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