Sunday, February 28, 2010

Registration closing soon

We are looking forward with excitement to the symposium on Thursday 18 March, with plenary talks, interactive poster presentations and workshops all focusing on learning and teaching at university/college level in the Gulf region.

If you have registered for the symposium but not yet paid, please note that you should pay by this Thursday (4 March) in order to secure your place.  After that date (or if we reach full capacity before that), we will not be able to assure your place at the symposium.

You can pay online with a credit/debit card by logging in at (with the email address and password which you used to register).  If necessary, you can instead pay by bank transfer (email David Palfreyman for details - see address below), but please note that you will need to add bank charges if you use this option.

For information about the schedule, accommodation and transport and other matters, please see the earlier posts on this blog.  If you would like to use the free shuttle from Arabian Park Hotel to Zayed University, or if you have other enquiries, please email David "dot" Palfreyman "at"

Looking forward to meeting you on 18 March.

The symposium committee.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Please pay registration soon; symposium details

We have received a strong response to this event, and we are going to need to restrict numbers of participants so that the afternoon workshops will be of manageable size with everyone having a chance to participate and benefit.  As a result, the total number of participants will be limited to 60 at this event.  At present we have more registrations than this but quite a number have yet to pay their registration fee (100 UAE dirhams for the whole event including lunch and refreshments).  If you have not yet paid, please pay your registration as soon as possible by logging in at .  Once the number of paid registrees reaches the limit, we will unfortunately not be able to accept any further participants, even if they have already registered.

The location of the symposium is Zayed University Convention Center at Dubai International Academic City (on the road out of Dubai towards Al Ain - main entrance of Zayed University).

The schedule for the event is as follows:
8.00-9.00: Welcome and registration
9.00-11.50: Plenary talks:
* Transferable Skills for university students - Dr. Michelle McLean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University.
* Learning Styles of students - Dr. Tofi Rahal, Zayed University.
* Threshold Concepts, Troublesome Knowledge and Disciplinary Expertise - Prof. Patrick Carmichael, Professor of Educational Research, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
11.50-1.00: Lunch
1.00-2.00: Poster presentations
2.00-3.30: Workshops

If you are coming from out of town, we have negotiated a discount hotel rate for symposium participants: AED 320.00 for single and AED 365.00 for double per room per night, inclusive of taxes and buffet breakfast.  Please contact me for the hotel details.

A free minibus will run from the hotel to and from the symposium - please advise me by the end of February if you will be using this.

For further details in the coming weeks please watch this site or email me.

We look forward to completing your registration as soon as possible and meeting at the symposium.
David Palfreyman
Symposium Organizing Committee