The 2016 GCES Symposium took place at the Arab Open University - Kuwait Branch from April 5-7, 2016. Workshops were held on April 5 and the main conference took place April 6-7. The theme was "Innovation and Transformation: Values, Challenges, and Prospects for Education in the GCC," inspired by a 2015 UNESCO ‘Call for Action’ to governments, institutions, faculty members, and students around the world to address the need for recognizing and reinforcing the practices of OFO as fundamental to the UN goals of Education for Sustainable Development and Education for All.
The conference included presentations that focused on the use of innovation to transform education across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The Arab Open University, where the symposium was held, is changing the higher education landscape in the region and was the ideal setting for a symposium on education innovation and transformation.
The conference aimed to stimulate discussions on educational reform in the GCC, providing a platform for current and future research that explores achievements, challenges and pitfalls in education. As the education landscape continues to change, it is important to explore whether and how former education-related practices influence how education is practiced now as well as in the future.
Workshop 1: How to Use EndNote X7
Workshop 2: An Approach to Implement Interactive Teaching in Blended Learning Environments
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(المجتمع األكاديمي/الخليج العربي )مسارات اإلبداع
Comparison Between Traditional and Open Education in the Academic Society of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (Routes of Creativity) (In Arabic )
Welcome to Kuwait
Introduction to GCES
Keynote 1: A Field in Construction: The Challenges and Prospects of Comparative Education in the GCC Countries
Featured Panel 1: UNESCO: Learning Outcomes and Assessments in the GCC States: Realistic Expectations for Education 2030
Breakout Session 1.1: Facilitating Meaningful Inclusion for All Children
Breakout Session 1.2: Culture, Leadership, and Reform
Keynote 2: From Seeing Like a State to Counting Like a Business: Understanding the Global Rise of the Education Industry
Breakout Session 2.1: The Internationalization of Higher Education—Toward a Global Knowledge Economy
Breakout Session 2.2: Women and Girls Across the Education Pipeline
Welcome & Announcements
Featured Panel 2: Supporting and Developing Effective Teachers in the GCC
Featured Panel 3: Education Systems, Public Policy, and Economic Development
Breakout Session 3.1: Innovation and Transformation in Higher Education—Challenges and Opportunities
Breakout Session 3.2: Educational Lessons from Beyond the GCC
Breakout Session 3.3: Classroom Practice—Strategies and Approaches to Promote Student Success
Concluding Remarks & Group Photo