Al-Masdar: The Source for Arabic Teaching and Learning
Al-Masdar means The Source in Arabic and this site is a rich source of resources, opportunity, and community for Arabic language teachers. Built upon the full OER Commons infrastructure, Al-Masdar includes functionality that allows teachers to build professional affinity groups, co-author instructional material in both English or Arabic for their classrooms using the Open Authoring platform, share resource evaluations based upon the National Standards for Foreign Language Education, as well as discover a wealth of open educational resources (OER). Phase Two of the project, which will begin in 2014, includes adding a curriculum mapping tool and quiz builder to the site, along with providing courses and professional development to support teachers as they build their practice using open educational resources in the Arabic language classroom.
Al-Masdar is developed and managed collaboratively by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), a leader in open education and open education resource libraries and tools, and The Center for Languages, Arts and Societies of the Silk Road (CLASSRoad), a leading academic, research and learning center for languages spoken along the Silk Road. The project is funded by the Qatar Foundation International (QFI), which focuses on grant-giving and programmatic activities that promote education as a force that facilitates collaboration across geographical, social and cultural boundaries.