How can we transform e-Learning practices through capacity building?

Wednesday, April 6th, 10:00 CEST

EDEN NAP webinar


This session will showcase examples of a good practice using capacity building funds to transform the teaching and learning practice of educational institutions that were in their early beginnings as it comes to e-learning. Our panellists will reflect on their experiences during such a journey – where were they at the beginning, how did they prepare for the transition, what activities have been undertaken, where are they now, and finally, what are their plans? Reflections will be done from the perspective of the institutional leaders, teachers, and supportive staff.



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Igor BalabanEDEN NAP SC member Associate Professor at FOI, Vice-dean for science, international cooperation and projects, and Head of Laboratory for advanced technologies in e-learning, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Igor Balaban is Associate Professor at FOI, Vice-dean for science, international cooperation and projects, and Head of Laboratory for advanced technologies in e-learning. He was actively involved in a dozen of European and national projects, and coordinated several of them. He authored and co-authored 50+ scientific and professional papers and cooperates with European Commissions’ Joint Research Centre as an external expert for DigCompOrg & DigCompEdu frameworks and SELFIE tool. He organized and conducted dozens of workshops, talked at more than 20 conferences, and was invited speaker at some of them. He is also a reviewer for several highly respected journals such as Computers & Education, International Journal of ePortfolio and International Journal of Information Systems. His main field of interest is technology supported learning with special focus on adaptivity and personalization in learning environments and digital transformation of educational organizations. He also has a traceable scientific record in assessing the successful implementation of information systems.



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Fathmath Nishan

Dr. Fathmath Nishan is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Education, The Maldives National University, Republic of Maldives. She is an advisor to the Center for Foundation Studies, and the Dean of the Faculty of Education, The Maldives National University. Her teaching areas in the Faculty of Education include Inclusive and Special Education, Research Methods, Directed Research, and Language and Communication in SEN. She has published papers on leadership and women and Inclusive Education. Her research interests include educational management and leadership, teaching and learning, educational policy, online learning, and inclusive education.

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Shimna Shakeeb

Shimna Shakeeb is currently the Head of Centre for Educational Technology and Excellence (CETE) at The Maldives National University (MNU). She holds a Master’s degree from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from La Trobe University, Australia. Her specialization areas include; English Language and Literature and Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher education. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in the area of Teaching English Language and blended learning design. She also holds a Diploma in Teaching Secondary specializing in Teaching Mathematics and Chemistry. Her research interests include, outcome-based pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, critical reflection and blended learning. In 2020, she published research paper based on Remote Online Teaching (ROT) in higher education context in response to COVID 19 pandemic based on Maldives. She worked as a leading teacher and the Head of English Department at Aminiya School, then the largest school with nearly 2500 students, in the Maldives before she joined the university.

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Mohamed Shareef

Dr Mohamed Shareef was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Maldives National University in August 2019. The Vice Chancellor serves as the academic leader and chief executive, accountable for strategic oversight, financial sustainability, and academic direction of the University. His research interests were nurtured at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Civil Engineering. In 2015 he took up a post in MNU as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University, with the research and development portfolio. Shareef has experience working in the private sector, including planning, designing, and supervising coastal engineering projects throughout the Maldives. His area of expertise is the practical application of cutting-edge shore protection practices and schemes, as well as maritime engineering design. He has served extensively for the Government of the Maldives holding senior executive positions in the Ministry of Planning and National Development and Ministry of Housing and Environment. Dr Shareef earned a PhD in Civil Engineering and an MSc (Eng) in Maritime Civil Engineering from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, as well as a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom.

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James Brunton

Dr James Brunton has a PhD in Social/Organisational Psychology from Dublin City University. James is Chair of the DCU BA in Humanities Programme at the National Institute for Digital Learning and member of the Digital Learning Research Network. His research specialties include Social and Organisational Psychology, Identity Studies, Qualitative Methodologies. He is chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland and the British Psychological Society. At EDEN conferences he has delivered several valuable contributions, among others noted as speaker of the “Assessment Strategy: Managing and Supporting Assessment Designers” lecture in the Garden of Learning of EDEN.