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START DATE 08 November 2017

Middlesex University Dubai

END DATE 08 November 2017

We are pleased to invite you to this week’s research seminar. It will be held on November 8th from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 210 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. This week’s presentation is:

Block mode teaching: challenges and strategies

Shalini Manghat

Abu Dhabi School of Management

Sreejith Balasubramanian

Middlesex University Dubai


Block mode of delivery*, a distinct form of accelerated/intensive course, has witnessed significant increase in recent years in higher education. However, despite the increase in popularity, academic enquiry into block mode teaching is scarce. Consequently, institutions have limited understanding on the specific challenges associated with block mode teaching as well as effective strategies for successful delivery. This forms the focus of the present study where a comprehensive understanding on the challenges and effective strategies for improving block mode teaching is developed based on multiple interviews with academics involved in block mode teaching. Overall, the findings including the one-to-one mapping framework between strategies and challenges is expected to contribute significantly in improving block mode teaching.

*Block teaching format is long hours extending up to a full day. Students generally complete one course at a time over a duration of a week or shorter with the same number of contact hours as in regular mode.


Shalini Manghat currently holds the position of Institutional Effectiveness Manager at the Abu Dhabi School of Management. In this role, she is responsible for managing institutional research, QA and accreditation activities. Shalini has been working in the UAE higher education sector for over a decade in the area of institutional effectiveness and quality assurance and prior to joining ADSM, she served as the Head of Quality at the British University in Dubai. Shalini’s qualifications include a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Quality Management from the University of Wollongong and a Bachelor of Computer Applications degree from Mahatma Gandhi University. Shalini completed both of her master degrees receiving the Top Graduate Award. Shalini is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at Lancaster University. Shalini’s research interests include transnational higher education management, governance and quality assurance in higher education. Shalini is also a trained European Framework for Quality Management (EFQM) Assessor as well as an ISO 9001:2000 internal auditor. She has also been a Senior Assessor for the Dubai Human Development Award.

Sreejith Balasubramanian is a Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at Middlesex University, Dubai. Sreejith completed his Ph.D. from Middlesex University Business School, London. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Business from University of Wollongong and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Calicut. He has more than 10 years of experience in teaching, research, consultancy and project management. Prior to joining academia, he served as an IT Consultant for leading companies in the United Arab Emirates. His main research interest are in green supply chain management, sustainability and carbon footprint modelling. His work has been published in leading international journals and conferences.

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