Sharifa Hajjat
In 2011, Sharifa founded the Arab eLearning Academy with the goal of enriching the quality of educational online content available in Arabic, and also, to provide a community of practice for Arab Educators. The Arab eLearning Academy aims to do this by spreading awareness of new teaching and learning methodologies and to aid in transforming education in the Middle East through the effective use of Education Technology.
This successful regional initiative has attracted more than 45,000 members from 19 Arab countries. The Arab eLearning Academy is by far the biggest resource in the Arab countries for Education Technology and eLearning, engaging members in weekly public professional development series and making resources available to Arab educators in their own native language.
During the past 9 years, Sharifa has managed and implemented over 150 eLearning projects. These include content development for learning management systems, using social networks in T&L, mobile learning, virtual classrooms, T&L in immersive environments (e.g. Second Life), and various web 2.0 tools amongst many other projects.
As a Blackboard Certified Trainer, she has trained more than 200 faculty members at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. Sharifa has designed an award winning Blackboard Vista Certification Program in addition to many other successful faculty certification programs including Internet Safety, Professional Online Instructor Certificate (POIC) & Certified POIC Assessor.
Sharifa has presented in different regional and international conferences and was awarded the eLearning Innovation Award by HCT- UAE in 2009 and the Women’s Entrepreneur Award by Queen Noor of Jordan. Sharifa is also the Ambassador of Ponscio, a global community for women entrepreneurs in UAE.