ERIC Number: EJ1146075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
It Is Time to MOOC and SPOC in the Gulf Region
Mutawa, A. M.
Education and Information Technologies, v22 n4 p1651-1671 Jul 2017
In this paper we will explain massive open online courses (MOOCs)-how they started, their targeted audience, and what services they provide- and demonstrate selected MOOC service providers that best suit the Arabian Gulf region. The record annual growth for MOOCs has made many respected institutions reconsider their educational strategies. Many elite universities have started to join the stream; others are expected to join very soon. In this paper we will focus on select MOOC providers that will help institutions or individual instructors ride the stream before it is too late. All MOOC providers have been carefully selected to meet the author's criteria of either having crossed a capacity range limit or being tailored to meet the Arabian Gulf region needs. Finally, the paper summarizes the best practices and gives recommendations for any Gulf region institution or individual for better implementation of MOOCs into their learning system.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Universities, Services, Best Practices, Regional Characteristics, Educational Needs
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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