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Professor SMILE Leads the Way to a New Dawn for Information and Communication Technology Education

Professor SMILE Leads the Way to a New Dawn for Information and Communication Technology Education
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Author(s): Anil Sharma (UAE University, UAE), Khalifa Ali Alsuwaidi (UAE University, UAE), Demetrios Hadjigeorgiou (UAE University, UAE) and Stephen Boylan (UAE University, UAE)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 7
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch041
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

There is a gap in present and future Information Technology (IT), taught in higher education, and real use of IT. Educators are confused, students are bewildered. Understanding the situation, in spring 2005 UGRU introduced a new ICT program. Still it is not enough. Traditional IT courses require enormous motivation to go through the material, let alone learn from it. It was surprising to find in four classroom studies in UGRU that not more than 37% students want to learn IT using traditional methods. Different students have different styles and strategies of learning. We strongly believe that simulations can be an effective counter to many of the aforementioned issues. The new ICT can provide equal opportunities to men and women in higher education in the Arab World. Professor SMILE (SiMulated Integrated Learning Environment), an intelligent, critical and creative thinker, can help the future generation learn ICT effectively.

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