Doha, October 02 (QNA) - Qatar University (QU) has launched three open and broad-based online courses on the edX Free Online Courses platform in a new initiative that enhances the presence of QU in the digital platforms and opens new window to the world.
The online courses, which were announced Sunday through a press conference, comprises Non-native Arabic speakers, Human in Islam and Qatar's history and legacy with the objective of introducing the Arab and Islamic culture, including Qatar's history to a wide spectrum of those who are interested from different territories worldwide.
HE QU President Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham said that the launch of these online courses is a new indicator of the paradigm progress QU is achieving and making progressive and steady steps toward enhancing its status in the digital space, specially with the variations imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, pointing out that QU has established an office of online education and digital learning, and upgraded a number of academic courses rolled out through distance education and blended learning based on the best global criteria, adding that QU has created an office of digital and electronic education in recognition of its vital significance and profound impact in this age that witnesses enormous technological evolution that can be optimally employed for the transfer of educational practice from conventional techniques to the education that is based on comprehension, research, innovation, thinking and experimentation.
Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham affirmed that such digital orientation opens new prospects for students and teachers, as well as upgrades the techniques and tools utilized to make innovation, competition and excellence in results, planning, information security and the ability to innovate the suitable solutions for the challenges the inherent tenets of QU's graduates.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Omar Al-Ansari emphasized that such courses have been designed with the objective of extending the bridges of cultural and civilized communications between the State of Qatar and World, in addition to introducing the Qatari identity, hailing the unwavering efforts exerted by the faculty members and the staff of the Digital Learning and E-Learning Office at QU to finalize this project.
For her part, Director of (QU) Core Curriculum Program Dr Rana Sobh, who supervised the program, said that the production of these courses came based on the education and learning strategy and transition to digital learning in QU.
In addition, Director of the Digital Learning and Online Education Office at QU Mohammad Al-Smadi said that QU had signed a cooperation agreement with edX Free Online Courses by Harvard last June to contribute to achieving QU's mission in spreading knowledge and science at the global level, adding that the cooperation with edX increases the number of students enrolling in the university, which subsequently increases the number of followers and pioneers and contributes to attaining the better ranks in the global classifications.
He pointed out to the role of this contribution in enriching the Arab educational content on the internet through offering the opportunity to launch courses in Arabic language, emphasizing QU's keenness to proceed with its endeavors to combine digital learning and electronic education into college education, in addition to offering the diverse electronic learning and education's services for students, as well as local and global communities.
edX platform is one of the largest platforms of distance education worldwide, and it was founded in a cooperation between Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2012, and the number of registered students is currently about (42) million learners from around the world.