Open Education Resources

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut invites the public to participate in Massive Open Online Courses.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses participants take via the internet on topics as diverse as English language, economics, business, leadership, health, science, and personal enrichment. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants.

MOOCs offer large-scale interactive participation at no cost to the user. With well-known U.S. educational institutions offering an increasing number of courses, MOOCs are gaining popularity around the world. Beside their educational benefits, MOOCs are a tool to introduce the user to American institutions of higher education and the quality of education and freedom of learning they provide.

Interested in MOOCs? The U.S. Embassy will regularly post a selection of available courses, open to all.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Interested in MOOCs? The U.S. Embassy will regularly post a selection of available courses, open to all.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Interested in MOOCs? The U.S. Embassy will regularly post a selection of available courses, open to all. Check out these current and upcoming courses:

Check out these current and upcoming MOOC courses:

Start Date End Date University Category Title Link
8/2/2017 8 weeks University System of Maryland Education Instructional Design Models https://www.edx.org/course/instructional-design-models-usmx-university-maryland-university-ldt200x#!
9/05/2017 4 weeks University of Washington Business Management Leadership & Management for IT Project Teams https://www.edx.org/course/leadership-management-it-project-teams-uwashingtonx-pm-it-003x#!
9/5/2017 2 weeks Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneruship You Can Innovate: User Innovation & Entrepreneurship https://www.edx.org/course/you-can-innovate-user-innovation-mitx-bootcamp0-1#!
9/5/2017 2 weeks Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship 101: Who is Your Customer? https://www.edx.org/course/entrepreneurship-101-who-customer-mitx-bootcamp1-1
Anytime 6 weeks Smithsonian Americana The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture https://www.edx.org/course/rise-superheroes-impact-pop-culture-smithsonianx-popx1-5x
Anytime 6 weeks Smithsonian Education; Americana Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects https://www.edX.org/course/teaching-historical-inquiry-objects-smithsonianx-ed1-1x-1 
Anytime 5 weeks edX Education DemoX – Orientation to edX Courses https://www.edX.org/course/demox-edX-demox-1
Anytime 4  weeks Smithsonian Americana Smithsonian’s Objects That Define America https://www.edX.org/course/smithsonians-objects-define-america-smithsonianx-ushis1-2x
Anytime 4  weeks N/A STEM Intro to Statistics: Making Decisions Based on Data https://www.udacity.com/course/intro-to-statistics–st101
Anytime 4 weeks Wellesley Civic Leadership Global Social Change https://www.edx.org/course/global-social-change-wellesleyx-soc103x
Anytime 4 weeks Wellesley Civic Leadership Global Inequality https://www.edX.org/course/global-inequality-wellesleyx-soc102x#!
Anytime 5 weeks N/A STEM Intro to Descriptive Statistics: Mathematics for Understanding Data https://www.udacity.com/course/intro-to-descriptive-statistics–ud827
Anytime 5 weeks Relay Graduate School of Education Education Get Organized: How to be a Together Teacher https://www.coursera.org/learn/togetherteacher 
Anytime 5 weeks N/A Entrepreneurship How to Build a Start Up https://www.udacity.com/course/ep245  
Anytime 5 weeks N/A Entrepreneurship Intro to the Design of Everyday Things https://www.udacity.com/course/design101  
Anytime 5 weeks St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Study Abroad The Road to Selective College Admissions https://www.edX.org/course/road-selective-college-admissions-st-margarets-episcopal-school-col101x-0
Anytime 5 weeks MIT Entrepreneurship User Innovation: A Path to Entrepreneurship https://www.edX.org/course/user-innovation-path-entrepreneurship-mitx-uinov8x
Anytime 6 weeks Harvey Mudd College STEM MyCS: Computer Science for Beginners https://www.edX.org/course/mycs-computer-science-beginners-harveymuddx-cs001x
Anytime 5 weeks University of Pennsylvania Americana Hollywood: History, Industry, Art https://www.edX.org/course/hollywood-history-industry-art-pennx-hollywoodx 
Anytime 6 weeks Harvard University STEM Introduction to Computer Science https://www.edX.org/course/harvardx/harvardx-cs50x-introduction-computer-1022 

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut invites the public to participate in English for Media Literacy, and STEM Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) through the University of Pennsylvania and Coursera.

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is happy to announce the second facilitated Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Camp launch of two MOOCs: English for Media Literacy and English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) MOOC through the University of Pennsylvania and Coursera.  Please read the below information

English for Media Literacy (2nd Launch):

Learners will develop and practice English language skills related to different forms of media. Learners will develop critical thinking skills as they read and evaluate different types of media, such as social media, blogs, podcasts, television, film, newspapers, and magazines. Please note this MOOC has begun it’s “soft launch” which means that anyone can register now and view the materials.  Registration for the facilitated MOOC begins September 9th and the class begins October 16th. All prospective learners can enroll in the course here.

Enrollment Begins: September 9, 2017

Session Start: October 16, 2017

Enrollment End: October 21, 2017

Session End: November 27, 2017

English for STEM (2nd Launch):

This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in improving their English skills in the sciences. In this course, learners will explore some of the most innovative areas of scientific study, while expanding their vocabulary and the language skills needed to share scientific information within their communities. In unit 1, learners will learn how the scientific method can be used to explore climate change. In unit 2, learners will examine research on alternative energy sources. The next unit in the course will focus on the impact of climate change, while unit 4 will explore the applications of nanotechnology. In the final unit of the course, learners will demonstrate their increased understanding of STEM topics through a culminating final project on a science experiment of his or her choice.

Registration for the facilitated MOOC begins September 17th and the course begins October 16th. All prospective learners can enroll in the course here.

Enrollment Begins: September 17, 2017

Session Start: October 16, 2017

Enrollment End: October 21, 2017

Session End: November 27, 2017

Click here for free Verified certificate instructions (PDF 644 KB), and detailed syllabus of the STEM MOOC (PDF 380 KB).

Should you have trouble registering please email Ae_moocs@state.gov

For more information about American English click on:

https://americanenglish.state.gov/

Certificate Options:

  1. Participant enrolls for free and does not choose the “verified” option.  They will automatically earn a Statement of Accomplishment upon course completion directly from Coursera.
  2. Participant enrolls for free AND participates in a MOOC camp.  They will automatically earn a Statement of Accomplishment upon course completion directly from Coursera AND if Post would like to, they may also print MOOC Camp Certificates from the SharePoint site you could also coordinate with the MOOC-WG.
  3. Participant applies for financial aid – https://www.coursera.org/payments/finaid?cartId=7462656  and when approved, will obtain a free, verified certificate from Coursera.
  4. Participant can pay the U.S. $50 to have the verified certificate using the payment options specified on the registration page.
  5. If participants are enrolled in the American English group, but did not complete the ID verification, we have a set of e-certificates with the UPENN logos that we can send upon request on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact ae_moocs@state.gov for inquiries.