22 December 2016

1st International Conference on “Smart Learning for Community Development
The two core aims of the conference are the following: 
1.      To exchange knowledge and experience in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)  process among participants, sharing agents of excellence in learning and teaching at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), as well as bridging the gaps in the competencies and resources of educational, societal, economic, and demographic sectors.
2.      to address the challenges that HEIs face under complicated sociopolitical and economic situations, and to propose Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) strategies to resolve these challenges.
 Smart learning is built upon critical, reflective and innovative interactions between learners and various environments and contexts. It can be deemed to be a technology- enhanced learning environment characterized by its capability to adapt and have a customized support, which complies with each learner’s need at the right place and time. Furthermore, it enriches traditional learning environments of universities with contemporary elements of technology and teaching methodologies.
The Conference will introduce new teaching theories and research methodologies, in addition to the new models of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), which promote high quality in education and enhance the flexible environments of Higher Education. 
The conference welcomes participants with initiative that highlight the quality aspect in teaching, and promote approaches for effective stimulation to encourage the engagement of  students in the learning process. Furthermore, the conference is concerned about initiatives that share best practices to enhance employability competencies, cultivate critical thinking and promote innovation in Higher Education.
The conference will include presentations, roundtable discussions, online dialogues with academics, policy makers, and university students from various international HEIs. By the end of the conference, outcomes will be presented and effective proposals will be discussed. Resulting in key strategies to provide new rehabilitation plans and frameworks to deviate  HEIs from their traditional approach.

Prospective individuals and organizations are invited to submit their scientific research papers, case studies, success stories and poster presentations by using the online submission system at: http://dspace.qou.edu/contents/smart/JoinUs.html

Important Dates
The deadline for submitting the abstract:  January 20, 2017
Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2017
Full paper submission: February 20, 2017
Camera-ready final version submission: February 28, 2017

Conference Date: March 20, 2017
Place: Ramallah, Palestine
Full details are available on the conference website:  http://dspace.qou.edu/contents/smart/index.html