools for learning if they are implemented effectively

The impact of Information Technology on Teaching and Learning

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This paper aims to discuss the role and impact that information technology (IT) has on the future and existing style of learning environments and teaching. It discusses the effective use of IT in classrooms and how to improve student learning. It also highlights the importance of acquiring computer skills and being literate in IT. The focus is put on certain areas related to IT and education which include pedagogy and training to build IT literacy among both educators and learners. Particularly, it covers the current trends in IT development and how it has started to change and will further influence the way learning and teaching will take place in the future.

24/7 Mobile Video and the ELL Classroom

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This paper describes the process of creating video podcasts and describes how such podcasts can assist both teachers and students in the English Language Learners (ELL) classroom. Abu Dhabi Men’s College has implemented a program of video podcasting to provide students with 24/7 anytime, anywhere access to classroom lessons and also to distribute media-rich content to its ELL students.

Strategic Alignment for Blended Learning

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With the constant evolution of online learning environments, there is a need for constant and co-ordinated user training and development. With reference to Abu Dhabi Women’s College’s strategic priorities, a comprehensive training model covering the commonly used tools was developed for both Blackboard Course Designers and Course Instructors. Weekly face to- face sessions were offered which included demonstrations, discussions and hands-on practice. The model, which was based on a needs analysis, was developed, delivered, reviewed and continually enhanced over the course of its delivery. This paper looks at the processes followed in creating a Blackboard Training Program and presents plans for its future development to support the blended learning ambitions of ADWC.

Innovations in Speaking using computer-based audio editing software

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This paper explores innovations in speaking using computer-based audio editing software. Historically, teachers have focused on developing their skills in reading, writing, and listening. However, little attention has been paid to the process of speaking and how teachers can become more accurate and effective speakers. Dubai Men’s College is embracing the available technology and utilizing multimedia computers and nonlinear audio editing software to adopt a process speaking approach in the language classroom.

Technology Supports Learning at the Higher Colleges of Technology

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Higher Colleges of Technology Western Region Colleges (WRCs) created and installed three interactive distance learning classrooms at the Madinat Zayed College and three at the Ruwais College. This paper describes the benefits these IDL classrooms have provided to both teachers and students at the colleges and how they have served to bridge the gap between separate campuses with shared resources. Based upon feedback from students and teachers, this paper also explores the guiding principles, including appropriate resources and training, needed in order for the IDL classrooms to operate successfully.

Creating a Productive eLearning Project Development Cycle

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The Dubai Women’s College has approached introducing eLearning into their teaching strategies through the development of the Center for Applied Learning and Multimedia (CALM). CALM provides the faculty with services in instructional design, graphic design, training, technical support, and project management. This paper elaborates on the mission of CALM and describes its development over a three year period, including projects, successes, and lessons learned.

eLearning at Fujairah College Campuses

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This paper deals with an approach to elearning innovation diffusion at Fujairah Men’s and Women’s Colleges implemented during the 2nd semester of the 2006/07 academic year. The multipronged approach that was developed and implemented is described with reference to the literature. At the time of writing no formal assessment of the success of the project had been undertaken, however, some insights into what worked and what did not, and why, are discussed.