Making education easier for students whether in a classroom, home or an internship in a foreign university by removing the cumbersone methods though new learning technologies will be the main theme of E-education Without Borders Conference which will open in the capital today.

The three-day conference aims to build new strategies for the efficient delivery of e-education, focus attention on academic standards relating to e-education issues, and facilitate the establishement of a global student forum to encourage the continuation of this initiative. The conference is organised and will be conducted by students for students.

The idea was initiated by students of the Abu Dhabi Men’s College and 90% of the work for organising the conference has been done by the students, acording to Khalid Al Falasi, a student in the college and one of the organisers.
He said yesterday the conference would give students an opportunity to achieve direct communication. “About 300 students from 47 countries will take part in the conference to discuss their ideas and present their papers on online programs and facilities worldwide” he said.

“The most significant point is that students will speak during the conference to demonstrate their views about the future of e-learning” he said.

Khamis Al Hosani, another organiser, explained that students would highlight future challenges and needs to expand online learnig programmes as well as different advantages and risks of adopting such learning methods.
He pointed out that students from more than 100 colleges and universities worldwide would present papers and hold professionnal-level discussions around the anticipated impact of e-learning methodology and technology. He also announced that the confernce would present the Cancelor’s, Conference and Industrial awards to the best papers offered by students.

Dr Tayeb Kamali, Director of the college was seen to give students the chance to express themselves and organise the event according to their own views.

by a staff reporter, Khaleej Times,
April 21st 2001