Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Sabri Saidam, the Continuing Education Center and Open Education Center at Al-Quds Open University is organizing The 1st International Conference on “Smart Learning for Community Development”, the conference will address the utilization of effective technologies in pedagogy infused with state of the art theories and contemporary teaching methodologies for the enhancement of education within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
The two core aims of the conference are the following:
Smart learning is built upon critical, reflective and innovative interactions between learners in various environments and contexts. It can be deemed to be a technology- enhanced learning environment characterized by its capability to adapt and have a customized support, which complies with each learner’s need at the right place and time. Furthermore, it enriches the traditional learning environments of universities with contemporary elements of technology and teaching methodologies.
The Conference will introduce new teaching theories and research methodologies, in addition to the new models of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), which promote high quality in education and enhance the flexible environments of Higher Education.
The conference welcomes participants with initiatives that highlight the quality aspect in teaching, and promote approaches for effective stimulation to encourage the engagement of students in the learning process, as well as initiatives that focus on utilizing technology in teaching and learning. Furthermore, the conference is concerned about sharing the best practices to enhance employability competencies, cultivate critical thinking and promote innovation in Higher Education.
The conference will include presentations, roundtable discussions, and online dialogues with academics, policy makers, and university students from various international HEIs. By the end of the conference, outcomes will be presented and effective proposals will be discussed, resulting in key strategies that provide new rehabilitation plans and frameworks to deviate HEIs from their traditional approach.