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Bluenotes MENA 2018 Conference

استخدام البيانات لتحسين وتطوير مستقبل التعليم
Using Feedback Data to Lead the Way to Improve, Enhance, and Shape the Future of Education
pin-markerZayed University Convention Center, Dubai, UAE calendarNov 6th - Nov 7th

Join Zayed University as they host Bluenotes MENA 2018 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, 2018.

Sponsored by Explorance

Event Details

Participants in this year’s conference will experience the benefit of:

  • Connecting and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the globe
  • Insightful presentations and sessions on using feedback data to improve, enhance, and shape the future of education
  • An opportunity to speak directly with explorance staff
  • Incredible door prizes
  • and much, much more!


August 2018: NOW OPEN – Early bird registration & Call for presentation proposals

October 7, 2018: LAST DAY – Early bird registration ends; Deadline for presentations proposals

October 15, 2018: LAST DAY – Hotel discounted rate ends

October 19, 2018: LAST DAY – Submission of final presentations abstracts (Selected presentations will be notified by October 26, 2018)

October 26, 2018: LAST DAY – Conference registration closes; Selected presenters will be notified 

November 6 & 7, 2018: Bluenotes MENA 2018 Conference 


Please submit your presentation proposals, consistent with the theme of Using Feedback Data to Lead the Way to Improve, Enhance, and Shape the Future of Educationprior to October 19, 2018, by emailing Yeona Jang, explorance at yjang@explorance.com. Presentation acceptance notifications will be made by October 26, 2018.


Over $10,000 USD in door prizes will be awarded at the conference. All attendees will be automatically entered to win one of these valuable prizes.

  • Attendance to the Bluenotes Global 2019 conference, including airfare, lodging, and conference registration
  • Attendance to the Bluenotes APAC 2019 conference, including airfare, lodging, and conference registration

Social Networking Events:

Tuesday, November 6:  Welcome Networking Dinner (Location: Marina Island with Dubai Drums)

Wednesday, November 7:  Optional Post-Conference Social Dinner (Location: Jumeriah Beach Restaurant)

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 tool-kits 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 yjang@explorance.com if you are interested in presenting. 


Tuesday, November 6 through
Wednesday, November 7


Zayed University Convention Center
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Preferred Hotel & Room Rate

Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai
Discounted rates are available until October 15, 2018. Please see full details below.

Conference registration fee

$199 USD (early bird savings) ends October 7
$299 USD (regular rate) This fee includes the full two-day conference attendance, lunch and refreshment breaks, the social networking dinner on November 6, as well as an optional social dinner on November 7.

Networking Events

Tuesday, November 6: Welcome Networking Dinner

Wednesday, November 7: Optional Post-Conference Social Dinner

Conference Theme

Using Feedback Data to Lead the Way to Improve, Enhance, and Shape the Future of Education

Zayed University Primary Contact:

Samit Lotlikar, Zayed University



explorance Primary Contact:

Stacey Martini, explorance


Travel & Lodging

Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Oud Metha Road, Al Jaddaf Area, Dubai, 122273 United Arab Emirates

A discounted group rate of AED 550 is available for Bluenotes MENA 2018 attendees at the Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai. Please reserve your room here prior to October 15, 2018.

The discounted rate includes your reservation of a Deluxe room for AED 550 (single occupancy) or AED 600 (double occupancy). Room rates are on a per night basis and include the AED 20 Tourism Dirhams fee. Reservations all include the American Buffet breakfast at the Market Place Restaurant (please indicate to the reception staff that you would like a breakfast voucher when checking in). The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to/from the Dubai International Airport that runs three times a day (please view the shuttle schedule here). The discounted rates are available for November 5th through November 8th by making your reservation prior to October 15, 2018. 


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.

Visit www.zu.ac.ae for more information.