AUBH launches 1st Innovative Learning & Teaching Conference 2021

The American University of Bahrain will launch an “Innovative Learning and Teaching Conference 2021: Lessons from COVID-19” from May 24 – 26 at its Riffa campus.

The international AUBH Innovative Learning and Teaching Conference: Lessons from COVID-19 (AEL 2021) will bring together thought leaders, top educators, and technology experts from around the region to the Kingdom of Bahrain, hosting 12 speakers, 16 sessions, and 2 workshops. The conference is set to explore emerging technologies in the educational sector as well as bring rich content that will serve the global and Middle Eastern educational community. 

The main aim of AEL 2021 is to bring together scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals, and individuals interested in education and EdTech to present their works on the current developments in educational sciences. The 3-day event will provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields to share their theoretical knowledge, research findings, and educational practices with their colleagues and the academic community. 

With a hybrid modality, speakers will host the event on campus with our attendees joining through virtual technology. Some of our speakers include: Dr. Susan E. Saxton -Founding President of the American University of Bahrain, Prof. Mansoor Ahmed AlAali – President of Ahlia University, Prof. Riyadh Hamza- President of University of Bahrain, Dr. Reem Al Buainain- Deputy Chief of Academic Affairs, Bahrain Polytechnic and regional speakers such as Dr. Flower Darby – Director of Teach & Learning, Northern AZ University, Dr. Azza Al Shinnawy- Head of Education for Middle East and Africa and Head of Egypt, Public Sector, at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Prof. Tom Crick- Professor of Digital Education & Policy, Swansea University, Dr. Maha Bali- Professor of Practice at the American University of Cairo, Dr. Stephanie Moore-  Assistant Professor Organization, Information and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Ewoud de Kok – CEO of FeedbackFruits, Hamad Al Saie – the Education Leader for the Middle East Cluster, Microsoft.

AEL 2021 provides a hands-on, interactive environment, allowing conference attendees to access the cutting-edge technologies transforming the current educational landscape in light of the COVID pandemic. Attendees will gain valuable insights as well as join informative sessions that discuss pioneering trends in the industry. 

The conference will address a wide range of topics, some of which include blended and online education, AI in education, pedagogical and practical issues, E-library, learning resources and digital content creation, and challenges of virtual learning. The call for papers is currently open, the deadline for Abstract Submission is April 15th, 2021 whereas the deadline for the Paper Submission is April 29th,2021. 

In addition to keynote speeches, expert panel discussions, and research sessions, additional activities for educators and students has been announced, such as a “Creative Teaching Competition” and a  student-lead panel in which panelists will discuss online learning from the students’ perspective. 

Highlighting the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the education systems, Conference Chair Dr. Hanan Al Naser commented, “The COVID-19 pandemic affected nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and all continents. The closures of schools and other learning spaces have impacted 94% of the world’s student population and up to 99% of students in low and lower-middle-income communities. The conference sessions and speakers will highlight these challenges faced in the educational industry as well as devise strategies that shall serve in forging the gaps caused by this pandemic in the fields of e-learning and teaching.”  

For more information and registration please visit:  aelconf.aubh.edu.bh.


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