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Academic Positions

  • Present 2010

    English Lecturer & e-Learning Facilitator (FPDE)

    Qatar University, Qatar, Foundation Program Department of English

  • 2010 2006

    English Instructor

    Institute of Applied Technology, UAE, AlAin IAT

  • 2006 2003

    Senior English Instructor

    Institute of Nursing, UAE, English Department

  • 2003 2000

    Educational Technology Program Specialist

    Academy for Educational Development & USAID, Egypt, Educational Technology & Resources Unit

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. Candidate 2012 - Present

    PhD in Educational/Instructional Technology

    Universiti Sains Malaysia, School of Educational Studies

  • M.A.2009

    Master of Arts (M.A.), Educational Technology and TESOL

    The University of Manchester

  • Post-graduate Specialized Diploma2003

    TESOL, Good

    Ain Shams University

  • Professional Diploma2002

    TESOL, Very Good

    Ain Shams University

  • B.A.1999

    Bachelor of Arts in Teaching, Good

    Mansoura University

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2012
    UREP Research Grant Lead Primary Investigator
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    Lead Primary Investigator for a research grant from Qatar National Research Fund, (UREP Grant). Led a group of under-graduate students to conduct a research study on the topic: “Exploring the Impact of Using Tablet/ Mobile Devices in Enhancing Students Listening and Speaking Skills in Tertiary Education”. Main role: Primary Lead Investigator & Team Leader – July 2012 – Sep. 2013.
  • 2004
    Think-QuestAfrica Platinum & Star Awards
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    Think-QuestAfrica Platinum & Star Awards for Coaching edu Web team in developing the (winner of the first TQA African Ed. Website), “Live or Die”, Think-Quest Africa, Cairo Sep. 24 - 27, 2004.: http://library.mtandao-afrika.org/TQA01089/en/index.php .
  • 2003
    Think-Quest Africa Gold Award
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    Think-Quest Africa Gold Award for coaching an African team in developing an educational web site, “Cultural Insight”, ThinkQuest Africa, Botswana April 26 – May3, 2003. .
  • 2001
    Adobe & iEARN Training scholarship
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    Full scholarship to attend Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Training Program in collaboration with iEARN US & Bahraini MoE, Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 18 – 20, 2008.
  • 2001-2002
    Best Practices Videos (Teacher-training materials for English teachers)
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    Helped in producing and disseminating teacher-training videos and materials to English teachers in Egypt through the In-service teacher training Center and the MoE. Produced videos available here: http://edunile.net/je/index.php/resources-menu/resources-menu/bpvmenu/videos-list-2

Educatioanl Projects

Mobile Learning Research

PhD Research

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MLearning in Higher Education

Research Grant

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QU Learn

An English Mobile Learning App

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Best Practices Videos

Teacher-training materials for English teachers

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Good Deeds Global Philanthropy Project

A Global Online Project:

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eLearning on Campus

eLearning on Campus

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A glimpse of my personal endeavors..

This is an overview of some of the educatioanl projects and initiatives I have been involved in the last few years. They normally represent a mix of TESOL and educational technology projects.

For more details about any of these projects, please review my CV, Linkedin page or web portfolio. Feel free to email me or contact me if you have any suggestions for future projects or collaboration.

Research Projects

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    Mobile Learning Research

    This is an in-progress research project

    To be shared soon..

    More info..

    Article link..

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    MLearning in Higher Education

    A QNRF-funded proejct in higher education

    My contribution to this research project was as a Lead Primary Investigator for a research grant from Qatar National Research Fund, (UREP Grant). Led a group of under-graduate students to conduct a research study on the topic: “Exploring the Impact of Using Tablet/ Mobile Devices in Enhancing Students Listening and Speaking Skills in Tertiary Education”.

    Main role: Primary Lead Investigator & Team Leader – July 2012 – Sep. 2013. A research paper on this project is available in QScience website:

    http://www.qscience.com/doi/abs/10.5339/qproc.2013.mlearn.1

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    QU Learn App

    An English Learning App

    An English learning mobile app for Andriod devices. The application was introducd to Qatar University students in 2012 but now has users from over 15 countries with an overall +1000 downloads in one year.

    Download it from here:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.conduit.app_5bd23ce26e634d67a609cc9f5b93a543.app&hl=en

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    Best Practices Videos in Teaching English

    Very short description of the project.

    Best Practices in Teaching English:A Video-Based Teacher Training Methodology Series

    A series of video produced materials and supplementary materials for EFL/ ESL educators, pre-service and in-service English teachers. These eight video segments were produced and filmed in Egyptian schools and in an Egyptian context. Choose the video you want to watch/ download. You can also download the supplementary notes and topic script for self learning or training purposes.

    Videos and training materials can be downloaded from this link: http://edunile.net/je/index.php/resources-menu/resources-menu/bpvmenu

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    Good Deeds Global Philanthropy Project

    Very short description of the project.

    For over 8 years between 2004- 2012 this project has attracted thousands of students worldwide. Many learners and their teachers have shared wonderful voluntary and philanthropy intitiatives they have achieved in their schools or comunities.

    This project is for students of all ages around the world. Share with us, in regular basis, a simple good deed you have achieved, showing the details and motives behind this act..

    Good Deeds project website: URL

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    eLearning on Campus

    eLearning as a course component in the Foundation Program at Qatar University

    In 2012, eLearning was introduced as a course component to all foundation English students. This project included integrating ICT and digital learning approaches in English courses offered in the FP. Some of the features offered to students included ICT integration, elearning LMS, Blackboard self-study, Web 2.0 tools, mobile apps and mobile learning.

    The project seems to be welcomed by both students and faculty so far. Over 2400 students were introduced to the elearning components in the last four semesters.

    This project seems to be very promising not only for QU foundation program but also to all the other client colleges. It is believed that elearning is going to be introduced in all colleges within the next few years.

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ESL Writing Enhancement Using Moodle LMS

Ismail Fayed,
Book CreateSpace Ind. Publishing | Nov. 13, 2013 | ISBN-10: 1493763180
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Abstract

There is an existing body of research on the integration of VLEs into teaching to develop second language acquisition (SLA) as well as autonomy among learners by providing authentic, independent and contextual learning opportunities. An initiating phase of an action research project found that writing skills and practices (e.g. expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive writings) are considered a challenge for most secondary school students in Grade 12 (G12) of the sample of this study. When students were introduced to an English mock test, their achievement in English writing skills seemed very low. Students also expressed low motivation level or interest in studying English or showing autonomy in learning. Two research questions will be introduced in an attempt to explore the extent to which VLEs could improve students writing skills and increase their motivation. Different issues relate to students’ learning and study in a BL mode will be discussed as well from this context. Challenges related to this new form of learning will also be explored with discussion of possible solutions and other recommendations.

TACON Online: A Dream that Became True

Ismail Fayed, Sebah AlAli
Journal Article TESOL Arabia Perspectives, Vol. 18 (2) | June, 2011 | ISSN: 1813-1913
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TACON Online: A Dream that Became True

A brief report of establishing an online community of practice for TESOL Arabia teachers and members in 2011.

  • Online communities of practice.
  • TACON Online initiative 2011.
  • Platform & structure
  • Statistical findings

Exploring the Impact of Using Tablet/ Mobile Devices in Enhancing Students Listening and Speaking Skills in Tertiary Education”

Ismail Fayed, Amer Yacoub , Ali Hussein
Journal Paper QScience Proceedings: Vol. 2013, 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2013), 1, Oct. 2013

Abstract

With the massive increase in using mobile devices among individuals of all social backgrounds, the question of how these mobile devices may enhance learning arise. Smart smartphones and the most recent tablet computers have all sustained the vision and potentials of using mobile devices in education and learning. The unprecedented popularity of these devices among teenage learners both in high schools and university level encourages all researchers and educators to explore their influence on learning among individuals and groups. In this research project, students will explore the potentials of using mobile devices and new tablet technologies to sustain students' acquisition of listening and speaking skills in English as a second language (ESL). They will highlight the key features in these modern devices that support these language skills. This investigation process aims to identify possible educational mobile features such as mobile applications developed by other users, mobile collaboration applications over wireless connection, language games, synchronous and asynchronous technologies for optimum use of these devices particularly by tertiary level students in a positive and rather educational manner.

Sustaining teacher education programs through online communities of practice (CoPs)

Ismail Fayed, Mashael Al-Hamly, Peter Davidson, (Eds.)
Book Chapter Computers in English Language Teaching. UAE: TESOL-Arabia Publications. (pp. 137-150). | September 28, 2010 | ISBN-10: 978-9948-8558-1-1
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Sustaining teacher education programs through online communities of practice

Abstract: It is clear from the literature that many practitioners in the field of teacher training face the challenge of building a community spirit among their initial trainees or in-service teachers, Bach et al, (2007: 99). Furthermore, some may tackle learning and sharing as an “add-on” that people do if they have free time and not the “real” work, according to Chetley et al (2003:37). In many cases, teachers are obliged to work through certain tasks either in groups or peers. The fact that this kind of interaction is short, temporary, and formal in nature can make it artificial and therefore not effective in bringing together the community. This paper addresses the possibilities of using the theory of Communities of Practice (CoPs) to inform an enriching reconstruction or addition to teacher education programs by providing life-long situated practice and learning opportunities within a specific domain of interest. In this paper, some of the key characteristics, pedagogical approaches and related examples will be discussed. Finally, section four shows some reflective notes and comments on some recent online technologies related to CoPs along with some brief reflections from TESOL practitioners and members of some CoPs.

Outline

  • What is a CoP?
  • Why Use CoPs in TE Programs?
  • CoPs, A Witnessed Evolution
  • Review of the Common Pedagogical Approaches in Online CoPs

Moodle as a Supporting VLE in ESL Secondary Education

Ismail Fayed,
Conference Papers The 3rd Annual Forum proceedings on e-Learning Excellence: Bringing Global Quality to a Local Context, Hamad bin Mohamed University, Dubai, 2012.

Abstract

Although a substantial amount of research has examined the constructs of warmth and competence, far less has examined how these constructs develop and what benefits may accrue when warmth and competence are cultivated. Yet there are positive consequences, both emotional and behavioral, that are likely to occur when brands hold perceptions of both. In this paper, we shed light on when and how warmth and competence are jointly promoted in brands, and why these reputations matter.

Enhancing Students’ ESL & Motivation Using an E-Learning Platform at IAT Al-Ain

Ismail Fayed,
Conference Papers IAT TEC Conference Proceedings 2010, IAT, April 2010

Abstract

This paper highlights the importance of integrating VLE to traditional f-2-f education in the secondary stage in UAE. Findings of this action research, using Moodle as a virtual learning environment (VLE), suggests blended learning as a solution to students’ lack of both learning motivation and English language acquisition in the secondary education.

Computers in English Language Teaching

Ismail Fayed, Mashael Al-Hamly, Peter Davidson
Book TESOL-Arabia, UAE | March, 2010 | ISBN-10: 978-9948-8558-1-1
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Computers in English Language Teaching

Abstract:

  • Use of Computers & CMC in ELT
  • Teaching and learning online
  • Communities of practice in online education
  • Educational web tools and technologies for teachers

Digital Video Production as an ICT Approach in Project-Based Learning

Ismail Fayed, In Davidson, P., Shewell, J. and Moore, W. J. (Eds.)
Book Chapter Educational Technology in the Arabian Gulf: Research, Theory and Pedagogy. Dubai: Tesol Arabia | September 28, 2010 | ISBN-10: 978-9948-8566-9-6
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Abstract

Teaching secondary school students is real challenge. Directing or re-directing their energy towards interaction and dynamic learning is another challenge that teachers face most of the time. My students are secondary school Emirati students studying in a technical school in UAE. They are mostly false beginner learners of English as a foreign language. Using a general English course, those students are exposed to English for almost six hours a week in four periods. English is integrated in their other technical courses. The philosophy of the school is very much into technology with state-of-the-art new technologies and facilities for learners. The school encourages teachers to implement collaboration in the curriculum and methods of teaching.

This paper is based on an action research pilot project for digital video (DV) production. The project is to be implemented by four groups of grade eleven students at a technical school in UAE. The pilot project relies on project based learning (PBL), Schwartz et al (2007); where each of the four teams will produce and edit a short DV segment as a learning resource.

The aim of this study is to encourage students’ collaborative engagement in learning while practicing new skills related to real life situations and integrated to the topics discussed in the L2 or other technical courses. Another important goal for this study is to try to identify alternative authentic assessment tools to assess students’ progress in learning.

Using Online Facilitation to Encourage Students Participation in Collaborative Projects: Good Deeds IEARN Project in Action

Ismail Fayed,
Journal Paper Teaching English with Technology IATEFL Journal for Teachers of English, Vol. 6 (3). | ISSN: 1642-1027

Abstract

Encouraging student participation in meaningful online collaborative projects is important in the learning process since it involves students in practical, hands-on experiences and raises their awareness of issues related to their local societies and/or educational needs. Although the use of online educational interaction still poses many challenges, it also provides outstanding learning outcomes.

This paper describes the outcomes of an ongoing educational project that uses a variety of blended learning techniques. Included are summaries of technical requirements, pedagogical and technological methods, and achievements, plus comments on feedback and expected outcomes for future action plans.

Currrent Teaching & Duties

  • Present 2010

    English Lecturer & eLearning Facilitator, Foundation Program Department of English, Qatar University , Qatar

    • Facilitate the implementation of relevant program operations as directed by the Head of Department
    • Liaise with the FP Director, Heads of Department and Facilitators to identify, develop and offer eLearning and online activities and models as needed
    • Disseminate relevant information; maintain/update information on the faculty Blackboard community
    • Disseminate relevant information; maintain/update information on the faculty Blackboard community
    • Chair the ICT & eLearning and Language Lab Committees
    • Organize training for e-Learning and ICT used in courses
    • Lead and/or conduct components of faculty performance appraisal
  • Present 2011

    Web Editor & Board Member (voluntary community service), Qatar TESOL

    • Develop, update and maintain Qatar TESOL website: http: qatartesol.org
    • Develop, update and maintain Qatar TESOL annual conference portal.
    • Member of the Qatar TESOL Board as a Webmaster.

Teaching History

  • 2010 2006

    English Teacher, Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) - UAE

    Teach EFL general English and IELTS-preparation courses to IAT students.

  • 2006 2004

    Senior English Tutor, Institutes of Nursing (ION), Tawam Hospital & John Hopkins University - UAE

    Teach classes in accordance with the teaching periods stipulated for in the by-laws of the Institutes of Nursing and the approval of the Director of English Department.

  • 2004 2003

    EFL Instructor and CALL Coordinator, Arab Open University (AOU) - KSA

    Teach intensive EFL courses at the AOU English Language Program. Prepare educational materials and curriculum as needed. Supervise the EFL CALL program for the Arab Open University branches in KSA.

  • 2003 2000

    Educational Technology Program Specialist, Integrated English Language Program-II (IELP-II), a USAID teacher-training funded project, Employers: Academy for Educational Development (AED) & AMIDEAS

    Coordinate educational technology related activities and the web development of IELP-II web site [http://www.ielp2.org]. Coordinate technology-related and web-based programs for EFL Egyptian teachers. Plan and organize events, workshops, seminars, and conferences. Coordinate the production of methodology-related resources and training materials for EFL teachers. Help in the editing, layout design, and art work of some IELP-II resources.

  • 2012 2010

    Webmaster, TESOL Arabia (voluntary community service)

    Develop, update and maintain TESOL Arabia website [ www.tesolarabia.org ]. Chair TESOL Arabia Conference ONLINE (TACON Online) www.taconference.org. Develop, update and maintain TESOL Arabia international annual conference website. Member of the TESOL Arabia Executive Council as a Webmaster. Member of TESOL Arabia election committee.

At My Office

You can find me at my office located at Qatar University, FPDE.

I am at my office every day from 10:30 until 2:00 am, but you may consider a call to fix an appointment.

Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings could be arranged upon request. Kindly send me a note or a call to arrange a virtual meeting as required. If you are a QU student, please download Webex for virtual meetings. Alternatively, you may use skype for a virtual chat.

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eLearning Labs

Weekly lab sessions are arranged for students. Please contact me if you need further details or if you need help setup a similar program/ project.