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Purpose
  • Higher Ed (formal)
  • Employment
The platform offers original Arabic courses to further enrich Arab education. Edraak focuses on creating materials from scratch that are tailored to Arabic-speaking students. Through its partnership with edX, the platform also gives Arab learners access in Arabic to courses taught and developed at top tier institutions like HarvardX, MITX, and UC BerkelyX. All courses are delivered at no cost to the learner. The Queen Rania Foundation (QRF), which has supported the launch of Edraak, envisions the use of the platform to showcase Arab role models by broadcasting short online courses by practitioners and professionals from a variety of fields spanning the arts and sciences. The platform enables the Arab world to take advantage of the international interest in regional affairs to tell its own story to the world. Arab university professors and regional experts can use the platform to give courses in English about the region and its history. This will serve to inform a global audience that is interested in the region’s development. Edraak has developed ‘blended’ courses in partnership with Jordanian universities and has also partnered with NGOs and other organisations to provide course content and technological solutions to education delivery in refugee camps in the region.
Title Edraak
Date launched 2014
Duration Ongoing
Type of Resource MOOCs
Purpose Higher educational (formal) Primary/secondary education
Online or Blended OL and blended
Learning objectives Edraak aims to further enrich Arab education and give Arab learners free access in Arabic to courses taught and developed at international higher education institutions, specific for the Arabic-speaking population.
Target group Learners of all ages and sub-groups, with a special focus on youth. Some courses are being offered specifically to refugees in camps via partnerships, to accommodate their needs.
Evaluation results/ monitoring plan Edraak actively monitors student participation and student satisfaction. It reaches students actively via social media. It collects learner feedback and develops course evaluation reports. Edraak is driven towards openness, and wants to share and collaborate on data analysis and research via a new platform that is to be launched: ‘Research.edraak’.
Recognition or certification of learning Certificate of attendance (or completion certificate) after examination is awarded for MOOCs. Courses that are offered in a blended manner with partner universities are accredited and recognised (at this stage, in the Jordanian higher education system).
Financing and sustainability model Queen Rania Foundation is the main founder sponsor of Edraak, as well as Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Patrons: Mikati Foundation, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development
Leading Organization Edraak
Contact Person https://www.edraak.org/en/about-us/team/