Dubai Digital Textbook Symposium
by Roberta Nicora

Influencers in Edtech and publishing, including Microsoft and TechKnowledge will descend on Zayed University Convention Centre in Dubai for the inaugural Digital Textbook Symposium this week.

The ‘Digital Textbook Symposium - a vision for the future of learning,’ organised by Kortext, the UK’s leading digital learning platform and etextbooks provider, brings together education leaders and innovators in technology to discuss a vision for the future of learning.

The free event takes places on Thursday 6 October, from 8.30am-5pm, at Zayed University in Dubai. The conference is an opportunity for university Vice Chancellors, heads of IT, heads of libraries, lecturers, education, teaching and learning specialists to meet with global experts to share their experiences.

Speakers will be offering key insights into EdTech advancements and particularly the impact of digital learning content on the learning environment to highlight how it can improve progression and learning outcomes.

Microsoft will lead a session on how technology can improve productivity in education, Kortext will explore the practicalities of etextbooks while Middlesex University will share its experiences of using learning analytics and the changing role of librarians.

Speakers include; Nick Bevan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Director of Library and Student Support at Middlesex University, Majed Akl, Education Devices and Solutions Lead for Microsoft, James Gray, founder of Kortext, Eela Devani, Strategy and Digital Director at Copyright Licensing Agency, Alan Stafford, Campus Sales Manager, Macmillan Education and Dr Somaya Al-Maadeed, Head of Department, College of Engineering, Qatar University.

James Gray, CEO of Kortext, said:

"As more innovative EdTech continues to hit the market, it is paramount that we foster the relationship between these products and learning environments. Middlesex University, which provides etextbooks to students as part of fees, is a great example of how technology can be integrated into courses and adapted to suit both students and lecturers. It’s encouraging to see more universities increasingly recognising the worth of using digital technologies in higher education."

"Kortext is at the forefront of these global discussions about the future of education technology and we’re looking forward to joining a wealth of industry experts at our first Digital Textbook Symposium in Dubai. We want to keep learning from best practice to create innovative products that push the boundaries of learning, with the aim of providing greater accessibility and better educational outcomes for students around the world."

Kortext has partnered with TechKnowledge, the leading specialised electronic information solutions provider in the Middle East, to provide universities in the Middle East and Dubai with electronic resources and learning solutions. Kortext’s Middle East office will provide local training and support for its customers and help build relationships with local publishers.

For more information and to book your free place click here.

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