MOOCs as a Method of Distance Education in the Arab World – A Review Paper

Raniah Samir Adham, Karsten Oster Lundqvist, European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, Jun 25, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The background on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will be familiar to most readers. The article, however, is a good overview of MOOC technology being developed in the Arab world and contains descirptions of Edraak (Jordan), Rwaq (Saudi Arabia), MenaVersity (Lebanon) and SkillAcademy (Egypt) (I've provided the links to the services because they are not in the article). There are also some institution-specific MOOCS such as the An-Najah National University MOOC and the American University of Beirut MOOC. The most interetsing part of the article describes why the Arab World needs MOOCs, with reasons varying from language, inspiration and gender separation. Related: "I am Different from Other Women in the World" The Experiences of Saudi Arabian Women Studying Online in International Master Programmes.

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