Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

  Focus Areas

This year’s Conference program, discussion panel and research will be focused on:

Building leaders and creating knowledge community: We see a clear need for as many unleashed leaders as possible to overcome the challenges emerging in our society today. This conference track focuses on unleashing leaders to help cut the leashes that hold leaders back from achieving their own full potential, and by extension the full potential of their teams. The seed for unleashing leaders grows out of the recognition of four emerging trends for 21st society:

  • The unprecedented need for global changes in our fundamental assumptions,
  • The paradigm shift of traditional concentrations of power,
  • The massive but latent personal power in the new, broader base of influencers
  • Promoting practical leadership education to unleash that power for good

Schools as knowledge-building communities: There is a need to develop young people’s capacity to work creatively and innovatively with knowledge. This presents a huge challenge for teachers, who will be required to shift their pedagogical beliefs and practices from supporting students to reproduce knowledge, actively interact with it, understanding it, and critiquing it. This Conference tracks looks at supporting students to become knowledge creators of the 21st century.  The concept of knowledge-building communities has developed from over three decades of cognitive research on intentional learning. Encouraging students to create authentic knowledge and advance communal knowledge, in a similar manner to research and science communities is the key focus of this Conference track.

Smart learning and knowledge-building environments: When groups engage in online collaboration, they can face significant challenges overcoming a wide range of gaps such as those related to understanding and integrating the activities of multiple participants, coordinating multiple sessions over time, and monitoring the ways in which ideas and contributions evolve. These gaps become especially challenging when multiple virtual groups engage together in sustained collective knowledge-building—the creation and improvement of knowledge artifacts such as theories, plans, and designs.  This conference track will help to bridge the gaps which seem to emerge precisely from the very factors that make collaborative knowledge building promising: diversity of actors, activities, and ideas engaged over time.


Technical Committee Members




Prof . Abtar Singh  School of e- Education, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University  UAE
Dr. Khadeegha Al Zouebi School of e-Education , Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University  UAE
Prof. Hamdy Abdelaziz School of e-Education , Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University  UAE
Dr Gretchen Lowerison

Coreidea Innovation Inc.


Dr. Wanjira Kinuthia

HBMSU Associates


Dr. Ahmed Dabbagh   

Chief Education & Technology Services Officer (CETO), ‎Emirates College of Technology


Dr. Semiyu Aderibigbe

HBMSU Associate


Dr. Sufian Forawi

The British University in Dubai