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Qatar Digital Learning Summit

Qatar Digital Learning Summit

Qatar Digital Learning Summit - the two-day summit started at 8:45 in Qatar time on 2nd June 2021. The summit brought key stakeholders and innovators in digital learning to boost professional development, network with other eLearning professionals and gain the latest insights from industry leaders featuring high profile case-studies and interactive discussions from all around the world. The event was well organized, and the presentations were simple yet informative mashaAllah.

Here is a highlight of what I took away from the summit. Although I visited auditorium 2 few times, I spent all my time in the auditorium 1. As the topics were far more interesting to me in that auditorium.

After the introduction, Richard talked about "Tomorrow Belongs to those who Prepare for it", in which he explored how we can revision the future of education to meet the challenges that will face us all, especially our children.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Saai explained how instructional technology will be identified as an instructional design in his talk on the topic "Together IT & IT in the Face of Corona Pandemic".

An interesting topic came up, "Digital Transformation in Education with Surface, why the Device is important" in which Steve Beswick explained reasons why Surface should be considered in education. Interestingly I learned about Microsoft Surface family which included at least 9 different devices.

Dymphe Laan explained the app Alinea on the topic "Struggling with Writing + Reading: Tools for the University SEN student", in which she explained the accessibility, user-friendliness of the auxiliary reading software that helps young and old read, write, and learn by the tool - Alinea Suite. This tool can be helpful for visually impacted learners.

While talking about the topic The Future of Higher Ed in the Post-COVID-19 World, Dr. Ismail Fayed introduced a book which will be helpful in teaching in the post-COVID-19. The book is called "Teaching in the Post COVID-19 Era".

John Schwatz's perspective on the topic "A New Normal for Corporate and Campus Learning" explained all about edX, a non-profit organization providing free courses from different universities online. It provides unlimited access to 100s of self-paced in-demand courses for free.

Dr. Mary Ellen Wiltrout elaborated topic "Evidence-Based Design in Online and Blended Courses" and highlighted about MOOC, which is Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) where free online courses available for anyone to enroll. Check it out at edx.org.

The topic "Gaming can renew learning!" was justified by Dr. Alison Carr-Chellman by explaining how gaming can be used to significantly impact the education using games to engage the disengaged learners. She highlighted Minecraft Edu version as a useful tool.

From the presentation of Steve Wheeler on the topic "Digital Literacies for Lifelong Learning" I learned that we don't have to remember everything, but we must know where it is, so that we can find it and use it whenever we need it. However, we need to keep in mind that not everything we find on internet are true and we should learn how to identify what is true and not. Generational difference is a huge weakness that we have, where we have to teach the new generation about the transfer. Just to give a simple example, while elders consider LOL as lots of love the young generation call it laugh out loud.

Justifying the topic "Supercharging Experiential Learning with State-of-the-art Virtual Lab" Balaji Venkataraman explained how to bring science experiment to life with a virtual lab known as ScholAR. “ScholAR”  is designed using 3D and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and will be available on all popular mobile operating systems as well as desktop browsers. This is a great tool for Physics, Chemistry and Biology students. You can visit them via scholarlab.in.

IntelliBoard is a plugin that can be integrated into your Moodle, Canvas, Zoom, Google Classroom, and many other platforms. It is making the learning management systems (LMSs) smarter by providing affective reports that you can visualize for the success of your courses and learners. Explore more on intelliboard.net.

Edorer is an EdTech built by educators for educators. Edorer has been tested with many universities. It has online classrooms which enables one-click to connect, live quizzing, session recordings and more. Recorded lectures can be viewed later as well as after the semester. According to Dr. Schahram Dustdar, with this you can launch your own university or school. Not only that, edorer will be assisting in demonstrating and implementation of the platform. Send a demo request from edorer.com.

While we were learning about "Semiotics and Visual Storytelling of Online Digital Learning", I noted the importance of brainstorming sessions and the importance of condensing information as people will not be able to understand if things are too sophisticated and complicated.

It important that we keep our teaching simple and concise, so that students can understand what they are supposed to learn, and they can learn more in their own pace.

Hope you liked it.

Assalaam Alaikum