Maha Al-Freih




Maha Al-Freih is a lecturer of Educational Technology at Princess Nora University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She received photo-10 copy.jpgher B.S. in Computer Science from King Saud University, Riyadh and her M.A. in Teaching and Learning with Technology from Santa Clara University, CA. During her time in Saudi Arabia, she provided technology training for the Institute of Banking and Alyamama University as well as faculty training workshops on the integration of social media in teaching and learning at Princess Nora University. In addition to teaching and technology training, she has participated in a number of national and international conferences.

Maha Al-Freih is currently pursuing her PhD in Learning Technologies Design Research with an emphasis in Instructional Systems Design at George Mason University, VA where she also works as a graduate research assistant. She recently designed, developed, and delivered a workshop on portfolio creation using Google sites, twitter, and blogs to 50 inservice teachers at the Virginia Center for Teaching Excellence at George Mason University. Her primary research interests include learners’ engagement and persistence in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Personal Learning Environments (PLEs), Self-Regulated Learning (SRL), Learning Analytics, and Design-Based Research (DBR).

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Humanizing Online Instruction: Building a Community of Inquiry is a 4-week Micro-MOOC made available on the Canvas Open Network. This course is designed to prepare online instructors who teach college and university courses to be able to increase instructor, social, and cognitive presence in their online courses. Each of the weekly modules contains annotated research related to the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework, grounding the application-based activities in theory.

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