Careers & Professional Development

 November 27 & 28, 2020

2-DAY INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

THEME: Effective Blended and Online Teaching: Using the Best Practices

About the Conference

The objective of this conference is to present the know-how obtained from the learning and practice of online and blended teaching. Selected participants will present their reflections, share their knowledge, research, case studies and practice which will help in enhancing the knowledge and skills of the participants. This conference is not a research conference, but a practice conference where the focus is on providing insights on the use of the best practices.

Conference Partners

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Conference Sponsors

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Fund raising and Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors will get a 30-minutes time slot for presentations/demo. Three sponsors will be given the slots. Each sponsor has to fund USD 100 that will be used for best presenter and best reviewer awards. The sponsors brand and logos will be prominent in the webpage, throughout the conference and also for another three months after the conference in our webpage. If requested by sponsors, we can redirect our webpage visitors to the desired landing pages by the sponsors when they click their brand logo.

Free Registration

The last date for paper submissions for presentations is over. Now free registrations to attend the conference as the audience is open.

ABOUT BlueCrest

Established in the year 2000, BlueCrest College has been leading Western Africa through market-relevant education, training, and research programs as a pioneer. Our four pillars with the acronym LITE, the three foundation blocks at the bottom, and the top two summit blocks make our symbol of quality and passion.

The symbol not only makes us unique but also provides the direction for institutional building. The four pillars: Leadership (L), Innovation (I), Technology (T), and Entrepreneurship (E) are reflected in all our endeavors and activities. At BlueCrest we value Empowerment & Passion, Success of Students, and Partnerships & Collaborations to provide Life-long Learning aimed to create a Holistic Impact on all of our stakeholders. BlueCrest College is and will remain one of the best colleges in the region with a focus on high-quality affordable programs, training, research & consultancy activities, and impactful community development initiatives.

Registration Policy

  • The registration fee must be paid in full when registering for the virtual conference.
  • Authors with multiple papers must register for at least one paper to participate in the virtual conference.
  • All accepted papers will be included in the BBC journal/conference proceeding.

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE


Organizing Committee

Dr. Anand Agrawal

Rector - Bluecrest University College

Email: anand.agrawal@bluecrest.edu.gh


Prof Ahmed Hamad

President - The British University in Egypt (BUE)

Organizing Committee Members

Prof. Shadia Fahim

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities


The British University in Egypt (BUE)

Dr. Rania M Rafik Khalil

Research and Postgraduate Studies Coordinator /Internationalisation Coordinator, Faculty of Arts and Humanities


The British University in Egypt (BUE).

Dr. Patrick Kudjo

Committee member Teaching & Learning Centre and Lecturer, School of Technology


BlueCrest College (BCC)

Ms. Elsie Rebecca Osei

Committee member Teaching & Learning Centre and Lecturer, School of Fashion Design


BlueCrest College (BCC)

Ms. Anita Bans-Akutey

Head, Teaching & Learning Centre and Lecturer, School of Business and Communication


BlueCrest College (BCC)

Dr. Sameer Pingle

Associate Dean


SBM, NMIMS Indore Campus, India

Keynote Speakers

Professor Leslie Croxford

Vice President for Teaching and Learning


The British University in Egypt (BUE)

Professor Malcolm Mciver

Provost and CAO


Lancaster University Ghana

Mr. Dev Varyani

Founder and Chairman


Vista Group & Subsidiaries

Session Chairs

Ms Nodumo Dhlamini

Director - ICT Services, Comms & KM


Association of African Universities

Session:

Online and blended Teaching 1: Design, pedagogy, and practices

Dr Kamilla Swart

Associate Professor


Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Session:

Online and blended Teaching 2: Resources, assessments, and evaluations

Dr Prachi Gharpure

Director


Indore Campus SVKM's NMIMS

Session:

Student's perspective on online and blended learning

Professor Omar H. Karam

Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Computer Science


The British University in Egypt (BUE)

Session:

Using the existing or emerging technology for online and blended teaching

CALL FOR PAPERS & SUBMISSIONS

Please submit your papers to tlc@bluecrest.edu.gh

Inviting presentations and papers

Please note that this is not only a research conference but more a practitioner’s conference with the aim to learn from the best practices and experiences being shared at the conference. Therefore, you can submit the following for presentations:

  • Case studies
  • Professional articles and whitepapers
  • Best practices presentations
  • Research papers

Format of submission, review, and selection

All papers must conform to the format and submission guidelines set by the steering committee. Thus, all submissions must be in English and in PDf format. Note that submission that do not comply with the above instructions will be rejected without review.

Presentation Session Details

  • The time allotted for presentations is 10 minutes for each, followed by 5 minutes of questions and answers.
  • There will be two invited chairs (co-chairs) for each panel session.
  • Each theme session is of 2 hours

Paper

All accepted papers much be presented at the virtual conference in order to be included the BCC journal/proceedings. It is important to reiterate that this requirement cannot be met by a guest presented who is not a co-author of the accepted paper.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM DETAILS

DAY 1: Nov 27, 2020. All times mentioned are as per GMT

Session Theme & Topics Time (GMT) Speaker
A. Inauguration and Keynotes
1 Introductions by Honorary Chair, Organizing committee 9:45 AM Professor Anand Agrawal, President - BlueCrest College, Ghana
2 Welcome Address by Honorary Co-Chair, Organizing committee 10:00 AM Professor Ahmed Hamad, President - The British University in Egypt (BUE)
3 Keynote speech 1: EUREKA AFRICA and VISTA impact on Africa, and future plans in the education sector 10:15 AM Mr. Dev Varyani, Founder and Chairman - Vista Group & Subsidiaries
4 Keynote speech 2: Virtual Exchange Programmes – International Exchange in a Time of Lockdown 10:30 AM Professor Malcolm Mciver, Provost and CAO - Lancaster University Ghana
5 Key note speech 3: Pedagogy of Hybrid Learning 10:45 AM Professor Leslie Croxford, Vice President for Teaching and Learning - The British University in Egypt (BUE)
6 Session Closing note by the Organizing Committee member: Rethinking Higher Education 11:00 AM Professor Shadia Fahim, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities - The British University in Egypt (BUE)
B. Theme 1 Presentations: Online and blended Teaching 1: Design, pedagogy, and practices: Session Chair: Ms Nodumo Dhlamini
1 Session Opening, Introductions, and housekeeping by session chair 11:15 AM Ms Nodumo Dhlamini, Director, ICT Services, Comms & KM - Association of African Universities
2 Presentation 1: Blended Teaching Pedagogies and Facilitating Online Interaction 11:20 AM Nagwa A. Soliman PhD, Senior Lecturer of English Language and Literature, Advanced Writing Module Leader, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, The British University in Egypt.
3 Presentation 2: Micro-learning: Strengthening Blended Learning Courses 11:45 AM Nesma Hesham Mansour, Assistant Lecturer, Teaching and Learning Coordinator, English Division, Faculty of BAEPS, The British University in Egypt.
4 Presentation 3: Shakespeare in Blended LearningMode:Examining its Effectiveness at the British University in Egypt(BUE) during COVID-19 Pandemic 12:10 PM Dr. Mervat Shukry, Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature Faculty of Arts and Humanities, British University in Egypt (BUE)
Ms. Salma Alsaady, Assistant Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature (DELL), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, The British University in Egypt (BUE)
5 Closing note by session chair 12:30 PM Ms Nodumo Dhlamini, Director - ICT Services, Comms & KM, Association of African Universities
C. Theme 2 Presentations: Online and blended Teaching 2: Resources, assessments, and evaluations: Session Chair: Dr Kamilla Swart
1 Session Opening, Introductions, and housekeeping by session chair 1:00 PM Dr Kamilla Swart, Associate Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
2 Presentation 1: Interactive Online Assessment Tools 1:10 PM Mostafa Youssef Mahmoud, English Language Instructor & Module Leader, Faculty of Nursing, The British University in Egypt (BUE)
3 Presentation 2: A Blended Learning Approach Responsive to Pandemic Related Uncertainties and Change 1:35 PM Dr. Praveen Balakrishnan Nair, Associate Professor, Edinburgh Business School, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
4 Presentation 3: Blended and Online Constructive Feedback 2:00 PM Samir Omara, English Language Teacher, Teacher Trainer & NileTESOL President-Elect
5 Closing note by session chair 2:25 PM Dr Kamilla Swart, Associate Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
D. Sponsors Demos and Panels: Coursera and RAKLET
1 Sponsor Session: Panel by Coursera
a. The State of Skills in Africa
b. Fireside Chat on Digital Transformation and Skills Development with Coursera for Campus
3:00 PM a. Adam Lewis - Head of Skills Transformation , EMEA, Coursera
b. Kerry Houchen - Partnerships Director, EMEA Coursera, With Professor Anand Agrawal, President, BlueCrest College, Accra, Ghana
2 Sponsor Session: Demo by Raklet 3:30 PM Mr Gerçek Karakuş,President, Raklet

DAY 2: Nov 28, 2020. All times mentioned are as per GMT

Session Theme & Detail Time (GMT) Speaker
A. Insights from Day 1
1 Day 1 insights from the organizing committee member Dr Rania M Rafik Khalil 9:45 AM Dr. Rania M Rafik Khalil, Research and Postgraduate Studies Coordinator /Internationalisation Coordinator, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, The British University in Egypt (BUE).
B. Theme 3 Presentations: Students’ Perspectives on Online and Blended Learning: Session Chair: Dr Prachi Gharpure
1 Session Opening, Introductions, and housekeeping by session chair 10:00 AM Dr Prachi Gharpure, Director, Indore Campus SVKM's NMIMS, India
2 Presentation 1: International Learning Collaboration: Exploring Students' Perspectives in Learning Psychology 10:15 AM Mona Mohamed Fouad El-Sawaf, Psychology Assistant Professor, The British University in Egypt Ain Shams University
Coauthor: Dr Helena Girgis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Director of Children's Learning Lab Childhood Studies Minor Research Chair Psychology Program - Stockton University
3 Presentation 2: Student reactions to e-assessments, for controlled tests in a face-to-face environment, in a Human Resource Management module 10:45 AM Khalida Akbar, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
4 Presentation 3: Online Teaching at Algerian Universities During Covid-19: A Blessing in Disguise 11:15 AM Fatima Zohra Hebbali, Doctoral researcher, Tlemcen University–Algeria, Faculty of Letters and Foreign Languages, Department of English
5 Closing note by session chair 11:45 AM Dr Prachi Gharpure, Director, Indore Campus SVKM's NMIMS, India
C. Theme 4 Presentations: Using the existing or emerging technology for online and blended teaching: Session Chair: Professor Omar H. Karam
1 Session Opening, Introductions, and housekeeping by session chair 12 noon Professor Omar H. Karam, Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Computer Science, The British University in Egypt (BUE)
2 Presentation 1: ‘Online education that connects’ Adopting Technology to support Feminist Pedagogy – A Reflective Case Study 12:15 PM Dr. Upasana Gitanjali Singh, Senior Lecturer, College of Law & Management Studies, School of Management, Information Technology & Governance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
3 Presentation 2: Exit Tickets: Engaging Students in Online Classes 12:45 PM May Serag El Dine Soliman, Lecturer and Staff development coordinator, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of English Language and Literature, The British University in Egypt
4 Presentation 3: Pushed out of the Sanctum: Retaining the Teacher and the Students’ Voices through Online Teaching 1:15 PM Prof. Heba Makram Sharobeem, Professor of Modern British and American Literature, Former head of the English Department in the Faculty of Education, Alexandria University, Egypt.
5 Closing note by session chair 1:45 PM Professor Omar H. Karam, Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Computer Science, The British University in Egypt (BUE)
D. Sponsor Demo and BlueCrest Note
1 Sponsor Session: Demo by McGrawHill 2:00 PM Ralph Azar, Business Development Manager, MEA McGraw Hill | International
2 BlueCrest Note 2:30 PM Professor Anand Agrawal, President, BlueCrest College, Accra, Ghana
Day 2 Concluding session, awards and Closing: 3 pm to 4 pm
Bcc Sponsorship

SPONSORSHIP

Sponsors will get a 30-minutes time slot for presentations/demo. Three sponsors will be given the slots. Each sponsor has to fund USD 100 that will be used for the best presenter and best reviewer awards. The sponsor's brand and logos will be prominent on the webpage, throughout the conference and also for another three months after the conference on our webpage. If requested by sponsors, we can redirect our webpage visitors to the desired landing pages by the sponsors when they click their brand logo.

Careers & Professional Development

AWARDS


Distinguished Reviewer

USD 100

(1 reviewer)

Best Presenter

USD 100

(2 presenters)

  • Certificates for all presenters, chairs, reviewers and speakers
  • Selected presentations will be published online by BlueCrest College Teaching and Learning Centre, and research papers may be published in the BlueCrest College journal after another set of reviews.