Rewards, Honours, Initiatives, Funding, Skills & Interests

Rewards

  • The Best-Paper Reward at the Seventh Annual Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium Innovation and Transformation: Values, Challenges, and Prospects for Education in the GCC. 5-7 April 2016. Arab Open University, Kuwait.
  • A Saudi Royal Reward for Being a Distinction Student, 2009.
  • A Saudi Royal Reward for Being a Distinction Student, 2010.
  • A Saudi Royal Reward for Being a Distinction Student, 2011.
  • A Saudi Royal Reward for Being a Distinction Student, 2012.

 

Honours

  • One of his article is included in the reading list for a course in a Canadian university.
  • Asian Affairs Journal has published a book review about his book. The reviewer is Caroline Montagu, a Member of the Saudi British Joint Business Council.

 

Projects and Initiatives 

 

Funding

  • 2015 (Academic Trip to Hungary): £5000, King Faisal University
  • 2015 (Academic Trip to Spain): £5000, King Faisal University
  • 2014 (Academic Trip to Madison, USA): £7500, King Faisal University
  • 2014 (Academic Trip to Venice, Italy): £5000, King Faisal University
  • 2014 (Academic Trip to New York, USA): £7500, King Faisal University
  • 2014 (Academic Trip to London, UK): £5000, King Faisal University
  • 2014 (Academic Trip to California, USA): £7500, King Faisal University
  • 2013-4 (Research Fund): £5.000, King Faisal University, Deanship of Research, with Dr. Khaled Ben-Motreb, to look into the mathematics knowledge of deaf education teachers and the difficulties that they faced in teaching mathematics.
  • 2013 (Academic Trip to Osaka, Japan): £7500, King Faisal University
  • 2013 (Academic Trip to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria): £5000, King Faisal University
  • 2013 (Academic Trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia): £5000, King Faisal University
  • 2008-12 (PhD Scholarship): £80.000, Granted Jointly by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and the Saudi Cultural Bureau in London.
  • 2007-8 (MA Scholarship): £18.000, Granted Jointly by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and the Saudi Cultural Bureau in London.
  • 2006-7 (Sponsorship for Studying a Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes Programme): £18.000, Granted Jointly by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and the Saudi Cultural Bureau in London.
  • 2001-5 (BA Scholarship): £8.000, Granted by the Saudi Ministry of Education.

 

Academic Interests

  • To examine educational technologies from a critical perspective
  • To examine educational technologies from non-educational and non-technological perspectives, i.e. from social, cultural, economic and political standpoints.
  • To promote the bottom-up approach to educational technologies.

 

Skills

Abdul would be described as a well-round generalist. His goal has been to gain the 21 century set by Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Thus, he is described as a person enjoying a high level of the following skills:

  • Learning and Innovation Skills
    • He has shown an ability to think creatively, to work creatively and to implement innovation.
    • He has shown an ability to reason effectively, to analyse how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems, to make judgements and decisions and to solve problems.
    • He has shown an ability to communicate clearly and to collaborate with others.
  • Information, Media and Technology Skills
    • He has shown an ability to access and evaluate information and to use and manage information.
    • He has shown an ability to analyse media and to create media products.
    • He has shown an ability to apply technology effectively.
  • Life and Career Skills
    • He has shown an ability to adapt to change and to be flexible.
    • He has shown an ability to manage goals and time, to work independently and be self-directed learners.
    • He has shown an ability to interact effectively with others and to work effectively in diverse teams.
    • He has shown an ability to manage projects and to produce results
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