AUBH announces speakers for International Innovative Learning and Teaching Conference 2021: Lessons from COVID-19"

HEC's Secretary-General, Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al Khalifa to give a keynote speech delivering real-world insights and pragmatic advice to professionals.

Dr. Hanan Naser

Dr. Hanan Naser

Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Education

Riffa, Bahrain – In a series of firsts, the American University of Bahrain (AUBH) has announced its first yearly conference “Innovative Learning and Teaching Conference 2021: Lessons from COVID-19”, to be held from May 24 – 26 at its campus in Riffa and online. The conference will bring together thought leaders, top educators, and technology experts from around the region, hosting 11 speakers, 16 sessions, and 2 workshops. Emerging technologies in the educational sector will be explored and rich content will be shared that will serve the global and Middle Eastern educational community. The conference will address a wide range of topics, some of which include blended and online education, AI in education, pedagogical and practical issues, E-library, learning resources and digital content creation, challenges of virtual learning, engaging students in online and hybrid environments, and online and hybrid course design for student retention.

AUBH will host the event both online and on-campus welcoming regional and international speakers and panelists. Those include Dr. Susan E. Saxton, Founding President, American University of Bahrain; Prof. Mansoor Ahmed Al-Aali, President of Ahlia University; Prof. Riyadh Hamzah, President of University of Bahrain; and Dr. Reem AlBuainain, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Academic Affairs at Bahrain Polytechnic.

International speakers and researchers include Flower Darby, Director of Teach & Learning, Northern AZ University; Dr. Azza El-Shinnawy, Head of Education for Middle East and Africa and Head of Egypt, Amazon Web Services; Dr. Maha Bali, Professor of Practice, American University in Cairo; Dr. Stephanie Moore, Assistant Professor Organization, Information and Learning Sciences, The University of New Mexico; Prof. Tom Crick, Professor of Digital Education & Policy, Swansea University; Ewoud de Kok, CEO, FeedbackFruits; and Hamad Al-Saie, Middle East Education Lead, Microsoft.

The primary aim of the Conference is to bring together scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals, and individuals interested in education and education technology to present their works on current developments in educational sciences. The 3-day event will provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from a myriad of fields to share their theoretical knowledge, research findings, and educational practices with their colleagues and the academic community.

Highlighting the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the education systems, conference Chair and AUBH Associate Professor of Business Studies and Economics, Dr. Hanan Naser commented, “The COVID-19 pandemic affected nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and across all continents. The closures of schools and other learning spaces have impacted 94% of the world’s student population and up to 99% of students. The conference sessions and speakers will highlight these industry challenges, as well as devise strategies that shall serve as a reference in the fields of e-learning and teaching post the pandemic.”

In addition to keynote speeches, expert panel discussions, and research sessions, additional activities for educators and students have been announced, such as a “Creative Teaching Competition” and a student-led panel in which panelists will share their thoughts and experiences on the online learning modality. Access to the event will be free of charge, to register please visit:  


About AUBH:

AUBH is the first comprehensive, purpose-built, American-style co-educational university in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is supported through the Mumtalakat portfolio. The University offers a unique approach to education that fosters interaction and collaboration between students, faculty and the professional community. Such exposure is part of the holistic journey for students at AUBH. 

AUBH curricula is built by experts and specialists to equip students with the knowledge and soft skills to succeed in a rapidly ever-changing environment. The AUBH quality of American-style education mirrors that of the best universities in the United States. 

The contemporary, 75,000 square meter campus is located in Riffa, Bahrain. The innovative and high-tech campus enhances the teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students. Along with the classrooms, library and labs, the campus includes the Sport Center, with indoor and outdoors courts and fields, the vast Student Commons, and the Auditorium for special events. 

AUBH is proud to be licensed by the Higher Education Council of the Ministry of Education of Bahrain and is seeking institutional accreditation with one of the six U.S. regional accreditors recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), holding the highest level of quality assurance at the institutional level. 

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