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2nd General Education Conference 2017

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    2nd General Education Conference, 2017 will have a new interpretation to learning transformation and to 21st century work skills. This will contribute to future-oriented learning in Higher Education and will strengthen different teaching and learning approaches reflected on current Educational Research.

    This Conference is the second international gathering of academics and researchers seeking to showcase quality of teaching and learning, digitalization of learning, bridging the gap between academia and the workplace and many more vibrant and dynamic activities and changes in the world of Higher Education. The outcome of the conference would be that educators will get an opportunity to understand the current developments aimed at renewing education, training systems, focus on new structures and changing patterns of learning.

    The conference is to be held on the 27th  and 28th October 2017 and  it will serve as a platform for GE teaching practitioners, researchers, scholars, policy makers, and administrators to review and share their experience in GE. The conference program will encompass an engaging blend of keynotes, paper presentations, and poster presentations which will all explore different topics that go under two main tracks: an academic track, focusing on quality fundamentals, and a management track focusing on operational excellence.

    Paper submission starts from 1st April, 2017.

    We look forward to welcoming you at the 2017 Learning Transformation in Higher Education Conference hosted by Abu Dhabi University - University College.

    Conference Report

    • 2nd GENERAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE (GEC) 2017

      University College in Abu Dhabi University (ADU) organized the 2nd General Education Conference (GEC) on the 27th and 28th October 2017 at Park Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 2nd General Education conference on learning transformation was a platform to ponder upon the ways of institutionalizing innovation and sustainability in educational practices. The participation of researcher and presenters from around the globe helped the participants to learn from the best practices used elsewhere, ways to cope with the challenges of frequently changing demographics, advancement in technology, and economic challenges that leave tremendous impact in our practices of teaching and learning.

      The conference also bridged the gap between the outer world and the world of academia, as the demands of the 21st century is to be creative and collaborative individuals with exploratory and inquiry based mindsets. Experts from 30 countries gathered to participate in the two days conference. The conference provided opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas, experiences and establish research relations to find partners for future collaboration.

      The conference started at 9.00 with the welcome address by Dr. Waqar Ahmad, Provost and Interim Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University. He highlighted the relevance of the conference theme to the current trends of development in the field of general education and expressed his gratitude to all the participants for their valuable time and contribution to the conference. Further, the floor was passed on to the first keynote speaker, Dr. Wendy Murawski, Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Dr. Wendy deliberated on “Transforming Learning through Personalization & Collaboration”, she emphasized on the importance of adapting educational provision to meet the needs and aspirations of individual learners. Her talk was enriched by some very relevant and good examples. This made her session very interactive and interesting resulting in the active engagement of participants. The participants had the privilege to know more about individualized learning, building independence through interaction, intervention, stimulation and collaboration.

      This was followed by the address of Dr. Sreethi Nair, Dean, University College, ADU, who launched the conference and thanked all the participants. Later in the afternoon we had the next keynote speaker,      Dr. Sangeeth Ibrahim, Vice President and Head of the Leaning and Development Division and Business Excellence at Sharjah Islamic Bank. Dr. Sangeeth emphasized on the importance of “Bridging the gap between academia and Industry”.  Some of the key notes included the identification of the gap between education and employers’ expectations, and highlighted the areas of focus for improving the underlying quality of education using the interactive learning solutions. Insights on students teaming up with professionals to solve real-world problems in industry was also shared. A fundamental shift from traditional rote-repetition learning to one that promotes problem solving and application of knowledge which is required to help ease the path to gainful employment for the youth of tomorrow. He also emphasized the importance of teacher’s active participation in Industries. 

      The main theme of conference “Learning Transformation towards 21st Century Work Skills” made the conference interesting to delegates from a variety of different perspectives and approaches. The two-day conference offered a unique setting to consider a number of issues and trends in General Education, with a focus on the dynamic transformation in the world of higher education. These included but not limited to quality of teaching and learning, educational Leadership and management, digitalization of learning, bridging the gap between academia and the workplace, inclusion of special needs and gifted children, and learning communities of professionals. Many interesting and recently debated issues were presented by participants. A total of 61 delegates presented their work and it was good to see all the confirmed participants attending the conference and sharing their research work with the audience.

  • Themes and Tracks

    Academic Track- Quality Fundamentals Management Track- Operational Excellence
    • Quality of teaching and learning
      • Teaching Pedagogies
      • Learning management
      • Teacher's content knowledge
      • Quality of resources
      • Enabling learning environment 
      • Assessment for learning in Higher education
      • Higher education curriculum
      • Impact of Co-curricular activities in higher education
      • Learning outcomes assessment in higher education
    • Digitalization of learning
      • Flipped classroom
      • Hybrid learning
      • Apps and games in learning
      • Mobile learning
      • Online assessment
      • Enabling E learning
      • Digital devices
    • Perception of quality higher education
      • Parent's perceptions
      • Students perceptions
      • Educator's perceptions
      • Policy makers perceptions
      • Sponsor's perceptions
    • Bridging the gap between academia and the workplace
      • Core skills
      • Transition in learning
      • Internship and capstone projects
      • Expectations and perspectives of  industry of academia
      • Curriculum customization 
    • Quality inclusion of special needs and gifted children
      • Current inclusion procedures 
      • New development in the field of special education
      • Learning disabilities
      • Intellectual disabilities
      • Developmental disorders
    • Procedure of quality assurance of learning
      • Accountability
      • Challenges and approaches of quality assurance in learning
      • Program reviews
    • Leadership and management
      • Reforms and innovations
      • Promoting  learning cultures and collaboration
      • Approaches and challenges of leadership in higher education
      • Models of leadership in higher education
    • Stakeholder's engagement
      • Parents and community engagement
      • Meaningful engagement of policy makers and implementers
    • Learning communities of professionals
      • Collaborations in teaching and learning
      • Continuous professional development
      • Sharing best practices
      • Dissemination of learning
  • Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Wendy Murawski is the Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where she is also a full professor in the Department of Special Education and former Faculty President. Dr. Murawski was recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Member Award for CSUN. She is the national Past President of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children and an internationally known speaker and author. She has published extensively, to include five books on co-teaching and collaboration and three books on what really works in elementary, secondary, and special education. Dr. Murawski has won numerous awards for her teaching, research and publications, to include Teacher Educator of the Year in the state of California. She has has published in China’s Social Sciences Weekly, has a book translated into French, and has presented on co-teaching, creativity, and differentiation in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. Dr. Murawski received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in Special Education and her Bachelors, Masters, and Educational Specialist degrees from the College of William and Mary. Wendy is known for the high energy, humor, content, creativity, and personal experiences she brings to each of her presentations. 

    Dr. Sangeeth Ibrahim is an Electronic engineer with an MBA in Marketing and HRM. He holds a PHD in Employee Retention. He currently serves as the Vice President and the Head of the Learning and Development Division and Business Excellence Team leader at Sharjah Islamic Bank.

    His Mission in life is to help Organizations, People and the Community excel! He expresses his purpose in life as #MissionInspire1Million. He is currently seeking opportunities to take up Adjunct Faculty roles at reputed universities as a stepping stone towards full time teaching and research assignments in the future. 

  • Call for Papers

    2nd General Education Conference, Abu Dhabi

    27-28 October 2017, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi

    Distinguished Researchers,

    We are pleased to announce that the extended submission deadline of the Abstract/full paper for the 2nd General Education Conference on ‘Learning Transformation Towards 21st Century Work Skills’; http://www.adu.ac.ae/en-us/gec. The revised date of submission is due on 30th September 2017

    Please submit your abstract/paper(s) at ucgeconf@adu.ac.ae across the following themes:

    • Quality of teaching and learning
    • Educational Leadership and management 
    • Digitalization of learning
    • Bridging the gap between academia and the workplace
    • Quality inclusion of special needs and gifted children
    • Learning communities of professionals, etc.
    • Education:  General Education, Higher education, Teacher education
    Important Deadlines

    Abstract/Full Paper Submission 30th September, 2017
    Communication of Acceptance of Full Paper 7th October, 2017
    Last Date to Register 20th October, 2017

    Conference Registration Fee

    With Publication: USD 300 
    Without Publication: USD 100
    ADU Faculty: USD 100  

    Student Attendees: Free

    Publication Opportunities

    All submitted conference papers will go through a double blind peer review process by two to three competent reviewers. Selected high quality papers will be published in one of the following ISI/Scopus indexed journals after revision:

    • International Education Studies
    • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
    • International Journal of Educational Development (Scopus Elsevier)
    • Research in Social Science and Technology
    For further enquirers, please contact: 

    Conference Chair
    Dr. Smitha Dev,(smitha.dev@adu.ac.ae)
    University College, Abu Dhabi University, P.O. Box 59911 Abu Dhabi, UAE
    E-mail ID: ucgeconf@adu.ac.ae

    Patron:
    Dr. Sreethi Nair, Dean – University College, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Committee Members
    Dr. Tara Al-Hadithy, Dr. Gehan Abu El Enain, Ms. Rubina Qureshi, Mr. Sam Eldaka
  • Conference Program

    Oral Presentation

    Oral presentations are 20 minutes long, including 5 minutes for questions and discussion. The paper must be presented by one of the co-authors. Oral presentations are to be made either using your laptop or the PC that will be available in the session.

     

    Poster Presentation

    The poster size is A0, equals 118 cm height x 84 cm length, or smaller. Please choose upright format and keep in mind that the font sizes should be big enough to allow your poster to be read from some distance. We suggest using a font size of 22 – 24 pt. for texts and 60 – 70 pt. for headings.

    You must provide your own printout of the title, authors and poster itself. One of the paper co-authors must be present and available for discussion.

    Guideline for Poster Presentation

    • One page abstract of about 250-350 words for the poster presentations to be submitted from April 15th, 2017 at ucgeconf@adu.ac.ae
    • The abstract must provide a brief overview of the work being shown through the poster and include the author’s name and organization.
    • It is recommended that displays do not exceed 1.5 m in length
    • Posters can be put up starting from 10:00 a.m.  on October 27th, 2017
    • Posters should be removed before 4:00 p.m. on October 28th, 2017 
  • Publication Opportunity


    2nd General Education Conference 2017, Supporting Journals:

    All submitted conference papers will go through a double blind peer review process by two to three competent reviewers. Selected high quality Papers will be published in either any of the following ISI / Scopus indexed journals after revision:

    • International Education Studies
    • Psychology and Cognitive Science-Open Journal (PCSOJ)
    • International Journal of Educational Development (Scopus Elsevier)
    • Research in Social Science and Technology
  • Conference Proceedings

  • Submission Guidelines


    All submissions related with the major theme of the conference are encouraged. Submissions must be original and should not have been previously accepted for publication in a journal, presented in another conference or be under review at another conference.

    Paper submission starts from 1st April, 2017.

    All papers will be blind reviewed. Accepted papers will be assigned to paper sessions by the Program Chair. High quality papers from the conference will be published in some of the best Education journals indexed in the SCOPUS / ISI after an accelerated review process. More details about paper submission guidelines will be send to author after acceptance. 

    Papers should be prepared and presented in English. The page limit should be less than 20 pages. (Font 12, double spacing with margins of 1 inch) including the cover page, abstract, text, references, table and figures. Authors have to follow APA 2016 format. 

    All authors have to register before the deadline of registration to attend and present the paper in the conference. The prepared manuscript in Microsoft Word should be submitted electronically at ucgeconf@adu.ac.ae

  • Important Dates

    IMPORTANT DATES FOR REGISTRATION

    • Early Bird Registration: from 25th of April until 30th of September 2017
    • Late Registration: from 1st October 2017 to 27th October 2017
    • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: within 5 business days after submitting the abstract.
    • Final Paper Submission commences on: 1st of August , 2017
    • Final Paper Submission Deadline: October 10, 2017
    • Conference Dates: 27th & 28th of October 2017
    Email Id: ucgeconf@adu.ac.ae
  • Venue & Accommodation

    About Abu Dhabi University (ADU)

    Since its inception in 2000, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and President of Abu Dhabi University’s Board of Regents, Abu Dhabi University has become one of the region’s leading centers of academic excellence. Its vibrant and cosmopolitan student population represents more than 63 nationalities. Through its globally competitive curriculum, ADU formulates highly unique degree programs that maximize graduates’ chances of employment. It strives to become one of the world’s elite institutions of world-class education and applied research. In addition to a dynamic range of extracurricular activities, ADU also instills a strong spirit of social responsibility in its students so that graduates can help to transform not only their industries; but also their communities and above all, their world.

    Abu Dhabi University is licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, with all its undergraduate and postgraduate programs accredited. ADU is also the only private higher education institution in the UAE and the Gulf Region to receive international academic accreditation from the “Western Association of Schools and Colleges: Senior College and University Commission –WSCUC”, thereby making all its undergraduate and postgraduate degrees internationally recognized, and elevating it to the ranks of prestigious peers accredited by WSCUC such as Caltech, UCLA and Stanford University. Abu Dhabi University was also the first university to receive the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award in 2010. Dedicated to achieving excellence on all academic and organizational levels, today ADU is one of only six universities in the UAE to enter the ranks of the world’s top 700 universities in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world university rankings of 2015 – 2016. 

    Additionally, for its support and patronage of entrepreneurship, Abu Dhabi University was also awarded the “Best Supporting University for Entrepreneurship” in the UAE and the Arab World during the Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders in its 8th cycle. The College of Engineering also received international accreditation from the world-renowned Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET for five of its engineering programs, while the College of Business Administration is within the niche ranks of only 1% of the world’s top business schools that have earned international accreditation from both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB, and the prestigious "EQUIS”, the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration, created and run by the “European Foundation for Management and Development -EFMD”.

    Venue & Accommodation

    Hotel: Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi
    Website: https://www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/unitedarabemirates/abudhabi/parkrotana
    Access Code: ROGGEC

  • Registration & Fees

    Delegates Early Bird Fee Normal Fee
    All Participants / Faculty members / Professionals With Publication: $ 300
    Without Publication: $ 100
    With Publication: $ 350 
    Without Publication: $ 100
    School Teachers & Students  (Must provide ID card) $ 150 $ 200
    Attendee (Without paper presentation) $ 75

    How to Pay

    You can pay registration by Bank Deposit, and the details are given below:

    The bank details are as follows:

    Account Name: Abu Dhabi University, LLC
    Account No: 10404447
    Swift Code: ABDIAEAD
    IBAN: AE560500000000010404447
    Bank: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
    Branch: Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Please note that it is essential for all participants to email the filled Registration Form, along with Proof of payment receipt to id: ucgeconf@adu.ac.ae, erum.khowaja@adu.ac.ae

     

    Registration Form

    Click here to download the General Education Conference Registration Form

  • Contact us


    Manuscript submission to ucgeconf@adu.ac.ae

    Publication Opportunities, please contact smitha.dev@adu.ac.ae 

    Support assistant, for accommodation and other enquires etc., please contact to erum.khowaja@adu.ac.ae  & mary.ereno@adu.ac.ae

    For further inquiries, please contact:

    Dr. Smitha Dev
    Conference Chair
    University College, Abu Dhabi University, P.O. Box 59911 Abu Dhabi, UAE
    E-mail ID: ucgeconf@adu.ac.ae

    Patron:

    Dr. Sreethi Nair
    Dean – University College, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Committee Members

    • Dr. Tara Al-Hadithy
    • Ms. Rubina Qureshi
    • Mr. Sam Eldaka
    • Dr. Gehan Abu El Enain
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