Share Paper: Developing and Designing a New Innovative Approach for Teachers’ Professional Development in the UAE: Wamda Case Study

  1. Athra Sultan Alawani, Ministry of Education, United Arab Emirates
  2. Abtar Drashan Singh, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, United Arab Emirates
  3. Mohamed Ally, Athabasca University, Canada

Abstract: Mobile technology, advanced technologies and intelligent techniques have affected the mainstream society and have become part of individuals’ daily routine. These technologies can offer extremely powerful opportunities in the education realm, since learning nowadays has become more mobile, flexible, on-going, informal, communicated and collaborative. Teachers’ professional development programs need to be reconsidered to meet their expectations in the new digital era. Teachers want to be connected while on-the-move, maintained social networks and accessed what they need, wherever they are. This study introduces an innovative mobile and social learning platform and its features, which aims at improving teachers’ performance in the ...