I have just spent the last two weeks running workshops on planning academic programs using e-learning (for slides see Part 1 and Part 2) for faculty and staff in three Saudi Arabian universities, and a seminar on improving student learning through information technologies, which took me from Jeddah in the west on the Red Sea, to Dhahran in the east on the Persian Gulf, near Bahrein, to Arar in the far north, 300 kilometres west of Baghdad. The workshops were part of a Ministry program on the development, creativity and excellence of faculty members at universities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, organized by King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Two other Canadian consultants, Ron Owston, Professor of Education and Director of the Institute for Research in Learning Technologies at York University, and Sergio Piccinin, the former Director of the Teaching Centre at the University of Ottawa, were also participating in the program at the same time, although we never met, as we were in different cities at different times. King Fahd University in Dhahran has been working closely with UBC in Canada since 2003, with staff from King Fahd University visiting UBC for workshops a few times over this period. The main use in Uum Al-Qura (Mecca) and King Abdulaziz (Jeddah) Universities is to support classroom teaching, although King Abdulaziz University has about 1,000 students taking fully online distance courses (out of a total of 26,000 distance education students).
On the whole, the participants were keenly interested in using information and communications technology for teaching and learning. In most of the institutions, there was no institutional policy regarding learning management systems. The Saudi government has established a well-funded National Centre for e-Learning in Riyadh, and is encouraging the use of e-learning through programs such as the one that funded our visits.
The three universities where I ran workshops on planning all had women students and women faculty. For Umm Al-Qura University, which is located in Mecca, both the male and the female faculty travelled to Jeddah, about 80 kilometres away, where the workshops were held in a hotel.
After about 10 minutes, some of the women complained about the arrangement and asked for me to come to the front.
At King Fahd University, there are no female students or faculty, so my seminar was entirely with male faculty.
I believe the future of Saudi higher education, and especially the successful implementation of e-learning, will be driven by women faculty, despite the difficulties they face. There is almost no professional support base for e-learning at the moment, at least in the three universities I visited. However, there is money, government commitment, and above all the subtle pressure from women faculty for change. Currently he is Chair of the International Experts Panel for the Open University of Portugal, advisor to the Universidad de Guadalajara’s Maestria en Tecnologias para el Aprendizaje (Mexico) and to Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana’s Magister en Educacion a Distancia (Chile). For almost 20 years Jerry and Esther Hicks have been presenting workshops, producing tapes and writing books to help people create the life they desire.
This package contains the best PUA (pick up artist), dating, self-help, and relationship advice books from within the industry and from the mainstream. All of these materials I also recommend to my friends, whether they are beginners or advanced. The use of e-learning at King Fahd University is widespread, both to support classroom teaching and in a hybrid mode, with a mix of reduced classroom time and online learning. There are problems though with students accessing the Internet off campus, partly because many students do not have reliable and cheap Internet access from home, and because campus IT security makes it difficult for students off campus to access the servers on campus.
Some faculty were using a system designed specifically for Arab countries (EMS?), while a few individual particpants reported using Blackboard or Moodle.


The new Minister of Education is the son-in-law of the King, and carries great authority, and a strong commitment to education. At the same time, there is still a strong resistance, especially in the national accreditation agency, to fully online distance education, because of concerns about quality. A vote was held and since none of the women objected I was permitted to move to the front, although my Saudi colleague stayed behind the screen, and the women would not allow me to take a photograph of the group work.
At Arar, though, I was 20 minutes into the workshop with male faculty, when I was interrupted by what I thought was a woman’s voice. The women faculty I worked with showed great determination and a commitment to change which was not always present with the male faculty. For instance, there are almost no instructional designers in Saudi Arabia – indeed, educational theory or design is not a topic taught in the universities. Also there is the leadership being provided by the excellent e-learning program at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Technology and Education.
I update it regularly with the best and newest stuff as it comes out, so make sure to check back! However, there is still resistance at the senior management level to offering fully online programs, which would be popular, particularly for women students, who cannot access KFUPM on campus. There is limited wireless access on campus at King Abdulaziz, and only the two main campuses (out of five) at Umm Al-Qura have wireless access. At King Abdulaziz University, the Distance Education division is developing its own learning management system from scratch. The Saudi government has set aside billions of rials (about US$10 billion) for education over the next few years (its population is about the same size as Canada’s). For instance, qualifications from the Arab Open University are not officially recognised in Saudi Arabia. From this point, the workshop went extremely well, with the women faculty extremely enthusiastic and engaged in the group work. I was seated at a table at the front, and the room was divided at right angles from the centre of my table by a screen, with the women on one side and the men on the other. There are educational technology departments, but their focus appears to be on media studies and production. According to the teachings of "Abraham"--a collective name for the spiritual entities that are channeled through Esther--desire is a good and natural force within us. From gaming content to customized user experiences, Ron can develop a marketing and communications channel that will become an indespensible part of your marketing strategy. KFUPM is clearly the leading institution in Saudi Arabia in terms of e-learning experience. However, the universities are desperately short of well qualified faculty and are hiring many faculty from other countries such as Egypt and Pakistan. Indeed the workshop went much better than the following workshop with the male faculty, who had difficulty in getting to the workshop on time.


I could see both groups and interact with them equally, and they could both see the screen behind me.
We also film, produce, edit and broadcast media content in high quality HD with a focus on YouTube, Facebook and social media channels. The original arrangement had me with my computer and my Saudi male colleague sitting behind a screen at the end of the room, with the 25 women and the projector on the other side of the screen. This arrangement proved very difficult for me and the women, as it was impossible for me to interact with the women effectively (the sound system was not good, they were working in a foreign language with often a strong accent, and I was getting no visual cues). In all three arrangements of course the women were completely covered in black burquas, but some women showed all their face, while others had only their eyes uncovered. Yet the reason so much of us feel frustrated, is that we have difficulty knowing how to ask and receive whatever we want to be, do or have.Although Jerry and Esther are listed as the authors, Ask and It Is Given is actually a collection of channeled messages from Abraham. As a video producer and editor, Ron is able to embed HD video in a way that allows users to more quickly understand our product and it's benefits. If I had received prior warning about the arrangement, I could have made a special effort to have included the women more in the workshop, but it would still have been a difficult arrangement. The (technology) infrastructure is relatively good (like the roads), but the use of the infrastructure is poor (Saudi Arabia has one of the highest per capita road accident rates in the world). Fans of Abraham and the Hicks may not find new information, but will probably be delighted to have an inspiring, updated book that speaks to the familiar conversation of attracting the life we want.
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It includes much advice on working with energy and emotions as well as specific chapters on increasing prosperity, reclaiming health, working with meditation, and clearing clutter for clarity.
For those who are onboard with the "Laws of Attraction" and the "Art of Receiving" that Abraham speaks of, this could be one of those deliciously mysterious books that you can open to any page and it seems to offer the exact advice or insight you need right now. Most books (on any given topic, not just abundance) give you ideas and inspiration, but are not easy to figure out how to implement. The last part of the book lists 22 processes that you can use to attract what you want, explaining EXACTLY when to use them, and how.
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