DURATION: 06/17/2020 - 12/31/2021
CONTACT[email protected]

Program Description

The Reading for Success – National Program for Reading activity, implemented by Creative Associates International and funded by USAID, supported the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research in improving reading and writing outcomes at the primary school level.

Creative Associates partnered with World Learning to offer technical support for developing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) intended to train primary school teachers in Arabic literacy. These MOOCs provided in-service training for practicing teachers and pre-service training for student teachers enrolled in teacher training institutes. The activity was conducted in collaboration with the Ministry to enhance their capacity in developing effective Arabic language curriculum, instructional materials, and delivering professional development programs to education personnel in the relevant areas. 

Program Goals

  • Designed MOOC activity enhancements: video variety, task variety, refined scenarios, and accompanying tasks.
  • Developed a comprehensive MOOC structure, connecting the MOOCs into an overall comprehensive product.
  • Improved MOOC navigation in response to usability tests and in line with cultural navigation cues.
  • Improved readability and accessibility of instructional texts and follow-on activities.
  • Designed and implemented discussion forums, including developing questions for the forums and rubrics to guide participants.
  • Contributed to design of tools for data collection, supporting analysis of data collected, and facilitating use-of-data sessions to inform decision-making related to MOOC strategy, design, and delivery.