Updated on: May 8, 2005

Once complete, you will find on these pages the areas of expertise I have acquired through life, academic and work experiences and which I apply into any job or duty I submerge myself into. I would like to focus my professional career and work into three major areas of expertise: Leadership, Knowledge Technology and Education.

 

Leadership

Background of my beliefs: I prefer to replace the term "management" with "leadership" in my vocabulary. I believe, they should be interchangeable. I believe a person with the right attitude and strengths, can be a leader in any position within a hierarchy: top management, middle management even front line worker.

To me, a leader is someone who has a vision and who is a people's person. Vision is the ability to see goals beyond what your team-mates can see. People's person is someone who empathises with indivuduals and who knows how to form their comfort zone, based on each individual talents to make them successful towards a common aim.

The vision of my superiors, become my management goals, in turn, these goals become the vision to my team.

Does it make sense?


Specific Experience: I have management and leadership experience in an educational environment in the areas of Student Services, Academic Services, Educational Technology, hiring, managing budgets and ICT. My career is driven by my passion to create learning environments, whether for students, teachers or organizations. <full details>

 


Knowledge Technology

This is what some might refer to as Information Technology, Computers or even Educational Technology. In my belief, the field of using technology to create knowledge is Knowledge Technology. Here is the story:

Background of my beliefs: In my paradigm, there is a difference between information and knowledge. Information is public. It is a collection of meaningful data that is accessible to whoever seek it. Knowledge is Private. It is personal. It is how an individual conceives information and personifying it to his or her surrounding.

Knowledge is untransferable. Knowledge is created internally by an individsual. Once you try to transfer your knowledge to someone else, it becomes information. The other person might understand it in a different way than you conceive it. In that case, the other person would have converted the information into a different set of personal knowledge. (Lucky is the one who can transfer knowledge. God, in all religions, failed to achieve this! I believe this is a trait of human existence. Email me if you want to discuss this further.)

Learning, to me, is the process of converting information to knowledge. In my opinion, traditional educational systems stops at the "information" level and considers learning as the ability to reconvey the information in the same way as presented. Thus, all assessment tools focuses on the ability to test the information and not the knowledge. There are present moves towards rectifying ths dilema through relatively new concepts of "constructivism" that is well implemented in the medical field, in Art and through the creative concept of "Case Studies" piloted by Harvard and MIT.

Knowledge Technology goes beyond offering information to creating an environment that allows On Demand Knowledge whenever is required by an individual. Beyond that, my career experiences and objectives is to create the right technologies for the support of learning purposes (according to my definition) whether in an educational or corporate settings.

Knowledge Circles: This is a new idea (May 2005) I am contemplating. It talks about classifying people into groups with similar knowledge concpets. People who form similar knowledge experiences fall in the same circle. People with different knowledge will fall in a different circle. If you encounter someone from your own circle, you will click and communicate well. The information shared by both generate similar knowledge. Two people from two different circles will generate two differently distinct knowledge... I have to revisit this concept soon to evolve it into an applicable paradigm... if you reading this, let me know to share more details...


Specific Experience: I have built tremendous experience and expertise in developing environments as well as systems, that promotes knowledge for individuals as well as organiztions. This new emerging paradigm necessitate the use of technology, in creative and simple ways, to be able to become a lifelong learner.

In Knowledge technology, I have experience with network design and managment, programming, internet and intranet implementation, user support and technical tendering. <full details>

 


Education

I have chosen the above two fields as my career, while Education was thrown my way by destiny. A good fate of destiny, I may add.

Education is to allow individuals to learn. Learning is the ability to acquire new information and convert them to personal knowledge.

I have conceptual disagreements with most of the the traditional theories of education. My basic premises are: every individual has strengths and talents, and if you allow a person to live and work within the boundaries of his or her strengths and talents, you create a lifelong learner who does not require teachers to continue learning. I tried it... it works!

Strengths and talents might be innate, or could be shaped through society, family and educational experiences. Every genius is an individual who works in an area related to his or her talent. Every failure, be assured, is working outside the boundaries of his or her talents and strengths. Place him or her within the boundaries, you will discover the genuis-ity in him or her! Watch Rain Man!

In my opinion, traditional educational systems are applicable to 20-40% of individuals... those whose strengths and talents match the requirements of the educational system. The remaining individuals are subdued because education tries to make them overcome their weaknesses, an approach that causes more suffering during the learning process.

Assessment: In my opinion, traditional assessment examines the information (not knowledge) of an individual at the examination time. We need to create a new assessment paradigm that examines the "incremental evolvement of knowledge" in a person. Is it possible?

Curriculum: In my opinion, traditional curriculum objects are devised from industrial mindset. We need to revise them to match a knowledge mindest. We need to move towards a curriculum that is designed by the learners themselves and flexible enough to allow individuals to succeed based on their talent... I tried it... it worked.

Instruction/teaching: In my opinion, the best instruction is the 1-1 approach. Not in the traditional sense where a teacher teaches one student. This is not fasible. The way I see it is that a learner needs to have a "customized", "personbalized" and "individualized" teaching that caters for individual learning style. This is how learning happened for thousands of years... until the industrial revolution came and devised the exiting educational system. We need to go back to that approach. How, you may ask, Should we hire one teacher for each student, you may add. No, I will answer. Use technology to achieve customization, personalization and individuality. As of today, this is not achievable... we need to develop the educational technology further... I hope this will be one facet of my PhD research.


Specific Experience: In Education, I have experience with school and university teaching in the fields of science, mathematics and computer sciences. I have extensive experience managing student services, registrar, academic services and educational technology functions. <full details>


More to come as I evolve!
Meanwhile, you may contact me at: anas@eljamal.com to discuss any of these thoughts.