The OER Knowledge Cloud makes use of cookies. By continuing, you consent to this use. More information.
Toward empowering open and online education in the Arab World through OER and MOOCs
Jemni, Mohamed and Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair

PublishedAugust 2016
SeriesLecture Notes in Educational Technology
Edition 1, Chapter 4, Pages 73–100
PublisherOpen education: From OERs to MOOCs, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
EditorsJemni, Mohamed · Kinshuk · Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair

Based on the various literature, studies, and surveys that the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) conducted in the Arab region, it was obvious to figure out that there are disparate levels of readiness and preparedness in terms of ICT and its use in education in Arab countries. These differences embrace both strategic and implementation aspects, in relation with technological infrastructures, online learning, and open educational resources (OER). Therefore, there exist different levels of awareness and mastery of using and developing tools, online learning material, and OER, especially, with the lack of an explicit vision or policy to empower and encourage such movement in most Arab countries. Aside from some existing digital educational content repositories mostly not open, through some Arab virtual and/or classic universities or initiatives, there is a real gap in terms of OER development and use in Arab countries, particularly in Arabic Language. In that light, being aware of these challenges, ALECSO organization endeavors to promote the effective use of ICT in education. To this end, the ALECSO ICT Department has proposed an entire framework for smart learning empowerment in the Arab region. This framework is based primarily on three key dimensions, namely, open learning, mobile technology, and cloud computing. Each of this highly topical dimension embraces a number of valuable projects. This chapter gives an overview of ALECSO efforts and ongoing ICT projects and activities within that framework toward promoting and empowering open online learning in Arab countries.

Keywords ICT in education · mobile apps · mobile technology · MOOCs · OER · open learning · smart learning · SPOCs

ISBNHardcover 978-3-662-52923-2
ISSNeBook 978-3-662-52925-6
Rights© 2016 Springer International Publishing AG
Export optionsBibTex · EndNote · Tagged XML · Google Scholar

Viewed by 66 distinct readers


The evaluations below represent the judgements of our readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Cloud editors.

Click a star to be the first to rate this document


Using linked data to blended educational materials with OER - A general context of synergy: Linked data for describe, discovery and retrieve OER and human beings knowledge to provide context
Piedra, Nelson; Chicaiza, Janneth; Atenas, Javiera; Lopez-Vargas, Jorge; et al.
The OER movement has challenged the traditional value chain by employing new methods to deliver high-quality educational content. Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a strategic opportunity to improve the quality ...
Match: Jemni, Mohamed; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair; OER; open learning

Open learning: 'Communication and Mobile Learning' at Spanish University
Casal, Sonia Santoveña; Silva, Alejandro; Jemni, Mohamed; Kinshuk; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair
This chapter reports a study of the application of the virtual learning model in a MOOC, ‘Communication and mobile learning’, within the project ‘Elearning, Communication and Open-data: Massive Mobile, Ubiquitous ...
Match: Jemni, Mohamed; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair; OER; open learning

MOOCs in Taiwan: The movement and experiences
Yang, Stephen J H.; Huang, Jeff C H.; Huang, Anna Y Q.; Jemni, Mohamed; et al.
This chapter will address the reason that MOOCs brought our interests (MOE, The Ministry of Education, Taiwan), and the purpose and core mission of MOOCs in Taiwan, as well as MOOCs mean to the future of education in ...
Match: Jemni, Mohamed; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair; MOOCs; Asia

Survey and reflection of open education policies
Yang, Junfeng; Kinshuk; Jemni, Mohamed; Kinshuk; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair
The world is becoming open with the use of digital technology and internet. Open Education (OE) not only provides learning opportunities for those who do not have access to educational resources and practices, but also ...
Match: Jemni, Mohamed; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair; OER

Open education: From OERs to MOOCs
Jemni, Mohamed; Kinshuk; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair
Provides a comprehensive overview of open educational resources and MOOCs, as well as their emerging pedagogical perspectives. Presents selected international experiences in the field of open educational resources and ...
Match: Jemni, Mohamed; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair; OER

A critical look at MOOCs
Spector, Michael J.; Jemni, Mohamed; Kinshuk; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are offered online to anyone who registers. There are no requirements to register and for those not wishing to receive course credit or a certificate indicating successful completion, ...
Match: Jemni, Mohamed; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair; MOOCs

Innovative OER model for technology-enhanced academic and entrepreneurial learning
Stefanovic, Nenad; Milosevic, Danijela; Jemni, Mohamed; Kinshuk; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair
In today’s globalized, networked and fast-changing environment, knowledge became invaluable asset for everyone—students, workers and organizations. Lifelong learning became crucial to the future of our society. In ...
Match: Jemni, Mohamed; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair; OER

New models of open and distributed learning
Downes, Stephen; Jemni, Mohamed; Kinshuk; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair
The last 100 years have seen a significant transformation in the way we understand teaching and learning. This chapter documents that change. We now understand that learning is neither merely the passive reception of ...
Match: Jemni, Mohamed; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair; open learning

Quality frameworks for MOOCs
Jansen, Darco; Rosewell, Jon; Kear, Karen; Jemni, Mohamed; et al.
The hype surrounding MOOCs has been tempered by scepticism about the quality of MOOCs. The possible flaws of MOOCs include the quality of the pedagogies employed, low completion rates and a failure to deliver on the ...
Match: Jemni, Mohamed; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair; open learning

Intercreativity and interculturality in the virtual learning environments of the ECO MOOC project
Osuna-Acedo, Sara; Frau-Meigs, Divina; Camarero-Cano, Lucia; Bossu, Adeline; et al.
The European ECO project tests the hypothesis that intercreativity and interculturality in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are key factors for removing barriers to new teaching–learning processes. These two ...
Match: Jemni, Mohamed; Khribi, Mohamed Koutheair