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Sunday, November 09, 2008

"The way students are taught must change," say experts in eLearning

e-Learning leaders call for greater collaboration among education ministries, school administrators, teachers and parents.

Experts in e-Learning have called for a change of mindset and greater collaboration among education ministries, school administrators, teachers and parents to speed the development of e-Learning in the GCC and better prepare students for jobs in the Knowledge Economy.
Speaking at an e-Learning workshop presented by the Egyptian IT Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) at GITEX 2008, Dr John Zook, an advisor to the UAE Ministry of Education, said: "There needs to be greater partnership between government, schools and parents to understand that the way teachers teach must change.
"Globalization means that the jobs of tomorrow are in the Knowledge Economy. To produce students with the right skills we need to change from prescriptive learning of facts to a method of teaching that encourages the understanding of processes and critical thinking skills."
The panel also called for greater government support for faster and cheaper broadband internet access for schools.

The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) is a governmental entity affiliated to Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. It is responsible for growing and developing Egypt's position as a leading global outsourcing location by attracting foreign direct investment to the industry and maximizing the exports of IT services and applications.
Located in the heart of the modern business environment at Smart Village, the six hundred acre business park on the outskirts of Cairo, ITIDA is a self sustainable entity that drives the IT industry in Egypt and raises awareness among the Egyptian people of the benefits and use of ICT to advance socio-economic welfare of the whole community.

Source: Zawya