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SXSWedu How Do You Say “MOOC” in Arabic?

Join edX on Tuesday, March 10th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. CST at the Hilton Austin Downtown for our panel hosted by our CEO Anant Agarwal: How Do You Say “MOOC” in Arabic? Anant will be joined by CEO of the Queen Rania Foundation Haifa Dia Al-Attia, and Senior Official of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Labor, Maha Taibah to discuss how online education is transforming lives and creating jobs in the Middle East. The panelists will share insight into Doroob andEdraak, two online learning portals powered by edX, and how they are changing the educational and employment landscape in the Middle East.

In less than a year, Edraak, the online learning destination founded by the QRF, has more than 131,000 students, 40% of them females. And, Doroob, from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, aims to massively “up-skill” the region’s youth by delivering hands-on vocational and technical education. The goal: 400,000 students within the first two years, beginning with a pilot program for women in Saudi Arabia.

Panelists will discuss these new learning initiatives, increasing access to education and bridging the education and employment gap. They will also focus on the open-source movement and philosophy.

Be sure to bring your questions about how MOOCs are breaking through globally and driving economic development—this promises to be a lively discussion on an important topic in this region of the world, and globally.

EdX’s very own VP of Product, Beth Porter, will also participate in an engaging discussion at SXSWedu. Beth will join representatives from General Assembly, Parchment Inc. and EdSurge to discuss new types of credentials on theSocializing Credential Innovation panel. Taking place on Tuesday, March 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 am CST at the Hilton Austin Downtown, Beth and her fellow panelists will explore credentials—competencies, badges, microcredentials—and social professional networks potential to normalize these new forms of certification.

We look forward to seeing many of our partners and learners at SXSWedu, and to continuing the SXSWedu dialogue on Twitter. What topics at SXSWedu interest you the most? Do you have questions for edX? Tweet at @edXOnline and @agarwaledu with the #SXSWedu hashtag and let us know. See you in Austin!

By Rachel Lapal, Communications Manager