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LINC 2007 Conference Program

LINC 2007 Parallel Sessions

LINC 2007 Paper Fair



Pre-Conference Workshops – October 27, 2007

October 27, 2007:

1:00pm - 5:00pm: Intel Pre-Conference Workshop - Optional and complimentary with conference registration. There is limited capacity for this workshop. Upon completion of registration, please email lincinquiries "at" to reserve a seat.

Policies and Programs that Support the Implementation of ICT, Education Reform, and Economic Development: a Half-Day Hands-On Workshop

Offered by Dr. Robert Kozma and the Intel World Ahead Program

This free workshop is designed for education policymakers and thought leaders, to assist them in thinking through the role of ICT in education reform. The workshop will present a framework for analyzing coordinated policies in ICT, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, teacher training, and school organization. During the first part of the workshop, Dr. Kozma will assist participants in applying the framework to their current policy context and considering coordinated policy changes that might contribute to economic development. During the second part of the workshop, Intel staff will review the building blocks of the World Ahead Program that support 21st century teaching and learning, including access to affordable technology, broadband connectivity, and locally relevant content.

1:00pm - 5:00pm: Pre-Conference Workshop - Optional and complimentary with conference registration. There is limited capacity for this workshop. Upon completion of registration, please email lincinquiries "at" to reserve a seat.

Implementation of a Blended Model of Education Delivery in Higher Education

Offered by Carlos Garcia, UKS Higher Education division Manager and Alex MacDonald, UKS Higher Education Solutions Consultant

In this free workshop, UKS consultants will present attendees with a detailed walkthrough of the steps necessary for the successful adoption and implementation of a blended model of education in a university environment.

Topics to be covered include:
Hybrid Education Principles
Instructor Role in Blended Education
Collaborative Learning
  > Use of Case Studies
  > Use of Student Projects
  > Special tools (Podcasting / Wikis / Virtual Reality)
Use of e-content
  > Course Syllabus
  > E-learning Modules
  > Other Student Materials
Support Infrastructure
  > Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS)
  > Learning Management System (LMS)
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Conference Program below is subject to change.

LINC 2007 Conference Program – October 27-29, 2007

Saturday Evening, October 27

Welcome Reception at the Marriott Dead Sea Hotel: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 28, 2007


Opening Remarks: Richard Larson: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

PANEL 1: 8:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. "Virtual Universities"

Dr. Patricio López del Puerto, President, The Virtual University,
Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.
"Role of Distance Education in Opening Opportunities in Developing Countries"

Dr. Bakary Diallo, Rector, African Virtual University, Nairobi, Kenya.
"The African Virtual University: Working with 27 Countries, Across Boundaries and Language Barriers in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa "

Dr. Naveed Malik, Rector, Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan.
"Education in Your Bag: Technology Put it There!"

Dr. Riad Daoudi, President, Syrian Virtual University, Syria.
"The Syrian Virtual University, Fully Accredited within Syria"

Refreshment Break: 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

PANEL 2 (PART I): 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. “Innovations in Teaching and Learning”

Ms. Zina Karam, Partner/Projects Manager, Alpha Creative, Jordan.
"E-Learning Experiences in Jordan" (10 minutes)

Dr. Robert B. Kozma, Independent Consultant, USA.
"ICT, Education Reform and Economic Development" (30 minutes)

Opening Ceremony: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Dr Khaled Toukan (4 minutes)
Minister of Education, Education and Scientific Research, Jordan

Dr. Phillip Clay (4 minutes)
Chancellor, MIT

Professor Khaled Al-Karaki (4 minutes)
President, University of Jordan

Dr. Richard Larson (10 minutes)
Founder/Director of LINC
Mitsui Professor, Engineering Systems Division, MIT

LUNCH: 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

PANEL 2 (PART 2): 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. "Innovations in Teaching and Learning"

Dr. Phillip Clay, Chancellor, MIT, USA
"Moving Beyond the Conventional: Educating New Leaders for Transformation and Development" (25 minutes)

Professor Jesús del Alamo, Professor of Electrical Engineering, MIT, USA
"MIT iLabs: Laboratories Without Frontiers" (20 minutes)

Dr. Carlos Garcia, Higher Education Division Manager, Universal Knowledge Solutions - UKS
"Experiencing Implementing a Blended Model of Education at Amman Al-Ahliyya University (AAU)" (20 minutes)

Dr. Frank Mayadas, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, USA
"ONLINE EDUCATION: Worldwide and Moving Quickly (25 minutes)

Refreshment Break: 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

PANEL 3: Parallel Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Paper Fair: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

General Reception, sponsored by Alpha-Creative 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (location: Marriott Dead Sea - Arysha Terrace)

GALA DINNER: 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Dinner Speaker: Martin Dougiamos
Moodle: Creating Sustainable Educational Communities with Open Source Software

Monday, October 29, 2007


PANEL 4: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.“E-Learning in the Emerging World 1”

Dr. Raul Medina-Mora, Chairman and CEO, Vision Mexico.
Enciclomedia: The World’s Largest Interactive Classroom Project

Dr. Milad Sebaaly, Chief Learning Officer, Technology World Company, Kuwait
E-Learning Experiences in the Middle East

Dr. Richard C. Larson and M. Elizabeth Murray, MIT LINC,
E-Learning as a Tool for Poverty Reduction and Economic Development: A Focus on China and Mexico

PANEL 5: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. “E-Learning in the Region”

Dr. Mohamed-Nabil Sabry, French University of Egypt, Cairo.
ICT for Education in Developing Countries: Both Feasible and Crucial

Dr. Khaled Toukan, Overview of Jordan’s Initiatives

Adonis Nasr, Chief Executive Officer, AMSI, Academia Management Solutions International – Dubai
AMSI's Advanced Classrooms: Emphasizing the Human Aspect

LUNCH: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Honorio Silva, Vice President, Pfizer Inc., New York, USA and Dr. Sean Rowland, President, Hibernia College, Dublin, Ireland
Quality Assurance in E-Learning: The Pharmaceutical Medicine Graduate Program - A Case Study

Panel 6: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Parallel Sessions 5, 6, 7, 8

Refreshment Break: 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

OPEN FORUM: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. “Conference Wrap-Up”

Open microphone: interactive discussion leading to strategic growth and development for LINC.

Amman Municipality Evening Tour and Dinner 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Mayor is sponsoring evening tour of Amman's historic sights to be followed by dinner in famous Amman restaurant, for a maximum of 100 foreign guests.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Petra Tour Leaves hotels @ 7:00 a.m. Return by 6:00 p.m.

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Parallel Sessions Schedule

Sessions #1, 2, 3, 4: October 28, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sessions #5, 6, 7, 8: October 29, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Parallel Session #1: Meeting room Mount Nebo 1
"The Jordan Education Initiative"
Session Chair: Haif Bannayan
Sunday, October 28, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Jordan Education Initiative: Multi-stakeholders Partnerships in Education-Dynamics and Impacts
Haif Bannayan, JEI, Jordan

"The Quantum Leap in Education"
Rana Madani, e-Curricula Development Track Manager, JEI, Jordan

"University-Community-School: JEI Partnership"
Dr. Osama Obeidat, Educational Specialist, JEI, Jordan

"A Model for Effective Engagement of the Private Sector in Education"
Emile Cubeisy, Vice President, Business Development - Accelerator Technology Holdings

Parallel Session #2: Meeting room Mount Nebo 2
"Blended Learning"
Session Chair: Frank Mayadas
Sunday, October 28, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Blending Using Online Activities: A Case of a Significant Learning Experience at a Jordanian University
Salam Abdallah, Abu Dhabi University, UAE

Blended Learning in Higher Education: Tapping on the Best of Both Worlds
Dr. Regina K. Masalela, Distance Education Program Coordinator, University of Botswana, Botswana

An Online Forum within a Hybrid Course Fosters Meaningful Learning and Argumentation Skills
Dov Dori, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Blended Learning in High Schools and Tertiary Institutions
Iloanusi Ogechukwu N., Department of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukk, Nigeria

Integration of e-Tutoring in a Blended Learning Course on Mathematics
Adriana Gnudi*, Walter Fornasa, Agostino Lorenzi, Lucia Malvisi, University of Bergamo, Italy

E-Learning Objects Metadata-Enabled Online Educational Systems, Enhancing Blended Learning
Mustafa Odeh Helal Jwaifell, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Jordan

Parallel Session #3: Meeting room Petra 1
"Open Source Innovations"
Session Chair: James Fay
Sunday, October 28, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

“The Open Source Online University”
Jan Sjogren, Argosy University and Jim Fay, California State University, USA

“Quality Assurance and Accreditation for an International Open Source Online University”
Dr. Steven Crow, President, The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, USA

“An Open Source Online University: OSS and OER Factors in Developing Countries”
Ken Udas, Executive Director, Penn State World Campus and Online Programs, Pennsylvania State University, USA

“Impact of MIT-OCW Electronic Content on Learning in Tanzania”
N.T. Jiwaji, D.T.K. Shemwetta, The Open University of Tanzania; and
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

e-Saf Moodle LMS in Saudi Higher Education: Implementation and Experiences
Amjad M Daoud, Director of Computer Center; and
Tabuk University, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Parallel Session #4: Meeting room Petra 2
"Case Studies"
Session Chair: Patricio Lopez del Puerto
Sunday, October 28, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

An Integrated ICT - Support for ODL in Nigeria
Olugbemiro Jegede, National Open University of Nigeria, Nigeria

Impact of Information and Communication Technology in Higher Education Development (Baghdad University Model)”
Bahaa I Kazem, Mechatronics Eng., Head of Development and Continuous Education Center, e-learning Program Coordinator -Baghdad University, Iraq

The Virtual Learning Environment: A Case Study on the Preparedness of Staff at the National University of Rwanda
M. Jawahar, F.K. Akorli, National University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda

Distance Enabled International Seminars and Conferences
Alex Bobovitch, St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation;
Russia; Gerald W. Cockrell, Indiana State University, USA; and
Anatoly Ovodenko, St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Russia

AOU Experience on Applying e-Learning Strategy”
Bayan Abu-Shawar, Jehad Al-Sadi, AOU-Jordan, Hamayun Khan, AOU-Kuwait

Quality Assurance in e-Learning: Issues for Developing Nations
Babatunde Ipaye, Director, Learner Support Services, National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria

Review of E-Learning in China
Li Chen*, Deputy Dean of the School of Education Technology at Beijing Normal University; and
Nan Wang, Beijing Institute of Technology, Huina Chen, Beijing Normal University

Technology Acceptance Model and Teachers' Adoption of Laptops
Emel Dikbas*, Torun, Hale Ilgaz, Yasemin Kocak Usluel, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Parallel Session #5: Meeting room Mount Nebo 1
"Technology-Enabled Education in Jordan"
Session Chair: HRH Princess Sumaya
Monday, October 29, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Courseware for a University Course in Computer Science
Mohammed Ali Akour, Al–al Bayt University, Jordan

Sustainability of ICT Integration in Developing Countries: An Example from Jordan
Atef Abuhmaid, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Preparing Jordanian Teachers to Face the Challenges in Applying Information and Communication Technology in Education
Bassam Hammo, Amjad Hudaib, Ammar Huneiti*, and Moh'd Belal Al-Zoubi, King Abdullah II School for Information Technology, Department of Computer Information Systems, University of Jordan, Jordan

The effect of age and gender on the students' attitudes towards introducing e-learning to the EFL classroom
Zahra Mustafa Awad, Department of Linguistics, University of Jordan, Jordan

Beyond Traditional Lecturing: Interactive Computer-Based Classroom
Bassam Hammo, King Abdullah II School for Information Technology, Department of Computer Information Systems, University of Jordan, Jordan

Shifting the Gears: Towards Automatic Assessment of Undergraduate Students at the University of Jordan
Bassam Hammo, Amjad Hudaib*, King Abdullah II School for Information Technology, Department of Computer Information Systems, University of Jordan, Jordan

Parallel Session #6: Meeting room Mount Nebo 2
"E-Learning in Medicine"
Session Chair: Dr. Honorio Silva

Monday, October 29, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

M-Learning from a Cell-Phone: Improving Students' EMP Learning Experience through Interactive SMS Platform
Jafar Asgar Arani, Faculty Member of Kasham University of Medical Sciences, Department of English, Iran

A Strategy for Global Nursing Faculty Development: Utilizing Technology and Partnerships
Dr. Mary E. Norton, Associate Dean and Professor, Division of Nursing and Health Management, Felician College, Lodi, NJ, USA

Individualized Formative Assessment Online Modules: Case Study and Potential for Enhanced Distance Education System
Rumi Chunara, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; R. Scholl, Olin College; and
E. Edelman, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, USA

The Use of Computer in Reviewing X-Ray Films in Veterinary Practice: Between Education and Application
Dr. Omar El-Tookhy, Department of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Radiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt

Use of Information and Communication Technology Among Dental Students at the University of Jordan
Lamis D. Rajab, Zaid H. Baqain, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Jordan, Jordan

Parallel Session #7: Meeting room Petra 1
"Innovations in E-Learning"
Session Chair: Jesus del Alamo
Monday, October 29, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Rethinking International Education: Champlain College’s Global Modules Project
Gary Evans Scudder, Jr. and Jennifer Vincent, Champlain College, USA

Development of eContent for Delivery of an Undergraduate Electromagnetic Course Using Mobile Devices
A.Y. Al-Zoubi, Princess Sumaya University of Technology, Jordan, Ammar Al-Atiat, International Turnkey Systems, Egypt

Learning Molecules: An Approach to Problem-Based Online Learning
David Shoemaker, eCornell, USA

Interpreting in Zones of Crisis and War: Improving Multilingual Communication though Collaborative Virtual Learning
Barbara Moser-Mercer, Gregoire Bali, Ecole de traduction et d’interprétation, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Different E-learning Paradigms - a Survey
Terje Kristensen*, Yngve Lamo, Grete Oline Hole, Kristin Hinna, Bergen University College, Norway

Collaborators’ Search System in Collaborative Learning Environment”
Yacine Lafifi*, Computer Science Department, Guelma University, Algeria;
Tahar Bensebaa, Computer Science Department, Annaba University, Algeria;
Khadidja Bouhalit, Computer Science Department, Guelma University, Algeria; and
Alima Merabti, Computer Science Department, Guelma University, Algeria

Modeling the Communities of Practice of E-Learnning "CoPEs"”
Azeddine Chikh, Dept. of Computer Sc., University of Tlemcen, Algeria;
Lamia Berkani, The Informatics National Institute, Algiers, Algeria; and
Akila Sarirete, Lecturer and Cisco Coordinator, Effat College, Saudi Arabia

Parallel Session# 8: Meeting room Petra 2
"Visions for the Future"
Session Chair: Richard Larson

Monday, October 29, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Bridging the Digital Divide: Successful Innovations in Private-Public Sector Partnerships
Quinn J. Sutton, Executive Director, Digital Alliance Foundation, USA

Collaborative Team E-Learning for Peace, e-Learning Vision and Beyond
Fouad M. EL-Harazin, Gaza International Foundation for Peace on Earth, Gaza, PA;
Yousef Mustapha Abu Dayyah, National Research Center, Gaza, PA; and
Mohammad A. Mikki, Computer Engineering Dept., Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza, PA

Learning as a Meaning-Making Process in Blog: Based on the Case Studies of Korean Adult Bloggers
Young Park*, HaniEdu, Inc., Gyeong Mi Heo, McGill University; and
Romee Lee, Yonsei Education Research Institute

The Global Text Project: The Arabic Imperative
Richard T. Watson, Department of MIS, University of Georgia, USA;
Nagwa Badr, Faculty of Computer & Information Sciences, Ain Shams University Egypt; and
Donald J. McCubbrey, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, USA

Creation of Global University System in Egypt (GUS/Egypt)
Mohamed Al-Azab, Human and Technology Development Foundation, Egypt; and
Takeshi Utsumi, Technology and Coordination of Global University System, USA

Developing Tomorrow's Competencies Today, in an Open Way”
Paul Lefrere, The Open University, UK

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Paper Fair Presentations

Sunday, October 28, 2007, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

"Knowledge Management in Education: An Educational Memory Approach"
Ammar C. Yakan, Information Technology Department Head, Jinan University, Tripoli, Lebanon

Security System for E-Education Process; Strategy and Tools For Security"
Riyadh Al-Shalabi and Khader M. Titi, Arab Academy for Banking & Financial Sciences; and
Saad Al-aani, Al-Ahliyyah Amman University, Jordan

"Reifying Techno-enabled Education as Catalyst for Affirmative Change at Sundry Levels in Pakistan"
Syed Faizan Haider, Department of CS & IT, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore, Pakistan

Handling the Agreement Problem in MT from English to Arabic”
Dr. Mazin Al Hadidi, Balqa’ Applied University, Jordan;
Mohamed Mahmoud abu Shquier, Jordan University of Science and Technology; and
Prof. Tengku Mohammed Tenku Sembok, National University of Malaysia

"Virtual Expeditions as Means for the Preservation and Exploration of Cultural Heritage"
Miri Barak and Yehudit J. Dori, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

New Quantitative Models and Tools for Quality Management in Banking Educational Institutions and Departments
Gaetano Bruno Ronsivalle, ABIFormazione, Milan and Rome; and
Simona Carta* and Piera Vivolo, Label Formazione, Rome, and Gaetano Bruno Ronsivalle, ABIFormazione, Milan and Rome

E-Learning and ICT-Led Development in Jordan: The Case of Hashemite University”
Mosleh Al-Adhaileh* and Ahmad Al-Khasawneh, Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan

A Proposed Framework for Using Mobile Agents in Learning and Diagnosing Medical Data”
Dr. Mona Nasr and Prof. Torky I. Sultan, Faculty of Information Technology, Misr University for Science and Technology, Egypt

A Blended Learning Concept for Guided Self-Instruction Using e-MINDMAPS
Jeanne Schreurs, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium; and
A.Y. Al-Zoubi*, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Jordan

A Simulation-based Model for Tracing the Effect of Denial of Service Security Threat in Mobile Agent Systems”
Dr. Mona Nasr and Prof. Torky I. Sultan, Faculty of Information Technology, Misr University for Science and Technology, Egypt

"Designing Interaction Media
EmadEldin O. Elabadala, AlQuds Open University, Palestine, Gaza Strip

Technology and Education the Constructive Perspective”
Nasrin Shah Abushakra, School of Education, Lehigh University, USA

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