Reading both Dr. Maha’s articles About Coursera, I came to realize that teachers would benefit from coursera because
It’s a chance to observe other teachers which I believe to be an excellent way to learn .
Teachers get to see things from the learners point of view which is an educating experience .
Teachers get to learn about on line learning .
The discussion after the sessions between participants from all over the world is really inspiring .(Bali, 2013)
These courses reach you at your home and you can find the subject that interests you .
It conveys lectures from well known universities .
On the other hand they are in English so not everyone can benefit from them.(they are planing to use translation)
They are given snapshots ;so maybe if you expect something deeper,they won’t meet your expectations.
You will not be given a certificate of achievements if you’re expecting one .
Maybe studying on line is not something to depend on in our countries regarding the net and electricity problems.
Maybe introducing these universities is a kind of publicity more than anything else.(Bali,2013)
Still I think it is an enriching experience ;online learning is growing and we have to find our way to it .
Khan Academy is concerned with mathematics and science.it provides free online learning . It gives something like a placement test in the beginning and no one moves to the next level til he is perfect in the present one.The courses are personalized to suit every learners needs(longer,easier..)Isn’t it gorgeous that only one person started it.
Tahrir Academy also provides free online learning .Egyptian youth volunteer to produce it .It addresses learners till the age of 18.I like the idea very much I even think to participate in it .
I’ve already learned something one person can make a difference yet a group of enthusiastic people even better.
• Bali, M. (2013a, July 12). 5 reasons teachers should dip into MOOCs for
professional development. MOOC News and Reviews.
• Bali, M. (2013b, July 19). Will the latest generation of online courses help the Arab world? Al-Fanar.