The Covid-19 pandemic forced Arab universities to hastily shift classes online–or in some cases shut down completely. Now they need to assess learning and decide how to safely re-open.
To successfully navigate the shift to online learning that the Covid-19 crisis has forced on them, educators need more than digital tools. They also need digital literacies that look beyond learning outcomes.
University leaders in the Middle East share their perspectives on how higher education will adapt in a post-Covid-19 world.
The attempted shift to online learning during the novel coronavirus pandemic is increasing inequality in access to education. In some countries, professors and students are suggesting online education be halted altogether.
Al-Fanar Media explores some of the major Arabic and non-Arabic online learning platforms that offer university-level courses at low cost or free.
New courses are being developed for health care professionals and the public to share knowledge of the novel coronavirus, treat the disease it causes and the mental health issues it creates.
Strict restrictions on movement in the kingdom have kept the virus at bay, but refugees and poor Jordanians have difficulty meeting basic needs and accessing online education.
A lecturer at the American University in Cairo shares his experience of having to abruptly move his class online.
An advocate for online education is concerned that the sudden shift to remote instruction will affect its quality.
As Lebanon launches what amounts to a national experiment in converting both school and university education to online learning, an advocate of online learning tries to assess progress.