Managing Change in Higher Education: An Exploration of the Role of Training in ICT Enabled Institutions in the United Arab Emirates

By Kasim Randeree and Anjli Narwani.

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The increasing presence of web-based educational technologies is continually pressing demands on teaching-learning environments. With Information Communications Technology (ICT) perceived as a strong facilitator in achieving the goal of building a knowledge-based economy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the drive towards this end has brought with it several challenges, many associated directly with higher education management. Higher education institutions are increasingly adopting world-class ICT systems, particularly Learning Management Systems (LMS), most commonly the Blackboard learning system. There is substantial research on the educationist’s perspective of using ICT in education in the form of LMS. However, this paper bases its theoretical reflection in the context of the UAE from the perspective of knowledge management in technology-adopting educational institutions.

Keywords: Web-Based Technology, Knowledge-Based Economy, Blackboard, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, UAE

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp.447-456. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.150MB).

Dr. Kasim Randeree

Lecturer in Project Management, Faculty of Business, The University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, BT Centre for Major Programme Management, Dubai, Oxford, UK

Dr. Kasim Randeree is an Oxford University Research Fellow in Saïd Business School, at the BT Centre for Major Programme Management, University of Oxford in England. His research interests are in leadership, organisation studies, project and programme management, corporate reputation, multiculturalism and diversity in the Arabian Gulf region and Islamic perspectives on leadership and management. Academic career includes Visiting Lecturer in Project Management at The University of Manchester (UK); Lecturer in Project Management at The British University in Dubai (UAE), United Arab Emirates University (UAE) and University of Lincoln (UK); Adjunct Professor at the American University in Dubai (UAE) and Assistant Lecturer at the University of Hull (UK). He has published over 100 articles in international journals and conferences and has editorial responsibilities with a number of international publications. Dr Randeree is a Member of the Association of Project Managers and the Institute for Leadership and Management.

Anjli Narwani

Instructional Technologies Administrator, Academic Computing Services, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Anjli Narwani as Instructional Technologies Administrator is driving the eLearning wing of the Academic Service Unit at the University of Sharjah. Seasoned by experience in ICT enabled learning solutions and service implementations across Banking, Education, Government she has proven Training and Project management capacities in addition to academic research. Her interests lie in Knowledge Management-its constituents, and Project management. She has presented at International Conferences in Instructional Technologies and eLearning.

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