Improving Communication Skills in the Workplace Using Mobile Learning

Mobile learning has a major role to play in lifelong learning to enhance citizens’ knowledge and skills in just-in-time delivery so that they can apply what they learn immediately. Because of the delivery flexibility in mobile learning, citizens can learn in context resulting in quality learning. This presentation will describe a mobile learning project to enhance workers English communication skills so that they can improve their performance in the workplace. (Note: This project is funded by Qatar Foundation: Qatar National Research Fund). The presentation will describe a model that can be used to develop and deliver mobile learning materials for workers in the Qatar workplace. It will also describe the development process that is being used and how the mobile learning lessons will be developed. The presentation will address the challenge of providing just in time training in the workplace where workers are at different education levels and use a variety of mobile devices. This presentation will be of interest to participants who are educators and trainers and those who are thinking of implementing mobile learning in the workplace.

Dr Mohamed Ally and Dr Mohammed Samaka

Dr. Mohamed Ally
Dr. Mohamed Ally is Professor in Distance Education and a researcher in the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Ally was President of the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO) and is one of the Founding Directors of the International Association of Mobile Learning (IamLearn). Dr. Ally chaired the Fifth World Conference on Mobile Learning and co-chaired the First International Conference on Mobile Libraries. He recently edited 4 books on the use of mobile technology in education, training and libraries. His book “Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training” won the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for significant contribution to distance education.

Dr. Mohammed Samaka
Dr. Mohammed Samaka is an associate professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), College of Engineering at Qatar University. He obtained his PhD and Master from Loughborough University in England and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computing from Dundee University in Scotland. He obtained his Bachelor of Mathematics from Baghdad University. His current areas of research include Wireless Software Architecture and Technology, Mobile Applications and Services, Networking, e-Learning, and Computing Curricula Development.

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