Managing Organizational Change: Challenges to the e-Learning Paradigm in the United Arab Emirates

By Kasim Randeree.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Academic institutions across the Arabian Gulf are turning to advanced web-based technologies to advance their educational missions and goals. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is no exception and is considered a regional leader in terms of technology-based education (Mussallam, 2007). e-learning, in particular, has been making notable advancements in recent years, as it has the combined advantages of both temporal and locational flexibility whilst requiring only minimal, and ever cheaper, hardware and software. This paper examines portal-based education, a technology which offers opportunities for library and information professionals in the educational sector to provide e-services to existing users with a single port-of-call to access a multitude of resources, thus allowing ease of access to library services for students and staff alike in an interactive manner (Morray, 2003). This can enhance the learning experience and enable institutions to maximize utilization of published informational resources in an efficient and cost effective manner. The paper further investigates change management for organizations engaged in transferral from traditional to e-based portal systems. The research examines factors such as resistance to change from late adopters, issues pertaining to the management of change will be identified and recommendations extrapolated from a regional case study will be expounded.

Keywords: Learning, Change Management, E-learning, Library, Middle East, Arabian Gulf, UAE

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 10, pp.41-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 524.390KB).

Dr. Kasim Randeree

Lecturer, Programme Director, Project Management, The British University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr Kasim Randeree is a Lecturer at The British University in Dubai and Visiting Lecturer to The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He is the Programme Director for the Master of Science degree in Project Management at The British University in Dubai. Dr Randeree has an academic career spanning the past 15 years, with experience both in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. He is dedicated to the development of contemporary Middle Eastern society and has worked in the past at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, The American University in Dubai as well as conducting research across parts of the Arabian Gulf and North Africa. Dr Randeree is Associate Editor to five international journal publications and is a Member of the Association of Project Managers and the Institute for Leadership and Management. His research interests are in leadership, organisational development and theory as well as in project management. His particular interests in Emiratisation, the role of Emirati women, multiculturalism and diversity in the UAE, the advancement of management education in the Middle East and Islamic perspectives on leadership and management, have brought him numerous accolades and supporting publications both internationally and across the region.

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