Summary: The course deals with the history of the Middle East from the aftermath of WWII to the present day. It is based on texts authored by leading historians, each surveying a different state (excluding Israel), with an eye to regional developments: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the Palestinians, Egypt, and Syria. The course presents multidimensional historical analyses of the different entities, addressing their role in the overall Middle Eastern dynamism.
"So are MOOCs really the future? To some, the current MOOC craze is nothing more than a repeat of the correspondence course craze of the 1920s – that as we experiment with MOOCs further, it will become increasingly obvious that MOOCs do not provide “fast, easy education” any more than courses by mail do – that learning is hard work, and MOOCs don’t change that."
What an exciting year for distance learning! Cutting-edge communication systems allowed colleges to escape the tired confines of face-to-face education. Bold new technologies made it possible for thousands of geographically dispersed students to enroll in world-class courses. Innovative assessment mechanisms let professors supervise their pupils remotely...
As tuition costs continue to rise, it seems counterintuitive that professors at top universities would give away their courses for free. But that's exactly what they're doing, on web-based platforms known as "Massive Open Online Courses." Spencer Michels reports on how a boom in online learning could change higher education...
So where does the marketing end and teaching begin? Well, that's something that colleges and universities are going to figure out for themselves. Ultimately, schools and students may be best served by tailoring individualMOOC experiences based on which of those ten categories a student falls into.
MOOCs FORUM Journal Debuts Summer 2013. MOOCs FORUM, a new journal, is the only publication dedicated exclusively to the development, design, and deployment of the game-changing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
... Five years later, MOOCs are, to put it mildly, trending. Long a topic in academic circles, they've moved into mainstream press and even are getting attention from some politicians. While some universities scramble to jump on the MOOC bandwagon, others, like Iowa State, pause to consider how MOOCS might (or might not) fit at their institutions...
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