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Gregory Sales and Hilal O. Al-Siyabi Awarded Best Presentation at Forum on e-Learning Excellence in the Middle East

Award won for presentation on teacher training and capacity-building project.

Minneapolis, MN, February 08, 2009 --( Gregory Sales (President and CEO, Seward Inc.) and Hilal O. Al-Siyabi (Head of Communications, Al Zubair Corporation, Oman) won the Best Presentation Award at the Forum on e-Learning Excellence in the Middle East for their presentation, "Oman’s Online Teacher Training Project: A Case Study." They were presented the award at the gala dinner for the 2nd Annual Forum (, which took place on January 26-29, 2009 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Forum featured speakers, discussion, and workshops for educators, researchers, and e-learning professionals from around the world.

The presentation focused on the cooperative efforts of the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and the Omani Ministry of Education (MOE). Oman’s Online Teacher Training Project involved a 17-month pilot project of the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of e-learning to train grade-11 teachers of math, science, and English. One fundamental goal of the project was to build capacity within Oman’s MOE for future online training. The presentation described the goals and outcomes of this international partnership, and valuable lessons that were learned through this challenging project.

Sales and Al-Siyabi's presentation was chosen by the Forum's judges because of its originality and potential to have a significant impact on the field of e-learning. They also stated that the quality of the presentation (e.g., clarity, layout, design) was very high. Additionally, Sales and Al-Siyabi delivered a dynamic talk and effectively communicated the presentation's concepts.

Sales presented two additional papers at the Forum: “Building Capacity for Oman’s Online Teacher Training” (with Fathiya Al-Rahbi) and "Preparing Teachers to Teach Online." Both presentations were well-received by the Forum's audience.

Slide presentations are available from Greg Sales's SlideShare page (

Greg Sales has been designing and developing technology-based training for nearly 30 years. He has applied his e-Learning expertise for a variety of clients including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and universities. In addition to recommending customized training solutions, Greg provides consultation on the development of comprehensive e-Learning strategies to organizations seeking to improve training productivity while reducing costs. Prior to founding Seward Inc., Greg was a professor of instructional design and technology and program chair at the University of Minnesota.

About Seward Incorporated
Seward Incorporated is a leader in the design and development of custom e-learning and e-business solutions for corporate, academic, and government clients locally, nationally, and internationally. Founded in 1990, Seward Inc. has conducted information architecture and infrastructure consulting, design and development services for a wide variety of public and private entities, including 3M, HealthPartners, Medtronic, Target, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. State Department. For more information, call 612-721-4444 or visit or

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