HERE Seminar

ICT based learning: opportunities for higher education learning and teaching*

26-27 October, 2015

Al-Hussein bin Talal University branch, Petra, Jordan



Sunday 25 October


Participants arrive in Amman/transfer to Petra (transfer organized by the host for all participants upon their arrival) 

18:30 Pick up participants from hotels for a reception organized by the host
19:00-21:00 Dinner reception
21:00 Buses depart from reception venue (going back to hotels)


Monday 26 October
08:15 Buses departing from hotels to Petra college for Tourism and Archaeology
08:30 Registration of participants




- Ahmad Abu-El-Haija, Director, NEO Jordan


- José Gutierrez, EACEA – Head of sector for Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education


- Ali Alqisi, President, Al-Hussein bin Talal University, Jordan


- Hani Dmour, Secretary General, Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research


Introduction to the seminar programme and logic: Elizabeth Colucci, EUA/SPHERE Team



E-learning in the Southern Mediterranean: Trends and challenges


Pierre Gedeon, Director of International Relations, Notre Dame University, Lebanon 



10:30-11:15 E-learning in European higher education
   Michael Gaebel, Director of Higher Education Policy Unit, EUA


Followed by discussion







The diversity of institutional approaches to e-learning


Different cases of how institutions and countries use e-learning, to innovate teaching and learning and broaden access and participation, e.g. via on-campus blended learning, lifelong learning, professional enhancement, social outreach, and international collaboration and visibility
Antoine Rauzy, University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), France
Nadezhda Kamynina, Dean of Humanitarian Faculty, Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography/Ministry of Education, Russia
Leen Lababidi, Student Representative, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Jordan
Jiliani Lamloumi, President, Virtual University of Tunis, Tunisia

Chair: José Gutierrez, EACEA – Head of sector for Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education







Changing learning methods and approaches, their assessment and quality


assurance -  Introductory presentation

- Charalambos Vrasidas, Executive Director, CARDET/University of Cyprus, Cyprus




Break-out groups to discuss:Changing learning methods and approaches’ 


Three discussion groups with chairs that will also provide an input presentation:

Group 1: Safa Nasser Elddin, Vice President for Jerusalem Affairs, Al Quds University, Palestine

Group 2: Jasmina Nlkolic, Deputy Head of Team, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Group 3: Diala Hamaidi, Professor, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Jordan



Close and bus transfer back to hotels


Pick up participants from hotels for a dinner in Wadi Rum

18:00 Dinner
20:30 Buses depart from Wadi Rum (going back to hotels)




Tuesday 27 October


08:30 Buses departing from hotels to Petra college for Tourism and Archaeology


Reports from break-out groups (chairs)



Digitalisation of the university: Implications for learning, teaching, and research


-Eva Seiler, University of Zuerich, Switzerland






E-learning to address challenges in conflict regions?


- Saida Jaser Mahmoud Affouneh Ramallah, Director of E-learning Centre, An Najah National University, Palestine
-Firas Hamadeh, Lecturer and HR Director, Sham Higher Institute of Islamic Sciences, Syria
-Job Art, EU Delegation to Jordan

Chair: Elizabeth Colucci, Adviser for Higher Education Policy, EUA




14:00-14:15 Brief presentation of the HERE Virtual Community and Website
  -Jonna Korhonen, EUA/SPHERE Team


Break out groups on thematic issues: What do we take away from here for our   


institutions and systems?       

3 break-out group: Participants will sign up for a break-up group upon arrival on the first day. Each group will have a chair and one case study as an introductory presentation.

Group 1: How ICT can support internationalisation
Chair – Michael Gaebel, EUA
Presentation: ‘Internationalising through e-learning’- Irine Darchia, Associate Professor, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU)/Ministry of Education and Science, Georgia

Group 2: The policy and structural support that e-learning requires
Chair – Eva Seiler, University of Zuerich
Presentation: ‘E-learning environment and policies’- Isam Zabalawi, President, Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences, Jordan

Group 3: How ICT based learning effects the work of teachers and other staff
Chair- Charalambos Vrasidas, University of Cyprus
Presentation: ‘E-learning and education networks’- Listopad H.N. Zhivitskaya, Belorussian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Belarus



Conclusions and take-aways


What role for e-learning in the higher education development landscape?

Chair: Michael Gaebel, EUA




Free evening (buses back to Amman organised in the evening and the following day)


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