HBKU is the first university in the Middle East to offer innovative massive open online courses (MOOCs) with edX, a non-profit online learning platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Through this platform, HBKU aims to make quality academic research programs and courses accessible to millions of learners around the world.
Leading academics in the fields of Environment and Energy, Law, Ethics and Sports Management and Sustainability share their expertise while incorporating practical activities and case studies to provide valuable insights and help learners strengthen their knowledge and practice, whatever their field. Select a course to learn more.
Learn how to use the components of solar radiation, solar spectrum, forecasting and meteorology to advocate and plan for deploying PV in desert climates.More
Contribute to the Sustainable Energy agenda by learning how to mitigate the challenges related to PV technology and enhance the performance of solar cells and PV modules in desert climates.More
Delve into the dynamic world of sports law to develop a strong understanding of the key legal and commercial aspects of sports, and gain useful insights into their application based on real-life scenarios.More
Learn the five pillars of sustainability and how to apply these in the planning and hosting phases of major sport events to optimize for the valuable opportunities these types of events can offer for the host city or region.More
This course delves into the practical steps to take and tools to use when implementing major sport events. Learn the best practices in terms of strategy, sustainable procurement, and action plans.More
This course provides an introductory yet in-depth overview of the emerging and promising field of Islamic Bioethics. The course explores how the rich Islamic moral tradition engages with the complex questions triggered by cutting-edge biomedical advancements.More
This course is a tailor-made introduction to a variety of considerations for the operations of charitable organizations. It aims to strengthen the overall knowledge and responses of the leadership of these institutions.More
This MOOC will prepare participants to effectively manage peace initiatives, operationalize strategies for peace, plan and assess the impact on peace, and contribute to policy recommendations for sustainable peace.More
Whether you’re looking to advance in your current field, unlock a career change, or grow as an influential leader of a large organization, our professional certificates offer highly advanced skills and knowledge to stay at the top of your field and enhance your potential. Select a program to learn more.
There are over 50 major sport events taking place across the world every year, impacting natural resources and representing significant project expenditure. These events engage professionals across industries and pose great benefits and legacy potential for host cities, countries, and regions.More
Desert regions are attractive for solar energy, with much sunshine and many opportunities for utility-scale and residential applications. However, their harsh climate creates challenges for photovoltaic (PV) module performance, reliability and energy forecasting.More
HBKU faculty members are collaborating with experts from around the world to bring you the following exciting new MOOCs to help you upskill yourself and advance in your career, or re-skill and make a brand new start in a pioneering field. Take your pick below.
In this introductory program, participants from the medical field will gain a broad overview of the use of Artificial Intelligence (Al) in healthcare, and learn how to respond proactively in the field of healthcare.
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This MOOC is an introduction to NLP specific to the Arabic language, and provides a practical overview of Arabic NLP with an introduction to different tasks and hands-on development of NLP tools using statistical and deep learning methods.
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An in-depth and interdisciplinary approach to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) – a fundamental pillar of achieving the UN 2030 Agenda. Participants will learn how to design innovative, inclusive, and effective tools and platforms for ESD and integrate ESD practices in their local community.
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Get a comprehensive overview of molecular and population genetics, genomics, and other technologies with a focus on their clinical applications, followed by a selection of fascinating topics in precision medicine. The course will include clinical case studies, highlighting the practical applications and challenges in clinical implementation.
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“The Sustainability & Major Sport Events course from HBKU was an exceptional and interactive learning experience. The course delved into the environmental, social, and economic impacts of major sports events and delivered a thorough and practical understanding. It also explored effective strategies to ensure sustainability in the sports industry. Practical examples and case studies were used to illustrate concepts and principles. The assignments were engaging and focused on applying the learning, and collaborating with other learners on the MOOC allowed me to learn from the viewpoints of my peers while also sharing my point of view. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more about sustainability in the context of major sports events.”
“As the Education and Training arm of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Josoor Institute realized the huge potential in sharing, by mean of a Massive Open Online Course, the wealth of the Supreme Committee’s wealth of knowledge and expertise in Sustainability with a large audience; and in harnessing professional networks around Sustainability as the FIFA World Cup 2022™ draws nearer and best practices and innovation emerge. With that in mind, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to assemble subject matter experts, coordinate instructional design and other aspects of the production; and partner with HBKU because of their shared vision and their expertise in creating a robust online educational platform. About 900 people enrolled in the first edition of this MOOC, and for this new edition we hope to attract a larger and even more diverse audience, especially from the MENA region, which remains a priority area for us. At the same time, the link with FIFA World Cup™ clearly makes this MOOC appealing to a global audience.”
“I recommend the Sustainability & Major Sport Events courses for anyone involved in delivering a major sports event. Sustainability is a core success factor for any major event, and its implementation must be driven by individuals across a wide range of functions and organisations. Inspired by the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Sustainability Strategy, these courses provide an excellent introduction to the principles and implementation of sustainability within a major sports event, drawing heavily upon the experience and lessons learned of sustainability professionals working on the FIFA World Cup and other events.”
“One of the best courses I have completed at edX. A must-have for Muslim physicians, medical students, and other health workers. Up-to-date knowledge is delivered in a concise and interesting way that keeps you on track from the beginning to the end of the course. I enjoyed every word and every single piece of information in this course and I'm amazed at how beautifully the course is arranged and presented to us. Thank you, Prof. Ghaly and the course admin.”
“The ‘Navigating Legal and Commercial Aspects of Sports’ course was eye-opening and educative. I really love the way the tutors explained the subject matter in detail. The manner in which the scenarios and hypothetical cases were presented made the course really engaging and interesting to follow. I want to say a big THANK YOU. This course has fueled my confidence in the sports law field, and I speak and write about the field with more authority now. I hope to educate more people who are interested in Sports Law soon. My aim is to become a professor of Sports Law. In addition, I wish to represent players, clubs/teams, and sports business enterprises before the CAS and other sports Adjudicatory bodies.”
“When I discovered this course and the option to do the two courses as a professional certificate, I thought it was perfect. I was also thrilled to see the partnership with the Josoor Institute, HBKU, and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The structure of this certificate - only two courses but two that are quality and chock-full of real-world, applicable information and best practices - was a great fit for me. As a massive sports fan and sport event professional, I could not get enough of the content specifically about Qatar 2022 and I loved the real-life case studies of major sport events. The assignments were exceedingly useful and did well to activate student learning and my ability to synthesize and apply the information I'd absorbed.”
“Hosting successful large-scale events, whether in sports, business or entertainment, is a key driver of tourism growth, and QNTC is focused intently on developing the human capital that can support the continued and sustainable growth of our events industry. We would like to thank Hamad bin Khalifa University, FIFA, and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for their development of these unique, excellent and accessible courses which will serve to grow a new generation of highly-qualified event management professionals with a unique vision for the future of the industry they work in. Whether you are based in Qatar or abroad, I encourage you to pursue this esteemed professional certificate and look forward to the program’s positive contribution coming to life in the form of an innovative, sustainable and robust sports tourism and events industry. ”
“We are proud to partner with Hamad Bin Khalifa University on this certificate program to provide professionals worldwide with the knowledge and skills needed to create and host sustainable sports events. This program leverages the expertise the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has developed through leading the planning and preparations for hosting the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Arab world. It will also benefit anyone working in the sports and events industry with a focus on sustainability. If this is an area in which you are already working or you are eager to enter, I encourage you to take this professional certificate to build your capacity and understanding, both to accelerate your personal development and to benefit sports fans all over the world.”
“This course provides learners with guidance while treating Muslim patients, which acts as a guidance for learners to shape the system in order to benefit the Muslim community. The content of this course is practically adaptable and suitable for all human beings, and I would for sure recommend this course to other learners.”
HBKUx is excited to integrate a series of innovative AI-powered tools from edX, further enhancing the learning and teaching experience for our community.
edX ChatGPT Plugin: This feature allows learners to interact with course content in a more dynamic manner. With the growing ChatGPT user base, this tool offers a unique way for learners to search, discover courses, and engage directly with course materials.
Viral Sharing: This new feature enables social sharing in all courses, allowing you to share videos from the course on your social media to start a conversation or make a point.
As edX continues to roll out these AI-driven tools, we at HBKUx remain committed to keeping our community informed and updated. Stay tuned as we share more details and insights on these transformative features in the coming weeks.
At HBKUx, we are always at the forefront of integrating advanced tools to enhance the educational journey of our learners. We are thrilled to introduce the edX Xpert, an AI-enabled tool designed to empower both learners and educators in achieving unparalleled learning outcomes.
Xpert, HBKUx's latest integration from edX, introduces the capability to produce succinct summaries of video lectures and textual content within courses. This AI-driven feature is designed to streamline the learning process, offering learners a concise recap of essential topics.
A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a self-paced online course that HBKU offers to the public in strategic partnership with MOOC platforms such as edX. The online courses are open to global learners from various academic backgrounds, cultures, languages, and age groups. All course activities, including lectures, practice sessions, discussions, projects, and assessments are primarily conducted online.
The Office of the Provost at HBKU provides in-kind support for the development of MOOCs, including support with MOOC content creation, instructional design, media production, course development, and marketing.
We strongly encourage faculty to collaborate across departments and disciplines in the creation of MOOCs. Such collaboration can lead to the development of more comprehensive and interdisciplinary courses, enriching the learning experience for students around the world. It also fosters a sense of community and shared purpose among faculty, enhancing the academic environment at HBKU and Education City.
To learn more about the submission forms and evaluation guidelines, or to explore the possibility of creating a MOOC with your own funding, please contact HBKUx@hbku.edu.qa.
Before you decide to create a MOOC, there are several factors to consider:
Navigating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can sometimes bring up questions. We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions about HBKUx to help guide you.
To enroll in a MOOC, you need to create an account on edx.org, browse through our course catalog here, and click on the 'Enroll' button on the course page.
All of our MOOCs are free to audit, which gives you access to all the course materials,additional readings and discussion forums where you can interact with other learners.
Prerequisites vary depending on the course. For example, for a course in solar energy management, some engineering knowledge may be required. Each course description includes information about any prerequisites.
Some courses might require a small fee for the certificate, which will be clearly mentioned on the course page. If you choose to pay the course fee, you will earn a certificate upon successfully completing the course. The certificate can be shared on LinkedIn or other professional networks.
You can list both your credential and your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under 'Education'.
Most of our courses are self-paced, meaning you can start and finish at any time. Some courses might have a suggested timeline to help guide your progress.
The edX Help Center has a wide variety of articles guides to answer your questions and assist you through your learner journey. If you need further assistance, you can reach out to edX by submitting a support ticket.
You can interact with fellow learners in the discussion forums, and reach the course team through the email address displayed at the beginning of your course. While there won't be direct, real-time communication with professors, they will still play a significant role in the learning process through brief video lectures to clarify complex concepts and guide learners through various interactive learning components. The course team members monitor the forums and will respond to your questions as quickly as possible.
The primary language of instruction is English. The availability of subtitles will be mentioned on the course page.
You will need a computer or a smartphone with internet access. If your course requires specific software or hardware, this will be clearly mentioned in the course description.
Yes, each course has a dedicated discussion forum where learners can interact, ask questions, and discuss course content.
Course evaluation methods vary. They may include quizzes, assignments, peer-reviewed projects, and exams. The specific evaluation methods for each course are outlined in the course syllabus.
If you need to drop a course midway, you can do so from your course dashboard. You can re-enroll in the course when it is offered again. However, your progress will not be saved, and you will need to pay again to obtain a certificate.
From time to time we will offer coupons to enable learners to access our courses at a discount. We will send out notifications in this instances for learners to take advantage of.
Yes, you can start your course in the audit track and upgrade to the verified track later, so long as you do so before the upgrade deadline passes. Check the upgrade deadline date in the on the right side of the course homepage under 'Important Dates'. It is not possible to upgrade after the deadline or the course end.
At the moment no, although your professor might ask you to take a unit on an existing edx course as part of your degree studies. Explore here for on-site courses
Access duration can vary by course. Some courses provide lifetime access, while others may have a specific end date. The course description will provide details.
Yes, you can enroll in and take multiple courses at the same time. Please consider your schedule and commitments to ensure you can dedicate enough time to each course.
The duration of each course varies between 6-10 weeks. You can expect to spend about 1-3 hours per week on coursework. The estimated time commitment for each course is listed on the course page.
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At HBKUx, we value the feedback, inquiries, and suggestions of our learners, faculty, and partners. Whether you have questions about our courses, technical issues, or any other concerns, our team is here to assist you.
For general inquiries and technical support, please email us at: HBKUx@hbku.edu.qa.
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