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Media Arts in the Digital Age: Edutainment in the Classroom

Coordinator: Maher Bahloul (General Director, Learning Through Arts: MLI (Maher Language Institute, France; NHC (New Horizon Center, Tunisia).


Presenters: Maher Bahloul; Raja Mallek; Amal Bahloul

New Horizon Center in ICIE Conference


Research has established positive correlations between learners’ arts engagement and academic, personal, behavioral, and socio-professional achievement. This presentation will show the extent to which the interdisciplinary field of edutainment whereby the entertaining film medium and learners’ school subjects could come together in highly passionate learning experiences.



Education Through Arts in ICIE Conference

Thus, samples of short educational films related to learning within the social sciences from K-12 schools and universities will be shared. Other samples targeting special needs learners will also be highlighted. In addition, productions related to learning through shadow puppets, mime, and storyboarding along the line of Theodosakis (1999), Bahloul & Graham (2012), Backenroth & Sinclair (2015), among others will also be shown to be highly effective learning strategies. In short, the symposium will show learning through film and game samples in a variety of content courses and will demonstrate the impact of edutainment tools on regular and special needs learners.



Maher Bahlol in ICIE Conference

Maher Bahloul is the Director and General Manager of an Education Through Arts Institute - Maher Language Institute (MLI) - which he founded in 2007 in Paris, France. MLI has been holding language sessions and promoting learning through filmmaking. Dr. Bahloul holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University, New York, USA, and a Masters' degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris III, France. He has taught in a number of graduate and undergraduate programs in the United States, North Africa, and the Middle East. He has also presented papers and conducted workshops in international conferences such as TESOL, ALS, INTED, IVACS, IATEFL, ETEN, ICIE, INsea, etc. At MLI, he focuses on promoting language learning through bilingual video-project productions, especially films. Dr. Bahloul is currently an Associate Professor of English and Linguistics at the American University of Sharjah.


Raja Mallek in ICIE Conference


Raja Mallek earned her Master’s degree in Linguistics from Cornell University. She has been teaching English for more than 20 years. She taught in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys working with her students.

Her areas of research include vocabulary learning, innovative teaching strategies, edutainment, and online resources.




Amal Bahloul in ICIE Conference

Amal Bahloul is the CEO of Lights Camera Learn, a California based company which promotes learning through acting and filmmaking. A Graduate of Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.

Amal has been conducting movie camps in a number of Middle Eastern countries, working with children, and promoting Media Literacy and Multimodality pedagogies (


Welcome to the 16th ICIE conference on:

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Welcome to the 16th ICIE conference 2018 on:

Excellence, Innovation, & Creativity in Basic-Higher Education & Psychology

Latest Development in Research & Practices

Paris - France (July 3-6, 2018)

Todd Lubart, Ph.D.                                                                                    Franck Zenasni, Ph.D.

Honorary Chair                                                                                            Conference Chair

Sandra K. Linke,Ph.D.                                                                                Bahaa Zoubi, Ph.D.

ICIE Director, Co-Chair                                                                                 ACIE Director, Co-Chair

Welcome to the ICIE International Conference

The International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE) is committed to the development of all learners as productive world citizens and leaders for the future. This International Conference will provide a conference programme with the highest calibre of: Nobel Prize winners, keynote speakers, invited speakers, and a large number of scholars and presenters alongside a selection of exhibitors. The ICIE conferences are milestones in the journey towards leadership, creativity and innovation in basic-higher education and psychology.

Conference Aims and Objectives:
Encourage volunteer spirit; Promote excellence and sustain quality; Connecting Communities; Strive for improvement; Evolve responsibly; Meet community expectations of quality; Sustain competitiveness and viability; and Balance innovation with core essentials.

This conference provides you with the opportunity to: 

  • Explore the latest developments in education & psychology in general, and innovation in education in particular;
  • Examine the need for sustainable educational systems;
  • Integrate the latest technology into the education system;
  • Debate the future of education & psychology: What are the challenges ahead?
  • Learn from innovative case studies where educational institutions have taken the initiative;
  • Engage in a series of seminars designed to debate the theory and practice of real improvement in education & psychology; and
  • Participate in pre-conference workshops designed to develop participants' competencies.

Conference Categories:
  • Excellence in Education: Basic & Higher Education;
  • Gifted Education;
  • Creativity & Innovation;
  • Educational Technology;
  • Psychology, including all branches (e.g., applied psychology; cognitive psychology; organizational psychology; developmental psychology; experimental psychology; clinical psychology; educational psychology; cross-cultural psychology; positive psychology; social psychology; comparative psychology);
  • Innovative Learning Environment: standards and curricula, tasks and materials, and communication;
  • Instructors and Teacher: competencies, innovative teaching methods, and staff development;
  • Learner: competencies, individual differences, intervention and development;
  • Programme Development: Examples, planning models and components, implementation and evaluation;
  • Global Education for Peace;
  • Organizational & Social Issues in Education;
  • Integrated Services: guidance and counselling, community services, parenting and caring; and mentorship; and
  • Future Trends: Globalisation and networking, civic education, ethical issues; and building creative climates.

We encourage anyone with an interest in: innovation in education, excellence in education, and gifted education to attend this conference. The participants will include: university academics, psychologists, education policy advisers and managers, business and industry leaders, gifted and talented program coordinators, school heads, graduate students, parents and caretakers.

Registration Fees for International Participants:

  • Early Registration Fees:             €350 (May 25, 2018).
  • Late Registration Fees:              €400 (June 30, 2018).
  • Onsite Registration:                   €450.
  • Conference Workshops:             (Included in the registration fee)

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