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Bluenotes MENA 2019 Conference

إستيراتيجية التعلم المستمر في رحلة التعليم: استخدام التحليلات لقياس التقدم ودعم القرارات

Continuous Learning in the Journey of Education: Using Analytics to Measure Progress and Inform Strategic Decisions

pin-markerZayed University Convention Center, Dubai

calendarNovember 5-6, 2019

Join Zayed University as they host Bluenotes MENA 2019 where Blue enthusiasts will gather together for a two-day conference to connect, share expertise, and learn from best practices.

Early bird pricing for conference registration ends October 7, 2019.

Sponsored by Explorance

Event Details

Bluenotes MENA 2019 provides an excellent opportunity to:

  • Share experiences, best practices, and insights to learn from each other
  • Network with your peers throughout the conference, formally and informally
  • Speak directly with Explorance staff
  • Learn about upcoming software features and product roadmaps
  • Experience hands-on software use
  • Attend social events and dinners exclusive to the Bluenotes community
  • And more


August 2019: NOW OPEN – Early bird registration & Call for presentation proposals

October 7, 2019: LAST DAY – Early bird registration ends; Deadline for presentations proposals

October 14, 2019: LAST DAY – Hotel discounted rate ends

October 17, 2019: LAST DAY – Submission of final presentations abstracts (Selected presentations will be notified by October 26, 2019)

October 29, 2019: LAST DAY – Conference registration closes; Selected presenters will be notified 

November 5 & 6, 2019: Bluenotes MENA 2019 Conference 

Keynote Speaker

Brad Wuetherick, Executive Director – Learning and Teaching, Dalhousie University

Keynote Speech: Putting students at the centre of our work: Using data and evidence to drive change in higher education teaching and learning

Are our campuses effectively creating a dynamic and innovative learning environment for our students? Are the interventions we make at the course, program or institutional level having the impact that we intend to improve learning? What other interventions might we undertake in the future that would improve the learning experiences for our campus communities? This presentation will explore two key themes that are critical for higher education professionals to explore as they consider how to advance teaching and learning – involving students as partners in higher education, and creating environments that enable data and evidence-informed decision-making across our campuses. Using examples from Dalhousie University’s student evaluations of teaching, we will explore how these two overarching themes manifest in our efforts to drive change in teaching and learning across campus.

About Brad Wuetherick: Brad Wuetherick is the Executive Director, Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie University. In addition to overseeing Dalhousie’s Centre for Learning and Teaching, which is responsible for overseeing Dalhousie’s formal process for student evaluations of teaching, Brad serves as a senior leader within the Office of the Provost and VP Academic supporting the advancement of effective practice in teaching and learning across the campus. An active scholar of teaching and learning in higher education, with over 50 publications and more than 250 presentations at conferences or institutions, Brad’s research covers the spectrum of academic analytics, mentorship, experiential learning, e-learning, the state of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a field, academic development and threshold concepts across the disciplines. Within that spectrum, his primary area of focus of research over the past 15 years has been on involving undergraduate students as partners in research – explicitly on scaling undergraduate research across the disciplines and the role of mentorship as part of students’ academic and identity development – though over the past handful of years Brad has increasingly been a featured or invited speaker on issues related to academic analytics and the evaluation of teaching in higher education.

Conference Session Highlights Include:

Many interesting sessions hosted by Blue-powered institutions and Explorance staff have been planned, including:

  • Expert panel discussions where global educational leaders will discuss the role of student evaluations, surveys, and feedback at world class institutions
  • Presentations on new age formative feedback toolkits and institutional applications
  • Sessions on improving process and interpretation of evaluation data
  • The need for institutional improvement communication plans based upon evaluation results
  • …and many other informative sessions!

Presentation time slots are still available. Please contact Samer Jaffar (, if you are interested in presenting. 

Social Networking Events:

Tuesday, November 5:  Welcome Networking Dinner (Location: TBD)

Conference Registration Fees:

  • Early Bird rate, expiring on Oct 7.  Register and pay by October 7, 2019
    • $199 USD per person
    • Group discount: Buy three get two free
  • Regular
    • $399 USD per person
    • Group discount: Buy three get two free

Zayed University Primary Contact:

Samit Lotlikar, Zayed University

Explorance Primary Contact:

Samer Jaffar, Explorance

Travel & Lodging

Fairmont Dubai, Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • A discounted group rate of AED 550 is available for Bluenotes MENA 2019 attendees at the luxurious Fairmont Dubai.
  • Please reserve your room here prior to October 14, 2019.

The discounted rate includes your reservation of a luxurious guest room for AED 550 (single occupancy) or AED 600 (double occupancy). Room rates are on a per night basis and include all taxes (AED 20 Tourism Dirhams fee is extra). All reservations also include Buffet breakfast at the Cascades Restaurant and complimentary wifi. The rate is also available for 3 days pre/post conference for those wishing for an extended stay in Dubai.

Between the Hotel and the Dubai International Airport: The hotel is only 20 minutes away from Dubai International Airport (DXB) and you may take a taxi or use the Metro. The “World Trade Center” Metro station is conveniently located right next to the Fairmont Hotel.


About Zayed University

The United Arab Emirates has established itself as a global hub for business and development, and Zayed University is certainly at the forefront with its state of the art campuses in the country’s two main cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Prestigiously named in honor of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country’s first president, Zayed University boasts six colleges and is the newest government sponsored higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates and the first federal university in the UAE to be internationally accredited. Such success can be attributed to the adherence of their core values of collaboration, innovation, teamwork, leadership, and openness, all within an environment of mutual respect and professional ethics.

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Transportation between the Hotel and the Zayed Convention Center: The shuttle bus will be arranged for the conference attendees. Contact Samer Jaffar ( for more information.