Muscat (UNA-OIC) – The National Artificial Intelligence and Education Forum “Future Foresight and Pioneering Applications”, organized by Oman’s Ministry of Education represented by Oman National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, kicked off on Monday.
A number of experts in the field of education and artificial intelligence from international and regional organizations concerned with education, culture and science including UNESCO, ISESCO, ALECSO, Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS) participate in the virtual forum. Academics and educators from various authorities concerned with education in the Sultanate participated in the event.
The forum targets teachers and administrators in the public education sector, as well as higher, technological and vocational education sectors, policymakers, and education supervisors.
The forum includes six specialized sessions that aim to introduce the concept of artificial intelligence (AI), its various fields, and the mechanism for investing its different technologies in teaching and learning processes, especially in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It also aims to discuss the future of education in light of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the aspirations of Oman Vision 2040, along with the capability-building and qualifying of the Omani teachers to use these technologies in teaching, as well as exploring future changes in the education sector.
The forum featured a number of working papers on many topics such as Blended Learning and E-learning; Cyber Security and E-learning; The National Framework for E-learning; Computerization of the Curricula and Its Adaptability to Blended Learning; School Calendar Systems in Blended Learning; Education for people with special needs in light of COVID-19 pandemic; and Oman and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Foresight in the educational future. These working papers covered “Post 2020 Labor Market Aspirations in the Sultanate” and “Technological education Trends and the fourth industrial revolution”.