Teaching Online: Be Ready Now!
COVID-19 has meant teachers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, like other teachers around the world, had to move their teaching online with little support or preparation. The Future Education team of The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) RELIEF Centre responded to various requests from teachers and educationalists in Lebanon by rapidly co-designing a Massive Open Online Collaboration (MOOC) to support teachers in different sectors, with a focus on teachers who work in contexts of mass displacement in Lebanon. The MOOC, entitled Teaching Online: Be Ready Now!, gives teachers the tools and knowledge to design their teaching-learning process online. This two-week MOOC was co-designed and co-developed by the Future Education team and academics and students from the Lebanese University (LU), Lebanon’s only public university. The Director of CERD, the Lebanese Centre for Educational Research and Development, which is the government body responsible for Teacher Professional Development, provided a video for the MOOC to show support, and the MOOC has been added to the Jordan government’s site for recommended online Teacher Professional Development (TPD) courses.