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Sultan Qaboos University launches trial platform for Massive Open Online Courses

Sultan Qaboos University launches trial platform for Massive Open Online Courses

It is the very first course to be provided via its Digital Citizenship programme. The ceremony was held below the patronage of H E Dr Hamood Khalfan al Harthi, Undersecretary for Education and Curriculum in the Ministry of Education.

The platform is a by-solution of two funded study projects at SQU led by Dr Aisha al Harthi from the College of Education.

The projects are: ‘Designing, developing, implementing and evaluating an effective MOOC at Sultan Qaboos University’ funded by the Deanship of Research at SQU and a project titled ‘Developing Distance Education for Higher Education Institutions in Oman’ via MOOCs: Design, Impact, and Culturally-Appropriate Modeling funded by The Research Council.

Dr Aisha stated that MOOCs are courses that are provided by several universities across the planet to offer information to the public, with out getting to officially enrol in the universities. These courses can enrol big numbers of students.

With the platform, SQU seeks to assistance lifelong understanding, enrich human information for folks and boost their skilled capabilities, and develop successful partnership with the neighborhood towards an interactive and digital partnership.

“Anyone with an interest in MOOCs can register to take the courses via the platform utilizing the newly developed hyperlink (mooc.squ.edu.om). There are no unique expertise or prior experiences to take up the course.

“This course is currently offered in Arabic, but future courses can be in English for a wider audience. “Upon finishing the course, students will be awarded a completion certificate in addition to badges that will be awarded based on gaining certain skills,” she stated.

The Digital Citizenship course ends on October three.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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