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King Saud UniversityMohamed Amin Embi, a professor of technology-enhanced learning at the National University of Malaysia, will be the featured speaker at a day-long workshop,  February 10, at King Saud University.

The workshop is being organized by two Medical Education Department offices, the Faculty Development Unit and the Medical Informatics & Elearning Unit (MIELU), and is titled “Engaging Health Students in Meaningful Learning via Interactive & Collaborative e-learning Web Tools". The event has been organized to provide insight into the use of Web 2.0 tools and strategies to promote active learning in classrooms. The program will emphasize the advantages of active learning in an e-learning environment through such vehicles as Twitter, Scribd, Evernote, YouTube, Flicker, Dropbox and 4shared.

“We’re quite excited to be hosting Dr. Embi for the workshop,” said Nadia Naeem, marketing executive of KSU’s Medical Informatics and e-Learning Unit of the Medical Education Department.  “Professor Mohammed is a renowned e-Learning consultant and trainer specializing in the integration of web tools for enhancing learning and teaching.

“He has won numerous awards including the prestigious National Academic Award for Teaching Innovation in 2006, the 2010 ISESCO Prize for Science & Technology for e-Learning Technology and the 2012 Malaysia Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Education Category.”

Dr. Embi is a major advocate of open educational resources (OER) and an active contributor of Web 2.0 resources. His publication entitled “Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series” is free on Scribd and in the first 12 months on Scribd received 160,000 hits. Active learning involves such elements as:

  • Input – Preferably from multiple sources through multiple sources
  • Process – Interaction and collaboration with other people and materials
  • Output – requiring learning to produce some evidence of the interactive learning that is taking place

Active learning should be participatory in nature, engaging learners to do things and think about what they are doing. The more actively engaged are the learners, greater learning takes place.

The workshop training will be divided into two phases. The first phase will be exploratory in nature with the participants, after having received a brief overview by the presenter, being exposed to selected Web 2.0 and OER resources suitable for health professionals. The second phase will be a hands-on session in which participants will be guided step-by-step on the use of selected interactive and collaborative tools.

Those interested can contact: sms_0926@yahoo.com or ams09260@gmail.com or call +966 14699164.

For more information about medical education at King Saud University, see:

http://www.facebook.com/Ksumielu

https://twitter.com/MIELU_KSU

https://www.youtube.com/user/KSUMIELU

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