SSB’s Dr. Badrul Khan Meets with Nobel Laureate

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Written by: Kim Phillips

SSB’s Training and e-Learning Specialist Dr. Badrul H. Khan, a world-renowned educator, author, speaker and consultant in the field of e-learning, met with Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus last month to discuss potential collaborations in projects focusing on using and leveraging ICTs and modern technology with the intention of boosting economic activity in developing nations and beyond.

Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker, economist, and 2006 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He was previously a professor of economics where he developed the concepts ‘microcredit’ and ‘microfinance’, providing loans to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans.

Considering Professor Yunus’ interest in low-cost learning solutions for a global community, Dr. Khan proposed to co-author a book entitled “Sustainable Education in the Digital World”. The proposed book will draw from the knowledge base of Yunus’ work on Sustainable Social Business Entrepreneurship perspectives, applicable to the eight dimensions of Khan’s IGI Global publication, Flexible Learning in an Information Society. This book will contribute to the new vision of learning and development in the digital world.

About Dr. Khan:

Dr. Khan joined SSB BART Group in September 2012 as a Training and e-Learning Specialist. He recently presented at the Digital World Conference in Bagladesh as a keynote speaker on the topic of Meaningful e-Learning. He’ll also be presenting at CSUN’s Annual International Technology And Persons With Disabilities Conference in February on the topic of Accessible e-Learning. Dr. Khan played an integral role in the creation of SSB’s ACE Learning Institute, and lends his expertise in e-Learning to continually update SSB’s extensive library of training courses.

Dr. Khan has been credited with coining the phrase “Web-based instruction” and popularizing the concept through his 1997 best-selling publication Web-Based Instruction which paved the way for the field of e-learning. He authored and coauthored 11 books and over 100 papers in the field of e-learning and distance learning. He contributed to the development of US virtual education policies organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Naval Postgraduate School, and the National Educational Technology Plan by the US Department of Education. He is a past president of the International Division of the Association for Educational and Communication Technology (AECT). He delivered keynote speeches in more than 50 international e-learning and distance learning conferences. Dr. Khan has served as a consultant to distance education, learning development and human resource development projects at the World Bank, the US Federal Government, the Asian Development Bank, and various academic institutions and corporations in the U.S. and throughout the world.

He previously served as Professor and founding Director of the Educational Technology Leadership (ETL), a graduate cohort program at George Washington University, and also holds the role of founding Director of the Educational Technology graduate program at the University of Texas, Brownsville. In recognition of his unique contribution to the field of e-learning coupled with his services to worldwide e-learning communities, in August 2012 the Egyptian E-Learning University Council appointed Dr. Badrul Khan as an honorary distinguished professor of e-learning.

You can contact Dr. Khan at badrul.khan@ssbbartgroup.com.

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