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Edutainment with Flipped IDEAS
As classrooms are inevitably evolving from the traditional approach, educational systems seek an approach that can holistically cater to the visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning needs of students with different strengths. This study thus aims to utilize the current technological advancements towards a virtual environment for learning along with an approach engrained in theories such as the flipped classroom method of teaching, team-based learning and the IDEAS methodology. The research supporting the paper proposes a detailed framework on what needs to be inculcated into the classroom setting by both the instructor and the student and what results can be expected. An experimental study was conducted on students within a course at the graduate level in the United Arab Emirates. The main objective is to study the effect of a virtual learning environment that incorporates the use of a flipped classroom, team-based learning and IDEAS methods on students’ academic performance.
About the Speaker
Dr. Norita Ahmad is Director of the Faculty Development Center and Associate Professor of MIS at American University of Sharjah. Dr Ahmad taught at Penn State University Great Valley, PA, USA, prior to coming to the UAE. She received her PhD in Decision Science Engineering Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), an MSc and a BSc in Telecommunications and Network Management and Computer Sciences, respectively, from Syracuse University. Her research interest includes performance measurement in comparative methodologies, database management systems, decision analysis, multi criteria decision making and innovative uses of information technology. She has presented research internationally and published in a variety of scholarly journals such as IT Professional, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Information Systems Frontier, and Information Technology & People. She is currently the co-editor of Data Column for IEEE Computer Magazine.
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