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2nd International Conference of E-learning and Distance LearningThe 2ndInternational Conference of E-learning and Distance Education, focusing on the theme of “unique learning for the next generation,” will be conducted February 21-23 at the Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh.

The three-day conference, organized by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and supported by its National Center of E-learning and Distance Education, will feature a series of lectures, research presentations and workshops in more than 80 international, regional, and local experts will preside.

E-learning content is delivered via the internet, the intranet/extranet, audio, satellite TV, and the CD-rom. Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulahaziz Al-Ohali, the Ministry’s Deputy for Educational Affairs and chairman of the conference’s organizing committee, described the conference as and educational means to provide insight and global experience to further the application and consolidation of information and communication technology in educational institutions.

He added that the conference’s purpose is also not only to address the aspirations and national programs established by MOHE, but to satisfy the needs of a knowledge-based society, the latter being of special interest to King Saud University Rector Abdullah Al-Othman.

According to Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Megren, director of the National Center for E-learning and Distance Learning and the conference co-chairman, revealed that the conference was organized to showcase recent studies and research in the domain of e-learning and distance learning, exchanging experiences among professionals and interested practitioners of e-learning, and exploring the future of this trend in the world of knowledge society.

In addition, the presenters and participants will explore the applications of the e-learning environment, as well as discuss cooperation and coordination between various Saudi education institutes and the private sector’s e-learning and training organizations. The Conference has thus been designed to compliment the global initiatives and recent trends in Saudi Arabia, where e-learning systems and distance learning are now widespread.

Conference officials invited individuals to submit research papers displaying some of the latest in e-learning, distance learning, and communications. Dr. Al-Megren said the committee received 415 submissions, but accepted only 70.

Among the special guests for the conference will be Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British engineer and computer scientist and MIT professor credited with inventing the World Wide Web, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales – the definition of e-learning and distance learning defined by Wikipedia on the Web.

Six central themes will be addressed at the 2nd International Conference of E-learning and Distance Education: Theme 1: e-learning between theory and practice – International views:

  1. Futuristic research in e-learning
  2. Virtual universities and distance education
  3. Issues related to the full implementation of e-learning
  4. Best practices of e-learning and distance education
  5. Intellectual property issues related to e-learning
  6. e-learning and community institutions
  7. Social networks and second generation applications of e-learning

Theme 2: Design and development issues:

  1. Interactions in e-learning
  2. Curriculum development for e-learning
  3. Instructional design for e-learning
  4. Emerging trends in the design of e-learning environments
  5. Teaching strategies for e-learning
  6. Resource development for learners with special needs
  7. Development of electronic curriculum
  8. Content and learning management systems

Theme 3: New software and technologies:

  1. Infrastructure requirements for distance and e-learning
  2. Virtual classrooms and laboratories
  3. Smart systems for e-learning and distance learning
  4. Interactive e-learning systems
  5. New technologies for learners with special needs
  6. Publishing tools for e-learning

Theme 4: Management and delivery of e-learning:

  1. Planning for e-learning
  2. Successful policies for e-learning
  3. Knowledge management in e-learning systems
  4. E-learning resource management
  5. Operation Management for distance education
  6. Marketing and dissemination of e-learning programs
  7. Developing organizational approaches to e-learning
  8. Distance education universities and their management systems

Theme 5: Quality assurance in e-learning and distance education:

  1. Principles of moral and professional behavior in e-learning
  2. Quality management and evaluation in e-learning systems
  3. Social and cultural issues related to e-learning
  4. Training of individuals participating in e-learning
  5. Models of exemplary application of e-learning concepts
  6. Standards and benchmarks for e-learning
  7. Promoting readiness for e-learning and distance learning

Theme 6: Evaluation and assessment issues:

  1. Evaluation in e-learning
  2. Strategies for evaluation in e-learning
  3. Best practices in e-learning
  4. The nature and attributes of effective electronic evaluation and assessment
  5. New trends in evaluation and assessment in e-learning