MOOCs Stir Controversy over Shifting Course of Higher Education

Posted on June 14, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments


While online education has existed for a while, teaching classes online is taking the world of higher education by storm due in part to the rise of MOOCs. MOOCs (massive open online course) are courses based on lecture videos and online interaction that can, seemingly, be taken by anyone with an internet connection. They represent a new form of “open” education that meets virtually, in a non-physical space. The restrictive size and space of a college classroom does not apply in MOOCs, opening the doors for thousands to enroll in the course. Courses include quizzes, homework, exercises, and exams.

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هكذا أُفسِدت الجامعة في تونس

Posted on June 06, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

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لا تستقيم نظرية أنّ الجامعة في تونس شكّلت قوة ضاربة واعية للثورة، من خلال التعبئة المزعومة لطلابها، بفضل تأهيلهم للتحليل النقدي لمجتمعهم. على العكس من ذلك تماماً، لم تعد الجامعة التونسية، ومنذ أعوام التسعينيات، مساحة للنقاش ولتعريف الطلاب بالسياسة والمواطنية. فقد نجح النظام السابق، إلى حدّ بعيد، في إبعاد الكتلة الطلابية عن السياسة. ثم أدى قرار إغراق الجامعة بأكبر عدد ممكن من الطلاب منذ منتصف أعوام التسعينيات، الى إيجاد بطالة مكثفة بين حمَلَة الشهادات العليا.

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New Texts Out Now: Louise Cainkar, "Global Arab World Migrations and Diasporas"

Posted on May 20, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments


Louise Cainkar (LC): This article was developed from a keynote speech I delivered at the Conference on Arab World Migrations and Diasporas, organized by Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. When contemplating the keynote, I considered deeply what my particular contribution would be to a room full of multi-disciplinary scholars of Arab migrations and diasporas. I decided to focus on constructing a global context within which all of us—historians, sociologists, anthropologists, scholars of comparative literature, cultural studies, diasporas, and others—could situate our work. Such a context would allow us to converse across disciplines and theoretical frameworks, as well as begin speaking in comparative ways, which I consider useful and important. We know that there are variations and commonalities in the experiences of Arab world migrants and among Arab world diasporas; we should begin to talk about what matters and why it matters.

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