International eLearning Experts Gather in Riyadh for eLearning Event.

Social media and digital gaming can be used to promote learning
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 5 March 2015: The Ministry of Education’s National Center for e-Learning and Distance Learning has held its Fourth International Conference on eLearning and Distance Education. The event brought together some of the world’s leading e-Learning researchers and educators, to discuss ways in which new digital technologies can promote quality education in Saudi Arabia, and further afield.

Dr Rob Kadel, Head of the Washington-based Pearson Research and Innovation Network, gave a keynote address at the Conference. Dr Kadel called on educators, policy makers and digital developers to help ensure the digital learning technologies being employed in classrooms were those with the greatest impact on improving student outcomes.
Dr Kadel’s message has particular relevance for Saudi Arabia, where eLearning is becoming increasingly common in higher education institutions. Across the Kingdom, universities are turning to new technology to help increase the availability of online or blended learning options for students, and to simplify institutions’ administration and assessment processes. Riyadh’s Princess Noura University has partnered with Pearson to provide 12,000 preparatory year students with IT and Math course content for tablet devices, as part of the University’s efforts to build a world class digital learning environment for its students.
Dr Kadel told Conference participants: “eLearning holds great promise for students. However technology in itself is no panacea for the great challenges facing traditional education. If technology is used to merely maintain the status quo in teaching and learning, then we will see no great leaps forward in the education race. Technological solutions must be assessed according to the impact they have on improving learning outcomes, and learners’ lives. Although millions of learners, in all parts of the world, are experiencing online learning, there is much work to be done before eLearning’s potential to make education personalised, powerful and interactive is fully realised.”
Dr Kadel is well known for his research in the field of learning enhancement through social media and gamification. He believes that when used appropriately, these technologies have the power to become ‘game changers’ in education – engaging students of all levels and backgrounds in effective and meaningful learning.
“Using games and social media to help students learn, engage and enjoy the learning process, is key to our modern technological breakthroughs making a real impact on educational enhancement. This is particularly true for Saudi Arabia, which has some of the highest mobile penetration rates, per capita, anywhere in the world. At around 73 percent, mobile penetration in Saudi Arabia is significantly higher than in the USA or UK. The question is, how do we translate these statistics into improved outcomes for learners? We need to give educators the skills and the confidence to embrace the new opportunities that come with digital innovation, and help them find practical ways of exploiting these innovations in the classroom”.
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About Pearson:

Pearson is the world’s largest learning company, operating in more than 80 countries around the world, bringing powerful learning solutions to millions of learners every year. Pearson takes learning personally. Our courses and resources are available in print, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. Our education imprints combine 150 years of experience and include online support for every learner.  Our innovative and dynamic digital learning products and services are changing the learning landscape all around the globe and our qualifications are positively transforming the futures of learners of all ages and backgrounds.  Pearson can boast a comprehensive English Language offering that consists of engaging content and cutting edge testing solutions. To find out more, visit www.pearson.com.

Pearson working with Tatweer to deliver training to 500 Master Educators.

T4EDU Launches Math and Science Teacher Development Programme
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 November 2014: Saudi Arabia’s Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) in conjunction with Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, have announced the wider rollout of the Saudi Math and Science Teacher Development Programme.

The programme will see ultimately 500 educators from across the Kingdom take part in a Master Trainer Training Programme across three levels of learning: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Foundation level training will take place in November and December 2014, with further levels planned in 2015.  The 500 Master Trainers will then go on to provide professional development training to over 100,000 primary and secondary teachers across the country, building Saudi teachers’ pedagogical skills and knowledge in the mathematics and science fields.
The Math and Science Teacher Development Programme forms part of the Saudi Government’s wider education reforms being implemented by T4EDU as part of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Public Education Project, a large scale project that will shape the future of education across the Kingdom
The Math and Science Teacher Development Programme will build the Kingdom’s capacity in the mathematics and science industries, fields, which are becoming increasingly important for success in a competitive, global economy.
The links between strong capabilities in the Science, Mathematics, Technology and Engineering fields at a national level, and a country’s economic performance are well documented. A Policy Brief from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) states that “Scientific advances and technological change are key drivers of recent economic performance. The ability to create, distribute and exploit knowledge has become a major source of competitive advantage, wealth creation and improvements to quality of life”.
Dr Mohammed AlZaghibi, Chief Executive Officer of T4EDU, agrees. He says:
“Fundamental to the Kingdom’s goal of achieving a diversified, knowledge-based economy will be fostering a STEM proficient workforce, and motivating our current generation of learners to seek a STEM based career. It is this group of students which will be Saudi Arabia’s innovators, inventors and creators of tomorrow.
“It is therefore of critical importance that we recruit and train enough talented and passionate teachers in the mathematics and science disciplines to make this vision a reality. By building capacity amongst 100,000 of Saudi’s math and science teachers, the Math and Science Teacher Development Programme has the scale to make a real difference to the quality of STEM education being taught in the Kingdom, and build a positive future for the country as a whole”.
Karim Daoud, Managing Director for Pearson in the Middle East says countries around the world are increasingly recognising the important role mathematics and science educators play in equipping learners for the demands of a modern workforce, saying:
“As the world becomes increasingly technological, scientific progress becomes even more significant in driving innovation-led growth. What we have seen through important policy movements in the USA and other countries is a realisation that the industries of the 21st Century will rely more and more on those workers with a highly skilled STEM education. It is imperative therefore that our education systems, from the curriculums used to the pedagogical practices employed, place upmost importance on math and science instruction, and deliver these subjects in a way that engages learners and inspires them to seek a career in these fields”.
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About Pearson:
Pearson is the world’s largest learning company, operating in more than 80 countries around the world, bringing powerful learning solutions to millions of learners every year. Pearson takes learning personally. Our courses and resources are available in print, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. Our education imprints combine 150 years of experience and include online support for every learner.  Our innovative and dynamic digital learning products and services are changing the learning landscape all around the globe and our qualifications are positively transforming the futures of learners of all ages and backgrounds.  Pearson can boast a comprehensive English Language offering that consists of engaging content and cutting edge testing solutions. To find out more, visit www.pearson.com.
About T4EDU:
T4EDU is one of the subsidiaries of Tatweer Holding Company, a government owned company and the exclusive executer of Tatweer. T4EDU currently works on implementing a number strategic educational projects and programmes that aim at developing the practice professional development in public education.

Taibah University and Pearson Announce World Class Learning Ecosystem.

12,000 students to experience new learning technology over the next three years
Student engagement, retention and achievement set to improve under new agreement.
Riyadh, KSA, 12 August 2014: Taibah University has announced that Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, has won the contract to roll out an all-inclusive, state-of-the-art Learning Ecosystem. The Programme will be implemented as part of the University’s preparatory year programme, which is undertaken by more than 4,000 students each year. The agreement will transform Taibah University from a traditional campus to a fully blended learning environment over the next three years, placing the University at the forefront of digital learning transformation in the Kingdom.

The agreement builds on a close existing relationship between Pearson and Taibah University, which started last year with the initial rollout of customised foundation resources, and continues through the various subsequent phases covered under this new agreement.
Under the new agreement, Pearson will provide the University with:
·         Pearson’s Personalised Learning Platform. A comprehensive learning ecosystem providing a personalised, adaptive and interactive learning experience.
·         The design, development and deployment of a full blended learning programme which includes digital courseware, digital lesson plans and formative assessments.
·         Remediation tools for mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology.
·         Enterprise reporting and data analytics.
·         Faculty change management and development programme to assist the transition to blended learning.
The training and professional development delivered to faculty as part of the agreement will help Taibah’s educators become champions of data-driven instruction and blended learning. The technology to be implemented under the new programme has been welcomed by educators at the University who believe it will improve student results because of its focus on student-centred, personalised learning. Instructors have also embraced the technology because it makes more efficient, effective use of teaching time, and gives them more flexibility in the way they teach.
Taibah University’s Dean of the Preparatory Year Programme, Dr. Waleed Bleyhesh al-Amri says:
“The ecosystem being implemented under the agreement will prove efficient in improving student outcomes by increasing student motivation and attendance. Saudi’s university students are very tech-savvy, and expect their education to reflect the latest developments in digital and online learning. The holistic system that we are employing has been specifically designed to connect with young learners, and make their education more relevant and engaging”.
The launch of Pearson’s Blended Learning technology at Taibah University indicates universities in the Kingdom are on-board with the Saudi Government’s goal of increasing the presence of digital technology in the Kingdom’s tertiary institutes as means of achieving better learning outcomes and employability rates among graduates. 
Pearson’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships in the Middle East, Fadi Khalek said that the introduction of eLearning into Saudi Arabia’s universities will help achieve this vision as well as facilitating the development of a diverse, knowledge based economy in the Kingdom.
“Establishing a strong and efficacious learning culture in education institutions will have a positive impact on the country’s productivity, economic growth and job development. Learners that are equipped with the sophisticated 21st century skills promoted through eLearning programmes are more likely to contribute meaningfully in their future careers, and are better prepared to foster innovation in the workplace, or become involved in entrepreneurship activities”.
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About Pearson:

Pearson is the world’s largest learning company, operating in more than 80 countries around the world, bringing powerful learning solutions to millions of learners every year. Pearson takes learning personally. Our courses and resources are available in print, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. Our education imprints combine 150 years of experience and include online support for every learner.  Our innovative and dynamic digital learning products and services are changing the learning landscape all around the globe and our qualifications are positively transforming the futures of learners of all ages and backgrounds.  Pearson can boast a comprehensive English Language offering that consists of engaging content and cutting edge testing solutions. To find out more, visit www.pearson.com.

Texas A&M – Saudi Arabia HRD Masters Program (video)


The Human Resource Development Master of Science Program in Saudi Arabia offers Saudi professionals the flexibility to learn valuable human resource development skills. A collaborative agreement between Texas A&M University and the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management, students complete coursework online and attend face-to-face class periodically with college faculty who travel to Saudi Arabia to teach. 


The Kingdom :: A Saudi Celebration Day in Vancouver, Canada (video)


Saudi students are choosing Canada as one of their top destinations to obtain undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, as they get accepted to join King Abdullah Scholarship program. This program provides the means to best world universities to pursue studies that lead to degrees (bachelors, masters and doctorate) and medical fellowships. Academic disciplines and scholarships are selected on the needs of government ministries, national corporations and the private sector. This selection aims to fulfill the requirements of work markets across the kingdom in regions, universities and industrial cities. The Program is commissioned with qualifying Saudi youth to take an active role in development in all fields in government and private sectors. 

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in Canada will be hosting an event in the heart of downtown Vancouver to exhibit the Saudi Arabian unique culture to the Canadian society.

** FREE ADMISSION **

The event will be in exhibition hall A of the east building of the convention centre. At the centre of the hall there will be a huge tent brought from Saudi Arabian desert specially for this event to demonstrate the hospitality of the Saudi people.

The exhibition will contain many booths that present different aspects of life in Saudi Arabia. Come over to learn about Mecca, the holy city on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, which is the most sacred place in Islam. Also Medina, the second holy city that has the prophet’s mosque and where he lived for the last 20 years of his life. Moreover, learn about the beauty of the Arabian Calligraphy, and get your name written on a decorated card as a personalized gift from the organizers to you.

The stage is a central spot in that event. Come and enjoy live performances of different dances and folklores from different regions of Saudi Arabia: central (Sword Dance), western, and southern region. Also enjoy the rhythm of live songs and poetry, by a group of singers and poets from Saudi Arabia. Finally, enjoy the interactive presentation with live footage that portrays the typical Saudi daily life and teach you about the most important event that attracts the world media every year (The Hajj) which is attended by 3 million people every year from all around the globe.

The celebration will be run by Saudi students volunteers from over 16 Saudi clubs across Canada. About 200 volunteers will be prepared to impressively organize that event and enthusiastically run each part of it.