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“What are the roles of e-learning, MOOCs, and social networking tools in LOtC? How do e-learning, MOOCs, and social networking tools impact LOtC among the youth in the GCC?”
Paper Proposal Text :
The information era in which we live today offers the humankind a myriad of possibilities to keep abreast of the most recent news, to easily search for and find the necessary information, to entertain oneself with easy access to movies and shows, to socialize virtually with friends and relatives…However, presumably one of the most important and necessary “gifts” that the 21st century citizen is privileged to have is the opportunity to learn and study a broad variety of subjects through online and digital educational tools.
The advent of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is drawing worldwide attention of teachers and professors, students and their parents, education policymakers and technologists alike. MOOCs are providing high quality courses to the global audience, most of whom cannot access high-quality instruction in their institutions. Alongside MOOCs, online and digital educational tools are penetrating the education market, bringing a variety of opportunities to learn and teach in an engaging way. As a result, nowadays traditional classrooms are starting to be replaced by the modern e-learning.
In the past decade the GCC has shown a growing interest in implementing blended learning at schools, and e-learning at higher education institutions. While e-learning mostly refers to learning outside the classroom, blended learning refers to combining e-learning with traditional classroom setting. Social networking tools are also changing the way students learn and interact with each other. In the GCC, as well as in the Arab world overall, social networking tools are utilized not only for the opportunity that they provide to socialize, but also for a new educational experience that encourages collaboration, information sharing, and learning from peers.
This proposed paper seeks to lay the basis for understanding the roles of e-learning, MOOCs, and social networking tools in learning outside the classroom context in the GCC. The paper will begin with the examination of existing literature (relevant to the title of the paper). The current status quo of e-learning, MOOCs, and social networking tools in the GCC, as well as their role in shaping the knowledge economy of the GCC will be discussed. Then, examples of successful stories of e-learning implementation in LOtC in the GCC will be provided and analyzed. Challenges in implementing e-learning in LOtC, as well as issues that arise with the inappropriate use of e-learning tools will follow. Finally, recommendations will be provided as to how to leverage e-learning, MOOCs, and social networking tools in LOtC in the most effective way and so that both students and teachers benefit most. While offering recommendations, best international practice in the area of e-learning, as well as the cultural specifics of the GCC will be taken into consideration.